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Radio Made in Michigan
12:25 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Lansing schools plan would keep existing HS buildings

The task force recommends Lansing's Eastern High School focuses on medical sciences.
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 Stakeholders in the Lansing School District are weighing in on a new plan to adapt the district’s buildings and properties to the needs of the new century.  

A 14-member Facilities Task Force has been at work since October. Key recommendations in its final report include repurposing a host of district buildings, consideration of a bond proposal to update Pattengill Middle School into a high school, and the sale of more than 100 acres of vacant land.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:13 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Study: U.S. water infrastructure loses billions of gallons daily

Credit Flickr/Kelli BrosnahanAccording to the report, everyday nearly six billion gallons of treated water is lost.Edit | Remove

In the Great Lakes region, we are protective of our water. Concern has been expressed over low lake levels, the amount of water being used for fracking, and diverting water to Waukesha, Wisconsin. But little is known about the loss of treated water in the region.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Comedian Mike Birbiglia 'thanks God for jokes' at Wharton

Mike Birbiglia is also a regular contributor to NPR's 'This American Life.'
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Comedian Mike Birbiglia returns to Wharton Center on Jan. 16. He’s known for his work on “This American Life,” his movie, called “Sleepwalk With Me,” and many more comedy records and appearances. His latest show is called “Thank God For Jokes.”

Current State’s Melissa Benmark speaks with Birbiglia about his new show, his career and his lifelong love of pizza.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Current State #231 | January 13, 2014

Today on Current State: Toronto's ice storm response; Failure:Lab; Spartan Marching Band director John Madden; and winter nature in Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:12 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Toronto's ice storm woes sound familiar

Toronto, like Lansing, was hit hard by the December ice storm.
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On December 22nd, a powerful ice storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers, some for more than a week. Many people without electricity struggled get basic information and to get through to the municipally-owned power company to report outages. Some even took to social media to pick up the slack on their own. We’re not talking about the Lansing-area and Board of Water and Light. We’re talking about Toronto, which was hit by the same ice storm that wreaked havoc on us three weeks ago.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Failure:lab invites public to explore mistakes

One of the early Failure:Lab talks was given by Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe.
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Imagine going up on stage and sharing  your greatest failure with the world. Many people would hesitate to tell such personal stories, but that’s what the creators of the event Failure:Lab are asking people to do.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:03 am
Mon January 13, 2014

MSU marching band director celebrates 25 years with roses

Spartan Marching Band director John Madden.
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Before this month’s Rose Bowl victory, Michigan State University last appeared in Pasadena in 1988, one year before John Madden’s arrival at MSU.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:58 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Outdoor winter fun not far away

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The Great Lakes State celebrates our beautiful outdoors, and outdoor activities year-round.  Current State's Peter Whorf checked in late last week at Meridian Township’s Harris Nature Center to find out about upcoming events.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:30 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Current State #230 | January 10, 2014

Today on Current State: the independent review of the Lansing Board of Water and Light; Asian carp; a Lansing Symphony Orchestra preview; and music from the Michigan Jazz Trail.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:24 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Security expert vows prompt, independent review of BWL

Michael C.H. McDaniel will lead a review of the Lansing Board of Water and Light's response to December's widespread power outage.
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A retired military officer and former homeland security official turned Cooley Law School law professor will oversee an independent review of the embattled Lansing Board of Water and Light.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Army Corps report suggests tough choices for Asian carp problem

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Earlier this week, the Army Corps of Engineers released the results of its 18 month study designed to deal with Asian carp in the Chicago waterways system. The study was mandated by Congress as the threat of the invasive species to the Great Lakes ecosystem continues to increase.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:19 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

LSO concert highlights Tchaikovsky's legacy

LSO Music Director and Conductor Timothy Muffitt
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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Saturday night at Wharton center. The program will be mostly Russian ballet music from several eras.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:16 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

CMU jazzmen juggle performance, teaching

Left to right: Bob Lindahl, Jeff Kressler, and John Nichol.
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Today’s Michigan Jazz Trail featured players are all music professors at Central Michigan University: Bob Lindahl on trombone, John Nichol on tenor sax, and Jeff Kressler on keys.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Current State #229 | January 9, 2014

Today on Current State: state legislature preview; MarsOne update; H1N1 outbreak; and switching utilities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Budget surplus, education top 2014 legislative agenda

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The Michigan legislature has begun its election year session. The body will reconsider unfinished business from 2013 including an expansion of the Education Achievement Authority and road funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:07 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Michigan Mars One applicant makes finals

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Last summer hundreds of thousands of people from around the world volunteered to take part in the first human expedition to Mars. The Mars One project provides a one-way ticket to the red planet for four finalists, who will form the first human colony on the planet.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Michigan health officials contend with rise in H1N1 virus cases

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The University of Michigan hospitals and Health Centers have recently had hundreds of people needing emergency treatment for the flu. MLive reporter Amy Biolchini reported that some patients wound up on life support with H1N1, which reached pandemic levels in 2009.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:04 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Utility expert: Switching electricity providers isn't easy

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In most marketplaces, if customers are not happy with the product or service, they can look at competitors and choose another option. If Ford sells you a lemon, next time you go to buy a car, perhaps you’ll be looking at GM models, a Chrysler, or a foreign car. In the complex utility marketplace, however, things aren’t that simple.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:32 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Current State #228 | January 8, 2014

Today on Current State: Neighbors in Action coverage of the Lansing Board of Water and Light response to power outages; gaming in Nigeria; the oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac; and last night's BWL public hearing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Citizen-activists take charge during Christmas power outage

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Mid-Michigan has weathered two major winter storms in the last three weeks. It’s been widely reported that thousands of people who lost power following the December 21 ice storm found themselves with little or no reliable information about when or if their electricity was being restored. That prompted many citizens in the community to take it upon themselves to go looking for answers and to share what they found online.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:24 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Detroit photographer captures Nigeria's video game culture

Nick Hagen says the video game culture in Nigeria is both familiar and different.
Nick Hagen

Is there a video game culture in West Africa?  With that question in mind Detroit based photographer Nick Hagen set out so see what he could find in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:22 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Feds respond to Mackinac pipeline concerns

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About a month ago, U-S Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation asking about an Enbridge Company oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac. They asked for information on safety tests done on the pipeline, and for emergency response information from Enbridge.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:20 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Following BWL meeting, board president reiterates support for Lark

Lansing Board of Water and Light GM Peter Lark has faced criticism for the handling of the recent power outage, but he has the support of BWL Board Chairman Sandy Zerkle.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

The citizen board that oversees the embattled Lansing Board of Water and Light convened last night.  The body heard from both the public as well as numerous BWL employees and leadership about the utility’s response to last month’s overwhelming ice storm that knocked out electric power to tens of thousands in the Lansing area.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:01 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Carol Wood, BWL's Dennis Louney on outage

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Lansing City Council Member Carol Wood and Lansing Board of Water and Light Board Member Dennis Louney talk with Current State about the upcoming special board meeting called as a follow-up to the December power outages in the Lansing Area. The full transcript of the Current State interview is below.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:54 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Current State #227 | January 7, 2014

Today on Current State: Lansing Board of Water and Light board meeting preview; conservatives on renewable energy; and Michigan's Notable Books for 2014.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:50 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Michigan conservatives join conversation on renewable energy

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A new conservative group is hoping to open up the conversation about renewable energy.  The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum is working to increase the state’s investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:49 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Michigan 2014 notable books: Ford, Yoopers and Fidrych

The Library of Michigan
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Each year the Library of Michigan chooses 20 books which feature notable Michigan residents, historical events and Michigan writers. The 2014 Michigan Notable Books List includes works of poetry, memoirs of cities and photographs from around the mitten.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:28 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Current State #226 | January 6, 2014

 

 Today on Current State: Local officials update snow emergency; MSU's G. Robert Vincent Voice Library; and the legacy of Ford’s 'living wage'

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Lansing and East Lansing officials update snow emergency

Over a foot of snow blankets the lawn of the Michigan capitol building.
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Residents throughout the state woke up to over a foot of heavy snow, following last nights large storm. Cold temperatures and high winds halted activities throughout mid-Michigan on Monday. 

The mayors of Lansing and East Lansing declared snow emergencies on Sunday, closing all non- essential government facilities. Current State spoke with several local officials for the latest on the snow emergency. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Mon January 6, 2014

A century later: The legacy of Ford’s 'living wage'

Ford assembly line, 1913.
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On January 5, 1914, Henry Ford introduced a conditional five-dollar a day wage for his assembly line workers. One hundred years later, different people put different spins on the story. Some say it was Henry Ford paying his workers enough to buy the cars they were producing. Some say it was only a move to stop the high levels of worker on the assembly lines.
MSU's John Beck takes a look at the competing narratives and some interesting parallels 100 years on.
  

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