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Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Michigan legislators join national push for Constitutional Convention

State Sen. Mike Green wants to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.
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On Saturday, state lawmakers from around the country will meet at Mount Vernon to discuss how they can push for a new constitutional convention. Their primary goal is to pass and ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

The bells of St. Mary's ring out at centennial

St. Mary's Cathedral in Lansing was consecrated on December 8, 1913.
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

This Sunday marks the second week of Advent, the start of the Christian church year and the prelude to Christmas.  It’s also the 100th anniversary of Lansing’s Roman Catholic cathedral, St. Mary’s.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Musicians aim to blaze a Michigan Jazz Trail

The Michigan Jazz Trail is bringing Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Saginaw on Sunday.
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On a recent trip to New York City, jazz vocalist Molly McFadden took some fellow Michigan musicians along to perform. The enthusiastic response has led to an effort to promote what McFadden feels is a rich Michigan jazz scene.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:25 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Current State #214 | December 5, 2013

 Today on Current State: new book examines the turbulent times in East Lansing during the 1960s; a lawsuit strives to give 'personhood' to chimpanzees; a tribute to radio legend Karl Haas at Wharton Center; and one MSU class puts out a cultural guide for international students.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Local politico writes of stormy 1960s in EL

Lingg Brewer graduated from MSU in 1968 and witnessed much of the drama that unfolded in East Lansing during that time.
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 Many in the Lansing area know Lingg Brewer as a longtime Ingham County Clerk from 1977 to 1994, and then as a three-term Democratic State Representative.  Brewer also served as county commissioner and is an original founder of the Impression 5 Museum.

 

In his new book, “Dreams Gone Wrong,” the Lansing native recounts how the complexities of the 1960’s — the Vietnam War, local and national politics, drugs and protest — played out dramatically right here in East Lansing and at Michigan State University.  

Radio Made in Michigan
1:20 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Should chimps have ‘personhood’ rights?

The activist group, the Nonhuman Rights Project, is seeking ‘bodily liberty’ for four chimpanzees and asking that they be moved to a sanctuary.
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Researchers typically agree that humans and chimpanzees share a strong genetic link. A lawsuit filed this week, however, is taking that connection a step further, arguing that chimpanzees should have the rights of a "‘legal person."

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Son performs tribute to radio legend Karl Haas

Radio legend Karl Haas' show 'Adventures in Good Music' was syndicated to public and commercial radio stations all over the world .
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Radio host Karl Haas would have turned 100 on Dec. 6. Many may remember him from the classical radio program “Adventures in Good Music.” It aired for 44 years, first on Detroit’s WJR and later in syndication on public and commercial radio stations around the world. His son, Jeff Haas, shared his father’s passion for music, but Jeff found his home in the world of jazz.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:13 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

New guide helps international students understand Americans

The new guide, 'One Hundred Questions and Answers About Americans,' was written by MSU journalism students.
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“What does holding hands mean in America?” It may seem like a silly question, but for many international students across the country it’s a serious one. Trying to understand  another country's customs is difficult, but a new guide is hoping to provide some basics in cultural understanding for international students.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:24 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Current State #213 | December 4, 2013

Today on Current State: the Detroit bankruptcy ruling; the Old Newsboys; new Jackson mayor Jason Smith; and MSU's femtosecond microscope.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Detroit's officially bankrupt, what's next?

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Attorney Ryan Plecha

Yesterday, after months of speculation, the most pressing question hanging over the city of Detroit was answered.  Following nine days of hearings, Federal Judge Stephen Rhodes declared that the beleaguered city is indeed eligible for Chapter Nine bankruptcy protection.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:20 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Old Newsboys

A Michigan historical marker in Lansing tells the story of the Old Newsboys.
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we feature the Old Newsboys.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:03 am
Wed December 4, 2013

New Jackson mayor, age 31, outlines agenda

Jason Smith took the oath of office as mayor of Jackson last night.
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Jackson has a new mayor. Jason Smith has been sworn into office. He replaced Martin Griffin, whom he defeated in the November election.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:56 am
Wed December 4, 2013

At MSU, it's goodbye NY minute, hello femtosecond

Dr. Chong-Yu Ruan is leading an MSU team developing new ultra-fast microscope technology.
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

The self-destruction of the comet ISON captured the public imagination last week, as it passed between our planet and the sun.  The mystery of outer space has enthralled humanity for centuries.  Now, Michigan State University is taking a giant leap into inner space.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Current State #212 | December 3, 2013

Today on Current State: former LSJ executive Mickey Hirten joins City Pulse as editorial director; tar sands shipping in the Great Lakes region; and a new Broad Art Museum exhibit pays homage to a Lansing-born visionary architect.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:25 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Former LSJ editor Hirten joins City Pulse

Hirten’s tenure at the Lansing State Journal ended last Summer amid a restructuring triggered by the growing use of digital media and the shrinkage of readership and revenue.
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A long-time Lansing State Journal executive has a new masthead. Mickey Hirten joined the LSJ in 2001 and spent a dozen years as the paper’s executive editor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Report: Great Lakes ill-equipped to ship tar sands safely

As the tar sands industry continues to grow, a pressing issue is finding ways to transport the crude oil to midwest refineries. Some are hoping to ship tar sands across the Great Lakes, while others fear another disaster like the Kalamazoo spill.
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Recently, the EPA denied Enbridge’s request to extend the deadline for dredging sections of the Kalamazoo River. Enbridge is still trying to clean up the remaining tar sands crude oil in the Kalamazoo watershed from the spill three years ago.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:17 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

New Broad exhibit features work of Lansing-born visionary

Lebbeus Woods, 'San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, Quake City', 1995.
Credit Courtesy/SFMOMA/Broad Art Museum

The next major exhibition at MSU’s Broad Art Museum features works by a Lansing-born architect. Born in 1940, Lebbeus Woods passed away last year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:45 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Current State #211 | December 2, 2013

Today on Current State: The U.S. Supreme Court hears a Michigan case that could impact tribal relations across the country; a new fashion incubator for Lansing; the GED test goes digital; local TV personality Evan Pinsonnault launches a new variety show and the Spartans prepare for a clash of wills against the Buckeyes in the Big 10 Conference Championship.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:44 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Michigan tribe's SCOTUS case could have far-reaching effects

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a Michigan case whose outcome could influence state-tribal relationships across the country.
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The U.S. Supreme Court  will hear oral arguments today in a Michigan case with potential repercussions for other states as well.   It involves Indian tribal rights and casino operations.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:43 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Fashion incubator aims to draw design talent to Lansing

'The Runway' will open in February at the former Knapp's department store in downtown Lansing as a fashion industry incubator.
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The business start-up scene here in Lansing is about to get another boost. A business incubator for fashion designers called The Runway is expected to open in February in the historic former Knapp’s department store building downtown. The project will house up to 12 designers in residence and a retail store, and will work to retain and cultivate design talent here in mid-Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:42 am
Mon December 2, 2013

GED test going digital, aligning with Common Core

The new general educational development, or GED, test will be updated in January with a focus on critical thinking skills
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Tens of millions of American adults have not graduated from high school.  Every year, thousands of these non-graduates take “general educational development” tests – the GED – to be considered proficient at the level of a graduate.  

Every 10 years the GED test is updated to meet with current educational standards.  Time is running out for individuals planning to earn their GED before the new test is put into place this January.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:41 am
Mon December 2, 2013

New local TV variety show to feature a little song, a little dance

WLNS-TV news anchor Evan Pinsonnault will host a new TV variety show in early 2014.
Credit Courtesy WLNS

WLNS-TV morning news anchor Evan Pinsonnault is launching a new project, one he hopes will bring local performers to television.

“The Evan Michael Show”  is a variety TV show in the mold of previous shows starring Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin.

Now in production, “The Evan Michael Show” will air on WHTV-MY 18 starting early in 2014.

Current State’s Mark Bashore chats with Evan Pinsonnault about the show and how he’s fitting it into his already crazy early-morning schedule.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Spartans prep for Ohio State, eye Rose Bowl

The MSU Spartans will face Ohio State University next Saturday for the Big Ten Conference Championship.
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The Spartan football team is basking in the glow of an impressive regular season: 11-1, and the prospect of going to its first Rose Bowl since 1988.  Current State’s Mark Bashore and Current Sports host Al Martin look back to Saturday’s game and ahead to the Big Ten conference championship game Saturday night against Ohio State.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:01 am
Fri November 29, 2013

A hunt gone wrong: One man's story of survival in the Alaskan wilderness

Misty Fjords National Monument, near Ketchikan, Alaska, is where Adrian Knopps of Grand Ledge and his friend, Garrett Hagen, ran into trouble while bear hunting in September.
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Man versus nature:  It’s a conflict as old as storytelling itself.  And for one Grand Ledge man, it’s a conflict he will never forget. 

Last September, Adrian Knopps, an electrician and avid hunter, went on a bear-hunting trip in southeastern Alaska with his friend, Alaska native Garrett Hagen. Only Adrian came back alive. And that was after he miraculously survived a week stranded in the wilderness with little to eat or drink, inadequate clothing and no shelter.

Adrian Knopps was gracious enough share his story with Current State producer Joe Linstroth.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:55 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Current State #210 | November 27, 2013

Today on Current State: a November Michigan news month in review; the Greater Lansing Food Bank; a review of Mitch Albom's new novel; and cranberry sauce recipes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:54 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Month in Review: November's biggest news stories

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Tomorrow's holiday and the long weekend means the end of the month has arrived artificially early. To review November's top Michigan news stories, Current State's “Month in Review” welcomes back Tim Skubick, host of WKAR-TV'S Off The Record.  Also re-joining us on Thanksgiving Eve is Kyle Melinn, Editor and Co-Owner of MIRS News in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:50 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Greater Lansing Food Bank

The Greater Lansing Food Bank delivers hundreds of tons of food each year to those in need who are living in a seven-county area in mid-Michigan.
Credit http://www.greaterlansingfoodbank.org/

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. On this day before Thanksgiving we feature the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:39 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Book Review: Mitch Albom's 'The First Phone Call from Heaven'

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Picture a bookstore as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Can you see it? There is the salad bar, the pasta, the breakfast area with the waffle maker, the giant slab of ham or beef. Okay, let’s skip all the healthy things and aim for the dessert table. You know how at every buffet there is that one enormous piece of chocolate cake? Well, for me, Mitch Albom’s books have always been that piece of cake.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:34 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Cranberry recipes you'll actually eat

MSU chef Kurt Kwiatkowski has cooked up some new ideas for cranberry sauce.
WKAR/Scott Pohl

Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow, and people everywhere are buying all the fixings for a big turkey dinner.  MSU chef Kurt Kwiatkowski has concocted some new uses for the jellied cranberry sauce in a can that often is served but left uneaten.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Current State #209 | November 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan Court of Claims update with judge Michael J. Talbot; Great Lakes Month in Review; and Voices of Experience with MSU's George Perles.

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