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Radio Made in Michigan
11:31 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Campaign targets pollution in local watershed

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It’s safe to say most of us take for granted that when we turn on our faucets, clean water comes out.  But where does our drinking water come from? How clean is it? And how much responsibility do we, as individuals, have to ensure that our water stays clean?

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:28 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Jackson museum explores American impressionism

MSU Art and Art History assistant professor Laura Smith considers 'On Grand River' by Frank Weston Benson.
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Say “impressionist art” and you’re likely to think of the Europeans like Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, and Cezanne. But a number of American artists fit in that category, too. In Jackson, the Ella Sharp Museum has opened an exhibition called “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony”. It’s on loan from the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:06 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Current State #216 | December 9, 2013

Today on Current State: campaign finance and education reforms in Michigan; country music in Detroit; remembering the tragic Italian Hall fire; Chinese student business owners; and MSU football heads to the Rose Bowl.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:02 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

State Rep. Lyons weighs in on campaign finance, education reforms

Lisa Posthumus Lyons represents Michigan's 86th district.
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With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative session, the Michigan House is working its way through a cluster of controversial proposals. One package of bills calls for significant education reforms, including a plan to hold back Michigan third graders who aren’t reading at that level.  Another would impose a letter grading system on school districts statewide. Another addresses the regulation of so-called “issue ads.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Detroit's music heritage: Motown, punk rock and ... country?

Eddie Jackson and the Swingsters are seen on the cover of 'Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys and Rockabillies.'
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In the middle of the 20th century, Detroit was home to a thriving country music scene. This little known music history of the Motor City is chronicled in the book “Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys and Rockabillies.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:55 am
Mon December 9, 2013

A century later, Michigan author recounts UP tragedy

This arch is all that remains of the Italian Hall.
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Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula is known for its rugged beauty, freezing weather, and copper.  Copper mining is a way of life in the UP whose tradition goes back more than a century.  And it was a century ago that one of the darkest episodes in the history of Copper Country played out in the small town of Calumet.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:54 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Some Chinese MSU students mix business with learning

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Imagine you were an 18-year-old American student, and you went off to study at a university in China that taught economics, biology and all the other subjects in Chinese. Then imagine on top of that navigating the legal and cultural differences to start your own business. For most of us, it would be a daunting challenge to say the least, and more likely too difficult to even attempt. At Michigan State University, some Chinese international students are up to the challenge.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Mon December 9, 2013

New Big Ten champs bound for Pasadena

MSU football coach Mark Dantonio celebrates Saturday's victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.
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Pasadena hasn't been on the MSU football itinerary since 1988. In 23 days, that will change with a Spartan Rose Bowl date with Stanford.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Current State #215 | December 6, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan remembers Nelson Mandela; new poll results for Obama and Snyder; amending the Constitution; St. Mary's centennial; and the Michigan Jazz Trail.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Remembering Mandela's connection to state, MSU

Shortly after he was released from prison, Nelson Mandela wore Detroit Pistons gear during a visit to Detroit.
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Nelson Mandela died yesterday at the age of 95.  For the anti-apartheid leader, Michigan was a special place.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

State survey shows Obama down, Snyder up slightly

Pres. Barack Obama's poll number are down, while those of Gov. Rick Snyder have risen in a new MSU poll.
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President Obama's approval rating in Michigan has dropped to its lowest point in three years, according to a new Michigan State University survey.

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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.
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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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