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Radio Made in Michigan
12:19 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Indie film producer enjoys success outside studio system

The MSU Film Collective showing of the Christine Vachon-produced 'I’m Not There' is tonight at 8pm in room B122 of Wells Hall. You can also hear Vachon’s public lecture at 5pm Friday in the RCAH Theatre.
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Filmmaker Christine Vachon is behind some of today’s most successful independent movies, including “Boys Don’t Cry”, “Far From Heaven” and “One Hour Photo”. The MSU Film Collective is screening her movie “I’m Not There” tonight, and Vachon will speak about the state of independent film on campus tomorrow.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:09 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Michigan nose-to-tail chef (colon) It’s all good

Brian Polcyn specializes in charcuterie, which is the art of preserving food before refrigeration.
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As we head into the second week of firearms deer season in Michigan, Current State’s Melissa Benmark has been thinking about two groups of people, high-end chefs and hunters, that might not seem to have a lot in common, but do share a common respect for the animals they use for food.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:41 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Current State #205 | November 20, 2013

Today on Current State: raising the minimum wage; artist-activist Chris Jordan; the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition; MSU Rhodes Scholarship candidate Craig Pearson; and figure skating in East Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:41 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Gov candidate Schauer explains push for minimum wage hike

Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer says minimum wage earners deserve a raise.
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On Monday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer called for Michigan to adopt the highest minimum wage in the country.  Currently standing at $7.40 an hour, Schauer's recommended $9.25 an hour would surpass the top existing state rate in Washington by 6 cents.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:39 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Artist Chris Jordan captures immensity of modern woes

Chris Jordan's project "In Katrina's Wake: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster" includes this image of the remains of a business in St. Bernard Parish.
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Tonight,  the MSU Department of Geography welcomes acclaimed artist and cultural activist Chris Jordan to the Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center. Jordan turns numbers into powerful art.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:35 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition

The Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition helps feed horse with their hay bank, and also works to save horses from abuse and neglect.
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Our Neighbors in Action segment features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:30 am
Wed November 20, 2013

MSU senior vies for Rhodes Scholarship

MSU senior Craig Pearson will find out this weekend if he'll attend Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship next year.
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This weekend, Michigan State University senior Craig Pearson will interview for a Rhodes Scholarship.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:28 am
Wed November 20, 2013

For some skaters, path to Sochi goes through Lansing

A skater practices at Suburban Ice in East Lansing.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

The road to the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia runs through East Lansing this week. Beginning today, the city plays host to nearly 250 athletes competing in the 2014 Midwestern Sectional Figure Skating Championships.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:29 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Current State #204 | November 19, 2013

Today on Current State: National Institutes of Health funding; the impact of climate change on big game animals; and the Central Park Five.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:28 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Tighter NIH budget threatens pace of biomedical research

Dr. Sally Rockey of the National Institutes of Health says NIH funding is important to American universities.
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Among the many federal government agencies and programs affected by the across the board spends cuts known as the sequestration, which took effect last March, is the National Institutes of Health.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:26 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Report: Climate change threatens to alter big game in Michigan

Moose are among Michigan's big game animals possibly affected by changes in climate.
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Throughout the 20th century large investments of time and money were made to help restore big game populations across the U.S. Many of these efforts were successful, but those successes may be short lived.

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Arts & Culture
1:25 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

From infamy to exoneration: Central Park Five seek final resolution

Raymond Santana (left) and Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five were exonerated years after their incarceration.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

On the night of April 19, 1989, a young white woman was raped in Central Park and left for dead. New York City was outraged by the crime. The next day police arrested 5 Black and Latino teenagers, and the media frenzy began.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:53 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Current State #203 | November 18, 2013

Today on Current State: campaign finance changes in Michigan; perennial grain research; new Shiawassee County business incubator; and remembering the wreck of the Carl D. Bradley.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:52 am
Mon November 18, 2013

State senate bill protects 'dark money,' stirs debate

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Last Thursday, Senate Republicans rushed through a bill that would alter campaign finance rules in Michigan. The changes include doubling the limits nearly across the board on campaign contributions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:45 am
Mon November 18, 2013

MSU to study viability of 'perennial grains' in Africa

MSU researcher Sieg Snapp. Her work has the potential to alleviate chronic malnutrition in certain parts of Africa.
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Hunger and malnourishment have plagued parts of Africa for generations. And nearly as long as the problem has existed, scientists have been looking for solutions to the vexing complexities surrounding mass hunger.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:40 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Shiawassee County gets its first business incubator

Lorraine Austin says the REV Center offers private office space and a message center for entrepreneurs.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Start up companies between the Lansing and Flint metro areas have a new resource to help them get off the ground.  Baker College in Owosso is the site of a new business incubator known as the “REV” Center.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:32 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Fifty-five years later, remembering the shipwrecked SS Carl Bradley

The steamer Carl D. Bradley sank 55 years ago today.
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The sinking of the SS Carl D. Bradley claimed the lives of 33 crewmembers on Lake Michigan. The Bradley wreck doesn’t get talked about as much as the Edmund Fitzgerald does, but it is a story worth remembering.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Current State #203 | November 15, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan's wolf hunt and Minnesota's experience; nude dancing at Spiral; Flint's master plan; Lansing's Maker Space; and music at the Coffeehouse at All Saints.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Minnesota's second wolf hunt offers lessons for Michigan

This wolf was photographed north of Marquette, Michigan.
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After a year filled with controversy, Michigan will hold it’s first wolf hunt in nearly 40 years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Old Town's Spiral features the Full Monty

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For years, at least two Lansing establishments have offered their patrons a very specialized service:  the chance to watch naked people dance.  Last weekend, the city picked up another.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:25 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Flint formalizes plan for future

Imagine Flint Land Use Workshops were held this summer.
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Flint is a city that has lost half its population over the last 50 years.  Its poverty rate far exceeds the state average.  And across the nation, Flint bears the harsh moniker of the “murder capital of America.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:22 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Creatives invited to Lansing's Maker Space

In October, the Lansing Makers Network held a take-apart clinic at the downtown Lansing Library. Kids as young as age 9 were shown how to disassemble electronic devices.
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After months of planning and work, the Lansing Makers’ Network marks its official Grand Opening tomorrow.   The group’s shared work space near downtown offers members a unique chance to use dozens of tools and resources.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:32 am
Fri November 15, 2013

The Coffeehouse at All Saints invites musicians, writers, community

Coffeehouse at All Saints founder Steve Findley (left) with singer-guitarist Jim Jersey.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

Every third Friday of the month from September to May, singers, guitarists, fiddlers, poets and writers gather at East Lansing’s All Saints Episcopal Church for an evening of words, music and fellowship.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Current State #202 | November 14, 2013

Today on Current State: the "Pure Michigan Waste" campaign; a review of Dave Eggers' "The Circle"; an American Indian Tribe and the wolf hunt in Michigan; a one-woman play on bullying; and live Turkish music.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

‘Pure Michigan Waste’ campaign aims to streamline government work force

Two years after it first suggested reforms to streamline and improve front line services to Michigan citizens, the Coalition of State Employee Unions says the state has failed to improve its human capital strategy.
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Michigan government services are inefficient and expensive because important reforms are not taking place.That’s the conclusion of a new report from a coalition of state employee labor unions entitled “Pure Michigan Waste.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Book Review: Dave Eggers’ ‘The Circle’

Author Dave Eggers denies that he's guilty of plagiarizing another writer's work.
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Who owns a story?

It’s a more complicated answer than you might imagine, especially in the freedom of today’s internet age where everything seems to be becoming more and more connected.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

On hunt’s eve Saginaw Chippewa’s to hold vigil for wolf

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is holding a candlelight vigil and sacred fire to honor the wolf.
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Tomorrow marks the opening day of Michigan’s first wolf hunt in nearly 40 years. The state has issued 1,200 hunting licenses to kill 43 wolves, all in the Upper Peninsula.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:03 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

One-woman play tackles bullying

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Friday night at the Wharton Center, a one-woman show examines aspects of bullying and teenage relationships. “The Shape of a Girl” is a play by Joan MacLeod.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:57 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

‘Micronotes’, ancient instruments featured in Turkish classical music

Ahmed Erdem (left) playing the Turkish Tanbur, and Murat Tokaç (right) playing the Ney.
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A group of musicians from Turkey will be at Kellogg Center tonight. The name of the concert is “Heritage of 1000 Years.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:36 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Current State #201 | November 13, 2013

Today on Current State: Church of Greater Lansing tri-county survey; violinist Dmitri Berlinsky; the East Lansing city council; and HOPE (Help Other People Eat).

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