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Also be sure to visit Current State Weekend with host Emanuele Berry, where she features Current State reports from throughout the week, plus timely segments focused on arts and culture.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Tackling environmental issues crucial for Detroit's success

The report focuses on air and water quality issues, transportation, health and land use.
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This summer a coalition of Detroit based organization released the Detroit Environmental Agenda. The two-year project addresses improving quality of life through improving the environment. Guy Williams, President of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice joins Current State to discuss the report his organization helped compile. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:11 am
Tue August 27, 2013

MSU student features Rube Goldberg machines on America's Got Talent

 

 

Michigan native and MSU student, Steve Price, showed his unique abilities on this season of "America’s Got Talent." Steve builds Rube Goldberg machines, complicated contraptions that use dominos, tubes, ping pong balls and various materials to complete a simple task. The America’s Got Talent judges were impressed. Price’s invention took him all the way to the quarterfinals. Price explains why he decided to share his talent on national television.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:56 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Current State #145 | August 26, 2013

Today on Current State: a film about keeping GM in Lansing; East Lansing  developer converts a hotel into student housing;  MSU's neighborhood campus system; a new study on the relationship between HIV-infected children and their caregivers; residents concerned over South Lansing river trail extension; and Batman comes to East Lansing.   

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

‘Keep GM’ documentary in the works

The Oldsmobile Alero was the last car the Detroit automaker planned to send to Lansing to build
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If you lived in the Lansing area in the second half of the 90's, you probably remember billboards and bumper stickers shouting "Lansing Works" and "Keep GM."  It was part of an aggressive campaign to persuade General Motors from cutting back, and possibly ceasing operations in Lansing.  Up to 7,000 jobs in the city were at risk.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:44 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Developers fill housing need, while MSU builds neighborhoods on campus

MSU has one of the largest residence hall systems in the country. The neighborhood system was implemented to create a sense of 'home' on campus.
Credit Courtesy of MSU

  The fall semester here at Michigan State University begins on Wednesday.  Hundreds of new and returning students are completing their moves into residence halls and transitional housing units.  Not far from the campus, a new housing development is in the works.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:39 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Children with HIV benefit from trained caregivers

A new study on the relationship between HIV-infected children and their caregivers is showing some remarkable benefits for both groups. MSU researcher Michael Boivin and colleagues recently published the findings in The Journal of Pediatrics. 

Radio Made in Michigan
1:35 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Some residents concerned over South Lansing river trail extension

The Pathway would add more than five miles to the existing network of nonmotorized trails.
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Tonight, the Lansing City Council could move forward with a plan that would add five-miles to the city’s river trail.

The body will vote on a proposal to provide city funding for most of the “South Lansing Pathway.” That’s three sections of new biking and walking paths that would stretch from Cavanaugh Road to Waverly Road.  

Federal dollars would pay for about 80 percent of the project’s construction costs.  Tonight’s council action could green light the city’s share of funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:51 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Current State | August 20, 2013

Today on Current State:  Plastic pollution in the Great Lakes;  the MSU surplus store; a look at the book "Do Nothing! How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader;" and the connection between Cuba and American baseball. 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:50 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Current State | August 23, 2013

Today on Current State: we discuss "The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych;" the good and bad of the Detroit Lions' draft choices; Tiger legend Hank Greenberg fought off pitches and anti-semitism; and Senior Vice President and General Manager at FOX Sports South,  Jeff Genthner.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Current State | August 22, 2013

Today on Current State: The future of the U.S. nuclear arsenal; MSU women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant on life, leadership; Stephen Esquith, Dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities discusses the culturally rich West African country of Mali; and the growing problem of electronic waste. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:46 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Current State | August 21, 2013

Today on Current State:  Message in a bottle found near Harsens Island; research points to potential source of mental disorders' symptoms; and Lansing's Habitat for Humanity. 

   

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:58 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Current State | August 19, 2013

Today on Current State:  The auto industry ramps up hydrogen battery effort; a look at the book “Encyclopedia Paranoiaca;”  MSU Coach Mark Dantonio discusses children and health; and artist Karl Gude on information graphics and the creative process. 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:15 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

A recap of Current State's top stories from the past week

Here's a review of the top stories on Current State from this past week:

 At 20 percent, Michigan's recycling rate is 10 percent lower than the regional average. Kerrin O'Brien of the Michigan Recycling Coalition explains the reasons for Michigan's low rate and how a comprehensive statewide recycling plan can improve the current efforts. Click here for the full story. - August 13, 2013.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Current State #144 | August 16, 2013

Today on Current State: a look at how the Affordable Care Act would impact small business owners; Michigan fans remember Elvis Presley; legendary broadcaster George Blaha and his career experience; the winning script of this year's 'One Book, One Community' program - 'The Yellow Bird;" Lansing's first rowing regatta and remembering WJR personality J.P. McCarthy.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Michigan small business reactions to Medicaid expansion

The passage of the Affordable Care Act would make more than 300,000 Michiganders eligible for Medicaid health insurance.
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Beginning in 2014, much of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes effect. The landmark law aims to ensure that U.S. citizens have access to quality and affordable health insurance.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:27 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Michigan fans to remember Elvis Presley with music, impersonation

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Elvis Presley will be in Ionia this weekend, at least in spirit. The Michigan Elvis Presley Fan Club has arranged “a concert for the King” with several Elvis interpreters at the Ionia Theater on Sunday. Today is the 36th anniversary of Elvis' death. Yet many years on, he continues to attract devoted fans. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with Jennifer Thede, one of the fan club's co-founders.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:27 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Legendary broadcaster George Blaha reflects on career

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Broadcasting legend George Blaha is the long-lasting television and radio play-by-play voice of the Detroit Pistons. He is also the play-by-play voice of Spartans football.

Recently, he spoke with the Current Sports host Al Martin to talk  about his past, the NBA during the 80's and 90's and the upcoming season for the Pistons.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

'One Book, One Community' features the book 'The Yellow Birds'

The name of the book -- 'The Yellow Birds' -- is derived from a traditional U.S. Army marching cadence or call-and-response marching song sung by military personnel when preparing for combat.
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The One Book, One Community program encourages MSU students and East Lansing residents to read the same book and then discuss it together. This year’s title goes to ‘The Yellow Birds,’ a novel by Kevin Powers. The book reflects Powers' experience as a veteran serving in the Iraq War.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Remembering WJR legend J.P. McCarthy

Russ White with then MSU football coach George Perles and J.P. McCarthy at WJR in August 1992.
Credit Russ White

Eighteen years ago this morning brought the sad news of the death of beloved Detroit radio personality J.P. McCarthy. McCarthy ruled the morning radio airwaves at WJR for 30 years. Current State contributor Russ White worked with McCarthy for the last five years of J.P.'s life and has this remembrance of the great voice of the Great Lakes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:39 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Current State #143 | August 15, 2013

Today on Current State: the Michigan Public Radio Network's Jake Neher checks in on issues at the state Capitol; a local attorney leads a petition drive to de-criminalize marijuana in Lansing; the inspiring story of an MSU graduate living with multiple sclerosis; a Public Poetry Announcement featuring the work of Paisley Rekdal and a tour of the World War II submarine U.S.S. Silversides on display in Muskegon.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:39 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

MPRN's Jake Neher checks in on the Capitol beat

The Michigan state Capitol in Lansing.
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The Michigan Public Radio Network's Jake Neher joins Current State to talk about a proposed ballot item to raise revenues for road improvements and education in Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:38 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Lansing attorney leads effort to de-criminalize marijuana in city

Lansing attorney Jeff Hank is leading a citizen-based effort to de-criminalize the use of marijuana in the city of Lansing.
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Lansing voters soon may decide to change the city’s marijuana laws.  Last week, organizers submitted what appears to be more than enough signatures to put a proposal on November’s ballot.  It would decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of pot for people who are at least 21 years old and on private property.

Other Michigan cities have already passed similar laws: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Flint.  And in addition to Lansing, voters in Jackson and Ferndale may also vote this fall on similar measures.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:36 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Diagnosed with MS at 15, MSU grad lives inspiring life

Kelly Finger_McNeela (left) and Doreen Rickert-Rademacher.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

Back in the mid-1980s, when Kelly Finger-McNeela was in high school, she began having problems walking and playing basketball, her favorite sport. Soon, Kelly would receive the terrible news:  she had primary-progressive multiple sclerosis.  It's one of the worst forms of the diseases, characterized by progressively worsening symptoms without any relapse.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:36 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Paisley Rekdal

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Paisley Rekdal's "Happiness" is the featured Public Poetry Announcement read by Current State contributor Stephanie Glazier. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:16 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Muskegon's U.S.S. Silversides played key role in World War II

The U.S.S. Silversides saw a lot of combat in the Pacific during World War II. She's now permanently docked in Muskegon.
Credit Peter Whorf / WKAR

Today marks 68 years since the official Japanese surrender to the U.S. and the ending of World War II.

The submarine U.S.S. Silversides played an important role in the epic struggle in the Pacific.  From 1941 to 1945, the Silversides inflicted heavy losses on Japanese shipping.  The sub sank the third most tonnage of any submarine in the U.S. Navy.

The U.S.S. Silversides Submarine Museum  - and the sub itself – are now located in Muskegon, Michigan.

WKAR’s Peter Whorf joined Silversides docent Garry McKeen for a tour of the boat.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:23 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Current State #142 | August 14, 2013

Today on Current State: the debate over children's vaccinations; remembering the Northeast blackout of 2003; historic baseball plays out in Dearborn; our Neighbors in Action segment profiles Elder Law of Michigan and the return of the Renegade Theatre Festival.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:23 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Debating the pros and cons of childhood vaccinations

Data shows an increase in the number of Michigan children who are not getting their annual vaccinations.
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Michigan health officials and physicians have launched an awareness-raising effort to get more young people vaccinated.  The move comes after data showing an increase in the number of Michigan parents choosing not to get their kids vaccinated.    Last year, more than 7,000 kindergartners alone in the state had some kind of vaccination waiver.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:22 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Remembering the Northeast Blackout of 2003

The Northeast Blackout on August 14, 2003 affected some 55 million people in the U.S. and Canada.
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About 250 miles southeast of WKAR's studio in East Lansing is the town of Eastlake, Ohio.  Ten years ago, an electric generation plant in that small Cleveland suburb went offline, triggering the largest power outage in U.S. history.  The Northeast Blackout of 2003 affected 10 million people in Canada and 45 million Americans.  Here in Michigan, more than two million homes and businesses went dark, mostly in metro Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:22 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Dearborn hosts World Tournament of Historic Baseball

Dearborn recently played host to the World Tournament of Historic Baseball.
Credit Peter Whorf / WKAR

Dearborn’s Greenfield Village recently played host to the World Tournament of Historic Baseball.  WKAR’s Peter Whorf spoke with championship team member Michael Ossy about baseball in the 1860's.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:21 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

NIA: Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.

Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. is a nonprofit organization advocating for the rights of vulnerable adults.
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Our Neighbors in Action segment features Elder Law of Michigan, Inc.  It's a nonprofit charitable organization that promotes, protects and advocates for the rights, health, housing and economic well-being of vulnerable adults.

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