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Radio Made in Michigan
10:55 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Maestro Neeme Jarvi returns to Michigan

Neeme Jarvi of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra led the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for 15 years.
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Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emeritus Neeme Jarvi returns to Michigan to conduct the Estonian National Orchestra Friday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Current State #195 | November 5, 2013

Today on Current State: the history behind Michigan women’s suffrage; election fatigue; Michigan’s blue economy; local hard cider; and the MSU 360-24 project.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:13 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Michigan played early part in women’s suffrage

Emily Fijol of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame says Michigan has a rich history of working for women's suffrage.
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Michigan women received the right to vote on this day—Nov. 5, 1918— 95-years ago. Michigan was one of the earlier states to approve women’s suffrage.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Staffing Ingham election polls a constant challenge

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says she has noticed an increase in younger people and families volunteering at the polls.
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Voters are going to the polls in 77 of Michigan’s 83 counties today.  Most are casting ballots for local mayoral and city council candidates as well as school-related issues.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:02 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Michigan economic developers eye ‘Blue Economy’

When people think of Michigan’s economy, they typically point to the State’s automobile industry or its agricultural sector. Often overlooked is one of Michigan’s greatest natural assets: water.
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A new report commissioned by the governor’s office focuses on accelerating Michigan’s water based or ‘Blue economy.’ The paper’s author, John Austin, is the Director of the Michigan Economic Center at Prima Civitas Foundation. Austin says that  a “Blue Economy” is similar to a “Green Economy”.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:58 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Michigan apple industry buoyed by hard cider demand

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According to market researcher IBISWorld, hard cider sales have increased an average 27.5% annually during the last five years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Project captures day in life of Spartans worldwide

Last year, an ambitious MSU project sent a video crew around the world to document the “world grant” impact of Michigan State. It was called “MSU 360”.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:28 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Current State #194 | November 4, 2013

Today on Current State: the Michigan Court of Claims; the Home Buyers Club; cellist Suren Bagratuni; the holiday season film lineup; and MSU's football win over Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Mon November 4, 2013

State Sen. Jones defends push to move Court of Claims out of Ingham County

Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) says it’s wrong and expensive to focus the operations of the Court of Claims in Ingham County.
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Republicans in the Michigan legislature are pursuing change at the state’s Court of Claims.  That’s the judicial body that decides legal actions against the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Home Buyers Club puts Lansing area residents on path to home ownership

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Buying a home is fraught with difficult decisions, and navigating the process can be daunting. For potential homebuyers in the Lansing area, there’s at least one place to get some help: The Home Buyers Club.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Three sonatas take center stage at Fairchild Theatre

Cellist Suren Bagratuni won the silver medal at the 1986 International Tchaikovsky Competition while still a student at the Moscow Conservatory.
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MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni and assistant professor of piano Minsoo Sohn perform tonight at the newly renovated Fairchild Theatre.  WKAR will broadcast the concert live at 7:30.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:12 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Offerings by Coen Bros, Stiller are highlights of holiday movie season

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Folk singers, hustlers and Samurai are all part of this year’s Holiday film lineup. John Serba, entertainment reporter and film critic for Mlive and the Grand Rapids Press, gave Current State’s Emanuele Berry the rundown of this season upcoming films.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:10 am
Mon November 4, 2013

MSU defense dominates in rout of Wolverines

The MSU football team celebrates with the Spartan Marching Band and the student section after beating Michigan on Saturday.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The Michigan State football team is undefeated in Big Ten Conference play and in first place in the Legends Division. Overall, MSU is 8-1.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:32 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Current State #193 | November 1, 2013

Today on Current State: energy choices; the Broad Art Museum's first anniversary; Lansing mayoral candidate Harold Leeman Jr.; college fight songs; music duo Mahogany.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Broad Art Museum celebrates first anniversary

Founding director Michael Rush (far left), at the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Broad Art Museum in 2012.
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Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum is celebrating its first birthday with an event tonight called GLOBAL.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Election 2013: Mayoral candidate Leeman says he's Lansing's 'neighborhood candidate'

Harold Leeman Jr. is trying to unseat Lansing mayor Virg Bernero. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.
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Our Election 2013 coverage wraps up today with Lansing mayor Virg Bernero’s opponent, Harold Leeman Jr.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:48 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

MSU, U of M make Best Fight Song list

The MSU fight song was ranked #16 on Yahoo's list of top fight songs in college football.
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Michigan State University football fans look forward to hearing Spartan touchdown cheers resound on the banks of the Red Cedar tomorrow, as University of Michigan faithful  hope to repeat last year’s victorious performance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Brooklyn art pop duo Mahogany has Lansing roots

Mahogany (Andrew Prinz and Jaclyn Slimm) performed live on 'Current State'.
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The Brooklyn-based duo Mahogany is in town to play for the Broad Art Museum’s First Anniversary celebration tonight.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Current State #192 | October 31, 2013

Today on Current State: October's biggest stories in review; Comet ISON; the history of werewolves in Michigan; and a review of "The Halloween Tree".

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Month in Review: October’s biggest stories

One of the recent stories out of Lansing is legislation from Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) that would rework the State Court of Claims, duties currently handled by the Ingham County Circuit Court.
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Events in Detroit have dominated a lot of Michigan news in October, most noticeably the city’s bankruptcy trial.  That has not been enough however to overshadow the race for mayor and city council in Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:13 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Approaching Comet ISON may be visible to naked eye

John French of MSU's Abrams Planetarium says comets are often confused with meteors but are different. They can linger in the sky for weeks or months.
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Between now and the end of the year, a rare treat will be streaking across the sky. Astronomers and amateur star-gazers alike are awaiting in anticipation for Comet ISON, which many are predicting will be bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:04 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Ah-oo, werewolves of … Michigan?

In this specific case of Michigan's werewolf folklore, a young nun living in what now is Grosse Pointe became the object of a voyager’s affections.
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Each month Current State Weekend host Emanuele Berry sits down with historian David Votta to rediscover forgotten bits of Michigan’s history. Votta is the Community Engagement Librarian at the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.  This month they decided to discuss the history of werewolves in Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Book review: Ray Bradbury’s ‘The Halloween Tree’

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Christmas has "A Christmas Carol", "It’s a Wonderful Life", "Miracle on 34th Street", Halloween has… Yes, Halloween has a collection of monsters stolen from black-and-white horror movies and a long history with witches and the like, but when it comes to an actual story, a fable to be brought out each year with the pumpkins, the holiday is sadly lacking.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:09 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Current State #191 | October 30, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing mayor Virg Bernero; the Lakewood Area Choral Society; and flipped schools.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:07 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Election 2013: Mayor Virg Bernero responds to audit criticism, touts record

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero (right), says the timing of a story in today's Lansing State Journal about incomplete audits is political, and was stirred up by city council president Carol Wood.
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Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with a look at the race for mayor in Lansing. Virg Bernero was first elected mayor in 2005. He was re-elected in 2009, and he’s now running for a third term.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:06 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lakewood Area Choral Society

The Lakewood Area Choral Society has performed with students from Jenison High School.
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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. This week, we feature the Lakewood Area Choral Society.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:04 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Nation eyes 'flipped school' pioneer in Michigan

Clintondale High School principal Greg Green. At his school, failure rates are down and graduation rates and college attendance are up.
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Clintondale High School, about nine miles north of Detroit, is attracting widespread attention for overhauling its approach to teaching.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:18 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Current State #190 | October 29, 2013

Today on Current State: possible decriminalization of marijuana in Lansing; Great Lakes Month in Review; MEA on recent RTW complaints; Public Poetry Announcement and local food innovation district.  

Radio Made in Michigan
12:17 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Lansing voters face marijuana choice

More than 6,000 people signed a petition to put the amendment to decriminalize marijuana on the ballot.
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Our local Election 2013 coverage continues today with a look at a city charter amendment proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Lansing. It’s on the ballot next Tuesday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:15 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Great Lakes Month in Review: fracking, ballast water and petcoke

Current State contributor Gary Wilson explains that pet coke is the by-product of the tar sand petroleum being mined in Canada and throughout the northern tier of the United States.
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At the end of each month we check in with Great Lakes Commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin.

For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we’re focusing on fracking, ballast water and petcoke.  

In July, Michigan residents watched as petcoke piled up along the Detroit River. Now residents in Chicago are scrutinizing rising piles of the waste product.

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