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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.
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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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Radio Made in Michigan
12:14 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

MEA responds to Right-to-Work complaints

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 Michigan’s new right-to-work law triggered a dispute last week.  The conservative Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a complaint with the state over what it claims is harassment by the Michigan Education Association toward a member.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:13 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Ofelia Zepeda

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Today's public poetry announcement features Current State contributor David Clauson reading "Smoke in Our Hair" by Ofelia Zepeda.

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

Food innovation district aims to boost Mid-Michigan agriculture

According to the website of the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, food innovation districts are local support systems of food-oriented business, services and community activities.
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The local food movement is a growing economic and cultural force in Michigan.  We’ve had a number of conversations on this program about efforts to build sustainable regional food systems, which go beyond farmers markets and food hubs.

Today, some local private businesses are joining MSU and state officials to announce the next step for mid-Michigan–the creation of a “food innovation district”. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.

Radio Made in Michigan
3:53 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Current State #189 | October 28, 2013

Today on Current State: Governor Rick Snyder testifies at Detroit's bankruptcy eligibility trial; MSU's Fairchild Theater's new acoustic system; futurist Daniel Burrus and a mid-Michigan man's connection to the 1938 radio classic "The War of the Worlds."

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:53 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Detroit bankruptcy trial reveals new details, Snyder set to testify

Governor Rick Snyder is set to testify about Detroit's bankruptcy eligibility.
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Detroit’s ‘bankruptcy eligibility’ trial enters its fourth day today, with Governor Rick Snyder scheduled to testify.

  

So far, federal judge Steven Rhodes has heard municipal finance experts as well as Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr claim that the city’s Chapter 9 filing in July was the only option left to address major cash flow problems and billions in long term debt.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:53 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Re-engineered Fairchild Theater debuts new acoustics

The Fairchild Theater at Michigan State University has recently undergone a major acoustic overhaul.
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Michigan State University's Fairchild Theater recently underwent a major renovation and re-opens next Monday night.  Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with MSU College of Music staff and students about the transformation.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:52 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Futurist Daniel Burrus: 'Skip your biggest problem'

Futurist Daniel Burrus is a keynote speaker at Thursday's "CEO Summit" in Detroit.
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Thirty years ago, Daniel Burrus iced his reputation as a futurist and trend watcher when he accurately forecast a surprising array of largely unheard-of technology.

Daniel Burrus is also an app-creator and author of six books, including the best-seller Flash Foresight and Technotrends.  He's a keynote speaker at this Thursday's "CEO Summit" in Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:06 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Current State #187 | October 25, 2013

Today on Current State: The Mackinac Center sues the Michigan Education Association; MSU Symphony concert preview; Election 2013: East Lansing city council; and The Meltwater Movement.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Conservative Michigan group pursues legal action against MEA

Coopersville teacher Miriam Chanski wants to leave the Michigan Education Association.
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A new dispute involving Michigan’s recently enacted "Right to Work" law unfolded this week. On Monday, Midland’s Mackinac Center Legal Foundation announced it’s taking action against the Michigan Education Association.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Fri October 25, 2013

MSU Symphony concert features Beethoven, R.V.W.

MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe says historically, the Second is probably the least performed of Beethoven's symphonies.
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The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is tonight at Wharton Center. The program begins with Beethoven’s Second Symphony.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Election 2013: New faces emerge in East Lansing's council race

There are two full terms and the balance of a partial term on the East Lansing city council up for grabs Nov. 5.
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We continue our Election 2013 coverage today with a look at the race for city council in East Lansing.  There are four candidates for full terms on the council, and an appointee to the council has a challenger for the right to fill the balance of a term.

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