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

Meltwater Movement promotes Michigan musicians

The Bard Owls are one of the Michigan-based music acts promoted by The Meltwater Movement.
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The Meltwater Grassroots Movement is a local media group that uses community resources to make Michigan’s music scene more accessible. Through photos, video and audio, artists in the Mitten State are featured on their various social channels with exclusive content unique to The Meltwater Movement brand.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Current State #186 | October 24, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing's 'Marketplace Project'; HIV in Ingham County; what deregulation could mean for Michigan; environmental changes effect on Isle Royale; and a review of "The Ocean at the End of the Lane". 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:52 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Month after groundbreaking Marketplace developer updates project

Pat Gillespie of the Gillespie Group says demand for housing in downtown Lansing is strong because people like the feel of urban living.
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Yesterday, we got our first look at a new, long anticipated building project in downtown Lansing. The Gillespie Group tweeted the photo of its ‘Marketplace Project’ yesterday, about a month after breaking ground near the intersection of Cedar and Shiawassee Streets, north of downtown.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:45 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

HIV rates high, awareness could improve in Ingham County

Although Ingham County has the second highest rate of HIV infections in the state, Dwayne Riley says Lansing is conservative in regards to the idea that HIV exists in the community.
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Outside of metro Detroit, Ingham County has the highest rate of HIV infection in Michigan. Over half those cases are among gay men, most of whom are first diagnosed with HIV after the age of 30.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Survey suggests downsides to more Michigan utility dereg

Ken Sikkema says Michigan officials should consider the experiences of other states before pursuing deregulation.
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Earlier this week we spoke with Michigan Public Service Commission Chair John Quakenbush about draft reports published to guide Michigan’s energy future. One of many of the issues addressed in the report was electric choice and the deregulation of utilities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:24 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Isle Royale ecosystem tested by environmental changes

The rise in ticks may be attributed to warmer temperatures, which could be further evidence of global warming.
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The moose is one of the largest and most elusive land animals in North America. Moose were once found in both the Upper and Lower Peninsula, and now they’re concentrated in a few isolated areas of the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:17 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Book review: 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane'

Neil Gaiman’s new novel “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” has pivotal moments by a pond.
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Pure escapism entertainment is a hard trick to pull off in today’s fast world.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:47 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Current State #185 | October 23, 2013

Today on Current State: Gov. Snyder shuts down the NERD fund; Haven House; Lansing city council member Tina Houghton; and a breakthrough in nuclear fusion.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:44 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Gov. Snyder dissolves NERD Fund, won't reveal donors

The administration of Gov. Rick Snyder says the NERD Fund was in full compliance with existing laws.
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After weeks of pointed criticism, the Snyder administration announced on Monday that it would shut down its so-called NERD fund. The “New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify" Fund was not legally obligated to disclose its donors.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:43 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Haven House

Homeless families with male children can have trouble finding shelters that will take them. Haven House accepts a variety of homeless families.
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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 Haven House.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Election 2013: Second Ward's Tina Houghton shares priorities

Tina Houghton represents Lansing's second ward on the city council. Her challenger is Charles Hoffmeyer.
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Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with a look at the campaign for Lansing City Council in the second ward. Incumbent Tina Houghton is challenged by newcomer Charles Hoffmeyer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:38 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Scientists inch closer to harnessing energy from nuclear fusion

Dr. Wolfgang Bauer says how to achieve nuclear fusion has been known since the 1930s, but actually doing it always seems to be 20 years away.
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Achieving nuclear fusion has proven to be elusive for generations of scientists. According to the BBC, American scientists have brought us one step closer to nuclear fusion's becoming a viable source of clean energy.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:57 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Current State #184 | October 22, 2013

Today on Current State: living without religion; Michigan's renewable energy standards; the effects of reading literature on the brain; and marketing cars to minorities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:54 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

National group promotes community of non-believers in Michigan

Members of the group, including our guest Jennifer Beahan, say the purpose of the campaign is to connect with what polls suggest is a growing number of Americans not affiliated with any religion.
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Driving around Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo or suburban Detroit you’re apt to see an interesting new billboard.  Alongside smiling, ethnically diverse faces, the boards read: “Millions of Americans are Living Happily Without Religion.”

 

These billboards and a related website are the work of the secularist organization The Center for Inquiry which is based in New York.  

Jennifer Beahan is the assistant director of the Center's Michigan chapter, and she joins us to discuss the campaign and her organization.

Radio Made in Michigan
4:52 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

New report outlines attitudes on Michigan’s energy future

Wind is the least costly renewable energy and costs have even declined since 2008, says Michigan Public Service Commission Chair John Quakenbush.
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In 2008,  the state legislature passed Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. The law requires that by the year 2015,  utilities must generate at least 10 percent of their energy from renewable sources.  As 2015 approaches, state officials are working to determine the next steps for Michigan’s energy policy.

Earlier this year we spoke with Michigan Public Service Commission Chair John Quakenbush. At the time he was holding public forums on the state’s energy future. The information compiled at the forums and online are part of four comprehensive draft reports.

 

John Quakenbush discusses what he’s learned since starting this process.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:39 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

MSU lab examines literature's effects on the brain

The current center piece of Dr. Natalie Phillips' research is the exploration how the brain responds when people read certain types of literature with different levels of attention.
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Dr. Natalie Phillips, the co-director and lead faculty for Literary Neuroscience and History of Mind at the Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab, integrates the humanities and sciences in her research.

 

Through literature and brain scans, she analyzes the developmental impact of reading on complex processes in the brain. Dr. Phillips joins us to discuss her research and findings.

 

Radio Made in Michigan
2:58 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Do car companies perpetuate stereotypes in their ads?

Jalopnik's Aaron Foley singles out this ad for the Toyota Prius as an example of the auto industry's stereotypical marketing to minorities. 

Target marketing is nothing new. From their cleaning products to fast food to pick-up trucks, companies have been directing their advertising at certain segments of the population for ages. But when does target marketing cross the line from just good commerce into perpetuating stereotypes about certain groups in our society?

Aaron Foley, a Detroit-based writer for Jalopnik – Gawker Media’s popular blog on cars – had a post on the subject last Friday in which he wrote,  “As a minority, it’s borderline insulting that automakers are over-thinking this.”  He says that the auto manufacturers are particularly egregious offenders of using stereotypes to market their products to minorities. He joins us to elaborate.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:24 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Current State #183 | October 21, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing city council candidates Kathie Dunbar and Ted O'Dell; R. Buckminster Fuller documentary; and cooking with wild game.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Election 2013: At-Large candidates Dunbar, O'Dell outline priorities

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Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with two of the candidates for at-large seats on the Lansing City Council.

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