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Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Current State #176 | October 10, 2013

Today on Current State: Gov. Rick Snyder on Detroit's bankruptcy; political polling; and a new book about the link between Detroit and the U.S. Nazi movement in the past.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:48 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Under oath, governor responds to union’s Detroit bankruptcy questions

Gov. Snyder was expected to be asked, among other things, why he did not prohibit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr from exempting pensions from cuts in addressing Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
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For three hours yesterday, attorneys representing influential Michigan labor unions and others had a chance to question Gov. Rick Snyder under oath about events leading up to his July decision to authorize bankruptcy for the city of Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Researcher explains intricacies of political polling

Polling expert Paul Lavrakas says people are greatly interested in political polls, though they won't always admit it.
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Much of the news coverage of American politics these days centers on the horse race results of polls. Who’s ahead? Who’s behind? Is this candidate or that issue trending up or down in popularity? But what does that sort of coverage really tell us? How can we be assured of the accuracy of a particular poll? And what has modern technology done to how this information is gathered and compiled?

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:27 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Book explores Detroit connection to U.S. Nazi past

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Author Arnie Bernstein has published a new book about the rise of an American Nazi movement in the 1930s, which had strong ties to the city of Detroit. It’s called “Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:09 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Current State #175 | October 9, 2013

Today on Current State: public-private partnerships in Michigan; the Kettering University-Flint partnership; and Volunteers of America.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:06 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Public-private partnerships in Michigan pose opportunities, challenges

The MSU Center for Community and Economic Development is on East Michigan Avenue in Lansing.
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A few weeks ago on Current State, we told you about something brand new in Michigan: social impact bonds.  They’re part of a budding effort to solve public problems using private investor capital.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:04 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Kettering University takes active role in Flint's rebirth

Kettering University in Flint
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There's an interesting public-private partnership happening in Flint. Kettering University, the private science and engineering school, has been taking a more active role in the community.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:58 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Volunteers of America Lansing

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie (right) recently joined VOA VP Patrick Patterson, committee chairman Kevin McGraw and honoree Fr. Jake Foglio at an event honoring veterans.
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On this week's Neighbors in Action segment we feature the Volunteers of America in Lansing, which offers a wide array of programs and serves more than 4,000 people each year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:13 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Current State #174 | October 8, 2013

Today on Current State: MSU faculty on classroom transparency after Penn affair; interactive online game to learn Chinese; and concerns about the possible storage of Canadian nuclear waste near the Great Lakes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:09 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

After Penn affair, MSU considers classroom transparency

English professor William Penn’s remarks on Republicans went viral, such as a comment that he considers Republicans to be 'cheap'.
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At the beginning of the academic semester this fall, a Michigan State University professor became the focus of controversy over a video recorded in his classroom.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Local entrepreneur seeks to grow online Chinese language game


Have you ever considered learning all about another country?  Say, China? A local electronic game developer may have just the ticket for you.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

State Sen. concerned about nuclear waste site near Lake Huron

Ontario Power Generation has plans to store 200,000 cubic meters of low and mid grade radioactive waste in an underground limestone cavern off the shore of Lake Huron.
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Ontario Power Generation plans to store radioactive waste in an underground cavern near Lake Huron. The storage site’s proximity to the lake has raised concern across the Great Lakes basin.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:04 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Current State #173 | October 7, 2013

Today on Current State: mental health care; a new virus makes dogs sick; and the "Lake Effects" exhibit at the Michigan Historical Museum.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Earley says lock-up more common than treatment for many with mentally illness

Pete Earley was a 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist for 'Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness'.
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Across the nation, more and more people who are suffering from a severe mental illness are likely to wind up in prison than in a treatment facility. Here in Michigan, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, estimates that more than four times the number of people with mental illnesses are in prisons than in hospitals.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:58 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New dog virus spreads to Michigan, MSU seeks answers

MSU veterinarians say two dogs with circovirus have died. However, they also were infected with other organisms that were more likely to have caused their deaths.
Credit flickr - Olathe Animal Hospital in Olathe, KS

Dog owners in Michigan have a new reason to keep an eye on their pets. Last week, Michigan State University clinicians announced the arrival in Michigan of a virus that can make dogs sick.  The canine circovirus was first identified in California just last April.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Beyond the Edmund Fitzgerald: Museum highlights Great Lakes natural disasters

This survival suit, part of the 'Lake Effects' exhibit at the Michigan Historical Museum, is designed for protection and flotation in frigid waters.
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At the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing, a new exhibit called “Lake Effects” examines the state’s weather history, including the state’s worst natural disasters.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Current State #172 | October 4, 2013

Today on Current State: arts education in Lansing Public Schools; the 'Code Michigan' hackfest; Arinko O'Meara completes her walk of every street in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Local arts orgs seek return of certified teachers in Lansing schools

Teacher layoffs in the Lansing public schools have raised concerns among arts educators across the country.
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Last spring, in response to a budget deficit, the Lansing Public School District laid off 87 teachers who were certified to teach art, music and physical education in its elementary schools.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:15 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Michigan hackfest turns state data into useful apps

Civic coding is the act of creating works of software for the purpose of promoting government transparency.
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An event this weekend in Detroit bills itself as “a three-day hackfest aimed at building great apps for the State of Michigan.”  The term “hackfest” may conjure up some negative connotations.  It’s real name –“Code Michigan” -- is a chance for techno geeks to unite for a noble cause.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:08 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Thirty thousand photos and three years later, City Saunter comes to an end

One of Ariniko O’Meara's walks took her along the Grand River in Lansing.
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Ariniko O’Meara will complete a 500 mile journey tonight. She has spent the past three years walking down every street in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:12 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Current State #171 | October 3, 2013

Today on Current State: count day for public schools; Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps; Voices of Experience with Frank Kelley, Part II; and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's second MasterWorks concert.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:10 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Count Day crucial for public school funding

There are more than 1.5 million public school children in Michigan, a number that’s been steadily decreasing since 2002.
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School districts across the state of Michigan are doing their arithmetic this week.  Yesterday was the bi-annual “Count Day”.  Districts count the number of students attending school each February and October in order to determine their share of per-pupil state funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps explores new funding

The CCC taught 3 million young, unmarried men how to build and maintain outdoor recreational areas. In turn, it gave them stable employment.
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In 1933, America was in the grip of the Great Depression.  Facing the specter of economic ruin,  President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted a number of federal recovery programs, which came to be known as “Alphabet Soup.”  One of those was the CCC or the Civilian Conservation Corps

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Voices of Experience: 'Eternal General', Frank Kelley Part II

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Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s new series, Voices of Experience.   Last week, we launched the feature with the first of a two-part interview with former Michigan Attorney General,” Frank J. Kelley.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:54 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Latest LSO performance features all Russian program

Russian composers often use global influences when composing music, such as Spanish in the case of Prokofiev's violin concerto.
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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s second MasterWorks concert of the season is on Saturday at Wharton Center. It features music of Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov, and the two violin concertos by Prokofiev.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Current State #170 | October 2, 2013

Today on Current State: the local impact of the government shutdown; a documentary about Michigan craft beers; the All of the Above Hip Hop Academy; and WKAR-TV's "Quizbusters" celebrates 25 years on the air.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutdown shockwave ripples through Lansing area's human services

Federal workers protested the government shutdown in Washington on Tuesday.
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As we enter the second day of a partial government shutdown, it’s still uncertain just how much impact this will have across the state and locally. One thing is certain, however.  The longer this continues, the greater the effects will be. More than 40% of the state’s budget comes from the federal government. In the Tri-County area, there are many non-profits and government programs that rely on federal funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:57 am
Wed October 2, 2013

New film chronicles Michigan's craft beer scene

'The Michigan Beer Film' celebrates the artistry of the state's brewers, and captures the challenges they face.
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Michigan has seen tremendous growth in its craft beer industry. That growth is chronicled in the new documentary "The Michigan Beer Film."

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:50 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Neighbors in Action: All of the Above Hip Hop Academy

The All of the Above Hip Hop Academy mentorship program provides the fundamentals of hip hop. Ozay Moore (center) is the academy's director.
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On this week's Neighbors in Action segment we feature the All of the Above Hip Hop Academy.  The organization provides youth the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of hip hop through mentorship, while building a Hip Hop  community in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:47 am
Wed October 2, 2013

QuizBusters celebrates 25th anniversary

A live studio audience enjoyed the recent taping of a celebrity version of 'QuizBusters' at WKAR.
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WKAR TV’S "QuizBusters" celebrates 25 years on the air this year. Since its premiere, the program has been hosted by Matt Ottinger.

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