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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Revamped state agency seeks to improve services for the blind

Braille reading materials are among the services provided by the Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons.
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Very few of the books published every year come out in a version that is accessible to the millions of people who are visually impaired. Earlier this year,  a treaty to address the problem was finalized. It's called "The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.”

What sorts of books and services are available to Michigan’s blind and visually impaired residents?

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:15 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Biography explores Gerald Ford's early years

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Grand Rapids includes an exhibit on Ford's early years.
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Gerald Ford was the only President who came from Michigan. Biographer Rick Boorem focuses on a time of President Ford’s life far removed from the pressures of the Presidency.  His book is called ‘Young Jerry Ford, Athlete and Citizen.’

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:59 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

A recap of Current State's top stories from the week of Sept. 23

This week on Current State: the impact of the tea party on conservative values in Michigan, Port Huron's exporting relationship with Canada, a perspective on Iran's new President, and a celebration of banned books. See below for the full stories.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Current State #168 | September 27, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan Transportation Odyssey; the 40th anniversary of Pinochet's rise to power in Chile; musician Jon Brooks; comedian Tom Green; and film depictions of Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:22 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Transportation Odyssey celebrates, highlights gaps in regional infrastructure

Some Michigan Transportation Odyssey participants are using AMTRAK rail service to get to Detroit.
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The third annual Michigan Transportation Odyssey is going on this week. Michigan Transportation stakeholders from around the state  took on the challenge of traveling across Michigan using only passenger transportation.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:21 am
Fri September 27, 2013

U.S. played crucial role in Pinochet's coup, declassified documents reveal

Augusto Pinochet rose to power in Chile in 1973, with the help of the CIA.
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This month marks the 40th anniversary of the coup in Chile which elevated General Augusto Pinochet to power.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:20 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Musician Jon Brooks tests boundaries of 'folk' genre

Jon Brooks will perform in East Lansing Saturday at 7 p.m.
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Canadian musician Jon Brooks will perform as part of the Pump House concert series in East Lansing on Saturday September 28th.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:19 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Comedian Tom Green grows up ... sort of

Comedian Tom Green will appear Friday and Saturday at Lansing's Connxtion's Comedy Club.
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Standup comedy and a Canadian cable access TV show landed Tom Green a show on MTV back in the 90's. His goofy demeanor and practical jokes made him a star.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Film commentary: Detroit on the big screen

Movies about Detroit often don't make the Motor City look good.
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I’m making a new film. It’s about three men who return to their hometown after a long absence. That hometown is Detroit. It took me over two years to write. But the thing I struggled with most was how to present the city of Detroit itself.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:25 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Current State #167 | September 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Cristo Rey Community Center's new Executive Director; Public Poetry Announcement; MSU Symphony opens new season; Voices of Experience series with 'Eternal General' Frank Kelley; and Banned Books Week.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Cristo Rey's new exec looks to do more with less

Joe Garcia, new Executive Director of Cristo Rey Community Center, says he wants to use his business experience to build relationships and expand the reach of Cristo Rey services.
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For 45 years, Lansing’s Cristo Rey Community Center has offered health, legal and other services, with an emphasis on Lansing’s Hispanic community.  

Last week, Cristo Rey welcomed a new Executive Director, whose job will be to do more with less.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:22 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Anne Sexton

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Anne Sexton's "With Mercy for the Greedy" is today's Public Poetry Announcement.

Current State's Public Poetry Announcements are read by regular contributor Stephanie Glazier.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:21 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

MSU Symphony opens season with challenging works

A unique part of John Corigliano's concerto for clarinets is the metaphor it evokes about a father-son relationship, according to Guy Yehuda.
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The first MSU Symphony Orchestra concert of the season is Friday night at Wharton Center. Featured works include Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra and a clarinet concerto by John Corigliano.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:19 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

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

For decades, Frank Kelley has been considered a ground breaking crusader in consumer and environmental protection.
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Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s new series, Voices of Experience. Arguably, no one shares Frank J. Kelley’s perspective on Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:17 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Book Review: Banned Books Week

The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling leads the American Library Association's top 100 list of most banned books of the past decade.
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This is Banned Book Week, where once again we stop to think about our first amendment rights and think about the books that are kicked out of our libraries and schools.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:56 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Current State #166 | September 25, 2013

Today on Current State: Pam Byrnes runs to replace Representative Tim Walberg; WKAR's Radio Reading Service; U.S. relations with Iran; and a theatrical production focusing on campus censorship.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:54 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Pam Byrnes aims to unseat Walberg in 7th District

Pam Byrnes has been working in China as Executive Director of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute.
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Michigan Democrats hope a former State lawmaker can unseat Republican incumbent Tim Walberg in the 7th Congressional district next year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:51 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Neighbors in Action: WKAR's Radio Reading Service

WKAR's Radio Reading Service is an audio service providing content from newspapers and other materials to listeners who are blind or who have other disabilities that make reading difficult.
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On this week's Neighbors in Action segment we feature WKAR's Radio Reading Service, which will turn 40 next week.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

U.S. seizes chance for dialogue with Iran

Dr. Mohammed Ayoob says other opportunities for improved relations with Iran have been missed in recent years.
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Yesterday, in front of the UN General Assembly, President Obama gave a wide-ranging speech in which he sought to clarify the United States’ role and intentions in the conflict-ridden Middle East.  By far the most noteworthy revelation in his speech was his embrace of a diplomatic opening from Iran, America’s long time adversary.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:51 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

One-man play deals with campus censorship

Ernest Harden Jr. stars in 'Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies' at the Pasant Theatre Thursday evening.
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“Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies” by playwright Joni Ravenna is a one-man show about Kabin Thomas, a University of Arkansas music professor who was fired in 2006 for using profanity in the classroom. The play is in Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre Thursday for a single performance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Current State #165 | September 24, 2013

Today on Current State: Canada and Michigan seek to strengthen economic ties; the anniversary of the last execution in Michigan; our first Great Lakes Month in Review segment; our Detroit’s Water Renaissance series: The Rouge River part two; and a book about family secrets is the next "Great Michigan Read".

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

In Port Huron, Michigan and Canada seek to strengthen economic ties

With nearly one third of Michigan manufacturing jobs dependent on exports, Canada is major player in this state’s economic recovery.
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Exporting is big business in Michigan, and no country is more crucial than our neighbor to the north: Canada.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Michigan led way in banning death penalty

Michigan was the first English speaking jurisdiction in the world to do away with capital punishment.
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On this day 183 years ago, thousands of people gathered to watch the second and the last execution in Michigan. Stephen Simmons was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife. From this case eventually came the end of capital punishment in the State.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:07 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Detroit’s Water Renaissance: A river with old enemies and new allies

A Great Blue Heron shares a log with a turtle along the Rouge.
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Water attracted early settlers to Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.

So far we’ve looked at lucrative walleye fishing on the Detroit River, daylighting streams, rebuilding shorelines and the destruction of the Rouge River. Today we explore efforts to clean up the Rouge.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:45 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Great Lakes Month in Review: commission urges action on algae blooms

Gary Wilson says The International Joint Commission uncharacteristically released strong recommendations about how to combat harmful algae blooms.
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This week we start our segment Great Lakes Month in Review. We'll take time each month to recap environmental news from around the Great Lakes Basin with Chicago-based commentator and journalist Gary Wilson.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:38 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Family secret prompts the new Great Michigan Read

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Family secrets are often the stuff of suspenseful movies and fictional page-turners.  Detroit native Steve Luxenberg discovered his family had one of its own—the existence of an aunt who had been shut away in a mental institution.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:28 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Current State #164 | September 23, 2013

Today on Current State: Republicans gather on Mackinac Island; fighting the stigma of STD's; preserving former slave dwellings; business health exchanges; and reviewing the MSU football loss at Notre Dame.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:28 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Michigan GOP sidesteps Tea Party showdown on Mackinac

The Grand Hotel was the site of most of the action this weekend, as top Republicans from around the country gathered for the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.
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Possible presidential candidates joined Gov. Rick Snyder and other top Republicans this weekend for the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:27 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Project aims to break the stigma surrounding STDs

Jenelle Marie started The STD Project because she lives with genital herpes. She contracted the disease 14 years ago.
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Jenelle Marie says the subject of sexual health remains  shrouded in stigmatized myths.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:26 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Preservationist sleeps in former slave-dwellings

The Brattonsville cabin in McConnels, SC was one of the slave dwellings in the Slave Cabin Project.
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In parts of the country, there are an unknown number of old dwellings that once were the homes of slaves. For Joe McGill, preserving these structures has become a mission.

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