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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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Radio Made in Michigan
3:25 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

MI business advocate: biz health exchanges a 'solution without a problem'

Rob Fowler of the Small Business Association of Michigan thinks there's value to the consumer in the individual health insurance exchange.
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Many Michigan businesses have voiced concern and disapproval of the federal Affordable Care Act.  Twice before on Current State, we’ve explored the issue with one of the state’s key advocates for small business.

Rob Fowler is CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, based in Lansing.  He returns with his thoughts on the health insurance exchanges that will soon to be unveiled. Fowler isn't sure that businesses will benefit from them.

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

Rexrode revisits Spartan penalties, playcalling in ND loss

After Saturday's loss at Notre Dame, MSU football coach Mark Dantonio's Spartans have a week off before their next game, Oct. 5 at Iowa.
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Penalties against the MSU defense were a big factor in the 17-13 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday. The coaching staff is also facing questions about the decision to replace starting quarterback Connor Cook late in the game.

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Radio Made in Michigan
7:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

A recap of Current State's top stories from the week of Sept. 16

Did you miss Current State this week? Revisit the top stories from this past week below. Follow Current State on Twitter @KarCurrentState. Use the hashtag #NeighborsinAction to tell us how you or your organization is making a difference in the Lansing community.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:41 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Current State #163 | September 20, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan experiments with "social impact bonds;" a controlled deer harvest in Michigan Township; international artists compete in Grand Rapids' ArtPrize event; a very visible prank sparks a cancer research fundraiser and the blues duo Matchette and Frog join us in the studio.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:41 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Michigan tackles public ills with private funding

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Michigan has joined a small group of state and local governments in something of an experiment.  The state is launching a program that will seek to attract private investors, whose money will address very public problems.  

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:40 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Controlled hunting thins deer herd in Meridian

Meridian Township is hosting its third annual deer harvest. An overpopulation is causing damage to lawns and gardens. The deer also pose a significant hazard to drivers.
Credit Courtesy Mary K. Baird

Early antlerless deer season begins this weekend in Michigan.  Statewide, bow hunting is still almost two weeks away, and firearms hunting is permitted starting in mid-November.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:40 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Artists from around the world compete in Grand Rapids' Art Prize

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ArtPrize has become a major event in Grand Rapids, with thousands of visitors from all over the world. The huge pot of prize money available has a lot to do with why so many artists enter their works.

 

Now underway, the two-week run of ArtPrize will end October 4 with an awards ceremony.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:40 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

'Go Blue' jab sparks MSU fundraiser

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Organizers now say more than $33,000 has been raised for cancer research in a spur-of-the-moment campaign triggered by a very visible prank.

 

Few people in the East Lansing area and fewer still in social media don’t know about the enormous ‘GO BLUE,’ message, skywritten last Saturday over Spartan Stadium.  And as many of those same people have learned, one MSU official responded quite creatively.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:39 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Matchette and Frog strip down the blues for Old Town Blues Fest

'Frog,' (S.J. Forgey, left) and Dave Matchette will perform this weekend at the Old Town Blues Festival.
Credit Joe Linstroth / WKAR

This weekend, the blues will flow like muddy water through the streets of Lansing's Old Town, as performers from around the U.S. will take the stage at Old Town's Bluesfest.  One of the acts playing this weekend is Matchette and Frog. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Current State #162 | September 19, 2013

 Today on Current State: Update on fiscal conditions in Detroit and other U.S. cities; Lansing's historical Knapp's building renovation; MSU Theatre's production of "Widows"; Michigan native on her goal to make it to Mars; and Lansing Makers Network takes over city landmark. 

Radio Made in Michigan
12:49 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

In Detroit, scholar updates fiscal conditions of key U.S. cities

Frank Shafroth will be releasing paper updating the fiscal challenges facing not only Detroit, but five other cities as well.
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 Back in July when state officials filed for federal bankruptcy protection for Detroit,  worries spiked about other fiscally troubled U.S. cities.    Frank Shaforth is keeping an eye on several of those cities. Shafroth is a noted municipal finance expert coming to Detroit tomorrow to participate in the Michigan Municipal League’s annual meeting.    Mr. Shafroth is a Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Lansing's Knapp's building part of cities resurgence

The Knapp’s project is a good example of how federal and state historic preservation tax credits are used to blend old form with new function
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 The massive renovation of the former J.W. Knapp department store continues in downtown Lansing.  The historic 190,000 square foot building is being converted into a mix of retail and residential space.  Architects and developers are being careful to keep some of the original charm of the 75-year-old landmark, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Current State’s Kevin Lavery spoke with Robb McKay, a historical architect with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.  They walked through the old Knapp’s building, which is slated to re-open for business in February.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

MSU production explores widows anguish and hope

Ariel Dorfman's 'Widows,' was influenced by the “disappearing” of Chilean men during the Pinochet regime. In his play, a village of women band together to defy the nation's military.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 

The MSU Department of Theatre is presenting the play “Widows” through this weekend.

The director of the play is Ann Folino White, Assistant Professor of Theatre at MSU. She joined us to discuss the play based on Chilean author Ariel Drofman's work.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Michigan native wants a one-way ticket to Mars

Over 200,000 people from around the world have volunteered to leave their life on earth behind  to become part of the first human colony on Mars.  The project titled Mars One aims to settle humans on the red planet by 2023. Current State’s Emanuele Berry found out that the people who will man this mission are everyday people like Michigan native, Erica Meszaros.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Lansing landmark a 'Temple' for creativity

The makerspace in Lansing, located in Old Town's Temple Building, is a community workshop where people can share tools and concepts, according to Brian Adams the board president of the Lansing Makers Network.
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Over 100-years ago it was a church, its stairwell under the feet of countless young brides as they stood at the top and tossed their bouquets. Decades later, it was nightclub that laid claim to hosting some of the biggest national acts to come through Lansing. Then it was empty sitting unused. But not anymore.

 There are some new tenants using Old Town’s Temple Building. Current State’s Becky McKendry took a trip to see just who’s been occupying the space. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:05 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Current State #161 | September 18th, 2013

Today on Current State: Update on shooting in Lansing; Move to Amend urges action against Citizens United decision; Organ transplant recipients and donor families connect; Ele's Place offers grieving families relief; and Manual Cinema modernizes shadow puppets. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Lansing police chief updates local shooting

Lansing Police continue their investigation into a shooting Tuesday afternoon that left at least three Sexton High School students injured. LPD says none of the injuries were life-threatening and at least two victims have been discharged from hospitals. Early Wednesday morning, WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:01 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Gift of life recipient and donor family remain linked

The Donate Life Capitol Celebration takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
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The second Donate Life Capitol Celebration is at the state Capitol today, with hundreds of donor families on hand to promote organ donation. They’ll be joined by transplant recipients and patients still waiting for a suitable donation.There are many examples of donor families bonding with those whose lives were saved by the resulting transplant. In 2003, 20-year-old Chase Coleman died in a car accident. At the same time, then-50-year-old Terry Gould was awaiting a heart transplant. He’s alive today because the Coleman family made the decision to donate Chase’s heart. Terry Gould and Chase Coleman’s brother, Lon Coleman discuss their relationship.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:58 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Advocate urges action against Citizens United decision

     In January 2010, the Supreme Court released its 5-4 decision in Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission.  The opinion struck down a Federal Elections Commission rule prohibiting corporations from engaging in certain political activity, maintaining it violated free-speech rights. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:52 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Ele's Place

Ele's place is currently holding a fundraiser called the Ultimate Spartan Challenger.
Credit Courtesy of Ele's Place

 

  On this weeks Neighbors in Action segment we feature Ele’s Place. The non-profit, which has branches in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Lansing, offers services to families and children who are grieving. Lori Bosch, managing director of Ele’s Place in Lansing, and Tanya Overweg, who has been a part of Ele’s Place, discuss the process of healing.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Shadow puppetry evolves with 'Manual Cinema'

Shadow puppets on the radio? Now that’s something you don’t “hear” everyday, but here at Current State we thought we'd give it a try.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Current State #160 | September 17, 2013

Today on Current State: Architect-futurist anticipates global demoralization; Detroit's Water Renaissance series on the Rouge River; filmmaking staying relevant in Michigan despite changes; and MSU Museum photos capture modern workers in new exhibits.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Architect-futurist: Think locally, act locally

Andrés Duany is an architect and community planner whose firm—Duany Plater-Zyberk, headquartered in Miami—has completed designs for almost 300 new towns, regional plans and community revitalization projects.
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For more than 30-years, Andrés Duany has sought to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment, both in American cities and around the world.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:48 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Detroit's Water Renaissance: The Rouge, a river in trouble

Fishing along the Detroit River near the Ambassador Bridge, looking back at Rouge pollution.
Credit Karen Schaefer

  

Water attracted early settlers to Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery. Today we continue to explore Detroit’s waterfront: Challenges and opportunities  in our series Detroit’s Water Renaissance.

So far, we’ve looked at lucrative walleye fishing on the Detroit River,  daylighting streams and rebuilding shorelines. Today we explore the Rouge River. The Rouge River in Detroit is one of Michigan's—and the Great Lakes—most polluted waterways.  Generations of air and water pollution from heavy industry near the mouth of the river contaminated its sediments and made it unsafe for fishing.  Upstream, dense urban populations have overwhelmed sewer and storm water systems, sometimes dumping raw sewage into the Rouge.  The result is a river in trouble. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Despite shifting incentives, filmmakers still look to Michigan

Michigan’s film industry has seen a few changes over the past 5 years. Under Gov. Jennifer Granholm, refundable tax credits for films were unlimited. For the 2012 fiscal year, under Gov. Snyder, a cap of 25 million cap was placed on film incentives. The following year the cap was increased to 50 million.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:23 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

MSU Museum photos capture modern workers

Monique Watson, who works at a GM plant building the Volt, is featured in 'Detroit Resurgent' at the MSU Museum.
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The MSU Museum has two new photo exhibitions that display the work life of people around the globe. One is called “An Extraordinary Document of Our World” and  the other is called “Detroit Resurgent.” The Detroit project will be turned into a book by the MSU Press next year. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:18 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Current State #159 | September 16, 2013

Today on Current State: Environmental advocate anticipates Michigan energy plan discussion; GM celebrates the Lansing Grand River plant's millionth vehicle; Documentary 'Imported from China' highlights rapid growth of Chinese international students; Debunking myth of Lansing as 'Biddle City;' and Current Sports Al Martin on MSU football. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Environmental advocate anticipates Michigan energy plan discussion

The Lansing Board of Water & Light announced last week, it will begin selling wind-generated electricity next year. James Clift, Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council, says the plan is a great development.
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Michigan's energy policy will become a hotter topic in the final months of 2013. Officials have held a series of energy public forums around the state this year. This Friday, Governor Rick Snyder will begin sharing the results with the public and the legislature. The legislature is expected to spend 2014 addressing state energy policy.

 

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