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Radio Made in Michigan
11:47 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Current State #102 | June 6, 2013

Today on Current State: Republican Terri Lynn Land on her senate run; the market for farmers markets; MEDC CEO Michael Finney; the decline of bees in Michigan; and Potterville's Gizzard Fest.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:43 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Terri Lynn Land discusses run for Senate

Terri Lynn Land, pictured here alongside Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, says her management style from serving as Secretary of State and other roles would serve her well in the U.S. Senate.
Credit Terri Lynn Land

On Monday, Terri Lynn Land became the first Republican to announce her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Democrat Carl Levin next year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Economic potential for farmers markets expands

Customers inspect vegetables at the Allen Street Farmers Market in Lansing, which boasts everything from fresh tamales to musical guests. That market runs each Wednesday from 2pm to 7pm.
Credit Becky McKendry

As the summer weather gets nicer, farmers markets seem to be multiplying around the area. But it's not as simple as just popping up tents and selling veggies. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Thu June 6, 2013

MEDC leader reflects on Mackinac Policy Conference

CEO Michael Finney says the MEDC's primary effort is economic gardening- fostering business connections and access to capital.
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Along with hundreds of other state officials, Michael Finney - CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation - spent a few days last week at the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. The annual gathering offers decision-makers from the public and private sectors a chance to connect with each other and learn more about the issues facing the state, along with possible remedies.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Researchers tackle the decline of bees in Michigan

There are about 20,000 different species of bees in the world, 350-400 of which are present in Michigan, according to entomologist Rufus Isaacs.
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Each year, billions of dollars of our nation's agriculture sector are the direct result of the work done by bees. In Michigan, blueberry, apple and cherry growers - among others - count on them to pollinate their crops.

However, bee populations have been in slow decline across most of the United States.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:25 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Potterville gears up for Gizzard Fest

Gizzard Fest director Joe Bristol explains all the offerings of the festival: amusement park rides, lawn mower races and of course, gizzards.
Credit Melissa Benmark/WKAR

From the Cherry Festival in Traverse City to the Great Lakes Folk Festival in East Lansing, towns and cities of all sizes across Michigan host a variety of unique festivals and celebrations.

One of the more unusual festivals is this weekend in Potterville. Current State's Melissa Benmark recently talked to Joe Bristol, the director of Gizzard Fest, about its 14th year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Current State #101 | June 5, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan's demand for homebuilding labor; the Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs 1980s classics; Neighbors in Action features Friends of Ingham County Parks; East Lansing's Prima Civitas explores opportunities in Libya; and MSU's 53rd season of "Summer Circle Theatre."

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

State lacks labor to meet rising home demand

Wages for contracting and home construction jobs are expected to rise because of the high demand for workers.
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One of the first casualties of the Great Recession was the national housing market; home values reached historic lows after the bubble burst in 2007.  Now, a rising demand for new housing is driving a nationwide recovery.  But the problem is that many skilled workers who lost their jobs in the last six years have moved on.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:07 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs 80s classics on the riverfront

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra will perform everything from David Bowie to Madonna tonight at Adado Riverfront Park.
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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is playing a free concert tonight (Wednesday, June 5) at 7 pm in downtown Lansing's Adado Riverfront Park. The show will feature pop songs from the 80s.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:03 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Friends of Ingham County Parks

Friends of Ingham County Parks have supported - among many other things - Potter Park Zoo, Hawk Island developments, and the "Friday Night Concert" series.
Credit Friends of Ingham County Parks

This week, Neighbors In Action features the Friends of Ingham County Parks, which works with local government to support park operations.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

East Lansing's Prima Civitas explores business opportunities in Libya

The Libya program would provide for a long-term stream of international students to Michigan and bolster higher education in the state, according to Prima Civitas.
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An economic developer based out of East Lansing is pursuing a project in Libya – one it says would benefit Michigan companies and universities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:57 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

MSU's Summer Circle Theatre kicks off 53rd season

The cast of this year's Summer Circle Theatre opening show will perform the comedy "Charley's Aunt."
Credit MSU Dept. of Theatre

The 53rd season of the MSU Department of Theatre’s Summer Circle Theatre opens tonight (Wednesday, June 5). MSU students stage plays outdoors next to Fairchild Theatre, along the Red Cedar River.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:08 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Current State #100 | June 4, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan’s Indian tribes react to the possibility of a Michigan wolf hunt; the invasive garlic mustard; discussing Detroit’s future; and Lansing’s interactive art Sculptures in the Park.

Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Looking ahead to Detroit's long-term future

Detroit is not the only large American city in trouble. Cleveland, Buffalo and St. Louis are all facing similar financial situations as the Motor City.
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Detroit’s in an immediate crisis. Emergency Manager Orr will be deciding in a couple of weeks whether bankruptcy is an option. If it should move in that direction, what’s the way forward? There has been a lot of talk about the Detroit Institute of Arts' assets, as well as other museums. What kinds of discussions need to be had? 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:01 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Garlic mustard, an edible invasive species

Garlic Mustard while edible for humans is not eaten by mammals or insects.
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Garlic mustard is a Michigan non-native plant that turns up all over the state.  It out-competes native plants with its prolific number of seeds, blocking nutrients for surrounding species.  While edible for humans, the weed is not eaten by other mammals or insects.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Sculptures in the Park returns to Lansing

Featuring ten artworks by Michigan artists, "Sculptures in the Park" is a fully interactive experience, complete with a downloadable App where artists like Doug DeLind speak about their individual pieces.
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The summer public art installation “Sculptures in the Park” has returned to Lansing. Ten artists have installed pieces in Wentworth Park.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Current State #99 | June 3, 2013

Today on Current State: dissolving Lansing Township; pianist Sergei Kvitko; Great Lakes governors discuss how to keep Asian Carp at bay; and the history of foreign fighters.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Social media campaign aims to dissolve Lansing Township

Joshua Pugh is behind the Facebook page promoting the effort to dissolve Lansing Township.

A small group of grassroots activists has gotten behind an effort to alter the map in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:29 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Pianist Sergei Kvitko recounts recent Carnegie performance

For 15 years, Lansing-based Sergei Kvitko has been playing the organ at Lansing’s First Presbyterian Church. He also fills the roles of critically acclaimed pianist, composer, audio engineer and producer.

He's wrapped up a tour that ended with a Carnegie Hall appearance on May 23.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:23 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Bold idea to curb invasive species highlights Great Lakes Governor's conference

At the Council of Great Lakes Governors 2013 Leadership Summit, Great Lakes Governors, along with environmentalists and Canadian officials, discuss the possibility of separating the Mississippi River basin to stop the threat from Asian Carp.
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No sooner had conferees wrapped up last week’s Mackinac Policy Conference than another gathering formed. For the first time in six years, the Council of Great Lakes Governors met to discuss the economy and the environment.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:17 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Different wars, similar motivations: the history of foreign fighters

Before publishing 'Animal Farm' and '1984,' English author George Orwell joined a Marxist militia to fight in the Spanish Civil War.
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Last week, the rather startling news broke of a Flint woman who was killed while fighting in Syria. According to Syrian state television, 33-year-old Nicole Mansfield was killed by government forces on May 29 while fighting alongside anti-government rebels in the northwestern city of Idlib.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:29 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Current State #98 | May 31, 2013

Today on Current State: State Board of Education president John Austin; a Public Poetry Announcement with Jessica Greenbaum; Governor Rick Snyder; a review of May’s biggest stories; and the Jackson-based 1461st returns home from Afghanistan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:27 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

State Board of Education President John Austin on future of education in Michigan

 

The Michigan economy and education are at the heart of discussions at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference. Current State's host Mark Bashore caught up with one key participant -- the president of the State Board of Education, John Austin.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:24 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Public Poetry Annoucement: Jessica Greenbaum

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Jessica Greenbaum’s “A Poem for S.” is this week’s Public Poetry Announcement.

Current State's Public Poetry Announcements are brought to you by the Center for Poetry at MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:23 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

From Mackinac, Gov. Rick Snyder discusses education, economy

Gov. Rick Snyder speaks with Current State's host Mark Bashore from 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference.
Credit Courtesy of Michigan Governor Rick Snyer

Today is the final day of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference.  Michigan education and the economy have dominated the sessions.  

From the island, Gov. Rick Snyder shares his thoughts on the issues discussed at the annual gathering.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:21 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Month in Review: Impactful stories from May 2013

 

Current State reviews the biggest news stories and some that flew under the radar in May. Angela Wittrock, MLive’s former Lansing beat reporter, and Elaine Kulhanek, community conversation editor for the Lansing State Journal,  join host Mark Bashore for a reporters' roundtable.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:18 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Audio postcard: Jackson's 1461st Michigan Army National Guard unit returns from Afghanistan

Hundreds of people filled Lumen Christi High School in Jackson Thursday to welcome home members of the 1461st Transportation Company.
Becky McKendry WKAR

Dozens of anxious military families filled Lumen Christi Catholic High School in Jackson Thursday to welcome home their soldiers from Afghanistan.  The 1461st Transportation Company is back home after a 10-month tour of duty.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery and Becky McKendry witnessed the joyful reunion in Jackson and filed an audio postcard.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Current State #97 | May 30, 2013

Today on Current State: Democrat Mark Schauer discusses his candidacy for governor; MSU President Lou Anna Simon highlights the URC and entrepreneurship; a new exhibit shows off Lansing's culinary side; Democratic Sen. Gretchen Whitmer talks education and budget issues; and a local theater production takes us back to the 1970s.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:35 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Democratic nominee Mark Schauer discusses governor's race

Mark Schauer has received support from Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin in his race for governor.
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Barring the highly unforeseeable, Mark Schauer will be Michigan’s Democratic candidate for Governor next year. Schauer headed the BlueGreen Alliance, a group comprised of 14 of the country’s largest unions and environmental organizations that advances a green jobs agenda.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:29 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

New exhibit offers a peek into Lansing's culinary past

Lansing may be known for many things -- the state capitol, a rich automobile history, the baseball juggernaut that is the Lansing Lugnuts -- but food is probably not one of them. 

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