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Education
4:48 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Youth Action Committee

courtesy of Robin Miner-Swartz


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. Today we feature the Capital Region Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee or YAC. The committee is made up of high school students in the Tri Country Area who volunteer and distribute grants to area non-profits that serve youth.

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Arts & Culture
4:44 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

'Mobile in Black and White' film encourages racial dialogue


Video courtesy of www.mobileinblackandwhite.org

 

The Capital City Film Festival starts tomorrow and runs through the weekend. On Saturday, a film about race relations in America will air at Dart Auditorium in Lansing. It’s called “Mobile in Black and White”. The film, which originally featured four shorter segments broken up by discussions, is directed by Robert Gray.

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Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

More music, films at this year's Capital City Film Festival

The fourth Annual Capital City Film Festival starts this Thursday and runs through Sunday.
Credit Courtesy of Capital City Film Festival

The fourth Annual Capital City Film Festival will showcase four days of films. Shorts, documentaries,  and narrative features are all included. The festival starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. Capital City Film Festival Director Dominic Cochran and Festival Coordinator Payal Ravani discuss this year’s offerings.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Current State #292 | April 8, 2014

Today on Current State: the McCutcheon ruling on campaign financing; how winter impacted Michigan fruit; and the push for local food in large institutions.

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Politics & Government
1:28 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

More freedom or less democracy? Sorting out ramifications of the McCutcheon ruling

The McCutcheon decision effectively raises the individual political donation limit from $117,000 to approximately $3.5 million.
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The U.S. Supreme Court last week came out with another controversial ruling on our nation’s campaign finance laws.

In the case McCutcheon versus the FEC, the Supreme Court struck down the limits on the overall amount of money an individual can give to all federal candidates and committees in a two-year election cycle.

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Business
1:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Michigan peaches, wine grapes take hit in brutal winter

Mark Longstroth thinks the harsh Michigan winter will result in a 50 percent reduction in peaches.
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The sun may be shining and the snow may be melting, but the effects of this year’s harsh winter are still lingering. The ice and cold of the season damaged some of Michigan’s fruit trees.

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Health
12:54 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

New initiative aims to put more local food in hospitals, schools

The founders of the Food to Institution Network are trying to get more locally sourced food into the cafeterias of large entities like school districts, hospitals, and universities.
Credit Flickr - Barberton Community Foundation

Michigan has long been proud of its diverse agricultural profile. Many growers are active in the “buy local” movement through farmers’ markets and food hubs. Now, MSU and the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center are launching the Michigan Food to Institution Network.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:48 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Current State #291 | April 7, 2014

Today on Current State: prioritizing road repair; local poet publishes book; business leaders update Michigan turnaround plan; and working while in school.

Politics & Government
11:47 am
Mon April 7, 2014

The bumpy process of prioritizing road funding

Each spring, Michigan faces the problem of repairing roads damaged during the winter.
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Last week, Michigan House Republicans proposed a new funding plan that would allocate nearly a half billion dollars each year through 2018 to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. Fixing Michigan roads is a perennial problem each spring, and the situation is particularly dire after such a severe winter. Certainly, everyone wants their own neighborhood streets and highways repaired first. But transportation planners and engineers must rely on hard data to make decisions about which roads get fixed, and when.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Local poet explores sights, sounds of Michigan

Jean Van Wieren is selling 'This Mitten Is Tightly Knit' primarily through her Facebook and Etsy websites.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Poetry, art, and Michigan. All have inspired local writer and artist Jeanne Van Wieren. The Williamston Enterprise columnist has published a book of her art and poetry called “This Mitten Is Tightly Knit”.

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Business
11:39 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Business leaders update "Michigan Turnaround Plan"

Doug Rothwell, CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, says Michigan has seen significant improvement in terms of a balanced budget and tax rates since 2009.
Credit businessleadersformichigan.com

An organization that includes many of Michigan’s top corporate leaders is making new recommendations on the way ahead for the state. “Business Leaders for Michigan” is a non-profit whose 90 or so members are among the top executives of the state’s most established businesses including General Motors, Dominos Pizza and Meijer.

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Education
11:33 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Uphill both ways: the myth of working your way through college

MSU Student Randy Olson's research found that working your way through college is much more difficult than it was for previous generations.
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Many college students have heard lectures from their elders saying "I worked my way through school, why can’t you?" Randy Olson, an MSU graduate student, decided to calculate if it was still possible to work your way through school. He concluded - it’s not.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:13 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Current State #290 | April 4, 2014

Today on Current State: Dem LG candidate Lisa Brown; "La Boheme" comes to MSU; NPR's Robert Krulwich; and live music with Lansing's Wisaal.

Politics & Government
12:11 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

New Dem LG candidate outlines priorities

Mark Schauer describes Brown as 'a fighter' who 'knows how to lead.'
Credit Courtesy of Lisa Brown

Michigan's Democratic candidate for Governor, Mark Schauer, selected his running mate this week. To no one's surprise, Schauer selected Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown.

Before her election as Clerk, the West Bloomfield resident represented central Oakland County for two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. Before that, she worked both as an attorney and realtor.

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Music
11:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Heartbreaking opera classic comes to MSU

La Boheme opens tonight at 8 p.m. in the Fairchild Theatre at MSU.
Credit Flickr - Andrea Puggioni


MSU Opera Theater perform’s Giacomo Puccini’s "La Boheme" this weekend at Fairchild Theatre. Current State’s Peter Whorf spoke with director Melanie Helton and music director Daniel Beckwith, and the three are also joined by cast members for WKAR studio performances.

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Science & Technology
11:56 am
Fri April 4, 2014

NPR's Krulwich cultivates the beauty in science

Krulwich's 7 p.m. talk is called 'Talking Science to Non-Scientists: Saddam Hussein’s Secret Octupus and Other Stories'.
Credit Flickr - Jared Kelly

The Michigan State University Science Festival continues through this weekend. A familiar voice will speak at Kellogg Center as part of the festival: Robert Krulwich. Current State’s Melissa Benmark spoke with him earlier this week.

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Music
11:51 am
Fri April 4, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lansing's Wisaal

From L to R, members of Wisaal are: Mike List, Ty Forquer, Tim Patterson, Ben Fuhrman, Igor Houwat and Will Cicola.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

Current State's Live Music Friday series features Wisaal, an East Lansing-based band that combines Eastern and Western musical styles to form a sound that’s all their own. Wisaal is made up of members Ben Fuhrman on mandolin, Igor Houwat on oud, Will Cicola on clarinet, Tim Patterson on bass, and Ty Forquer and Mike List on percussion.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Current State #289 | April 3, 2014

Today on Current State: Rochester Hills mayor Bryan Barnett running for congress in the 8th district; MSU Museum exhibition 'Turtles in Trouble'; corn waste yields feed and fuel; a book review of Matthew Quick's "The Good Luck of Right Now"; and Michigan's trail system.

Politics & Government
12:56 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Enthusiasm for public service drives mayor in run for Rogers' seat

Barnett says he brings a unique perspective as a mayor 'who has seen what effective leadership can do and how it can deliver results.'
Credit https://www.rochesterhills.org/

In fewer than 24-hours, the race for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District picked up two new candidates. Both are Oakland County Republicans. 

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Environment
12:42 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

MSU Museum looks at 'Turtles in Trouble'

The exhibit runs through Sept. 21 in the MSU Museum's Art-Science-Creativity Gallery.
Credit Flickr - Alexandra MacKenzie

A new exhibit at the MSU Museum focuses on the plight of turtles around the world. “Turtles in Trouble” is meant to boost awareness of the impact humans have on turtles populations worldwide.

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Science & Technology
12:39 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Aw, shucks: Corn waste yields feed and fuel

MBI employee Laurel Hills inspects a tub of corn stover used in the AFEX project. It's a process by which leftover corn residue, or stover, is treated with ammonia and heat to release sugars. The end product makes a good feedstock for cattle as well as a promising biofuel.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Spring planting season for corn in Michigan is still at least a month away, but scientists who study the crop’s amazing versatility want you to cast your vote for a “home-grown” project. The Michigan Biotechnology Institute, or MBI, is developing a process that seeks to get more use out of the leftover  residue of the plant that’s not fit for human consumption.

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Arts & Culture
12:32 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Book Review: Matthew Quick's 'The Good Luck of Right Now'

Credit HarperCollins

Believing in a destiny can be very addicting. It can add security, and maybe even help the world feel like less of a harsh place. But how do you tell the difference between destiny, luck and just the pure happenstance of living? In Matthew Quick’s new novel “The Good Luck of Right Now” he takes on this question through the character of Bartholomew Neil.

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Politics & Government
12:18 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Come trail away: State looks at adding trains system to Pure Michigan campaign

The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance works on more than 2,700 miles on trails in the state.
Credit Flickr - Randen Pederson


The Pure Michigan brand has brought attention to the state’s lakes, breweries and museums. Some are hoping that the Pure Michigan designation may bring the same attention to the state’s trail systems. Recently, a five bill package was introduced to lawmakers that would promote a “Pure Michigan Trail Network.” The bill would solidify trail standards and connect trail ways with communities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Current State #288 | April 2, 2014

Today on Current State: the new Kids Count in Michigan report; a Public Poetry Announcement; mapping the Midwest; GM ignition failures; and the Michigan Minority Health Coalition.

Education
12:49 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Latest kids count: Michigan's numbers abysmal on child well-being

Jane Zehnder-Merrell says the percentage of African American children living in high poverty areas in Michigan is the highest in the nation, nearly 20 percent above the national average.
Credit Flickr - Deval Patrick

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its latest Kids Count Report yesterday that looks at child well-being across the country. For the first time, its researchers broke down the numbers across ethnic and racial groups and found disparities nationwide when it comes to how our children are faring.

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Arts & Culture
12:43 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Public Poetry Announcement: Jane Kenyon

Credit Flickr - Licorice Medusa

Current State contributor Stephanie Glazier reads "At the IGA: Franklin, New Hampshire", by Jane Kenyon.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:42 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

From Newfoundland to Georgia: trying to map the Midwest

Cartographer Bill Rankin compiled several maps of the Midwest into one image, finding that the definition of the Midwest is not necessarily as simple as one might think.
Credit Courtesy of www.hshm.yale.edu

If you live in Michigan, you live in the Midwest, right? Well, maybe not. While the U.S. Census Bureau defines the Midwest as a 12 state region between Ohio and North Dakota, many other organizations and individuals have their own definitions.

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Politics & Government
12:39 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Congress probes GM recall effort

GM's new CEO Mary Barra was included in Fortune's list of the Most Powerful Women in Business in 2013. Today, she will be giving a testimony before a Senate Panel about GM ignition switch failures.
Credit Courtesy of Fortune Live Media Flickr

General Motors has recalled 2.6-million vehicles for ignition switch failures, failures that are linked to at least 13 deaths. Considering the recent $1.2 billion dollar penalty levied against Toyota for that company’s problems related to sudden accelerations, dealing with the ignition switch problem could become very costly to the automaker.

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Health
12:36 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Michigan Minority Health Coalition

Dr. Othelia Washington Pryor explains that in almost every category, the health outcomes for people of color are worse than whites, including infant mortality rates and diabetes.
Credit Flickr - World Bank Photo Collection


Today in our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place, we feature the Michigan Minority Health Coalition. It’s a statewide organization that works to improve the health of Michigan’s ethnic and racial minority populations.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:53 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Current State #287 | April 1, 2014

Today on Current State: the Michigan Corps Social Entrepreneurship Challenge; MSU launches a fund drive to save audiovisual archives; tar sands shipping on the Great Lakes; the Abrams Planetarium's 50th Anniversary; and East Lansing’s Moist Towelette Museum.

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