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Radio Made in Michigan
8:15 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

WKAR at World Tournament of Historic Baseball

Greenfield Village "La-Dee-Dahs" take in a game
Peter Whorf

This coming week, Current State takes you to this year's World Tournament of Historic Baseball at Greenfield Village.  Teams from around the Great Lakes region and beyond squared off this weekend for 19th century baseball supremacy.   Tune in for the sounds of the games, cheering crowds, brass bands, steam trains and more.  Plus, an inside look at 19th century baseball from one of the members of the Saginaw Old Golds - 2012's championship squad   The historic baseball season continues throughout Michigan into the fall...

Radio Made in Michigan
4:19 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

A recap of Current State's top stories from the last two weeks

Here's a review the top stories on Current State from the past two weeks:  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:12 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Current State #139 | August 8, 2013

Today on Current State: low voter turnout in Lansing; Medicaid reimbursement; climate change and violence; and musician Lee Murdock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope seeks higher voter turnout

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope
Credit Courtesy/City of Lansing

Tuesday was primary election day in Lansing.

Voters decided Mayoral and city council candidates for November’s general election.  In Haslett, voters approved a $10-million sinking fund for school building maintenance.

A predictable feature of many primaries is low voter turnout.  Tuesday in Lansing was no exception.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:08 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

How will the Affordable Care Act affect Michigan's medical providers?

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The Affordable Care Act, often known as Obamacare, is well underway across the USA.

In Michigan, debate continues over expanding Medicaid coverage to thousands more people.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:04 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

The link between climate change and violence

Solomon M. Hsiang is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley
Credit Courtesy/Solomon M. Hsiang

On June 25, President Obama released a comprehensive plan to fight climate change.

The plan pointed out that last year was the warmest year on record for our country. While the efforts to fight against climate change continues, researchers seem to have found another reason to prevent climate change: violence.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Musician Lee Murdock heading to the Great Lakes Folk Festival

Lee Murdock will be at the Great Lakes Folk Festival in East Lansing this weekend.
Credit Courtesy/Lee Murdock

The Great Lakes Folk Festival starts Friday night in East Lansing.

This long-time mid-Michigan event features traditional arts, dance, culture and music from around the world. WKAR’s Current State will broadcast live from the festival Friday at 6 p.m.

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:56 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Living History aboard the USS Silversides

Garry McKeen shows us the Silverside's forward torpedo room
Peter Whorf

As part of Current State's ongoing coverage of Michigan culture and history, we've been exploring a number of the fascinating  year-round and seasonal events and exhibits across the Great Lakes.  Join us next week in Muskegon, Michigan as we explore the USS Silversides Submarine Museum at its beautiful Lake Michigan location.  You'll hear the remarkable docent (and fellow former Chicagoan) Garry McKeen with moving and personal stories of the all-volunteer submariners who served aboard the Silversides beginning just eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:38 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Current State # 138 | August 7, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing city council candidates O'Dell and Canfora; baby-boomer suicide rate; Coolio; the Firecracker Project; and the World Dwarf Games at MSU.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:38 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Lansing city council primary sends candidates to November ballot

Voters advanced Lansing city council candidates to November's general election this week.
Credit File photo/WKAR

Voters have now determined who will be in November’s general election for the Lansing City Council.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:36 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Baby boomer suicide rate on the upswing

Experts in suicide prevention tend to focus their outreach efforts on two segments of the population:  young adults and the elderly.  But shifting data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have some professionals reconsidering that approach.

Last month, statistics showed a 60% increase in suicide among women in their early 60’s and a 50% spike among men in their 50’s. The data covers the calendar year 2010.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:33 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Rapper Coolio coming to Lansing

Coolio performs at The Loft in Lansing on Thursday.
Credit Courtesy/coolioworld.com

Coolio got his start in the Los Angeles rap music scene in the late 80s and early 90s, and he hit it big when the producers of the movie “Dangerous Minds” chose his song “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the soundtrack.

It went to the top of the charts and win the Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1996. In all, he’s sold 30-million records worldwide. He’ll be in Lansing for a concert at The Loft Thursday night.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:32 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Neighbors in Action: The Firecracker Foundation

Our weekly Neighbors in Action interview features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week, we feature the newly-launched non-profit called The Firecracker Foundation. It seeks to provide therapy and support for victims of child sexual abuse.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:29 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Voices of the World Dwarf Games at MSU

Ollie Brown of Great Britain is one of the athletes competing this week in the World Dwarf Games at MSU.
Credit John Patrick McGuire

All this week, 395 athletes from 17 nations have been competing in 14 events all over the MSU campus and the Lansing area as part of the 2013 World Dwarf Games.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:26 am
Wed August 7, 2013

World Dwarf Games

Credit John Patrick McGuire

WKAR teamed up with Chicago-based photographer John Patrick McGuire to capture the buzz of the 2013 World Dwarf Games, through portraits and interviews with the athletes. |  You can view individual athlete portraits here. To hear audio from some of the participants click into post. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:49 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Current State #137 | August 6, 2013

Today on Current State: the growing seasonal worker population in Michigan; scientific disagreement with Michigan biodiversity bill; the sequestration and Michigan workforce training; and the Whole Foods ripple effect.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Michigan's migrant and seasonal worker population sees growth

Michigan's Fruit Belt hugs the west side of the state along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Much of the seasonal worker population is in that part of the state.
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Michigan's signature cherry crop, among other agricultural state staples, depend heavily on thousands of migrant workers each year.  Even after a killing frost destroyed much of the crop in 2012, a new report shows Michigan's migrant and seasonal farm population is growing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:43 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Sequestration's potential impact on Michigan workers

About 500,000 manufacturing jobs were lost in Michigan during the recession.
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In a recent opinion piece in the Lansing State Journal CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works Doug Stites wrote that the 20%  funding cuts to his agency come at a critical time when efforts to retrain Michigan workers for in-demand jobs is extremely important.  At the same time, a number of taxpayers are skeptical of the publicly funded agency's work.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:38 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Scientists across Michigan oppose legislation to limit biodiversity

State scientists argue the bill would be a setback for land conservation and harmful to the state's ecosystems.
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This past spring the Michigan Senate passed Bill 78, which prohibits state agencies from setting aside land to maintain biodiversity.  The bill has drawn strong criticism from various environmental groups.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

How Whole Foods might affect similar local businesses

The East Lansing Food Co-op began in the 1970's with about 30 members, and now boasts more than 3,500.
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Texas-based Whole Foods recently announced plans to open a new store on Grand River Avenue in Meridian Township in 2015.  This location will put the new organic food store in very close proximity to several similar stores, including Foods for Living and the East Lansing Food Co-op.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:43 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Current State #136 | August 5, 2013

Today on Current State: a preview of Lansing's mayoral primary election; an update on the MSU FRIB project; the Michigan Wine Competition; and a book on how to become a great leader.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Lansing mayoral primary election check-in

Lansing City Hall
Credit WKAR file photo

Voters in Lansing will go to the polls tomorrow for a primary election that will narrow the field of candidates for mayor and the city council.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:29 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy approves next phase of MSU FRIB project

The U.S. Department of Energy last week approved the cost and schedule for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams project.
Credit Courtesy of MSU FRIB project

Late last week, MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams received several critical approvals from U. S. Department of Energy.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:22 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Michigan Wine Competition draws producers, wine experts

The 2013 Michigan Wine Competition will take place on Tuesday. Despite the extra rain this year, Karel Bush of the Michigan Grape and Wine Council says it's a good year for Michigan wine grapes.
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On Tuesday, the 36th annual Michigan Wine Competition will take place at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Some of Michigan’s top wineries will present their best creations to a panel of wine experts from across the state and nation.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:15 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

How to lead employees? Don't overmanage

Murnighan suggest a focus on the employees who are getting things done, to stimulate and facilitate their performance.
Credit Courtesy of J. Keith Murnighan

How to become a great leader? The trick may not be in how much work you do, but in trusting your staff.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:28 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Current State #135 | August 2, 2013

Today on Current State: State Rep. Sam Singh; the 2013 World Dwarf Games; and Lansing’s at-large city council race.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

State Rep. Singh shares thoughts on Common Core, Detroit, Medicaid expansion

Rep. Sam Singh says he's open to the idea of the using a sales tax increase to fund both road construction and education.
Credit Courtesy of Rep. Sam Singh

This summer’s been busier than usual at the State Capitol, with ongoing discussions happening on hot button issues including Medicaid expansion, Common Core education standards, road funding and more.

Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) joins the Current State to offer his perspective on those issues and more. He represents the House's 67th district.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

World Dwarf Games return to their birthplace, attract hundreds of athletes

Len Sawisch, Dwarf Athletic Association Co-Founder and World Dwarf Games volunteer compares his shooting results with 10-year-old athlete Liam Smith.
WKAR/Emanuele Berry

For the past 20 years, dwarfs from around the world have gathered every four years to compete in the World Dwarf Games (WDG). This year the games are returning to their birthplace -- East Lansing. Beginning this weekend, short-statured children, adults and seniors will play basketball, run track and swim in the largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spent some time with athletes getting ready for the games. 

Listen to feature story above.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:15 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Lansing neighborhood leaders weigh in on Council primary

Lansing residents go to the polls next Tuesday to vote in their next primary election. Four incumbents on the city council are facing challengers, as well as Mayor Virg Bernero. In these final days leading up to the Lansing primary, Current State is examining the key races from the voters’ perspective.  

Yesterday we looked at the issues and candidates in the Second and Fourth Wards. Today, we discuss the race for the two at-large seats on Lansing's City Council. The incumbents Brian Jeffries and Kathie Dunbar are facing four challengers -- Ted O’Dell, Judi Browne-Clarke, Jonathon Smith and Keith Smith. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:22 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Current State #134 | August 1, 2013

Today on Current State:  primary election races in Lansings 2nd and 4th Wards; a review of J.K. Rowling's new book; the NEO center; and Mark Meadows' trip on the Appalachian Trail.

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