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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Meals on Wheels

Individuals as well as groups like the Coast Guard (pictured above) have delivered Meals on Wheels to seniors in need.
Credit Flickr/US Coast Guard

For years, the well-recognized program Meals on Wheels, based in the Tri-County Office on Aging, has provided meals and other services for many of the area’s elderly and disabled.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Lansing teen Taylor Taylor to play Common Ground

Taylor Taylor is set to play tonight at the Leiny Lodge Stage at 6:30pm.
Credit Emanuele Berry/WKAR


At age eight, Lansing native Taylor Taylor asked for guitar lessons.  Since then she’s put her lessons to good use, pursuing a music career, performing all over Michigan and the U.S.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

MSU to study dioxin's impact on human health

 



Michigan State University is starting a new project to learn more about how certain environmental contaminants affect the human body.  MSU will use a $14-million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study dioxins, which form a large class of chemical compounds.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Cycling to raise awareness of the deaf-blind community

Janna Rowan hopes her cycling journey will help people learn about the challenges facing the deaf and blind among us.


DeWitt resident Janna Rowan is planning to cycle 1,200 miles to raise awareness for the deaf-blind community. The journey will take her from Michigan to Texas.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Current State # 124 | July 10, 2013

Current State broadcasts live from the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing all this week! Tonight, MSU's dioxin grant; Neighbors in Action features Meals on Wheels; cycling for the deaf/blind community; the Sparrow/Mayo Health Clinic parternship; and an interview with musician Taylor Taylor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Young rock musicians get their shot on stage

Since staring their first camp at MSU in 2009, the Rock Camp has since spread to Grand Rapids, Holland and Detroit.
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Traditionally, garages are the starting spot for budding rock stars, but for the last five years, the Michigan State University Community Music School has offered an alternative.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Battlefield medics look to bring their skills back home

The medical profession is projected to stay strong for the next decade, with the current median salary for nurses over $63,000.
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The Lansing Community College’s Military Medic to Paramedic Program is designed help former military medic’s find employment.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

State Superintendent details his county-based streamlining proposal

Superintendent Flanagan believes a new approach to transportation, among other things, could potentially save a large sum for Michigan schools.
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State Schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan is calling for some changes to the state’s schooling landscape to deal with growing funding deficits.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Staging Common Ground Music Festival presents challenges

Among the many music festivals here in the mid-Michigan area, Common Ground is the biggest. Every year in July, thousands flock to Lansing’s Riverfront Park to hear acts from a wide variety of genres: rock, blues, country, R&B, hip hop, and on and on.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:00 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Current State # 123 | July 9, 2013

Current State broadcasts live from the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing all this week! Tonight, Common Ground organizers Kevin and Jenna Meyer; consolidating Michigan school districts; training military medics for paramedic jobs; and Outer Vibe and the MSU Community Music School Rock Camp.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

BOP (harvey) at Common Ground Tuesday

Credit Courtesy of Common Ground Music Festival

BOP (harvey) is one of the Lansing area’s most popular bands ever. After a decade and a half apart, they’re playing together again and will appear at the Common Ground Music Festival on Tuesday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

The challenge of Ramadan fasting inspires cookbook


This week is the official start of the Muslim holiday Ramadan. While part of the month-long celebration focuses on the reading of the Quran, it is also marked by fasting from sunup to sundown.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Arts Council of Greater Lansing boosts local entertainment options

As a week-long event including nationally-known acts, Lansing’s Common Ground festival occupies a key place on the Lansing area festival calendar.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Great Lakes has rare species of sturgeon

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If you go boating on the Great Lakes this summer, it might it surprise you to know that deep below you lives a rare species of fish that’s been around since the dinosaurs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Current State #122 | July 8, 2013

Current State  broadcasts live from the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing all this week! Tonight, Leslie Donaldson of the Art Council of Greater Lansing; Lake Sturgeon; BOP (harvey); and Ramadan meals.

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Listen Live on 90.5
4:33 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Current State: Live from Common Ground Music Festival

Current State with Mark Bashore -- broadcasting live from Lansing Adado Riverfront Park and the Common Ground Music Festival, Monday through Friday this week at 6pm on 90.5 WKAR.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:17 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Current State #121 | July 3, 2013

Today on Current State: Three-parent embryos; Neighbors in Action features Advent House Ministries; dental care for impoverished children; the battle of Gettysburg; and a film review on "The Lone Ranger."

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:14 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Taking a look at the 'three-parent embryo'

The "three-parent embryo" could avoid passing rare genetic diseases to offspring, according to Dr. Helga Toriello.
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Developments in the world of genetics, although sometimes very difficult to understand, can still be absolutely mesmerizing.  Case in point:  take a newspaper headline from last Friday titled, “UK may OK creating babies... with DNA from 3 people.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Advent House Ministries

For over 25 years, Lansing’s Advent House Ministries has offered a multitude of comprehensive services to residents in need, from job readiness training to transitional shelter to literacy programs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Study shows low-income children lack basic dental care access

Because a relatively small number of dentists participate in Medicaid, even children covered under Medicaid struggle for dental care access, according to the Pew study.
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A sobering new study shows that millions of children, including some covered by Medicaid, lack access to basic dental care.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:56 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Gettysburg 150th: Michigan's role in the Civil War Part 3

The only known photograph of President Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address.
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On the rolling hills of southern Pennsylvania 150 years ago this week, 90,000 Union troops collided with 75,000 Confederate soldiers for the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:52 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Film review: 'The Lone Ranger'

Johnny Depp's portrayal of a minority sidekick character has drawn some controversy.
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Current State's newest contributor MSU professor and filmmaker Jeffrey Wray offers commentary on art of cinema.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:13 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Current State #120 | July 2, 2013

Today on Current State: the “State of the State Survey” quarterly report findings; part two of our look at Michigan in the Civil War; a garden filled with native Michigan plants; MSU carillon concert season and a review of author Steve Hamilton’s latest book.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

'State of the State Survey' sheds light on Michigan residents' trust in government

SOSS quarterly reports show that only 6% of local government leaders trust the federal government.
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According to the latest Michigan State University 'State of the State Survey' findings, Michigan residents are wary of government at all levels. Survey director  Dr. Charles Ballard and University of Michigan Public Policy Survey director Dr. Tom Ivacko say state residents have more trust in local government 'most of the time' than they do in the state and federal governments.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:06 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Gettysburg 150th: Michigan's role in the Civil War Part 2

The “Michigan and the Civil War” exhibit focuses on artifacts used by Michigan soldiers, notably the first graduating class of the Michigan Agricultural College.
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This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the U.S. Civil War.  The MSU Museum is observing Michigan's involvement in the conflict between North and South.   Roger Rosentreter, professor of history at Michigan State University, discusses the exhibit, "Michigan and the Civil War."

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Michigan's native plants are essential in preserving the state's ecosystem

a young Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum).
Emanuele Berry WKAR

Cheryl English's yard in Detroit's East English Village stands out from the city's urban landscape like a green thumb. A gardening masterpiece, English uses many native plants, not only because of their beauty but because of their environmental benefits and crucial connection to Michigan's ecosystem.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:00 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Beaumont Tower carillon concert season begins

Ray McLellan plays the carillon atop MSU's Beaumont Tower each Tuesday. The MSU Carillon Summer Series begins this Wednesday at 6 p.m. and continues weekly through July 31.
Credit Kevin Lavery, WKAR

As summer gets into full swing,  the sound of Michigan State University’s iconic Beaumont Tower sound can be hear all over campus.  This week, the MSU Summer Carillon Series begins and continues each Wednesday in July.   Carilloneur Ray McLellan describes the unique instrument responsible for the tower’s signature sound.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Book Review: Steve Hamilton's 'Let It Burn'

Ex-Detroit cop Alex McKnight is called out of his new home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to investigate a murder case from his past.
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Lansing-based writer Scott Southard chose as his first book review, Let It Burn, by Steve Hamilton. 

I am a book nerd and what that means is I love to get in debates with fellow readers and writers.

These are not the merely “did you or did you not like a book” discussions. No, these can be deeper, getting into the heart and state of our beloved artform today. And one of the points I like to bring up from time to time is the influence of TV on books.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Current State #119 | July 1, 2013

Mandatory insurance for factories to cleanup blight; Michigan’s role in the Civil War; Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb from the perspective of his grandson and the documentary film, "Detropia."

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Report recommends factory insurance to stop urban blight

Dr. Rex LaMore, the report's lead author, says abandoned industrial buildings are a major health and safety concern for nearby communities.
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Michigan State University researchers are getting attention with a proposed remedy for urban blight. For some years, the city of Lansing and Lansing Township have struggled with abandoned auto plants.  

 

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