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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.
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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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Radio Made in Michigan
1:25 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

MSU President Simon highlights URC and entrepreneurship

President Simon predicts the demand in education will involve a blend of vocational training and high-end jobs such as engineering.
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Today is the first of two day-long sessions at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.  Much of this year’s agenda focuses on the connection between public education and the health of Michigan’s economy.

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon plays a noticeable role in this year’s gathering.  She’s leading a key panel discussion today on the importance of corporate investment in education and efforts to close Michigan’s much publicized “skills gap.”   

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:07 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Democratic Sen. Gretchen Whitmer discusses education funding

Sen. Gretchen Whitmer voted against the school funding measure in the 2014 Michigan budget because it was insufficient, she says.
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A key piece of the 2014 Michigan budget moved forward yesterday. The Republican-held majority of the state Senate passed a spending plan covering Michigan's public schools, community colleges and universities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:04 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Back to the 70s with 'Arthur White' at (SCENE) Metrospace

Will Jurkiewicz (Will Witkowski, left) and Art Chiaravalli (Arthur White) star in 'An Evening With Arthur White.'
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Tonight, a show at (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing will transport us back to the Detroit music scene on the mid 70's.

Those who attend "An Evening With Arthur White" will become part of the legend. The show, which combines theater and music, is the brainchild of Art Chiaravalli and Will Jurkiewicz, who recently spoke with Current State's Scott Pohl about the project and the mid-70's era men they portray.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:10 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Current State #96 | May 29, 2013

Today on Current State: Sen. Debbie Stabenow discusses the Farm Bill; the 250th anniversary of the battle of Fort Michilimackinac; Neighbors in Action; and a MSU student and former American Idol stars in local production and gets taste of American Idol.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:07 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Senator Debbie Stabenow discusses the Farm Bill, Michigan politics

Crop subsidies aren't the only controversial component of the 2013 Farm Bill. Among the hotly debated issues is Sen. David Vitter's amendment to cut food stamps to certain felons.
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A new five-year Farm Bill is making its way to a vote in the U.S. Senate.  This is the second time in a year that the legislation has cleared the Senate.  Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, says the House has promised to take up the bill in mid-June.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:59 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

The 250th anniversary of the attack on Fort Michilimackinac

Colonial Fort Michilimackinac was founded by the French in 1715. It came under British control in 1761.
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Memorial Day signals the start of the summer tourist season in Michigan, and the Straits of Mackinac is a traditional favorite for thousands of people. One of the area’s top attractions is Fort Michilimackinac, built by French fur traders in the early 1700's, and later turned into a British military outpost.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:57 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Charter House

In addition to regular social happenings like this open house luncheon (pictured), the club provides members with outings to other local events, like baseball games.
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Each Wednesday, Current State presents “Neighbors in Action,” which features people and organizations working to make our community a better place.  This week we feature Charter House, a daytime clubhouse  for adults with mental illnesses in the Lansing area.

Clubhouse director Stephanie Tighe and Charter House member Nicole Wright join Current State to discuss the impact that a safe, social environment can have on an individual with a mental illness.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

MSU senior draws on American Idol experience for Riverwalk production

Although he can't remember for certain if his "American Idol" segment aired or not, Adam Woolsey drew on the audition experience for his most recent project, "My Favorite Year."
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Adam Woolsey grew up in Jackson with musical theater on his mind. A performance at the “American Idol Experience” at Disney World in Orlando led to Woolsey auditioning for the TV show in 2011 – and gaining some national exposure.

Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with the MSU senior about his newest endeavor -  starring in the upcoming production of “My Favorite Year” at Lansing's Riverwalk Theatre.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:33 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Current State #95 | May 28, 2013

Today on Current State: Educators develop new model to evaluate the teachers; Great Lakes commentator Gary Wilson; Michigan Muslim Capitol Day ; Lansing business news; and WKAR anti-bullying campaign.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:22 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Michigan developing new model for teaching evaluation

The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness is a independent commission made up of education experts.
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Michigan educators and administrators will soon learn more about how their job performances may be evaluated in the future.

Next month, the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness (MCEE) will announce recommendations toward developing a model for “fair and effective” teacher evaluation.

Republican State Senator Phil Pavlov, Chairman of the Senate Education committee and Amber Arellano, Executive Director of the Education Trust Midwest, discuss the commission’s work.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Prioritizing issues in the Great Lakes region

The recent meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board focused on priorities for the next four years of Great Lakes restoration.
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This weekend Gov. Snyder will welcome Governors from across the Great Lakes region to the 2013 leadership summit on Mackinac Island. Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson previews the summit and reflects on the Great Lakes Advisory Board's meeting in Chicago.

Wilson is the former co-editor of the Great Lakes Town Hall. He’s a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and currently writes for Great Lakes Echo.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Michigan Muslims strive to build relationships with legislators

The day’s schedule includes meeting legislators and attending Senate and House sessions.
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Michigan has one of the larger Muslim populations in the country. Today, community leaders from across the state will be gathering in Lansing for the annual Michigan Muslim Capitol Day. The event, organized by the Michigan Muslim Community Council, seeks to strengthen relationships with state lawmakers.

Dr. Farhan Bhatti, a local physician and board member at the Islamic Center of East Lansing and MSU psychiatrist Dr. Farha Abbasi discuss the goals and concerns of the Michigan Muslim community.

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