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Radio Made in Michigan
3:45 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Current State at East Lansing Art Festival

Come see Current State's Mark Bashore and Emanuele Berry at our City Hall location during this year's East Lansing Art Festival on May 18th.  Watch Mark and Emanuele create your show in this 2-hour special edition of Current State from 11a-1p...then stay with us for classical music live from the festival from 1-5.

Hope you can be there with us - or listen in between 11 and 5 on 90.5, WKAR-FM...

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:20 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Current State #83 | May 8, 2013

Today on Current State: taxing internet sales; Michigan's historical markers; law enforcement budget cuts; and First Book of Greater Lansing.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:19 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Retailers push internet sales tax

There’s movement in both Lansing and Washington D.C. toward what many call a “leveling of the playing field” regarding sales taxes.  A pair of measures dubbed “The Main Street Fairness” bill is currently being debated in the Michigan House.  The proposal would collect a 6% Michigan sales tax on purchases from out of state internet retailers at the point of sale. And on Monday, the U.S. Senate widely approved a measure that would empower states to do just that.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:18 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Michigan Historical Commission celebrates centennial

A little known state agency is celebrating an important milestone today.  The Michigan Historical Commission is holding its 100th anniversary meeting in Lansing.  The commission is the group responsible for the more than 1,700 green and gold historic markers scattered across the state.  It’s also heavily involved in the ongoing sesquicentennial of Michigan’s role in the Civil War.  The chair of the Michigan Historical Commision, Jack Dempsey, spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore about the importance of preserving Michigan’s history.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:18 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Ingham County Sheriff criticizes law enforcement spending cuts

Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth
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In a speech Monday night at a law enforcement memorial held at the state Capitol, longtime Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth decried the political influence and budget cuts on law enforcement. Sheriff Wriggelsworth spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore about the effects of downsizing police departments.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:17 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Neighbors in Action: First Book

Our weekly Neighbors in Action segment features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week, we feature a new organization: the Greater Lansing chapter of First Book. It’s a non-profit that offers new books to children in need. Board chairperson Jeremiah Rivera and chair-elect Paul Harmon spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:25 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Current State #82 | May 7, 2013

Today on Current State: the health of Great Lakes beaches; Lansing-raised filmmaker Rola Nashef; eating disorders; and another look at Tigers legend Hank Greenberg.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

High bacteria levels plague Great Lakes beaches

According to a 2012 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, bacterial levels of Great Lakes’ beaches exceeded public health standards more than beaches in any other region. Contaminated water can cause illness and force beaches to close. Joan Rose is the Nowlin Endowed Chair of Water Research. She discusses beach health and water systems. She spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:23 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Lansing-raised filmmaker examines Arab-American life with “Detroit Unleaded”

A scene from the Nola Rashef film “Detroit Unleaded”.
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A Michigan filmmaker is taking her romantic comedy on the festival circuit, including a screening tonight at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

“Detroit Unleaded” focuses on the personalities who come and go at a gas station in the Motor City.

The movie’s writer, director and producer Rola Nashaf grew up on the west side of Lansing. She emigrated with her family from Lebanon at the age of five. The Waverly High School graduate moved to Detroit after college.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:22 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

MSU research suggests binge eating has biological roots

For years, eating disorders such as bulimia and the binge / purge subtype of anorexia were thought to be connected to cultural and psychological pressures, especially among girls and women.  But a new study by a Michigan State University psychologist indicates binge eating may have biological roots.  Dr. Kelly Klump concludes that female rats are more likely to binge eat than males.  Her work could influence the science of eating disorders in humans. She spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:36 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Current State #81 | May 6, 2013

Today on Current State: the expansion of Jackson National Life Insurance’s headquarter in Lansing; chef and author Anthony Bourdain coming to the Red Haven; Detroit Tiger’s Hank Greenberg; and Lansing’s business news with MLive’s Angela Wittrock.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:35 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Branding Lansing for insurance companies

David Hollister said that the quality of life, universities and state capitol are part of reasons that attract the insurers coming to Mid-Michigan.
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Last week, company officials from Jackson National Life Insurance, alongside Gov. Rick Snyder and mayor Virg Bernero, announced a proposed $100-million expansion of its headquarters near Lansing. The project has rekindled an interesting discussion on marketing Lansing as a hub of the insurance industry.  Four insurers-Auto Owners, Jackson National, the Accident Fund and Farm Bureau Insurance-already employ at least 5,500 people in Lansing, according to the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.  The expansion plan, if it proceeds, would add about another 1,000.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:32 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Red Haven to host Anthony Bourdain for VIP event

The Red Haven restaurant in Okemos will host a VIP event with Anthony Bourdain on Tuesday.
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Chef and author Anthony Bourdain has a new globetrotting TV show called “Parts Unknown” on CNN. On Tuesday, he brings his “Guts and Glory” speaking tour to MSU’s Wharton Center. After his talk, he’ll join 150 people for a VIP event at Red Haven, a new restaurant in Okemos.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:27 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Tiger legend Hank Greenberg fought off pitches and anti-semitism

Hank Greenberg debuted as a Detroit Tiger in 1933.
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In the spring of 1933, a young ballplayer from the Bronx named Hank Greenberg began his rookie campaign with the Detroit Tigers. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Tiger legend’s first season. Greenberg's storied career is celebrated not only for his excellence on the diamond but also for the adversity Hammerin' Hank overcame during one of the world's most turbulent periods.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:24 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

The proposed Market Place project will sit at the corner of Cedar and Shiawassee Streets
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 MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins Current State every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, she talks with Current State host Mark Bashore about the delayed Market Place project in downtown Lansing, a new food business in Old Town, and the future of convention business in Detroit. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:03 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Current State #80 | May 3, 2013

Today on Current State: a new study reveals Asian carp may already be in the Great Lakes; former Lansing State Journal columnist John Schneider; the summer blockbuster movie season has arrived and a Michigan State University ornithologist catalogs more than 10,000 bird songs scattered across the globe.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:54 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Study indicates Asian carp may already be in Great Lakes

A new study co-authored by a Central Michigan University professor indicates Asian carp may have already reached the Great Lakes.
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A new study released in April finds Asian carp may in fact be reaching the Great Lakes.  The Asian carp is an invasive species with an appetite large enough to potentially decimate the food chain ecosystem of the Great Lakes.  There have been many efforts to contain the spread of the fish in the Chicago Area Waterway System to connects to Lake Michigan.  The study now raises new questions about the effectiveness of that system.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:47 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Former LSJ columnist John Schneider reflects on his novel in progress

For 24 years, John Schneider's column was a "destination read" in the Lansing State Journal.  Schneider retired from the paper just over a year ago to free up more time for fishing and meandering in the woods...but it's been a thoroughly modern retirement.  It's continued to include a blog, a regular column with Bridge magazine and -- Current State has learned -- a periodic return to the Lansing State Journal.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:39 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Summer sizzles with cinematic superheroes

The summer movie season is upon us.  In a few weeks, we will be inspired by the feats of cinematic superheroes, clutching our popcorn in fear as we watch the world's demise.  Current State's Emanuele Berry joined MLive.com and Grand Rapids Press entertainment reporter and film critic John Serba to sort out the many films of summer. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:31 am
Fri May 3, 2013

MSU researcher scours continents in search of bird songs

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With springtime finally arriving in mid-Michigan, the sounds of the season have also emerged again.  The song of the northern cardinal is one of hundreds recorded by Dr. Pamela Rasmussen.  She's an assistant professor of zoology at Michigan State University and assistant curator at the MSU Museum.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:36 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Current State #79 | May 2, 2013

Today on Current State: The debate over Medicaid expansion continues; gun safety; the value of art and physical education in school; a Public Poetry Announcement featuring John Balaban, and NPR's Don Gonyea comes home to MSU this weekend. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:31 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Dispute continues over Medicaid expansion in Michigan

The Michigan House’s proposed budget does not include funding for Medicaid expansion.
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Michigan legislators and numerous stakeholders around the state continue to spar over whether to fund an expansion of Medicaid in Michigan.  

Supporters of expansion--which would happen as part of the federal Affordable Care Act--claim it’s fair to extend coverage to more low income residents and that it would be good for the economy.  Opponents say they fear the future costs of the move, and some resist anything connected with ‘Obamacare.’  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:31 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Sheriff's shootout gives reporters hands-on with handguns

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The senseless tragedies that took place last year at a Colorado movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school brought renewed focus to the national debate over gun control.  It’s a thorny issue that impacts everything from constitutional rights to mental health care.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Researchers defend the value of art and PE in school

Professor Mitch Robinson said he prefers using the acronym STEAM - science, technology, engineering, art and math, over just STEM.
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  Recently, the Lansing school district announced that it will cut as many as 87 teachers in an effort to address the district’s budget deficit. Many of the teachers expected to be laid off are certified to teach art, music and physical education to elementary school students. The district says it's not eliminating its arts and physical education programs, but “redesigning” them, using existing teachers and outside programming as  a substitute.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:19 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: John Balaban

 

Today's public poetry announcement features David Clauson reading "Passing Through Albuquerque" by John Balaban. 

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
2:16 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

MSU honors NPR’s Don Gonyea

Don Gonyea graduated from Michigan State University in 1978. Pictured from left: School of Journalism director Lucinda Davenport, former Associated Press reporter Kathy Barks Hoffman, NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea and MSU journalism professor Eric Freedman.
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The MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences will honor NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea this week with the 2013 WKAR Public Media Master Award.  Gonyea earned two degrees from MSU on his way to a remarkable career in radio. Current State’s Scott Pohl spoke with Don Gonyea about the award and his work at NPR.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Current State #78 | May 1, 2013

Today on Current State: Ingham County Chief District Judge talks Indigent Defense ; the Lansing Information Technology Empowerment Center; Michael Finney from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and re-imagining the Grand River corridor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Chief judge makes case for indigent defense reform

The sixth amendment to the U.S. Constitution makes it clear:  any citizen accused of a crime will--if necessary--have access to qualified legal representation in court.  Many legal professionals think that guarantee has been seriously compromised in Michigan for many years.   The state often ranks low in assessments of its system of indigent defense.   In recent years, several efforts by the state legislature to strengthen the system have failed. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing’s Information Technology Empowerment Center

ITEC's main goal is to provide students and adults with the technological skills needed to excel in the global economy.
Credit courtesy of the Information Technology Empowerment Center

For this week’s Neighbors in Action we feature the Information Technology Empowerment Center, which works with students and families in the Capital Region to build excitement for coursework and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

K-12 Program Manager Cathy Post and ITEC student Joshua Ambrose join us in studio to discuss the non-profit and the technology training courses offered to children and adults.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:05 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

MEDC president on Michigan's economic future

Part of Michigan's economic picture is its growing tourism industry.
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The Michigan Economic Development Corporation touts itself as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism, incentives and overall economic growth.  

Michael Finney is the President and CEO of MEDC. He came to the organization after holding a key economic development position as head of the Ann Arbor Spark. Finney joins Current State to discuss MEDC and Michigan’s larger economic picture. 

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