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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:20 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Pinning down Lansing's pro wrestling scene

The IROG's next event is on June 13 at the Green Union Hall in Lansing.
Credit Courtesy of Danny Shay

Before the International Ring of Grapplers (IROG) was founded in Lansing two years ago, the best chance of seeing moves like a piledriver and a Double Chickenwing, and the high-flying wrestlers who perform them, was likely on TV.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

'Moth' brings true storytelling to Wharton

'The Moth Mainstage' comes to the Wharton Center May 28.
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A group of outstanding storytellers will be in East Lansing for a show at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center Wednesday night. "The Moth Mainstage" brings a live performance of The Moth Radio Hour program to audiences all over the country.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Current State #323 | May 23, 2014

Today on Current State: an oil spill in Jackson is still a mystery; the net neutrality debate: will the way we use the internet change; "Oddball Michigan"; and live music with Lindsay Lou & Joshua Rilko.

Environment
1:32 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Oil spill in Jackson still a mystery

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Hundreds of gallons of motor oil and hydraulic fluid made their way into the Grand River in Jackson last weekend.  Environmental crews have gathered there to clean it up while officials investigate.

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Politics & Government
1:22 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Net neutrality debate: Will the way we use the internet change?

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There has been a lot of recent buzz around the idea of net neutrality and how it will affect people’s everyday use of the internet. Net neutrality is the debate over free use of the internet and has been going on for several years now.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:19 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

'Oddball Michigan': Tridges, concrete kitsch, and trees from space

"Oddball Michigan: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places" is a recently published book which seeks to catalog all of the oddball tourist destinations throughout our state, and there are plenty of them.

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Music
1:13 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lindsay Lou & Joshua Rilko

Josh Rilko and Lindsay Lou performing live in studio on Current State.
Credit Marie Steinbock

This week’s Live Music Friday featured Joshua Rilko and Lindsay Lou of Lindsay Lou and the Flatbelly’s. They played several new tracks from their most recent EP, "Here Between". Their first record was released in 2010 and they have been touring for two years, playing 200 shows within the last year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Current State #322 | May 22, 2014

Today on Current State: Schertzing touts 'problem-solving record' in 8th District bid; Okemos fourth graders lobby for state amphibian; experts convene in Lansing to rethink education funding; and local bird watching opportunities.

Politics & Government
1:10 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Schertzing touts 'problem-solving record' in 8th District bid

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For 14 years, Eric Schertzing has served as Ingham County Treasurer.  About six weeks ago, he began charting a new path in representing Michigan’s 8th Congressional district, which includes Lansing and East Lansing. 

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Politics & Government
1:01 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Okemos fourth graders lobby for state amphibian

Northern Spring Peeper
Credit paherps.com, Bob Hamilton

Some elementary students in Okemos are wrapping up their school year with a crash course in political lobbying.

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Education
12:55 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Experts convene in Lansing to rethink education funding

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Among all the issues facing American education, such as school choice, assessments, teacher evaluations, chronically low-performing schools and others, funding closely impacts all of them. 

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:38 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Local bird watching opportunities

Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

May is an important month for birdwatchers. "Birdwatching in our Parks" is a series of walks presented by Meridian Township Parks and the Capitol Area Audobon Society. The final walk of the season takes place Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Davis Foster Preserve on North Van Atta Road.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:21 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Current State #321 | May 21, 2014

Today on Current State: the lone survivor of a Port Huron shipwreck; the new Lansing city budget; and Neighbors in Action features memorial for Rite Aid shooting victim Michael Addo.

History
12:20 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Lone shipwreck survivor shares his story

Dennis Hale tells his story of survival in his book 'Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor.'
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On November 29, 1966, 28 men lost their lives on Lake Huron when the freighter, the SS Daniel J. Morrell, broke apart in a storm. One man survived, and he joins us on Current State today.

Dennis Hale is in Lansing to talk about his book, “Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor.”

Hale says he never questioned the ship's seaworthiness before what was to be the last voyage of the season that  year. 

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Politics & Government
12:19 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Councilmember Wood on new Lansing budget

Lansing City Council members approved 2015 budget on Monday.
Credit Flickr - Michigan State Historical Preservation Office

The Lansing City Council approved a 2015 fiscal year budget totaling $118 million on Monday night. The budget debate was less intense than in recent years since the city did not face a deficit. The document was essentially the same one proposed by Mayor Virg Bernero back in March.

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Arts & Culture
12:14 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Memorial fund for Rite Aid shooting victim

Michael Addo was killed last Monday at the Rite Aid pharmacy in Frandor.
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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 local effort to raise funds for the funeral and family of Michael Addo, the pharmacist who was shot to death at the Rite Aid in Frandor last Monday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Current State #320 | May 20, 2014

Today on Current State: Flint teetering on bankruptcy; Michigan's morels; a doctor's advice on avoiding unnecessary medical tests; and dark sky parks in Michigan.

Economy
1:03 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Lawsuit triggers threat of Flint bankruptcy

Flint struggles with new lawsuit that may end in bankruptcy.
Credit Flickr

Flint is renowned as the birthplace of General Motors and for the prosperity it once enjoyed as “Vehicle City.” More recently, that success has been overshadowed by troubles that have trailed the decline of auto manufacturing such as population loss, blight, crime, drugs, and debt.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Morels: Hunting and cooking the spring delicacy

May marks the beginning of morel season in Michigan.
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During the month of May, a different type of hunter takes to the Michigan woods. Their prey is now low-lying honeycomb shaped fungi, morels. The woodlands mushroom is highly coveted by chefs and known for its unique taste. Current State spoke with Phil Tedeschi, President of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club and Ruth Johnston, author of the book "The Art of Cooking Morels".

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Health
12:53 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Physician examines doctor-patient communication

Improving doctor-patient communication is the subject of Dr. Leana Wen's book 'When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests'.
Credit Flickr - Mercy Health

Now that the Affordable Care Act has more or less settled into place, people may be in the position of choosing new doctors for themselves. A recent book by Dr. Leana Wen looks at ways to improve communication between doctors and patients.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:38 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Stargazers drawn to Michigan 'Dark Sky Park'

This month marks the three-year anniversary of Michigan's first International Dark Sky Park.
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Three years ago this month, a curious “first” unfolded in Michigan. That’s when a 600-acre county park just west of the Mackinac Bridge became our state’s first International Dark Sky Park.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:30 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Current State at the 2014 East Lansing Art Festival

Current State broadcasts live from the 2014 East Lansing Art Festival on Saturday, May 17, 2014

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:58 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Current State #319 | May 16, 2014

Today on Current State: an East Lansing Art Festival preview; education assessments; Lansing United FC soccer; and historic preservation.

Arts & Culture
11:57 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Director previews 51st EL Art Festival

The 51st annual East Lansing Art Festival is Saturday and Sunday.
Credit http://elartfest.com/

The East Lansing Art Festival returns this weekend for its 51st run. The two-day event in the city’s downtown core features more than 180 artists and musicians. For many long-time attendees, the East Lansing Art Festival signals the unofficial start of summer.

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Politics & Government
11:57 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Senate Education Committee chair on assessment, EAA disputes

Debate continues at the Capitol over teacher assessments.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

For many months, Michigan legislators have battled over education. Often, it’s been over the "Common Core" curriculum standards that Michigan and more than 40 other states will adopt soon. The ongoing dispute has taken a number of turns in the past week.

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Sports
11:57 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Lansing United kicks off inaugural season

Earlier this month, Lansing United beat the Ann Arbor Football Club 4-0 in a preseason 'friendly' match.
Credit lanunited.com

Interest in soccer will soar this year when the World Cup is played in Brazil. With that in mind, if you were going to start a new minor league soccer franchise, a World Cup year would seem to be a good time to do it.

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History
11:56 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Place-making with historic preservation

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network is involved in the restoration of the Knapp's building in Lansing.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Historic preservation stakeholders from across the state are convening in Jackson, Michigan this week for the annual Michigan Historic Preservation Network conference. The network works to recognize and conserve Michigan’s architectural culture.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:41 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Current State #318 | May 15, 2014

Today on Current State: a state budget update; children's spirituality and nature; Mike Whorf's "Kaleidoscope", part two; a review of "In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods" by Matt Bell; and the Board of Water and Light's falcons.

Politics & Government
1:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Capitol Update: Revenue, Detroit bankruptcy and minimum wage

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At the state capitol yesterday, Michigan’s latest set of revenue estimates were unveiled. It’s an important twice-a-year gathering with often serious implications for state government spending, budgets and taxes.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:37 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Study links children's spirituality and the outdoors

Dr. Gretel Van Wiren
Credit http://msutoday.msu.edu

With more daylight and the end of school, lots of kids will have the opportunity to play outdoors more in the coming weeks and months if they choose to. Outdoors time has decreased drastically for children. A new MSU study indicates that there are benefits to outdoor free play besides the physical exercise.

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