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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Mon November 3, 2014

DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOAD: NEO Center's Tom Stewart

Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin
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Today, we’re launching a new segment on Current State. “Desert Island Downloads” gives people a chance to talk about music they consider indispensable, what they’d want with them on the proverbial desert island.

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History
11:29 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Exhibit highlights Michigan's Civil War era Company K

Visitors can see a copy of the Gettysburg Address in Abraham Lincoln's hand at the Michigan Historical Center
Credit Flickr - Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

A special exhibit that focuses on the end of the U.S. Civil War and post-war Michigan opened this month at the Michigan Historical Center in downtown Lansing. The “Conceived in Liberty” exhibit focuses on themes from President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The display features artifacts from Michigan soldiers and stories of their key roles at Gettysburg, Vicksburg and other historic battles.

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Politics & Government
11:28 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Clerks Byrum, Swope offer Election Day how-to

Months of campaign rhetoric come to a finale tomorrow, when  Michiganders will have their say at the polls. More than 4.7-million residents voted in the 2012 presidential election. This year’s contest is almost sure to draw fewer voters than two years ago.

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Business
11:28 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Audio Postcard: Harvest time in Michigan | WKAR

Zach Rappleye farms 1,800 acres of corn and soybeans near Jackson. Many farmers in southern Michigan experienced a cooler and wetter summer than normal, which pushed back the harvest. Rappleye says he hopes to finish by mid-December.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Orange and yellow are the colors of the season across mid-Michigan, as the fall harvest continues. After a bone-chilling winter, many areas of the Lower Peninsula saw a cooler and wetter summer than usual. Some farmers are racing the clock to harvest corn and soybeans and plant winter wheat.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:28 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Current State #412 | October 31, 2014

Today on Current State: Our Month in Review for October examines next week's election; an exhibition of contemporary art from China at the Broad Art Museum; and Live Music Friday with Adrian and Meredith.

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Politics & Government
11:27 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Month in Review: October's biggest news stories | WKAR

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The end of the month is here. Many of us in the media put Michigan’s mid-term election front and center during October. In four days, voters will finally decide who will be Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and Secretary of State as well as who will succeed Michigan’s Carl Levin in the U.S. Senate and dozens of elected representatives at the state capitol.

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Arts & Culture
11:27 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Broad Art Museum features contemporary Chinese Art

Shanghai artist Jin Yangping has two works in the Broad Art Museum's 'Future Returns' exhibition. They're called 'Mirror of the City No. 1' and 'No. 2'.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

A major exhibition of Chinese art is opening at MSU’s Broad Art Museum. “Future Returns: Contemporary Art From China” includes works from 21 Chinese artists in a variety of media.

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Music
11:26 am
Fri October 31, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Adrian and Meredith preview tonight's show in Lansing | WKAR

Adrian and Meredith performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s Live Music Friday on Current State, and today we welcome Adrian and Meredith to Studio S. Adrian Krygowski is a Nashville-based artist who has performed solo and with a band; these days, he’s playing with Meredith Brown, late of the Bard Owls, a group that has played for us on a Live Music Friday a couple of times.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:15 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Current State #411 | October 30, 2014

Today on Current State: Third party candidates for office in Michigan; a Lansing Symphony Orchestra preview; salmon in Michigan; ghost hunters at MSU; and a book review of "Frankenstein".

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Politics & Government
11:14 am
Thu October 30, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Running as a third-party candidate

Terry Link is a Green Party candidate for the MSU Board of Trustees.
Credit http://gogreengolink.org/

Five days before a mid-term election, the media is full of political news involving  candidates, Democratic and Republican. In reality of course, the political landscape is more diverse. On Tuesday, Michigan voters will, for example, face at least five choices for Governor, including little known candidates from the Libertarian, Green and U.S. Taxpayers parties.

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Environment
11:13 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Fifty years of salmon in Michigan

MSU Project FISH coordinator Mark Stephens
Credit http://msutoday.msu.edu/

Fall on Michigan’s waterways means it’s time for the salmon to spawn. Salmon can be found in many places, including the Red Cedar River and the Grand River.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu October 30, 2014

LSO concert features dramatic choral music

MSU Director of Choral Programs David Rayl
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s next MasterWorks concert is Saturday at Wharton Center. The MSU State Singers, University Chorale and Choral Union get involved with this LSO concert.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:11 am
Thu October 30, 2014

MSU ghost hunters scare up fun

Most of us are up for some spooky fun this time of year. You might break out the Ouija board or watch a classic horror movie. But for some Michigan State University students, seeking out supernatural thrills is a year-round activity.

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Arts & Culture
11:08 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Book Review: Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" | WKAR

“It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, collected the instruments of life around me that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Current State #410 | October 29, 2014

Today on Current State: a look at GM expansions; a preview of the East Lansing Film Festival; Neighbors in Action looks at Peckham, Incorporated; and a Halloween look at really big pumpkins.

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Business
1:13 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

GM, suppliers expanding Lansing area operations

GM's Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant
Credit Flickr - Betsy Weber

General Motors is making news in Michigan this week. The Detroit automaker is planning a $40-million investment at its transmission plant in Warren to build the new drivetrain for the next generation of the Chevrolet Volt. The announcement is the latest in a string of high-profile plans G-M has unveiled this year. Those include assembly plant expansions in the Lansing area.

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Arts & Culture
1:13 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

EL Film Festival director discusses must-see movies

'Pie Lady of Pie Town' is a short documentary on this year's East Lansing Film Festival schedule. It was made by Michigan native Jane Rosemont.
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The East Lansing Film Festival starts Thursday and runs through November 6th. This marks the 17th year of the East Lansing Film Festival, with lots of feature-length movies, documentaries, and shorts. The Thursday night opening film is a documentary about legendary jazzman Clark Terry, and his work counseling a young musician.

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Community
1:13 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Peckham, Inc. | WKAR

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 hear from Peckham Incorporated, a non-profit that provides employment and job training for people with disabilities.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Battle of MI's great pumpkin gladiators

That's a big pumpkin at the Harnica Pumpkin Farm and Great Pumpkin Weigh-off.
Credit www.facebook.com/harnicapumpkins

Just in time for Halloween week, Current State’s Peter Whorf brings us this monstrous tale. It's a tale of competitive pumpkin growing in Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:01 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Current State #409 | October 28, 2014

Today on Current State: Our ELECTION 2014 coverage continues with a conversation with 8th district Democratic congressional candidate Eric Schertzing; our Great Lakes Month in Review examines rising lake levels; two contemporary inductees into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame; and a robotics team at Stockbridge High School looks for lost World War II aircraft.

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Environment
10:58 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: rising lake levels, Asian carp DNA

Credit Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

At the end of each month, Current State checks in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we talk about the dramatic rise in lake levels this fall, the latest legal updates on Asian carp, and the U-N’s stance on the Detroit water shut-offs.

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History
10:57 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Hall of Fame inductees discuss women who influenced them

The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony is coming up later this week. Four of the Hall’s eight contemporary inductees have local ties, including Two Men and a Truck founder Mary Ellen Sheets and long-time educator Barbara Roberts Mason. Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with the other two local contemporary inductees.

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Education
10:53 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Stockbridge students assist in search for lost Pacific aircraft

(L-R) Jeremy Spink, Brandon Ostrander, Tyler Heeney and Philip McCleer of the Stockbridge High School robotics team.
Credit WKAR-Kevin Lavery

The trees are starting to look very stark in Michigan these days as autumn digs in. Many “snowbirds” are thinking about escaping to more pleasant climates, including a team of young engineers from rural Stockbridge in Ingham County. Stockbridge High School has a robotics team which for the past three years has traveled to the tropical island of Palau to use their machines to search for lost history.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:30 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Current State #408 | October 27, 2014

Today on Current State: Our ELECTION 2014 coverage continues with a conversation with 8th district Republican congressional candidate Mike Bishop; how yoga might help combat veterans; documentary filmmaker Darryl Roberts; and a recap of the Michigan State-Michigan football game.

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Politics & Government
2:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

ELECTION 2014: 8th district Congressional candidate Republican Mike Bishop

Former state Senate majority leader Mike Bishop (R) hopes to replace Mike Rogers in Congress.
Credit www.electmikebishop.com/

Next Tuesday, Ingham county voters will help determine who will represent them in the U.S. Congress. Today and tomorrow, Current State visits with both of the major party candidates. Many observers favor Republican Mike Bishop to win in the 8th district, which comprises Ingham, Livingston and northern Oakland counties.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
2:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

MSU study indicates yoga may help combat vets

Yoga instruction Kintla Ernst has worked with veteran Logan Stark.
Credit G.L. Kohuth/Michigan State University

Yoga’s popularity has skyrocketed in America in recent years. Once thought of as mostly a spiritual practice, it has grown into a multi-billion dollar exercise industry. It’s also gotten the attention of mental health experts who are increasingly interested in yoga’s potential to help treat depression, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Arts & Culture
2:26 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

New documentary explores sexualization of youth

Credit http://www.americathebeautifuldoc.com/

A documentary filmmaker will bring his latest movie to East Lansing tonight. It’s the third installment of Darryl Roberts series called “America the Beautiful”.

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Sports
2:15 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

WKAR's Al Martin recaps Spartan football victory

MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio
Credit WKAR-MSU

Saturday's backyard brawl between Michigan State and Michigan ended with a decisive 35-11 Spartan win. MSU has now won six of the last seven matchups with the Wolverines.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:52 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Current State #407 | October 24, 2014

Today on Current State: Our Election 2014 coverage continues with Republican AG Bill Schuette; an MSU study linking energy and cancer research; MSU's top-ranked women's cross country team; and the Lansing Area Unionized Spectacle.

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Politics & Government
11:51 am
Fri October 24, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Republican AG Bill Schuette

Attorney General Bill Schuette
Credit http://www.billschuette.com/

In eleven days, Michigan voters will decide who will hold a handful of statewide offices, one of them, Attorney General. The race pits incumbent Republican Bill Schuette against Democratic challenger Mark Totten, who was a guest on Current State last week.

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