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Radio Made in Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Lansing celebrates Good Friday with Stations of the Cross reenactment

Arnold Hennig is the lead organizer of Cristo Rey Catholic Church's 34th annual Stations of the Cross reenactment. He is pictured on the steps of the State Capital, where the performance begins.
Credit Kevin Lavery

Tomorrow is Good Friday, the date two-thousand years ago on which Jesus of Nazareth was sentenced to death and crucified.  For more than 30 years, volunteers in Lansing have memorialized the events of that day with a live reenactment of the Passion.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:55 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

World-famous flutist Sir James Galway

James Galway will be joined by his wife, flutist Lady Jeanne Galway.

  World-renown flutist James Galway comes to Michigan State's Wharton Center Thursday, March 28.  The legendary musician will bring his unique blend of classical, Irish and jazz-influenced repertoire to mid-Michigan fans.  WKAR’s Peter Whorf previews the concert and talks with Sir James about his musical and personal interests.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:57 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Current State #53 | March 27, 2013

Today on Current State: the debate continues over Michigan’s Right-to-Work law; a public poetry announcement; Michigan's affirmative action case goes to the SCOTUS; the 2014 new Cadillac CTS; REACH Studio ART Center; and a new book exploring the color of Christ.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:56 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Michigan's Right-to-Work law set to take effect

Michigan' Right-to-Work law is going into effect Thursday March 27th.
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Three and a half months after its stormy journey through the state legislature, Michigan’s Right-to-Work law is about to take effect.  Two guests with opposing views of the controversial law join Current State to update the debate.   Jim Holcomb is General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which supports the law.  Doug Pratt is a spokesperson for the Michigan Education Association, which opposes it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:55 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Philip Levine

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For this Public Poetry Announcement, Current State producer Joe Linstroth and Stephanie Glazier, acting director of MSU’s Center for Poetry, discuss world-renown poet and Detroit native Philip Levine, whose work focuses on labor and working class issues.  The poem featured in this segment is titled  “Drum.” 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:50 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Michigan Attorney General to challenge affirmative action with SCOTUS

The Supreme Court is set to rule on the affirmative action case - Fisher v. The University of Texas- this spring. However, before they hand down their ruling, the court will hear another affirmative action case out of Michigan- Schuette v. The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.  George Washington, the lead attorney for the Coalition, discusses the case.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:47 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

General Motors unveils the new Cadillac CTS design

The new Cadillac CTS is expected to be more effectively competitive again other makes and models such as Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series.
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At the New York International Auto Show this week, the Cadillac division of General Motors is announcing details of what will be new with the 2014 CTS, built in Lansing at the GM Grand River Assembly Plant.The third-generation CTS will roll off the assembly line later this year.

Dave Leone, executive chief Engineer at Cadillac, joins Current State  from the auto show in New York to discuss the new CTS.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:44 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Neighbors in Action: REACH Studio Art Center

REACH Studio Art Center is holding the summer camp beginning in June.
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 For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment we feature REACH Studio Art Center, a non-profit neighborhood space in REO Town. For ten years, the REACH Studio Art Center offered art classes and art-related activities for children and teenagers.

Alice Brinkman, founder and director of REACH Studio Art Center, discusses her organization’s latest projects.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:32 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Book explores the shifting image of Christ throughout U.S. history

The remaking of Jesus’ image at the crossroads of race and religion is what Edward Blum and Paul Harvey discuss in their book, “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America.”
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 In the Book of Genesis it says “... God created human beings in his own image,” however according the book " The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America,"  we made his son in our image. Throughout the 20th century,  varied configurations of Jesus tell the history of race and religion in the United States.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:52 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Current State #52 | March 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Curtis Hertel on plans to run for Senate; former congressman advocates for mental health; Lansing City Council president's response to budget proposal; and measuring water quality over the years in the Great Lakes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:50 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Curtis Hertel on running for state Senate in 2014

Current Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel recently announced his plans to run for state Senate for 2014. As of now, he is the only democrat seeking to replace Gretchen Whitmer, who will reach her term limit come 2014.

Current State speaks with Hertel on his future plans for the position. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:44 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Patrick Kennedy on the status of mental health treatment in America

Suffering from bipolar disorder himself, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy is a strong advocate for changing the way we do mental health care.
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In his State of the State address in January, Governor Rick Snyder told lawmakers that Michigan must do better when treating people with mental health issues.  The governor vowed to not only increase state funding for mental health, but also to work towards community-based treatment solutions.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:35 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Lansing city council president responds to Bernero's budget proposal

Along with Lansing mayor Virg Bernero's budget announcement came the news that the deficit is not $9 million, but actually $5 million.
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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero formally presented his proposed 2014 budget to the city council on Monday, March 25.  The much anticipated proposal comes just days after an independent review team issued an ambitious set of recommendations to shore up Lansing’s long-term financial standing.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery attended last night’s council meeting and files this report.

Also to discuss the proposal is Lansing City Council president Carol Wood.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:31 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Measuring Great Lakes water quality today and a century ago

In addition to Dr. Rose's study, Great Lakes Echo also serves to protect the quality of the Great Lakes through information distribution via journalism.
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It’s been 100 years since the International Joint Commission conducted a Great Lakes-wide bacteriological study.  Scientists are now looking to recreate the 1913 research; the 100 years study will assess how water quality in the Basin has changed over time.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:02 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Current State #51 | March 25, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing teachers’ union on new contract; the discovery of century-old  handwritten messages in the former Traverse City State Hospital; sports with Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode;  a look a  documentary on wise older women; the Motown Museum; and Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:58 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Lansing teachers' union on new contract

Patti Seidl is President of the Lansing Schools Education Association.
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Last Thursday, the Lansing School District and the city teachers’ union reached a new five-year contract agreement.  The deal cuts 87 full-time equivalent positions in art, music and physical education classes.  On Friday we spoke with school board president Guillermo Lopez.  He assured us that those particular curricula would continue in Lansing schools, but that the method of providing that instruction is going to be restructured.  After Mr. Lopez’s interview aired, Current State’s Kevin Lavery caught up with Patti Seidl, the president of the Lansing Schools Education Association, to hear the union’s perspective on the deal.  

Radio Made in Michigan
4:53 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Old handwritten messages discovered in former state hospital

Workers found various written messages from the late 1800 to 1970s behind the wall of former Traverse City State Hospital.
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Recently, workers at the site of the former Traverse City State Hospital made a series of curious discoveries.  After pulling down old plaster from the walls of a former women’s dormitory, they found dozens of handwritten messages beneath.  A few were over a century old.  Ian Jones, director of Marketing and Communications for Traverse City’s Munson Medical Center,  talks about these mysterious findings.

Radio Made in Michigan
4:50 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Sports check-in with Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today he discusses Spartan's performance in the NCAA tournament. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Documentary highlights the value of aging on WKAR tonight

Many people fear and fight aging. If your turn to almost any channel on TV, you’ll find older women attempting to cloak themselves in youth.  Age is a deficit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:18 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

A look at the history of Motown

'Motown: The Musical' made over $1 million in its first week of previews on Broadway.
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Soon a little piece of Detroit’s history will join the marquees on Broadway. "Motown the Musical" will debut in New York in April. If you can’t make it to Broadway, you can find the story of Motown on display at the Motown Museum. WKAR’s Scott Pohl toured the museum with president and CEO of the Motown Museum, Allen Rawls. 

Radio Made in Michigan
3:36 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:16 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Current State #50 | March 22, 2013

Today on Current State: contracts for Lansing teachers; a look at the new Financial Empowerment Center; East Lansing high school's theater fundraiser; Michigan's 20-20 plan and reform options; sports check-in; Lansing's historic Albert Kahn building.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Lansing teachers nearing contract with city

Guillermo Lopez, President of the Lansing School Board says physical education, art and music will remain despite the new contracts.
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  The Lansing School District has a new contract agreement with its 915-member teachers’ union.  The Lansing Board of Education approved the new pact by an 8-1 vote last night. Guillermo Lopez, president of the Lansing Board of Education, discusses the new five-year deal.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:04 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Lansing's Financial Empowerment Center one of five in nation

Lansing is one of only five other cities that include Denver, Nashville, Philadelphia and San Antonio, that received a $1.5 million grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center.
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In January, the city of Lansing announced that the city had been awarded a $1.5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center. Lansing’s center opened yesterday.

The center is modeled after one in New York City. It will offer free, one-on-one financial counseling to low-income residents over the next three years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:58 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

East Lansing H.S. set to raise $1 million for theater endowment

The East Lansing Foundation has already raised $700 thousand toward their cause.
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East Lansing high school presents "And The World Goes Round" tomorrow night, with a fundraising event after at the East Lansing Marriott. The "Gala of Gratitude" is part of the East Lansing Foundation's effort to raise $1 million for students  to support their theater tradition in East Lansing schools.

Many East Lansing high theater, music and arts grads will be attending the event on Saturday.

One of those people is Dana Brazil.  Brazil is the Associate Director of the MSU Federal Credit Union's Institute for Arts and Creativity at the Wharton Center.  She's a professional actress, teacher and M.F.A. acting student at Michigan State University.


WKAR's Peter Whorf spoke with Dana Brazil about her days at East Lansing High School.

Radio Made in Michigan
4:59 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Sports with Joe Rexrode of Detroit Free Press

 Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today he discusses the NCAA tournament. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

A tour of Lansing's Albert Kahn building

  Architect Albert Kahn was famous for his Michigan buildings, among them Detroit’s Fisher Building and General Motors Headquarters, Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium and the many functional but distinctive factories and industrial facilities throughout Detroit and the U.S. Lansing is home to one Kahn building, the former Motor Wheel Factory.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:14 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Current State #49 | March 21, 2013

Today on Current State: budget cuts for Lansing police; dancer Nic Gareiss; Dr. Shannon Manning on drug-resistant bacteria; the Ann Arbor Film Festival; and CAFOs for livestock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Lansing police respond to budget cut pressure

Tom Krug says Mayor Bernero's administration has not asked the police union for any input on potential cuts.
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Police and firefighters in the city of Lansing are under pressure to make concessions to improve the city’s short and long-term budget woes.  Last week, a long-awaited report from the city’s blue ribbon “Financial Health Team” called for a million dollars to be cut from the police department’s budget.  

Discussing the issue is the President of the Lansing Fraternal Order of Police---the police officers and supervisors’ union---Tom Krug and from the city of Lansing, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Service, Chad Gamble.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:33 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Stepdancer Nic Gareiss on percussive dance, sexual identity and culture

Dancer Nic Gareiss. His MA thesis is called 'Queering the Feis: An Examination of the Expression of Alternative Sexual Identity in Competitive Irish Step Dance in Ireland.'
Credit Con Kelliher

  Nic Gareiss has performed traditional Irish dance and the dances of its Diaspora around the world. But for Nic, his performances are not just visual expressions, but audible ones. He understands the body in motion as a form of music.

Nic holds degrees in both anthropology and music from Central Michigan University and recently completed his Masters' in ethnochoreology at the University of Limerick in Ireland.  

Nic discusses his research interests including percussive dances, cultural identity in relation to traditional dance and music, and sexual identity within traditional dance.

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