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Radio Made in Michigan
5:24 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni plays live

Suren Bagratuni, a professor of cello with the MSU College of Music, is the organizer of the Cello Plus music festival.
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The 13th annual Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival begins on March 17 at MSU. The festival will feature the music of Schubert, Beethoven, Bach and Brahms. 

MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni details the line-up and plays live in studio.

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Lansing
4:59 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Lansing Financial Health Team unveils report

The City of Lansing's blue ribbon Financial Health Team has begun releasing draft recommendations on how to address the city's long-term financial deficits.

Current State's Kevin Lavery attended today's early morning meeting at the REO Olds Museum and has an update.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:08 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Current State #44 | March 14, 2013

Today on Current State:  An update on Detroit's emergency manager situation; Lansing Financial Health Team unveils report; a local priest in Rome on the conclave and new pope; Congressman Gary Peters on his political future; The Festival of Listening for international poetry; Japan two years after Fukushima; and violinist Anne Sophie Mutter.

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Michigan Politics
6:03 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Gov. Snyder to announce Detroit emergency financial manager

Thursday afternoon in Detroit, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to name Kevyn Orr, a Washington D.C.-based bankruptcy attorney, as  Detroit's incoming financial manager. The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta explains the importance of this historic announcement.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:43 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Congressman Gary Peters discusses his political future

Since Carl Levin’s announcement last Thursday that he won’t be seeking another term as Michigan’s senator, many names have been dropped as possible successors.  Arguably none has been mentioned more often as Democratic Congressman Gary Peters, who represents Michigan’s 14th congressional district. 

Congressman Peters discusses his political career and where it might be headed.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:36 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Festival of Listening

The sixth annual Festival of Listening is this Friday in East Lansing. The event, put on by MSU’s RCAH Center for Poetry, features live readings of poetry in other languages with no translation. And it’s a hit, having become by far the Center's most popular event.

Stephanie Glazier, acting director of the Center for Poetry, and David Clauson, an MSU student, talk about the festival and share a Swedish haiku.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:28 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Two years after Fukushima, Japan still recovering

When a massive 9.0 earthquake hit Japan two years ago it caused mass destruction and distress. There is an event taking place Monday at MSU to commemorate the second anniversary of the tragedy.
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Two years ago, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami which damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, causing the world’s worst radiation leak since the Chernobyl accident in 1986.  

On Monday, MSU will commemorate the anniversary with an event at the International Center.  One of the speakers, Dr. Ethan Segal, a professor of history at MSU and an expert on Japan, assesses the rebuilding efforts and discusses Japan’s complex relationship with nuclear power. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:27 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Violinist Anne Sophie Mutter on life and music

Anne Sophie Mutter performs tonight at 7:30 at Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium.
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Violinist Anne Sophie Mutter is one of the true superstars of classical music. Since her first concerts on the world’s most prestigious stages, Mutter has inspired audiences around the globe with recitals, concerto performances and dozens of recordings.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:18 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Current State #43 | March 13, 2013

Today on Current State:  A debate on biodiversity and commerce in Michigan; the Lansing Jaycees features in Neighbors in ActionLansing City Pulse reporters on the LPD's missing cold case list; a Jackson ice cream institution reopens; and an Ann Arbor high school orchestra wins national acclaim. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:10 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Biodiversity and commerce in Michigan

A proposed bill making its way through the Michigan legislature aims to put tighter limits on the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Commission.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:57 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing Jaycees

The Lansing Jaycees' annual 'Stuff the Bus' event partners with CATA and asks people to donate items to families during the holidays. Last year they helped 44 children.
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From the annual Capitol Easter Egg Hunt to collecting toys and school supplies for needy families, the Lansing Jaycees hold more than 20 community service events a year.

For our Neighbors in Action segment, Lansing Jaycees Angela Clock and Charlie Root discuss the community service work of one of Michigan’s oldest chapters.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:52 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

No cold case list at LPD, reports Lansing City Pulse

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The latest edition of the Lansing City Pulse is out today and one of the main stories is quite an interesting one.

In the process of reporting what they thought would be a rather straightforward piece that intended to highlight some of the Lansing Police Department’s cold homicide cases, City Pulse reporters Rich Tupica and Steve Miller discovered that the LPD, unlike many other police departments across the country, does not have such a cold case list readily available. This surprised them, so they changed their story to find out why.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:37 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

The Parlour, a Jackson institution, is back in business

Owner of the iconic Jackson’s Parlour Bernie White chats with a customer.
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It’s been a gloomy winter for ice cream lovers in Jackson. An iconic ice cream emporium called The Parlour closed down in December, after roughly a century of satisfying the city’s sweet tooth.

With spring approaching, though, The Parlour is back under new ownership.
 

WKAR’s Scott Pohl visited iconic ice cream shop on its first day back in operation last week.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Ann Arbor high school orchestra wins top national award

The Ann Arbor Pioneer High School performing Saturday prior to being named Grand Champion of the 2013 National Orchestra Festival in Rhode Island.
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The Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Chamber Orchestra was selected as one of 15 orchestras to play at the 2013 National Orchestra Festival Competition held at the American String Teacher’s Association conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Last week, the Pioneer Chamber Orchestra won first place in the string division and was named Grand Champion of the entire event.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:23 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Current State #42 | March 12, 2013

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Today on Current State: former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's conviction; more on the Niowave pole barn; "STEMinists," a new exhibit at the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame; timebanks; and Holt and Mason leaders take the stage for a good cause.

Radio Made in Michigan
4:21 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick convicted of 24 counts

Kwame Kilpatrick's legacy of corruption as mayor of Detroit came to an end Monday morning.
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On Monday, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 of 30 charges, including racketeering and extortion.

MLive’s Gus Burns has been covering the trial and joins us from Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:18 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Niowave pole barn dispute continues over tax exemption

Debate continues over the Niowave pole barn's presence in the Walnut Neighborhood.
Credit Mark Bashore/WKAR

In the latest episode of the Niowave pole barn dispute, Monday night the Lansing city council held a public hearing regarding the company’s recent application for a tax break on its property on North Walnut Street.

Lansing city council member Brian Jeffries, chairman of the council’s Planning and Development committee, and Walnut Neighborhood activist Dale Schrader update the situation. Niowave did not respond to our interview request. 

Radio Made in Michigan
3:43 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Michigan Women's Hall of Fame features modern women in science and technology

Despite graduation rates exceeding that of American men, women in this country are still underrepresented in the science and technology fields.
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More than half of all college graduates are women, yet there's a shortage of women in many science and technology professions.  The trend inspired the new exhibit “STEMinists -- Michigan women in science, technology, engineering and math," which opens this week at the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing.  The exhibit profiles women who have been successful in various STEM fields.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:32 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Timebanks foster community building

Timebanks have been cropping up in cities  across the country. Very loosely, participants trade work hours in an effort to build a better community. Of course, there’s much more to it than that, and Edge Brussel, coordinator of the new Lansing Timebank, as well as Stephanie Rearick, co-director of the thriving Dane County Timebank in Madison, Wisc., tell us what’s involved.

Radio Made in Michigan
3:28 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Holt vs. Mason: Community leaders face-off

Tonight at Holt High School, it’s round one of the first annual Holt and Mason Scholarship Challenge.  This is an amateur talent competition featuring music, dance, comedy, visual art, and poetry. It’s open to all ages and all kinds of creativity. To set the mood of friendly competition, Delhi Township Supervisor CJ Davis and Mason Mayor Leon Clark will showcase their singing and guitar-playing talents tonight. Davis and Clark join us to discuss the event.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:47 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Current State #41 | March 11, 2013

Today on Current State: Governor Rick Snyder weighs in on the latest hot-button issues; Michigan's role in the War of 1812; comedian W. Kamau Bell; a Lansing choir returns from the Vatican's papal conclave; sports with Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:30 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Governor Rick Snyder addresses latest issues facing Michigan

From the controversial decision over a Detroit emergency manager, to the politics of road funding, to a call by Democrats to make college tuition available to all state high school graduates, Governor Rick Snyder had a lot going late last week.  Current State host Mark Bashore managed, however, to get the Governor for a few minutes by phone for a quick update on all these issues. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:22 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Michigan commemorates the War of 1812

Then still just a frontier territory, Michigan was the site of many important battles during the War of 1812. 

The Michigan War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission meets today to discuss commemorations of historic events from the war.  

Susan Clark, director of the Michigan History Museum, recounts local turning points in the war and tells us what events are planned.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:07 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Comedian W. Kamau Bell mines racism, politics for laughs

Credit Beth Allen/Courtesy of W. Kamau Bell

The country’s top comedians are appearing in Grand Rapids through Sunday at Gilda’s Laugh Fest. The event supports the work of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, inspired by the late Gilda Radner to help people who are dealing with cancer.
   

Tonight, the festival features W. Kamau Bell, the host of “Totally Biased,” which appears Thursday nights on FX.  Bell discusses racism in America and what it’s like to have a television show.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:34 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Lansing choir sings for papal conclave at the Vatican

St. Peter's Square, Vatican.
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Twenty-five members of the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir of Lansing and several members of St. Mary’s and St. Stan’s in Jackson performed recently in Italy, including at a Vatican mass as the papal conclave was assembling.  

Monsignour Steven Raica, Chancellor of the Diocese of Lansing, and choir member Gratz discuss the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Mon March 11, 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 the upcoming Big Ten men's basketball tournament. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:35 pm
Mon March 11, 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. This week, she and Mark delve into Governor Snyder's plans for an economic summit next week in Detroit. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:43 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Current State #40 | March 8, 2013

Today on Current State: Gay marriage in Michigan; a debate on the merits of "Common Core" education; MSU men's basketball with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; the new realities of the publishing world; Ann Arbor teen named to inagural Carnegie Hall youth orchestra; MSU hockey playoffs; Interlochen Radio at Elderly Instruments this weekend. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:34 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Federal judge postpones ruling on gay marriage in Michigan

A federal judge in Detroit postponed his ruling on gay marriage in Michigan to wait for the Supreme Court’s decision, which will likely come out in June.  Penny Gardner, president of the Lansing Association for Human Rights, offers her reaction.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:26 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

A debate on the merits of 'Common Core' education

Since 2010, Michigan and most other states have been moving toward what are called "Common Core" state standards.  It’s a movement that aims to create consistent learning goals for school kids across the United States.  

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