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Radio Made in Michigan
4:40 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

'Encyclopedia Paranoiaca' mines fears and phobias for laughs

Flip-flops are a deadly footwear option, according to the 'Encyclopedia Paranoiaca.'
Credit Wikimedia Commons

It may be hard to believe, but evidence suggests many otherwise benign, everyday items like flip- flops, drinking straws and neckties pose serious dangers.  Other reputable data point to the health risks involved in common activities like flossing our teeth, washing our hands and eating leafy greens.  
 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:57 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

New Legislator Preview: Rep. Theresa Abed, 71st District

We continue our series of interviews with new local State Representatives with Theresa Abed. Last November, Abed defeated one-term Representative Deb Schaughnessy, moving the 71st District's Eaton County seat from Republican to Democratic. She joins us to discuss her 2013 legislative agenda.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:45 pm
Mon March 4, 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 breaks down MSU's loss to Michigan on Sunday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Mon March 4, 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 discusses news that the Lansing State Journal plans to sell its building.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:27 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Current State #35 | March 1, 2013

On today's Current State: Detroit's financial future, a local practitioner of the ancient Japanese art form called mokuhanga, sports with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode, the MSU football program's  legacy of racial integration, Friday fish fries and a preview of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's next performance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:19 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Governor Snyder set to lay out plan for Detroit

Last week a state appointed financial review team concluded that the city of Detroit is in a financial emergency. Since then, Governor Snyder has been considering whether he should appoint an emergency financial manager to fix the city. He is expected to announce his decision today. Eric Scorsone, an MSU economist who specializes in municipal finance, discusses the future of Detroit’s finances.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:15 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Ancient Japanese art form on display in Lansing

A mokuhanga painting of Mt. Fuji by Linda Beeman.
Credit Courtesy of Linda Beeman

A new gallery in Old Town Lansing is bringing Japanese art to Lansing. The Linda J. Beeman studio is filled with mokuhanga or woodblock prints. Mokuhanga is unique, as only a small group of artists make woodblock prints outside of Japan. Current State’s Emanuele Berry takes a look.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:08 pm
Fri March 1, 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 looks ahead to the MSU vs. U of M game on Sunday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:05 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

MSU football paved the way for racial integration in college athletics

In the 1960s, Michigan State recruited black football players from the South who were unable to play closer to home.

The 1966 match up between Notre Dame and Michigan State University was billed as “ The Game of the Century.” The two undefeated teams, ranked 1 and 2 respectively, clashed at Spartan Stadium. While many remember the game for its controversial 10-10 tie, it’s also remembered for its social and political relevance.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:47 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs this weekend

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s MasterWorks 5 concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. Music of Barber and Dvorak is on the program, as well as a piece called “Ancestral Waters” by Brian Gaber.

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark talked to Gaber about his composition, and checked in with LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt to hear about the rest of the concert.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:53 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Current State #34 | February 28, 2013

Today on Current State: February's biggest news stories; a Public Poetry Announcement with local poet Diane Wakoski; a friend remembers pianist Van Cliburn; and a Detroit Tigers' season preview with Mario Impemba.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:50 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Month in Review: February's biggest news stories

Current State reviews the biggest news stories and some that flew under the radar in February, as well as what to look out for this March with Andy Balaskovitz, managing editor of the Lansing City Pulse;  Rick Pluta, managing editor of the Michigan Public Radio Network; and Kyle Melinn, news director for the Michigan Information and Research Service.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:47 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Diane Wakoski

Duchess potatoes.

Diane Wakoski is an internationally renowned poet and a former MSU professor in creative writing. She discusses her career and shares one of her poems, "The Duchess Potatoes."

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:36 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

MSU music professor on the legacy of his friend, Van Cliburn

Pianist Van Cliburn was the first musician to be honored with a ticker-tape parade in Manhattan.
Credit Courtesy of Van Cliburn Foundation

In 1958, a young American musician arrived in Moscow to give the concert of his life.  Classically trained pianist Van Cliburn was a 23-year-old Texan who stunned a team of Soviet judges with his flawless execution of pieces by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Cliburn’s tour de force performance launched a successful musical career and a string of visits to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.  Van Cliburn died yesterday at age 78.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Detroit Tigers 2013 season preview with Mario Impemba

In 2012, the Detroit Tigers went 50-31 at Comerica Field on their way to a World Series appearance.
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Last year, the Detroit Tigers fought their way to the World Series, only to be swept by the San Francisco Giants. This season, many of the pieces from last year's team return, including Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera. 

Tigers' play-by-play man and MSU alum Mario Impemba assesses the 2013 Tigers and whether they have another chance at the World Series.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:54 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Current State #33 | February 27, 2013

Lansing's Kerns Hotel burned to the ground in December 1934. The fire, however, spawned a volunteer organization that still exists today in Lansing.
Credit Courtesy of the Capital Area District Library


Today on Current State: Spartan women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant; author Winona LaDuke on Native American struggles with the U.S. military; the unsolved murder that changed Michigan politics; opera star Renee Fleming; and Neighbors in Action features Lansing's Box 23. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:21 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

MSU women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant on life, leadership

For coach Suzy Merchant, character matters just as much as athletic talent when it comes to choosing who wears the MSU uniform.
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Suzy Merchant is not only the successful head coach of Michigan State's women's basketball team, she's also a wife and mother of two boys.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:13 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

New book chronicles history of Native American struggle with U.S. military

Author Winona LaDuke focuses on the troubled and complicated history between Native Americans and the U.S. military.
Credit Courtesy of MSU Press

Forty years ago, 200 members of the American Indian Movement took over the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.  The group was protesting the federal government’s failure to honor various treaties with native tribes.  The location was symbolic.  In 1890, as many as 300 Lakota Indians were killed at Wounded Knee by the U-S Army.  The standoff lasted 73 days and claimed three lives.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:56 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

The unsolved murder that changed Michigan politics forever

State Senator Warren Hooper was not opposed to bribery before he was gunned down while driving from Lansing to Albion in 1945.
Credit Jackson Citizen Patriot file photo

Before the assassination of State Senator Warren Hooper in 1945, corruption in Michigan politics was the norm, not the exception. While it remains unsolved,  the Hooper hit, which was widely believed to be the work of Detroit’s infamous Purple Gang, ushered in a crackdown on corruption and altered the political climate in Lansing for good.

Bill Whitbeck, a Michigan Court of Appeals judge and the author of the 2010 novel “To Account for Murder,” which is based on Hooper’s death, recounts the story.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Opera star Renee Fleming in town for first time

Renee Fleming is a four-time Grammy winner, most recently winning an award in 2013 for Best Classical Vocal Solo.
Credit Courtesy of Renee Fleming

Concerts, Grammys, performing all over the world, opera star Renee Fleming has done just about everything, except for a concert in East Lansing.

Tonight, the soprano can check that off her list as well.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl speaks with Fleming about her latest album, singing for Queen Elizabeth II, and the program she has planned for tonight's performance at MSU’s Wharton Center.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Box 23

In 1934, 34 people were killed as the Hotel Kerns in Lansing burned to the ground.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Capital Area District Library

Lansing’s Box 23 has supported the city's fire department for 75 years.  The all-volunteer group provides refreshments and support to firefighters as they battle the worst fires.  The name comes from the firebox used to call in the massive fire at Lansing’s Kerns Hotel in December 1934.

Longtime Box 23 member Dave Rule and Lansing firefighter Steve Babcock share Box 23’s long history and explain what it’s all about.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:37 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Current State #32 | February 26, 2013

The MSU Surplus store offers extensive recycling resources and dedication to environmental sustainability.
Credit Gabby Saldivia

Today on Current State: Climate change in Michigan, a tour of the MSU Surplus and Recycling Center; Michigan and the Civil War; Civil Rights era jazz; Spartan basketball in 1979 and now; and the creative process of magazine information graphics.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:20 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Current State #31 | February 25, 2013

Today on Current State: A breakdown of both state party conventions; sports with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; a look at shifting enrollment trends at Michigan universities; East Lansing schools seek tech upgrades; and MLive's Angela Wittrock sorts out the Lansing metro's "real" GDP.

Politics & Government
2:12 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Michigan Democrats elect new leader, Republicans stay the course

At their annual convention, held in Lansing this year, Michigan Republicans reelected Bobby Schostak as their leader.
Credit Gabriela Saldivia

The state Republican and Democratic parties held conventions this weekend, and news was made at both.

After 18 years, Mark Brewer is out as leader of the Michigan Democratic Party, removing his name from consideration before the party’s chairmanship could go up for a vote. Lon Johnson takes over.

Meanwhile, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak faced a challenge from Tea Party nominee Todd Courser.        

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Sports
1:50 pm
Mon February 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 the MSU men's basketball team's loss to Ohio State and what the ramifications are for post-season play.

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Education
1:45 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Michigan universities see shift in enrollment trends

Student enrollment at Michigan's public universities like Michigan State has dramatically increased among international and out-of-state students.
Credit Courtesy of MSU

A new story from Bridge Magazine poses a provocative question for the parents of Michigan’s high schoolers: “Is a student from China taking my kid’s college slot?”  The story explores recent trends in freshmen enrollment at the state’s public universities. Many have seen dramatic increases in the number of international and out-of-state students. Senior editor  Ron French compiled the story and discusses its findings.

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Education
1:03 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

East Lansing schools seek upgrade in technology

Credit WKAR file photo

Tomorrow, East Lansing voters will decide on a school bond issue to upgrade outdated equipment.  Officials say hundreds of phones, computers, cameras and clocks in the city’s schools are becoming obsolete.  The district is asking residents to approve a millage that would not exceed 1.26 mils over the next five years. The measure would raise more than $5 million for the upgrade.  

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery visited East Lansing High School to talk with the district’s director of technology, Christian Palasty, who says there’s a sizable amount of equipment to replace.

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Business
12:56 pm
Mon February 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. This week, she discusses the Lansing metro area's real "GDP."

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:51 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Current State #30 | February 22, 2013

Today on Current State:  A look at the tri-county mental health system; Detroit spoken word poet Jamaal May; the unveiling of a collaborative mural at Peckham Inc; sports with Joe Rexrode; Lansing-made boats at the Detroit Boat show; and an Oscar preview.

Health
2:48 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Governor Rick Snyder calls for review of state mental health system

Mental health funding in Michigan is uneven, says Bob Sheehan, and the tri-county area around Lansing is at the bottom.
Credit Gabby Saldivia

On Wednesday, Governor Rick Snyder ordered a review of how Michigan delivers mental health services.  Among other issues, commissions headed by Lt. Governor Brian Calley will focus on how to close the gap for people who need help but end up in jail instead.

Bob Sheehan, executive director of Community Mental Health of Lansing, discusses mental health challenges in mid-Michigan and what he thinks the review needs to address.

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