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Radio Made in Michigan
8:39 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Current State at Detroit Boat Show

Gibbs Sports and Amphibians' new QuadSki
Peter Whorf

This week on Current State, WKAR's Peter Whorf takes us to Cobo Center for the Detroit Boat show.  The expo runs through Sunday.  Tune in for Current State with Mark Bashore  weekdays at 9a and 6p on 90.5FM and noon on 870AM.  Emanuele Berry brings you Current State Weekend Saturdays at 11a and Sundays at noon on 90.5.  You can also hear our show Saturday and Sunday on 870AM.  Here are a few of the many things you might find at Cobo...

Radio Made in Michigan
3:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Current State #28 | February 20, 2013

Today on Current State: Flint leaders offer wisdom, advice as Detroit faces possible emergency management, "girl groups" featured at the Motown Museum, Neighbors in Action highlights Closing the Digital Gap, naval history from the Detroit Boat Show, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Economy
2:56 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

With Detroit facing emergency management, Flint leaders share their experience

A report released Tuesday afternoon by the Detroit emergency review team all but clears the way for Governor Snyder to appoint an emergency manager to take over the city’s finances. This scenario is nothing new to Flint, where, in late 2011, Governor Snyder appointed Michael Brown as emergency manager.  

We speak with Brown, as well as Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, about what the experience is like and what Detroit officials can learn from it.

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Arts & Culture
12:17 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Girl Groups featured at new Motown Museum exhibit

Motown's premiere "girl group," The Supremes, performed at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas in 1969.
Credit (Wikimedia Commons)

At the iconic Motown Museum in Detroit, a new exhibit honors the female contribution to the 1960s era. It’s called “Girl Groups: The Grit, The Glamour,The Glory.” Included are records, photos and memorabilia from all of the groups you remember, and one you have probably never heard of.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl toured the exhibit with the president and CEO of the Motown Museum, Allen Rawls.

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Education
11:50 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Closing the Digital Gap

Instructors like Sharon Courtland at Closing the Digital Gap help Lansing area residents improve their computer skills.
Credit Courtesy of Closing the Digital Gap

For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, we feature Closing the Digital Gap, a Lansing-based non-profit that provides computers and computer training to low-income adults and families.

Executive Director Marcus Jefferson explains how his organization helps bridge the technical divide between rich and poor.

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History
11:40 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Detroit Boat Show also features Great Lakes naval history

The American fleet of nine vessels, commanded by Oliver H. Perry, was outgunned by the British heading into The Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.

The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show runs now through Sunday at Cobo Center. The expo showcases everything from power boats to pontoons, and even a little Great Lakes history. This year is the bicentennial of the epic Battle of Lake Erie, which occurred during the War of 1812.
 

Tall ships of the British and United States navies clashed in September of 1813.  The Americans won this crucial battle, which may be best-remembered for the famous message delivered by Commodore Oliver Perry:  “We have met the enemy, and he is ours…”
 

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Music
11:26 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Ladysmith Black Mambazo still going strong after 50 years

Ladysmith Black Mambazo was founded in South Africa in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala.
Credit Courtesy of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming to Wharton Center to perform their signature South African Zulu-style choral music. They began singing in competitions in the 1970s, and rose to worldwide fame when they appeared on Paul Simon’s album “Graceland” in 1986. They’ve recorded over 50 albums, and their latest tour has a stop in East Lansing.

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark speaks with one of the longest-singing members, Albert Mazibuko, about the group's longevity.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:03 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Current State #27 | February 19, 2013

Today on Current State: Right to Work and Lansing teachers, Michigan's depleting groundwater, new exhibits at the Broad Art Museum and its founding director on the first three months, and home court advantage with The Izzone.

Politics & Government
2:42 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Lansing teachers seek new contract before 'Right to Work' kicks in

In five weeks, Michigan’s so-called Right to Work law takes effect.  Some local Michigan teacher unions are working to lock in new contracts before then.  In some cases, it’s an effort to delay the impact of the controversial new law since it will not include contracts already in place by March 27, when it takes effect. 

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Environment
2:36 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Michigan's fragile groundwater resources a growing concern

Michigan's groundwater and inner lake levels are falling, with the 2012 drought and high corn prices contributing to the shift.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Great Lakes’ record-low water levels are rightly receiving all of the attention now, but evidence is growing that Michigan’s fragile groundwater resources are quietly becoming a concern for the future.

Robert Glennon, professor of law and public policy at the University of Arizona and author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to do About It,” knows Michigan well and shares his insights.

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Arts & Culture
2:34 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Broad Art Museum unveils three new exhibits

Now that it’s been open for a few months, it’s time for the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University to change things up. Some inaugural exhibits are departing, and three new exhibits go on display this Friday.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with the museum’s curator of contemporary art, Alison Gass, about what’s new at the Broad.

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Arts & Culture
2:29 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Michael Rush, the Broad's founding director, on museum's success, future

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum was designed by architect Zaha Hadid.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

For the first time since opening, MSU’s Broad Art Museum is closing exhibits to make way for new displays. Founding director Michael Rush discusses how things have gone at the Broad so far.

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Sports
2:01 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

The Izzone gives Spartans distinct home court advantage

The Izzone is considered one of the best student sections in the country.
Credit Matthew Mitchell/MSU Athletics

MSU ran over Michigan last week thanks, in part, to a rocking home crowd. Some said it was the loudest they’d heard the Breslin Center in a long time.  When the #4 Spartans take on the #1 Hoosiers tonight, the place should be roaring again with help from the student frenzy that is The Izzone.  

Current State’s Kevin Lavery checks out what gives the Spartan’s such a home court advantage.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:17 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Current State #26 | February 18, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan's hazy medical marijuana regulations, sports with Joe Rexrode, Detroit's  financial woes, MSU's global reach, and Lansing business news with Angela Wittrock.

Politics & Government
3:39 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Clearing some haze around state's medical marijuana laws

Much is still unknown regarding Michigan's medical marijuana laws, including how to distribute the drug safely and legally.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

There’s been significant movement at the state capitol regarding medical marijuana recently.  The week before last, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled the state’s pot law does not allow dispensaries.  But late last week, State Representative Mike Callton of Nashville announced he’ll introduce a bill that would allow businesses to dispense cannabis.

Stuart Dunnings Jr. is Ingham County prosecutor and among the many legal officials and police who’ve been frustrated by the vagaries of Michigan’s medical marijuana law.  Robin Schneider is a Lansing resident and a legislative liaison for the National Patients’ Rights Association.  They both help clear some of the haze around Michigan's medical marijuana regulations.

Sports
3:26 pm
Mon February 18, 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. This time, he previews tomorrow's huge men's basketball game between Michigan State and Indiana in East Lansing.

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Economy
3:14 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Detroit's financial woes may lead to drastic action

In response to Detroit's ongoing financial woes, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to appoint an emergency manager.
Credit Courtesy of Patricia Drury (Wikimedia Commons)

State officials and many in southeast Michigan have been keeping a very close eye on financial reports coming out of Detroit.  Sunday's Detroit Free Press reported that an emergency financial report completed late Friday suggests an emergency manager is inevitable.  The report found the city’s deficit continues to grow even after some degree of state oversight for more than 10 months.  

Free Press reporter and columnist Nancy Kaffer joins us to explain one of the biggest, ongoing stories in Michigan.

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Arts & Culture
2:47 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Video project highlights MSU's work around the globe

Spartans Will. 360 project documents the work MSU researchers, alumni and students are doing around the world. Above, a malaria clinic in Malawi.
Credit Courtesy of Spartans Will. 360

A team of video storytellers from Michigan State University is wrapping up a two-month journey around the world.  The crew is documenting the work of MSU researchers in countries such as China, Brazil and Malawi as they tackle challenges ranging from malnutrition and disease to human organ trafficking.  The project is called “Spartans Will. 360.”  

Current State’s Kevin Lavery catches up with team leader Jim Peck by phone in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Business
2:16 pm
Mon February 18, 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
1:40 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Current State #25 | February 15, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan's economy and the minimum wage debate; "baby-moons"; Michigan's rich literary history; sports update with Joe Rexrode; and a preview of Downton Abbey music special.

Politics & Government
1:31 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

MSU economist Charles Ballard on the Michigan economy, minimum wage debate

President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage this week in his State of the Union Address. Michigan legislative Democrats followed up with their own calls for an increase. Republicans at all levels say an increase would be a job-killer.

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Arts & Culture
1:29 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Book recalls famous and forgotten Michigan authors

Credit www.bibliovault.org

Dave Dempsey is a widely respected environmentalist and writer; his attorney brother, Jack, is also a writer. Together, their love for Michigan and the written word are united in “Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors." The book has been chosen as a Michigan Notable Book for 2013. They join us to talk about Michigan’s rich literary history.

Jack and Dave Dempsey will appear at the Schuler Book Store in Okemos on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. to discuss the book.

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Sports
1:27 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Sports check-in with Joe Rexrode

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. This time, he recaps this week's men's basketball game between Michigan and Michigan State and looks ahead to the rest of the Big Ten schedule.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:25 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

A 'Downton Abbey' music special preview

Credit Richard Munckton

This Sunday night at 9 p.m., WKAR TV presents the two-hour Season Three finale of the hit PBS TV series Downton Abbey. The “Sturm und Drang” of the third season brought us the wedding of Mary and Matthew, the death of Sybil, the near financial ruin of the estate itself and many more joys and heartbreaks. Millions of viewers nationwide will be tuned in to see what this year’s final installment brings and what it may promise for the coming Season Four.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Current State #24 | February 14, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan's energy future; Michigan radio legend Mike Whorf talks about life and love songs; MSU research on cyberbullying; a Public Poetry Announcement featuring Jack Gilbert; and  Michigan farmers voice their concerns.

Environment
12:49 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

State seeks public input on Michigan's energy future

What should Michigan’s long-range priorities be regarding energy?  Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials want to know.

This Thursday afternoon in Lansing is the public’s first chance to make its voice heard at a forum being held at the State Library. Next December, the Governor plans to issue a comprehensive set of recommendations based in part on the forums.  

Today on Current State, three guests with different perspectives discuss the energy issue.

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History
12:47 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Radio legend Mike Whorf on life, love songs

Mike Whorf in his home recording studio.
Credit Peter Whorf

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and Midwestern radio listeners as the long-time host of WJR's Kaleidoscope.  The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other statewide and national honors.

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Science
12:43 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

MSU research on cyberbullying shows signs for concern

Studies conducted by MSU professors found cyberbullying is just as detrimental to youths as physical bullying.

Bullying isn't just happening the the schoolyard anymore. In the age of technology, online aggression is everywhere.

Two recent reports by MSU professors focus on the world of cyberbullying.

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Arts & Culture
12:41 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Jack Gilbert

Cotton in a Luxor bazaar, Egypt.
Credit I. Remih (Wikimedia Commons)

Our Public Poetry Announcement for Valentine’s Day features Jack Gilbert’s “The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart.”  Current State producer Joe Linstroth and Stephanie Glazier, acting director of MSU’s Center for Poetry in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, discuss Gilbert’s richly detailed poem and the limits of language when it approaches such broad, ineffable emotions like love.

Current State’s Public Poetry Announcements are brought to you by the Center for Poetry at Michigan State University’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

Environment
12:39 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Michigan Farm Bureau outlines 2013 agenda

Keeping up transportation routes, like roads and bridges, enables the agricultural industry to thrive and gain access to needed resources.

More than 400 Michigan farmers had a chance to meet with state legislators this week to talk about their priorities for 2013.  The Michigan Farm Bureau has outlined three main focus areas for its agenda: access to markets, workforce development, and regulatory reform. 

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