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Radio Made in Michigan
4:50 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

As Great Lakes show, plastic pollution not just an oceanic problem

The microplasitcs the team found in the Great Lakes were small, measuring between 330 micrometers and 1 millimeter in size.
Credit Courtesy of Dr. Sherri Mason

Scientists have conducted extensive research on the plastic-filled gyres of the ocean. This past summer, however, researchers decided to look inland for the first time and measure plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Some of the groups' water samples had concentrations of plastic greater than those found anywhere else. The study has resulted in several other projects. Chemistry professor Dr. Sherri Mason discusses the plastic pollution in the basin.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:26 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Erik Nordberg takes over as Michigan Humanities Council's executive director

Erik Nordberg is the new executive director of the Michigan Humanities Council. He says one of his priorities as director is to reach out to collaborators across the state to address their needs.

  The Michigan Humanities Council will have a new executive director starting in May. Erik Nordberg is a long-time board member and will be coming to Lansing from Michigan Technological University where he most recently served as the University Archivist. He spoke about the humanities and his new position with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:12 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

More Lansing rental properties going smoke-free

Dr. Renee Canady of the Ingham County Health Department says 22% of this county's population identify as smokers but only 6% allow smoking in their homes.
Credit Photo by Liza Sperl via Flicker

Tomorrow is National “Kick Butts Day,” a day of activism to call attention to the hazards of tobacco use. In mid-Michigan, the managers of a local apartment complex are marking the day by celebrating their recent status as a smoke-free property.  Current State talks with Ingham county health officer Dr. Renee Canady about current available smoke-free housing, what's being done to ensure these properties are available, and whether it makes economic sense.

Radio Made in Michigan
3:57 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Detroit parade of shredding electric guitars ushers in spring

This years guitar parade will usher spring into the city of Detroit.

  Tomorrow morning, the spring equinox occurs just after 7 a.m Eastern Time.

Diverse cultures throughout history have marked the passing of the seasons with music and artistic expression.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:44 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Current State #46 | March 18, 2013

Today on Current State:  Governor Snyder’s 2013 economic conference; Michigan Municipal League leaders discuss the revenue debacle; sports with Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode;  the Higgs boson; and Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Governor Snyder to hold economic conference in Detroit

Governor Rick Snyder calls his “Governor’s Economic Summit," which begins today in Detroit, a “centerpiece event” for 2013.  Over the next day and a half at Cobo Center,  the Governor is bringing together private sector employers and workforce developers to determine Michigan’s future hiring needs.  He plans a follow-up summit with educators in April to align the effort. Governor Snyder shares more details. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Leaders of Michigan cities seek more revenue sharing

Since 2000, Michigan's state government has cut a total of $4.2 billion of revenue sharing with municipalities.   With lawmakers at work on the next state budget, and with a modest surplus projected, advocates for Michigan’s cities and towns are pleading for an increase in revenue.  This afternoon, many of those advocates will meet at the Lansing office of the Michigan Municipal League to make some noise.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Mon March 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. Today he discusses the upcoming NCAA tournament. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Higgs boson is confirmed, so what?

In 1964, physicists including Peter Higgs theorized that a sub-atomic particle existed that would help explain the creation of the universe, a particle that gives everything in the universe mass. It became known as the Higgs boson.
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Last July, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced that they had found a particle they described as “Higgs-like." Last week, after completing their examination of the data, lead researcher Joe Incandela announced that, in his words, “it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson."

The research continues, but discovery of a Higgs boson would leap to the top of Nobel Prize contenders.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:28 pm
Mon March 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
6:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Current State #45 | March 15, 2013

Today on Current State: GM's possible Lansing expansion;  Lansing Financial Health Team members discuss details of report; Lansing's school superintendent on why she opposes Educational Assessment Authority; the screenwriter of the new Israeli film "Rock the Casbah";  MSU Wharton Center presents "Garden of Joy"; and Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival with a live music performance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:16 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

General Motors exploring plans for expansion in Lansing

GM is investing to expand its Lansing Grand River plant, with the expectation, many speculate, to make the next generation of Camaros.
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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero announced today that GM is interested in building a $38 million expansion to its Grand River plant and is looking for tax incentives. WKAR's Kevin Lavery reports.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:14 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Members of Lansing Financial Health Team discuss report

In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term city revenue shortfalls.  Former mayor Dave Hollister led the 14-person effort that began last November. The blue-ribbon Financial Health Team divided its work into two areas: long-term costs and debt and a regional approach to cutting and streamlining.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:56 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Lansing school superintendent opposes Educational Achievement Authority

The Lansing School District could lose control of schools such as Eastern High School if the EAA legislation passes.
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A bill is moving through the Michigan legislature that would expand the state's oversight of struggling schools.

Lansing schools Superintendent Yvonne Camaal-Canul says the move to expand the preview of Michigan's Educational Achievement Authority is "not about education.It's about politics." She joins us. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:50 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

New Israeli film 'Rock the Casbah' looks at the first intifada

The new Israeli film "Rock the Casbah" takes place during the first intifada in the late 1980s. It's the first feature film produced in Israel to address the tumultuous period and is showing this weekend as part of the Israeli Film Festival put on by MSU's Jewish Studies Program. The film's screenwriter, Guy Meirson, served in the Israeli army at the time. He's a guest lecturer in screenwriting this semester and joins us to discuss his new film and Israel's complex relationship with the Palestinians.

Radio Made in Michigan
5:46 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Lansing Financial Health Team unveils report

In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term revenue shortfalls. Former Mayor David Hollister led the 14-person effort beginning last November. The blue ribbon Financial Health Team divided its work into two areas: long term costs and debt and a regionals approach to cutting, stream lining and the like.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:40 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Wharton Center's 'Garden of Joy' explores Harlem Renaissance

Cherida Best, who plays singer Dorothy Battle in 'Garden of Joy', rehearses in preparation for opening weekend, March 15-16.
Credit Kevin Lavery

A new production opening tonight at MSU’s Wharton Center pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance.  In the 1920’s, the arts in America, like just about every other industry, were dominated by whites. Most representations of African-American life were done in parody.  One of most popular programs of the day was “Amos and Andy.”  It debuted in 1928 with two white actors who would later appear on screen in blackface.

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Religion
5:36 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

From Rome: Michigan priest describes wait for new pope

Newly elected Pope Francis, 76, is the first Latin American and Jesuit pope.
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In a surprisingly short conclave, the Roman Catholic cardinals elected a new pope yesterday. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of the Buenos Aires diocese, became the first Jesuit and first Latin American to be named pope.

Monsignor Jerry Vincke of the Lansing diocese is stationed at the North American College in Rome. He shares what the process has been like and introduces  Pope Francis the First.

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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.
Credit Courtesy of MSU

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.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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.
Credit Courtesy of Angela Clock

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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