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Radio Made in Michigan
5:55 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Current State #18 | February 6, 2013

Today on Current State: Newly elected 68th District Representative Andy Schor, Neighbors in Action features literacy non-profit Lansing RIF, a new report about arts in Michigan's economy, state leaders outline new initiatives for Michigan veterans, and remembering the old Stroh's Brewery. 

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Politics & Government
5:49 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

New Legislator Preview: Rep. Andy Schor, 68th District

Newly elected State Representative Andy Schor (D, 68th) discusses his career in Michigan politics and outlines his legislative agenda.

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Education
5:35 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing RIF

Each Wednesday on our Neighbors in Action segment, we feature a person or an organization that is working to make our community a better place.  This is a listener-generated segment, meaning that each week, the person or organization we highlight will be nominated by you.

This week we look more closely at the Lansing chapter of Reading is Fundamental, or RIF. RIF is a national program that encourages children around the country to read. Jennifer Otto, the director of Lansing RIF, shares what it's like to open a child's mind with a book.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

New report shows economic impact of arts in Michigan

When people think of  Michigan's economy, their minds likely don't turn to art.

However, a new report may get Michigan's creative sector a second look. The non-profit organization ArtServe released its second annual “Creative State Michigan” study last week. The report suggests that creative and cultural enterprises have a positive effect on the state’s economy.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson vows more initiatives to help Michigan veterans

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced a series of new initiatives to help Michigan's nearly 700,000 military veterans today.  

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Business
5:05 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Stroh's Brewery closed its doors 25 years ago this week

The Stroh's Brewery in Detroit was a landmark until it was shuttered 25 years ago this week.
Credit Greg Kacir

This week in 1985, the Stroh Brewery Company announced that it would close its brewery on Detroit's East Side. Chairman Peter Stroh said the facility was obsolete, and it was demolished within a year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:20 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Current State #17 | Feb. 5, 2013

On today's Current State: the Niowave pole barn dispute, the new play "U.P.", Ingham County's fight against mortgage fraud, and local graphic artist Karl Gude's work from Newsweek magazine on exhibit at the Michigan Historical Museum.

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Business
4:20 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Niowave pole barn draws neighbors' ire, attention to city planning process

Many Walnut Neighborhood residents argue that Niowave's pole barn, which was completed in early 2012, has caused a drop in property values.
Credit Mark Bashore/WKAR

Niowave, the high-tech, particle acceleration company here in Lansing, has been growing. Its success has been a benefit in many ways to the community – more jobs, greater tax revenue, more clout in the tech world for the city.

But the company’s growth has also led to some friction.

Early last year, Niowave built a large pole barn at its headquarters, which is a former school in Lansing’s Walnut Neighborhood.

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

New play 'U.P.' details highs and lows of life in the Upper Peninsula

The new play "U.P." from the Michigan State University Department of Theatre starts tonight.

“U.P.” was written by Michigan natives Mark Colson and Peter Mervis.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl shares what he learned at a recent rehearsal.

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Business
4:19 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Ingham County’s fight against mortgage fraud gets boost from settlement

There was some good news last week in Michigan involving the fight against mortgage  fraud.  On Thursday, officials announced the state will receive $2.5 million dollars -- that’s the settlement in a mortgage fraud lawsuit filed last year by State Attorney General Bill Schuette.  The legal action involved about 1,000 victims of robo-signing statewide, with nearly 300 of them from Ingham County.  

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Arts & Culture
4:18 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

New exhibit shows off graphic artist's work at 'Newsweek' magazine

Karl Gude is the Graphics Editor in Residence at MSU.  Before MSU, Gude was the director for information graphics at Newsweek magazine and his professional work is currently on display at the Michigan Historical Museum.  WKAR’s Peter Whorf spoke with Gude about information graphics and the creative process.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:56 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Current State #16 | February 4, 2013

Apple's groundbreaking commercial during the 1984 Super Bowl inspired MSU ad professors Bruce Vanden Bergh (center) and Bob Kolt (right) to start rating the game's ads.
Credit W.R. Richards/WKAR-MSU

Today on Current State: MSU advertising instructors rate the Super Bowl ads, the Free-Press' Joe Rexrode recaps the big game and local sports, No Labels works for bipartisanship in D.C., The Henry Ford celebrates Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday, and local business and politics with MLive.com’s Angela Wittrock.

Current State #16 | February 4, 2013

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:46 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Current State #15 | February 1, 2013

Today on Current State, a discussion about no-fault auto insurance reform, the historic Hill Auditorium at U-M turns 100, a play about Lansing's Urbandale neighborhood and a chat with concert pianist Paul Barnes.

Governor Rick Snyder and other Republicans are calling for reforms to the state's landmark auto no fault insurance law.  They claim the law, which provides for unlimited lifetime medical benefits, often from brain and spinal cord injuries, has led to excessive rates for Michigan drivers.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:59 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Current State #14 | January 31, 2013

Today on Current State:  A journalists' roundtable explores the issues that made the news in January, a conversation with a Michigan National Guard soldier recently returned from Afghanistan, "QuizBusters'" host Matt Ottinger, and a preview of the annual Mid-Winter Singing Festival.

MLive.com's Angela Wittrock, the LSJ's Mickey Hirtin and Lansing City Pulse contributor Walt Sorg re-hash January's news 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:45 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Current State #13 | January 30, 2013

Lansing City Council President Carol Wood makes an announcement about her political future on today's show.
Credit Courtesy/City of Lansing

Today on Current State: Lansing City Council President Carol Wood, business start-ups with the NEO Center, serving the local homeless population, and a preview of the BBC's Concert Orchestra performance at the Wharton Center.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:31 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Current State #12 | January 29, 2013

For every dollar the state invested in Michigan's three major public universities -- Michigan, Wayne State and Michigan State (above) -- the economy received $17 in return, a recent URC study shows.
Credit Courtesy of Michigan State University

Today on Current State: Coverage of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's "State of the City" address, a tour of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, MIRS' Craig Mauger discusses his lengthy interview with House Speaker Jase Bolger, and the economic impact of Michigan's public universities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:46 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Current State #11 | January 28, 2013

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in the Current State studio on Jan. 25, 2013.
Credit W.R. Richards/WKAR-MSU

Today on Current State: Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero on the state of the city, a breakdown of the Center for Michigan's education report, and farewell tributes to WKAR's Earle Robinson and Lansing City Council gadfly John Pollard. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:28 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Current State #10 | January 25, 2013

Chevy featured a revamped version of its classic Impala at this year's Detroit Auto Show
Credit (Wikimedia Commons)

Today on Current State: Newly elected State Representative Tom Leonard, Prima Civitas' "Young Innovators" competition, the Lansing-made Chevy Traverse at the Detroit Auto Show, and a classical music concert guide.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Current State #9 | January 24, 2013

George Lahanas (right), East Lansing's city manager, and Tim Dempsey, the director of Planning, Building and Development, share their outlook for the city in 2013.
Credit WKAR

On today's Current State: East Lansing city manager George Lahanas and Tim Dempsey, director of Planning, Building and Development, local efforts at Medicare cost reduction, electric cars, MSU women's basketball and dancing to Pink Floyd.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:30 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Current State #8 | January 23, 2013

Sam Singh, newly elected State Representative for the 69th District, is the first Indian-American elected to the Michigan legislature. Above, Singh joins host Mark Bashore (left) in the 'Current State' studio.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

On today's Current State:  The legendary William Shatner, former East Lansing mayor and newly elected Michigan Rep. Sam Singh, more from the Detroit auto show, and Neighbors in Action highlights the work of NAMI Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:30 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Current State #7 | January 22, 2013

Last December, Governor Rick Snyder signed Public Act 520, which empowers the state's Natural Resources Commission to institute a wolf hunting season.
Credit (Wikimedia Commons)

On today's Current State: A report card for Michigan charter schools, wolf hunting, the Detroit auto show, MSU hockey and the secrets to a happy marriage.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:01 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Current State #6 | January 21, 2013

Congressman Mike Rogers says U.S. foreign policy in Africa must be stronger in the face of rising terrorist activity. Above, two farmers from Mali, where Islamist insurgents control vast swaths in the North.
Credit CGIAR Climate/flickr

On today's Current State:  Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers discusses U.S. foreign policy in Africa and gun legislation, artist Eto Otitigbe's exhibit "Loss Prevention," Michigan military wives, sports with the Free-Press' Joe Rexrode and business with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:30 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Current State #5 | January 18, 2013

The Dream Act is a part of what many are proposing as part of comprehensive immigration reform.
Credit (Wikimedia Commons)

On today's Current State:  Local efforts for immigration reform, Michigan prison breakouts, a musical celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the hometown competitors in this weekend's U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.

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WKAR Blog
5:38 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Current State Visits Auto Show

The new Camaros at the NAIAS at Cobo in Detroit.
Credit Peter Whorf

Tune to Current State every day next week as Scott Pohl and Peter Whorf report from the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit.  We'll also take you on a tour of classic cars at Lansing's own RE Olds Museum of Transportation.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:54 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Current State #4 | January 17, 2013

'Current State' host Mark Bashore (left) discusses Governor Snyder's 'State of the State' speech live in studio with 'Off the Record's' Tim Skubick and Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer.
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

On today's Current State: Off the Record's  Tim Skubick analyzes Gov. Snyder's "State of the State" speech, and Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer offers a response. Also, a new discovery in Antarctica and a preview of the BackStage Pass season premiere with the metal band, Silent Lapse.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:24 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Current State #3 | January 16, 2013

Thousands gathered at the capitol on December 11, 2012 to protest Governor Rick Snyder's signing of so-called 'right-to-work' legislation.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

On today's Current State: MPRN's Rick Pluta previews Governor Snyder's "State of the State" address, Ingham County's eviction prevention program, Neighbors in Action with the Allen Neighborhood Center, and Michigan's role in the Civil War.

Current State #3 | January 16, 2013

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:02 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Current State #2 | January 15, 2013

Credit Dickelbers (Creative Commons)

On today's Current State: Lansing police chief Teresa Szymanski discusses guns, we also highlight economic development in Lansing, pianist Minsoo Sohn and Michigan's role in the Civil War.

Current State #2 | January 15, 2013

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Current State #1 | January 14, 2013

Governor Rick Snyder (right) speaks with host Mark Bashore at the Romney Building in Lansing.
Credit Peter Whorf / WKAR

On today’s Current State premiere: Governor Rick Snyder, East Lansing schools, Lansing business news,  MSU basketball and the new therapy dog program in Ionia County.

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Politics & Government
8:14 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Current State's First Guest is Governor Snyder

Mark Bashore with Governor Rick Snyder
Credit Peter Whorf / WKAR

Current State host Mark Bashore interviews Michigan Governor Rick Snyder this afternoon at the George W. Romney Building in Lansing. Tune in for WKAR's Current State premiere broadcast, Monday at 9am with Governor Snyder...Current State's first guest.

 

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All-New Mid-Michigan Radio News Program
3:22 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Introducing 'Current State'

Premieres Monday, January 14 - Three chances to catch the hour-long show each weekday: at 9 a.m. on 90.5 WKAR, noon on AM/870, and again at 6 p.m. on 90.5.

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