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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Project explores self-esteem and beauty through selfies

Catie Bargerstock (left) and Emma McIlhagga demonstrate their selfie taking skills.
Credit Catie Bargerstock

Earlier this year, we spoke briefly with Donna Kaplowitz about the workshop “The Art of the Selfie: How Selfies Create Confidence.” The workshop encouraged young girls to explore their understanding of beauty and boost self esteem through selfies.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Mon January 20, 2014

E=MC: Teaching science through Hip Hop

Dr. Christopher Emdin


How do you make science fun and approachable for youth? One theory is to use hip hop. The project Science Genius BATTLES (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) attempts to do that.

The battles are the brainchild of Dr. Christopher Emdin and Wu Tang Clan member GZA.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:50 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Shooter captures hoops across America

The book also includes stories from top basketball players and coaches. Athletes featured include Lebron James, Pat Summitt and Shaquille O'Neal.
Credit Robin Layton


  A new book of photography explores the pastime of basketball at its most basic level - the hoop. The book  “hoop: the american dream” is filled with pictures of baskets from around the U.S.. The books creator, photographer Robin Layton, captures hoops nailed to trees, beneath highway underpasses, and the childhood baskets of various basketball stars. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Layton about creating the book.


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Radio Made in Michigan
2:40 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Golden Globe snubs and Detroit Film Critics Society winners

This year the the Detroit Film Critics Society named 'Her' best picture of the year.

Award season kicked off last week with the announcement of this year’s Golden Globe nominees. This is also the time of year where some Michigan critics vote on their favorite films and performances. The Detroit Film Critics Society revealed the winners of their annual contest last Friday. John Serba, entertainment reporter for Grand Rapids Press and a founding member of the Detroit Film Critics Society, assess this year’s Golden Globe nominations and reveals the big winners from the Detroit Film Critics Society's awards.

Radio Made in Michigan
9:06 am
Mon November 4, 2013

MSU professor captures a 'different' Cuba

The warmest welcome
Mark Sullivan


When many people think of Cuba, they look to the past. Images of Fidel Castro, revolution and the Cuban Missile Crisis are what most associate with the island republic.  On a recent trip, an MSU professor captured a different picture of the Cuba. Mark Sullivan is an associate professor of music composition at Michigan State University. His photo exhibit “Cuba: First Times Never Come Again,” opens tonight. The photos will be on display in the innovation space at MSUglobal Knowledge and Learning Innovations, Nisbet Building. 



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Radio Made in Michigan
10:54 am
Tue August 20, 2013

'The Way North' a budding Upper Peninsula literary tradition

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not known for it’s great literary figures, but a new anthology is trying to change that. " The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works" is filled with poems and short stories shaped by the U.P.'s culture and landscape. Ron Riekki, the anthologies editor, says he cannot escape his U.P. roots.




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Radio Made in Michigan
10:16 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Jones Soda honors Michigan with new line


Credit Courtesy of Jones SodaMichigan was one of the strongest markets for Jones Soda after its founding.Edit | Remove

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:21 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Broad exhibit features Michigan artist

The Lisa Walcott piece 'Vice Versa' is a series of red balls suspended on elastics that continually bounce.
Credit Courtesy/Broad Art Museum

Another new exhibition has opened at Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum. It features two works by Michigan-based artist Lisa Walcott.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:05 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

The Bard Owls talk new album and folk music

The Bard Owl's new album 'No Tracks' will be released this September.
Credit Emanuele Berry

The loss of folk music in the face of popular music is happening worldwide, yet there are still young musicians who find their way into the genre. The East Lansing based band The Bard Owls is composed mostly of college students and recent graduates. They play old time folk music, as well as original songs. We sat down with the group to discuss their upcoming album “No Tracks.”



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Radio Made in Michigan
10:49 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Practice makes perfect, perhaps not

A new study finds that practice is not enough to explain gaps in skill levels. The study, led by Michigan State University associate professor of psychology Zach Hambrick, focused on skill levels in chess and music. Hambrick explains that while practice is highly important, it may not be enough.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:54 am
Tue May 28, 2013

MSU Museum invites public to build exhibit

The exhibit includes a twitter wall. Tweets using the twitter hash-tag #museumvoice will appear on the wall.
Credit Courtesy of MSU


  The MSU Museum used social media to help build its new exhibit VOICE. The exhibit focuses on the words sing, roar, cry, whisper, persuade, and converse.


Each word has its own display filled with items and selected by the public. WKAR's Emanuele Berry stopped by VOICE to speak with MSU Museum Education Specialist and Assistant Curator of Folk Arts, Mary Worral. 


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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Summer movie preview: Superheroes and sequels


 The summer movie season is upon us. Soon we will be inspired by the feats of cinematic superheroes, and clutching our seats in fear as we watch the world’s demise. Entertainment reporter and film critic for and The Grand Rapids Press, John Serba, helps Current State's Emanuele Berry sort through the many films of summer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Attack leaves East Lansing park covered in poems

The East Lansing 'street arts commission' strings poems to hang on trees
Emanuele Berry

This week Lansing area residents scattered poems throughout Harrison Meadows park in East Lansing, in celebration of National Poetry Month. The Poetry Attack also called on the city of East Lansing to become the "city of art it professes to be."

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:33 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Rwandan artist working to build creative economy

Emmanuel Nkuranga's Rwanda based project is called 'Art with a Mission.' While at MSU he'll be visiting classes in The College of Education, the Residential College, and Peace and Justice Studies.

Rwandan based artist Emmanuel Nkuranga moved to Rwanda from Uganda in 1997 at the age of 10. Although he moved after the 1994 genocide, Rwanda was and is a country in transition. Emmanuel’s mission is to help Rwanda continue to heal and grow through art. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:36 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Blues guitarist Donald Kinsey on life and the blues

Kinsey at the Pocono blues festival.
Credit Anjan Chatterjee via Flicker.


Legendary guitarist Donald Kinsey has been steeped in the blues since his birth. His father, Lester ”Big Daddy” Kinsey, brought him up on a solid diet of basement jam sessions and blues shows in clandestine joints in Gary, Ind.


At 17, Donald traveled the world as Albert King's lead guitarist. Later, he was captivated by a new sound, reggae. He played with Peter Tosh and was a member of The Wailers Band. Current State Weekend host Emanuele Berry discusses the past, the blues and the present with Donald Kinsey.


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