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12:20 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Lone shipwreck survivor shares his story

Dennis Hale tells his story of survival in his book 'Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor.'
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On November 29, 1966, 28 men lost their lives on Lake Huron when the freighter, the SS Daniel J. Morrell, broke apart in a storm. One man survived, and he joins us on Current State today.

Dennis Hale is in Lansing to talk about his book, “Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor.”

Hale says he never questioned the ship's seaworthiness before what was to be the last voyage of the season that  year. 

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Arts & Culture
1:40 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Visiting novelist Chris Moore finds humor in the dark

Christopher Moore will give a talk and sign books at Schuler Books in the Eastwood Towne Center on Saturday.
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Most people don't travel to Venice and think of sea monsters, but most people, aren't novelist Christopher Moore. Set against the backdrop of Venice,  Moore’s latest novel blends together Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" and "Othello" with Poe’s "The Cask of Amontillado." Throw in a people eating sea monster, humor and some bawdy prose and you have Moore’s "The Serpent of Venice".

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Arts & Culture
1:02 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Notable Books author returns home to celebrate Michigan letters

Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series currently includes ten volumes; Hamilton discusses letting the character 'rest' while he develops works that do not include Alex.
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On Saturday, the Library of Michigan Foundation will hold its annual Night for Notables event, honoring the authors of books that were named Michigan Notable Books for 2014. The keynote speaker at tomorrow’s event is Steve Hamilton.  His book “Misery Bay” was a Michigan Notable Book for 2012.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:39 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Exploring the magic of the Great Lakes through personal stories

Walter Blake Knoblock says that he chose to center his project around the Great Lakes because there is nothing quite like them in the world and everyone can relate to stories about the lakes.
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Most people who live in the Mitten State have fond memories of time spent at one of the Great Lakes. Those memories are what fuel The Great Lakes Book Project. The book captures over 20 personal stories about life along the shoreline, exploring the powerful bond people across the region and the world have with the Great Lakes. Current State's Emanuele Berry speaks with the books publisher and editor Walter Blake Knoblock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Author explores America's self-help culture

Lamb-Shapiro talks about the complexities of self-help at the individual level, as it is both empowering and a tremendous responsibility.
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From the supermarket check-out, to any bookstore best-seller section, to TV seminars and your smart phone, Americans are deluged with opportunities for self-improvement. We spend in the tens of billions of dollars annually, hoping to end co-dependency, cultivate our spirituality, improve our sleep. The list is endless.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:23 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Book recounts Detroit family's struggles with union busting

Morris recalls Walter Reuther's tale of being dragged down the overpass stairs by thugs in the 1937 'Battle of the Overpass.'
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Michigan has a rich organized labor history, and much has been written about the early days of the United Auto Workers Union.

In “Built In Detroit: A Story of the UAW, a Company, and a Gangster”, author Robert Morris looks at the union’s infancy through the eyes of his father. Ken Morris was a regional director of the union, and in a time when union officials faced not just resistance but also acts of violence, he suffered a brutal beating.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Sycamore Row | Radio Reader

Begins February 12, 2014
Sycamore Row by John Grisham.

In Sycamore Row, John Grisham returns to the setting and the unforgettable characters that first established him as America's favorite storyteller.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:49 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Author distills self-help through the ages

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Roman Krzarnic is a British author, teacher and philosopher whose latest book, “How Should We Live?” looks at 12 of humanity’s touchstones such as love, money, creativity and time, and then explores what thinkers throughout history have written about them.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:49 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Michigan 2014 notable books: Ford, Yoopers and Fidrych

The Library of Michigan
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Each year the Library of Michigan chooses 20 books which feature notable Michigan residents, historical events and Michigan writers. The 2014 Michigan Notable Books List includes works of poetry, memoirs of cities and photographs from around the mitten.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Local politico writes of stormy 1960s in EL

Lingg Brewer graduated from MSU in 1968 and witnessed much of the drama that unfolded in East Lansing during that time.
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 Many in the Lansing area know Lingg Brewer as a longtime Ingham County Clerk from 1977 to 1994, and then as a three-term Democratic State Representative.  Brewer also served as county commissioner and is an original founder of the Impression 5 Museum.

 

In his new book, “Dreams Gone Wrong,” the Lansing native recounts how the complexities of the 1960’s — the Vietnam War, local and national politics, drugs and protest — played out dramatically right here in East Lansing and at Michigan State University.  

Radio Made in Michigan
1:13 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

New guide helps international students understand Americans

The new guide, 'One Hundred Questions and Answers About Americans,' was written by MSU journalism students.
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“What does holding hands mean in America?” It may seem like a silly question, but for many international students across the country it’s a serious one. Trying to understand  another country's customs is difficult, but a new guide is hoping to provide some basics in cultural understanding for international students.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Songs of Willow Frost | Radio Reader

Songs of Willow Frost - Ballentine Books, NY

Airs November 6 - December 6, 2013
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Ballentine Books, NY, 2013

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:27 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Book explores Detroit connection to U.S. Nazi past

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Author Arnie Bernstein has published a new book about the rise of an American Nazi movement in the 1930s, which had strong ties to the city of Detroit. It’s called “Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Current State #165 | September 24, 2013

Today on Current State: Canada and Michigan seek to strengthen economic ties; the anniversary of the last execution in Michigan; our first Great Lakes Month in Review segment; our Detroit’s Water Renaissance series: The Rouge River part two; and a book about family secrets is the next "Great Michigan Read".

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

YA author Holly Black dishes on new vampire novel, answers fans' questions

Young Adult genre author Holly Black will visit Lansing this week. Current State spoke with her about her new novel, 'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.'
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The trend of teen novels transporting their readers to fantasy worlds filled with vampires, fairies and monsters is relevant once again this month with the release of a new book called The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, written by Holly Black, who will be visiting Lansing this week.

Black, who’s most famous for co-writing The Spiderwick Chronicles series, reveals her fear of zombies and answers questions from local fans from Okemos High School. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:36 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Book review: Holly Black's 'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown'

Our book reviewer Scott Southard deconstructs 'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown' by Holly Black.
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I have never understood the whole vampire thing (and that’s apart from my personal distaste of them). If an alien was to rocket past our planet and spy just a fraction of our entertainment, they would think we were taken over by the undead.  They are everywhere—books, TV, movies—you can’t escape them and it seems a lot of us wouldn’t want to anyway.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:57 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Current State #146 | August 27, 2013

Today on Current State: new proposal to evaluate Michigan teachers effectiveness; book about living with Muscular Dystrophy; Detroit's Water Renaissance series; Detroit's current environmental initiatives; and MSU student on "Americas Got Talent."

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Local author on living with Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy is a disease that weakens the musculoskeletal system.
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Labor Day is next Monday, and with it, the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Over the years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised for research, and to help people like Mo Gerhardt live life with Muscular Dystrophy to the fullest.

Gerhardt is the author of “Perspective From An Electric Chair.” The book chronicles his childhood, his diagnosis at the age of 8, and how he’s coped with the disease.

He talked about his life, and his book, with Current State’s Scott Pohl. 

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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
2:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

'One Book, One Community' features the book 'The Yellow Birds'

The name of the book -- 'The Yellow Birds' -- is derived from a traditional U.S. Army marching cadence or call-and-response marching song sung by military personnel when preparing for combat.
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The One Book, One Community program encourages MSU students and East Lansing residents to read the same book and then discuss it together. This year’s title goes to ‘The Yellow Birds,’ a novel by Kevin Powers. The book reflects Powers' experience as a veteran serving in the Iraq War.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Local author explores relationships, dreams and goals with 'The Life List'.

Fox 2000 recently purchased the film option for "The Life List".
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A new book by mid-Michigan author Lori Nelson Spielman is getting some buzz. "The Life List" is a novel that explores the relationship between a mother and daughter, and taps into the dreams and goals we have in our youth that somehow got lost with time. Spielman spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about how her career as a homebound teacher started to lead her down the road to writing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:59 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Book Review: Lori Nelson Speilman’s ‘The Life List’

Foreign rights to “The Life List” have sold in Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, France, China, Brazil, Israel, Poland, Serbia, Turkey, Hungary, Slovakia, The Czech Republic, Russia, and Bulgaria.
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I never liked the book description, “women’s fiction.”

It is the literary equivalent of the pink aisle in toy stores, no boys allowed. The funny thing is I have yet to see a book described as men’s fiction, but I am assuming it would involve fast cars, loose women and a lot of laser guns.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:15 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

How to lead employees? Don't overmanage

Murnighan suggest a focus on the employees who are getting things done, to stimulate and facilitate their performance.
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How to become a great leader? The trick may not be in how much work you do, but in trusting your staff.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:11 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Book Review: J.K. Rowling's 'The Cuckoo's Calling'

Although best known for crafting the 'Harry Potter' series, author J.K. Rowling has received critical praise for her adult fiction, including her most recent novel, 'The Cuckoo's Calling.'
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Publishers, libraries and book stores like to pigeonhole writers into neat little boxes. Write one fantasy novel and you wear that mantle for the rest of your career. Same goes for romance and science fiction and on and on. Some writers happily wear their personal albatross, others fight it.

J.K. Rowling is an author who fights it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Book Review: Steve Hamilton's 'Let It Burn'

Ex-Detroit cop Alex McKnight is called out of his new home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to investigate a murder case from his past.
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Lansing-based writer Scott Southard chose as his first book review, Let It Burn, by Steve Hamilton. 

I am a book nerd and what that means is I love to get in debates with fellow readers and writers.

These are not the merely “did you or did you not like a book” discussions. No, these can be deeper, getting into the heart and state of our beloved artform today. And one of the points I like to bring up from time to time is the influence of TV on books.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Flint expat writes on returning home

Gordon Young, a senior lecturer in the Communication Department at Santa Clara University, has appeared in publications including his own Flint Expatriates, a blog for those no longer living in the birthplace of General Motors.
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"Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City" by Michigan native Gordon Young depicts his attempt to return to his hometown of Flint, Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:46 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Author Edward McClelland discusses new book, Lansing roots

Edward McClelland's book explores the stories of what happens when once-booming Rust Belt cities, like Flint, shrink.
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Author Edward McClelland got his start as a writer working on the Lookout, the campus newspaper at Lansing Community College. His new book “Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland,” recounts the Midwest’s industrial growth and decline in the second half of the 20th century. He will be at Everybody Reads bookstore in Lansing on Saturday.

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NewsRoom
12:12 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Raphael Reviews "The Raising"

Book reviewer Lev Raphael.
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WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael is finally done grading student papers and has been reading a book set on a Midwestern college campus. The book is “The Raising” by Laura Kasischke. Lev Raphael spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about it.

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NewsRoom
12:12 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Raphael Reviews "The Raising"

Book reviewer Lev Raphael.
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WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael is finally done grading student papers and has been reading a book set on a Midwestern college campus. The book is “The Raising” by Laura Kasischke. Lev Raphael spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about it.

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NewsRoom
12:12 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Raphael Reviews "The Raising"

Book reviewer Lev Raphael.
Credit Joan Young

WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael is finally done grading student papers and has been reading a book set on a Midwestern college campus. The book is “The Raising” by Laura Kasischke. Lev Raphael spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about it.

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