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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.
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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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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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Book details good and bad of Detroit Lions' history

Oakland Press sports writer Paula Pasche speaks about her book 100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die with WKAR's Peter Whorf. The book celebrates the Detroit Lions' history while explaining players, coaches, and major events throughout the team's evolution. 

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

Book recalls famous and forgotten Michigan authors

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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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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Raphael Reviews Pearl Harbor Book On 71st Anniversary of Attack

A detail of the book's cover.
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Seventy-one years ago today, Japanese forces bombed the U. S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The event led directly to American entry into World War Two. On this anniversary, our book reviewer Lev Raphael talks about Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation Into War by Steven Gillon. He spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Under The Radar: At Home With Edith Wharton

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This month’s “Under the Radar” segment features a beautiful book about a famous author’s home. Reviewer Lev Raphael spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about Edith Wharton at Home.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Under The Radar: Raphael Reviews Book About Borgia Family

Cover of "The Borgias And Their Enemies."
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"Under the Radar" reviewer Lev Raphael has a political book for us in this political season. It’s about a powerful family dynasty in Italy during the Renaissance. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

East Lansing OBOC To Read, Welcome Author Katherine Boo

A detail of the cover of "Beyond the Beautiful Forevers."
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The annual One Book, One Community program, co-sponsored by the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University, encourages the city and university communities to read the same book and talk about it in a variety of settings. This fall’s selection is “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Under The Radar: Raphael Reviews "The Murder of the Century"

"Under The Radar" reviewer Lev Raphael.
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Our book reviewer Lev Raphael is especially fond of the Gilded Age, and he has a review of Paul Collins' book, "The Murder of the Century." It's about a sensational murder in New York City in 1897.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Under the Radar: Raphael Reviews "The Maid And The Queen"

Book reviewer Lev Raphael has been reading a book that sheds new light on the life of Joan of Arc. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

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NewsRoom
12:01 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Under the Radar: Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus

Lev Raphael
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Book reviewer Lev Raphael this month shares a kind of reading he's never brought in before. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.

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NewsRoom
8:25 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Book Club Seeks Advice for Living

The Better Living Book Club meets at the East Lansing Library to talk about self-help and other inspirational literature.
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EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Members of the Better Living Book Club in East Lansing want to deal with their personal problems and live a happier life.

People join book clubs for all kinds of reasons: to socialize, to read books they wouldn't normally read or to hear opinions that are different from their own. In one book club in East Lansing, members are reading about how to deal with their personal problems and live a happier life.

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