6:43 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Covering the Olympic Games: Steve Smith and All-Star Journalist Panel

Thursday 4pm at WKAR | Watch the LIVE WEBCAST or BE IN THE AUDIENCE as an all-star panel of sports journalists share their experience covering Olympic Games around the world.

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10:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Documentary celebrates legacy of Lansing's Elderly Instruments

Elderly Instruments was founded by Stan Werbin.
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If you strum, pick or fiddle, chances are you've come across Lansing's Elderly Instruments.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:33 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Survey finds Americans' interest in science remains strong

Prof. John Besley says the science community is making sure there are good quality, credible science resources available online.
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Despite all those studies that show America’s education system lagging further behind in the world, it turns out all is not lost when it comes our collective knowledge about science and technology.

A portion of a big national survey released late last week measured the public perceptions of science and technology and compared the data to similar studies around the world.  The results show that while Americans, like much of the rest of the world, still have some basic things to learn, there is a keen interest in the latest scientific and technological discoveries.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:34 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Communicating about public health fraught with challenges

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The healthcare industry in America is a multi-billion dollar behemoth. It’s a high-stakes arena where the quest for newer and better pharmaceuticals collides with government regulation and a relentless profit motive. However, what is sometimes lost in the dialogue is the messaging aimed at helping the patient take charge of their own health.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:04 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

In Peru, MSU student runs a marathon a day to inspire kids

Abbie Newton and her fellow youth ambassadors ran multiple marathons during their time in Peru.
Credit Courtesy/Abbie Newton

One sophomore at Michigan State University spent the last two weeks in Peru on an expedition through rainforests and mountains, with the organization Impossible 2 Possible.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Comic innovator makes superheroes more human

Comic book writer Geoff Johns graduated from MSU. He's known for revamping the image of the Aquaman character.

Comic book writer Geoff Johns did what many thought impossible. He made Aquaman cool, a feat that only a Spartan could achieve.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:23 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

MSU Museum photos capture modern workers

Monique Watson, who works at a GM plant building the Volt, is featured in 'Detroit Resurgent' at the MSU Museum.
Gilles Perrin

The MSU Museum has two new photo exhibitions that display the work life of people around the globe. One is called “An Extraordinary Document of Our World” and  the other is called “Detroit Resurgent.” The Detroit project will be turned into a book by the MSU Press next year. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:01 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

MSU professor and painter Karl Gude promotes his new exhibit

While a fan of impressionist styles, painter and professor Karl Gude says his work focuses primarily on hyper-realism.
Credit Courtesy of Karl Gude

Michigan State University professor and graphics expert Karl Gude approaches the visual side of storytelling with a heavy dose of creativity.  He relies on that impulse to teach "Visualizing Information" and other classes in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.  He also taps into this mindset to paint and he is now promoting his most recent exhibit at the Nisbet Building at MSU.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:38 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Michigan State students at forefront of online magazine publishing

Journalism students have developed a periodical for web as many magazines switch from print to online.
Credit courtesy / MSU J-School

MSU Journalism students have produced an online-only magazine called Glyph. As publications like Newsweek move to eliminate print editions, these students are learning what it takes to succeed in online journalism.

A senior-level class has published this new magazine for the iPad. Two editions of Glyph are available at no charge in Apple’s app store.

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12:43 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

MSU research on cyberbullying shows signs for concern

Studies conducted by MSU professors found cyberbullying is just as detrimental to youths as physical bullying.

Bullying isn't just happening the the schoolyard anymore. In the age of technology, online aggression is everywhere.

Two recent reports by MSU professors focus on the world of cyberbullying.

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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’s Angela Wittrock.

Current State #16 | February 4, 2013

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5:42 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

A Styrofoam Spaceship? MSU Filmmaker Launches a Childhood Dream

Troy Hale tests the parachute atop a parking ramp at Michigan State University
Jef Richards

As a young boy growing up in the Netherlands, Troy Hale once released a balloon with his name and address attached in hopes that someone, somewhere would find it.  No one ever did.  Now, decades later, he’s trying something like that again.

Hale is now a media specialist at Michigan State University.  On Thursday, he'll launch a homemade helium balloon outfitted with several digital cameras from a weather station in Pontiac.  He hopes to send it to 100,000 feet to document the experience of going into space.

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WKAR Features
3:59 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

MSU advertising faculty rate the Super Bowl ads

MSU advertising instructor Robert Kolt
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Some people watch the Super Bowl for the ads as much as for the football.

They include members of the Michigan State University faculty in Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing. Last night, they gathered to watch the game together, and while they were at it, they rated the ads. MSU's advertising faculty have rated the Super Bowl ads for 14 years.

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