12:49 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

MSU student honors late friend with bike trip to Final Four

Derek Blalock goes for a warm-up ride near his East Lansing home before leaving Wednesday for Indianapolis. Blalock will embark on a 6,500 mile trip this summer to raise funds for heart screenings for middle and high school athletes.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

T-minus two days and counting. Two days left before the Spartan men’s basketball team strides into Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to face Duke University in the NCAA Final Four. This is Michigan State’s fourth time in the Final Four in a decade. and they’re hoping to carve out their first national title since 2000. Thousands of people are pouring into Indianapolis by car or plane this week.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Tue March 31, 2015

MSU exhibit features ArtPrize finalist

The exhibition 'More or Less' includes pieces from Henry Brimmer's first Art Prize entry, 'Touch Wood'.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

MSU assistant professor of Advertising and Public Relations Henry Brimmer has gained some notoriety for his entries in the Grand Rapids ArtPrize. Brimmer was an ArtPrize finalist last year for a work called “There’s Something Happening Here”, made up of silhouettes on the roofs of downtown buildings. It later came to Old Town Lansing for a while. An exhibition of his works is opening today at the MSU Nisbet Building.

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Science & Technology
12:56 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

In wake of FCC ruling, MSU researchers launch net neutrality study

MSU Professors Steve Wildman (center) and Johannes Bauer (right) with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission enacted historic new rules governing broadband technology. The FCC moved to reclassify internet service providers under Title Two of the Telecommunications Act, an 80-year-old law originally written to regulate telephone companies. Democrats hailed the decision as a victory for open access to the Internet, and a means to prevent so-called “fast lanes” for those who could afford to pay for quicker service. Some Republicans criticized the move as increased government control over the Internet.

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Arts & Culture
11:18 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Photo exhibit explores China's changing landscape

Fredrik Marsh's 'Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China' is part of the new photo exhibit at the MSU Museum.
Credit courtesy MSU Museum

Economic, environmental and cultural changes are transforming today’s China. These ideas are central to the new photography exhibit at the MSU Museum entitled, "Seeing China: Photographic Views and Viewpoints". MSU Professor of Photography Howard Bossen is one of the curators.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

MSU Today | February 8, 2015

L to R: Shilique Calhoun, June Pierce Youatt, Mark Hollis, Connor Cook

Spartan Football, New Com Arts/Sciences dean, renewable energy for national security

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11:08 am
Wed February 4, 2015

MSU project explores diversity of Lansing's religious institutions

A class in the Michigan State University School of Journalism has produced a collaborative book exploring the Lansing area’s many religious institutions. Over the span of just a few days, a team of students spent time at churches around mid-Michigan, talking with clergy and parishioners, and they’ve written about their experiences. It’s called “One Community, One Week, Many Faiths: The Diversity of Worship and Belief”.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

MSU Today | January 11, 2015

President Simon, David Wheeler, Scott Westerman, left to right.

Project 6050 tribute on MLK Day; Media Sandbox director

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11:47 am
Wed November 12, 2014

How do the media shape perceptions of climate change?

Bruno Takahashi

Warnings about the climate change have gotten increasingly dire over the past decade. In its latest report, released earlier this month, the International Panel on Climate Change says mitigating the effects of global warming will require immediate action. But while a majority of Americans believe climate change is happening, most don’t think it will have an impact during their lifetime, and some think that’s why belief hasn’t necessarily translated into political will. The scientific community continues to push for action.

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11:09 am
Mon November 10, 2014

PROFILES: MSU prof and graphic artist Karl Gude

Karl Gude
Credit Courtesy / MSU Dept. of Communication Arts & Sciences

Karl Gude is the former Director of Information Graphics at Newsweek magazine and The Associated Press. Gude left Newsweek after a decade to spearhead the first information-graphics program at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism.

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Science & Technology
9:03 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Video games offer learning opportunities in the classroom

Casey O’Donnell, assistant professor of Media and Information at Michigan State University.
Credit Courtesy

If you’re a parent living in the 21st century, chances are you’ve had to tell your kids to turn off the video games and go outside to play. But video games aren’t just for recreation anymore. They’re also increasingly being used as learning tools in the classroom.

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TV Made in Michigan
4:05 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Jemele Hill on Current Sports TV

Jemele Hill and Al Martin

Al's guest is Jemele Hill, co-host of "Numbers Never Lie" on ESPN2. Watch Now at

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Arts & Culture
11:14 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Local artist's provocative work in ArtPrize finals

Henry Brimmer's ArtPrize entry this year is called 'there’s something happening here…'
Courtesy - Henry Brimmer

ArtPrize is probably Michigan’s top arts event. It began in 2009 in Grand Rapids as what organizers describe as a “radically open international art competition”. The event takes over three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids for 19 days each year and draws hundreds of entries and thousands of visitors.

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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Wed October 1, 2014

MSU students produce Bollywood film in India

MSU's 'Beyond Bollywood: Taste of Indian Media' study abroad program made a Bollywood film in India this summer.
Courtesy - Amol Pavangadkar

India has one of the most vibrant filmmaking communities in the world. The Indian movie industry is often referred to as Bollywood. Their movies are known for elaborate musical productions and eye-grabbing colors. What better place to send MSU students who want to learn about the craft of movie-making?

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Current State #386 | September 23, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's "OK2SAY" program aims to prevent violence; tailgating culture; an update on wolf hunting in Michigan; and we launch our new Profiles series with MSU Supply Chain Management assistant professor Hakan Yildiz. Sue Carter is the guest host.

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11:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Tailgating is about a lot more than football

Credit Flickr - Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

It's the first day of autumn, and that means football. If you've ever been to Michigan State University or any major football game, you've noticed a lot of activity that takes place outside of the stadium. Tailgating brings people together, and not all of them are even planning to attend the game.

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12:09 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

How journalists learn to report from the world's hotspots

MSU journalism professor Eric Freedman

Today is September 11th, the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. Observations to honor the victims and first responders are being held in places like Wentworth Park in Lansing, where “Lansing Remembers” started at 8:30 this morning, “Mason Cares” at the fire station on Ash Street from 1 to 7 p-m today, another at the Williamston fire station tonight at 6 p-m, and probably others in your town. While we reflect on what happened that day 13 years ago, we also consider how the effects of the 9-11 attacks linger in the world today. In recent weeks, we’ve seen the beheadings to two American journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley, bringing to light the danger faced by journalists around the world today.

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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.
Credit Flickr/brianhef

If you strum, pick or fiddle, chances are you've come across Lansing's Elderly Instruments.

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Science & Technology
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.
Credit Flickr - Ocean Networks Canada

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

Credit Flickr - meddygarnet

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.

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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
(Courtesy photo)


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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