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11:31 am
Thu January 22, 2015

WKAR panelist previews human trafficking documentary, discussion

The WKAR Community Cinema preview of 'A Path Appears' is tonight at 7 p.m. in MSU's Communication Arts and Sciences Building.
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WKAR's next Community Cinema event is tonight, featuring a preview of “A Path Appears". This three-episode series is journalist Nickolas Kristof’s latest collaboration with his wife, Sheryl WuDun, and is a follow-up on the book and movie “Half the Sky.” The subject of both is human trafficking, but “A Path Appears” focuses on the subject here in the United States.

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Community
11:24 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Neighbors in Action: Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care | WKAR

Rose Zack (center) and Donna Odea (right) of Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care, with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about a group of Lansing area women raising money to help Lansing area non-profits thrive, Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care.

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Community
11:43 am
Mon January 19, 2015

1961 Freedom Rider keynotes MLK holiday luncheon

Henry Thomas was a Freedom Rider in 1961. He's the keynote speaker at today's luncheon in Lansing marking the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

We remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. Cities across America are holding various events, including in Lansing. In 2015, the day seems to resonate with even greater impact than usual, following a tumultuous year of unrest. We've seen events like the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner in New York and Tamar Rice in Cleveland. You could feel the echoes of the 1960’s, when protests and violence were much more widespread.

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Community
11:20 am
Mon January 19, 2015

A civil rights essay: Sandra Seaton

Sandra Seaton
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At the start of today's Current State, we heard from Henry Thomas, one of the original 13 “Freedom Riders” who rode through the Deep South in 1961 to defy Jim Crow laws. Now, on this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we end with an essay from one of our mid-Michigan citizens who remembers the sting of segregation. Sandra Seaton is a local playwright who spent part of her childhood in Tennessee.

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Community
11:46 am
Fri January 16, 2015

New Imam hopes to be a bridge between faith communities

Imam Sohail Chaudhry serves Muslims at the Islamic Center of East Lansing.
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Lansing area Muslims are being led by a new Imam. Sohail Chaudhry comes to the Islamic Center of East Lansing from West Virginia.

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Community
11:21 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Remembering Rev. Michael Murphy

Rev. Michael Murphy
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The Reverend Michael Murphy is being laid to rest today. Murphy spent more than 20 years in Lansing as founder of St. Stephen’s Community Church. He also served as a Lansing city council member and state Representative. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at Tabernacle of David Church in Lansing.

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Community
11:33 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Neighbors in Action: D.A.N.C.E, Inc. Lansing | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we learn about a non-profit working to make dance classes affordable for low-income kids in Lansing, Detroit, and Romulus.

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Community
10:05 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Greater Lansing Food Bank | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. The holiday season can be a rough time for those among us who don’t have enough to eat, but it’s also the time when local food banks see their largest donation volume of the year. Today we take a trip to the Greater Lansing Food Bank, which is busy trying to clear out its stock over the next couple of weeks.

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Community
11:07 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Southside Community Kitchen | WKAR

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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we learn about the Southside Community Kitchen that serves meals to hungry residents on Lansing’s Southside.

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Community
11:07 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Capital Area Down Syndrome Association | WKAR

Kierin Kerbawy is a self-advocate on CADSA’s board.
Credit http://www.cadsa.org/

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place.

Today, we learn about the Capital Area Down Syndrome Association, or CADSA, an organization that helps support people with Down Syndrome and their families.

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Community
11:02 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Tori Saves Christmas | WKAR

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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we learn about Tori Saves Christmas, a 24-hour “play date” that raises money to buy presents for kids in foster care.

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Community
10:48 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Neighbors in Action: MSU Student Food Bank | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we talk about Michigan State University’s Student Food Bank.

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Community
11:02 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Bible with a beer chaser at The Loft

Noah Filipiak
Credit http://www.churchattheloft.com/

Beer, rock bands, and spoken word poetry probably aren’t the first things that pop into your mind when you think about church. But that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Upper Room, a new ministry from Crossroads Church. The project hopes to bring people into the church by getting them to the bar.

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Community
11:27 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Neighbors in Action: New World Flood | WKAR

Todd Duckett of New World Flood
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we talk to New World Flood, a local non-profit that aims to create a culture of volunteerism in the Lansing and Kalamazoo areas.

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Community
11:49 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Youth Service Corps | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we’re talking about the Allen Neighborhood Center’s Youth Service Corps program, which uses urban agriculture to teach job and life skills to youth on Lansing’s Eastside.

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Community
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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Community
12:01 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Same sex marriage ban upheld; what's next?

April DeBoer reacts to the 6th Circuit ruling with her partner, Jayne Rowse, (right) and their legal team.
Credit Rick Pluta/MPRN

Supporters of same sex marriage in Michigan were handed a major setback late yesterday. After about an eight month wait, the 6th Circuit federal appeals court reaffirmed the state’s ban on same sex marriage.

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Community
11:33 am
Thu November 6, 2014

U of M study: Facebook = :(

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Over the past decade, social media has transformed the way we communicate. Walk into any restaurant or coffee shop and you’ll probably see more people with their eyes glued to their smartphones than talking to the person sitting next to them. The latest Nielsen report says Americans spend an average of 12 hours using Facebook alone every month. But how does the time we spend in the digital world impact how we feel about our actual lives?

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Community
11:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

East Lansing Episcopalians debate gun control resolution

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Some mid-Michigan members of the Episcopal Church are disagreeing with each other over a recent resolution on guns. At a late October convention in Lansing, The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan passed a resolution supporting stricter gun control. It includes calls for background checks on all gun sales and a ban on certain military style, semi-automatic weapons.

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Community
11:32 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Kids Repair Program | WKAR

The Kids Repair Program teaches mechanical skills to youngsters in the Lansing area.
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we hear from Kids Repair Program, a local organization that teaches bike maintenance and safety to Lansing area youth.

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Community
11:03 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Lansing BWL appoints first emergency operations manager

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero (left) with Trent Atkins as he accepts his new position as the Emergency Operations Manager for the Lansing Board of Water and Light.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Eleven months ago, the Lansing Board of Water and Light came under intense criticism for its response to a historic power outage just days before Christmas. About 40-percent of the BWL’s customers lost electricity for several days. The incident sparked a detailed,  independent review of the agency’s procedures. Now, the Lansing Board of Water and Light has named Lansing Assistant Fire Chief Trent Atkins as its first-ever Emergency Operations Manager.

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Community
11:32 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Michigan producer on reaction to viral catcalling video

Actress Shoshana Roberts in the video '10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman'
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Look up the word “catcall” in the dictionary and it reads “a shrill, whistle-like sound or loud raucous shout made to express disapproval at a theater, meeting, etc.”  But the word’s come to mean a lot more in 2014. That became clear last week, after a video of a woman getting catcalled by men in New York City went viral and triggered days of discussion.

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Community
1:13 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Peckham, Inc. | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we hear from Peckham Incorporated, a non-profit that provides employment and job training for people with disabilities.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Battle of MI's great pumpkin gladiators

That's a big pumpkin at the Harnica Pumpkin Farm and Great Pumpkin Weigh-off.
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Just in time for Halloween week, Current State’s Peter Whorf brings us this monstrous tale. It's a tale of competitive pumpkin growing in Michigan.

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Community
12:17 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

NIA: Small Talk Children's Assessment Center

For our weekly Neighbors in Action segment, we talk with an organization working to help victims of child abuse navigate the criminal justice process. The Small Talk Children's Assessment Center is holding a fundraiser at the Halloween Hustle 5k on Sunday, October 26 at Sleepy Hollow State Park. 

We talked to executive director Carrie Gregg and Ingham County detective Annie Harrison about their work. 

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Community
12:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

East Lansing priest considers Vatican stance on gay, divorced Catholics

Fr. Mark Inglot
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This past weekend, the Extraordinary Papal Synod on the Family convened to discuss issues regarding the Catholic Church’s gay and divorced members.

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Community
12:13 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

PROFILES: One transgender woman's journey

Cadence Custin
Credit Courtesy - Cadence Custin

A few weeks ago, we kicked off a new series called Profiles, where we sit down for extended conversations with people in our community. Today, Current State's Joe Linstroth speaks with a young woman to find out what it was actually like for one transgender person to undergo the transition from being a man to a woman.

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Community
12:34 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Michigan Parkinson Foundation | WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature The Michigan Parkinson Foundation, a  statewide non-profit that focuses on education and support for individuals and families affected by the neurological disorder. This Saturday, the Michigan Parkinson Foundation will be hosting a walk-a-thon and 5K in Okemos to raise awareness and money for their efforts.

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Community
11:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Tailgating is about a lot more than football

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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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Community
11:15 am
Mon September 22, 2014

For 20 years, MSU domestic violence shelter has offered a 'Safe Place'

The recent spate of violent episodes connected to well-known sports figures has brought the subject of domestic abuse back into the spotlight. It’s a problem that’s never far from home, though, and for every high-profile case, there are countless incidents among our own friends, relatives and colleagues.

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