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Radio Made in Michigan
4:44 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Current State #114 | June 24, 2013

Today on Current State: transparency and open government in Michigan; how SCOTUS decision on water diversion in Oklahoma could affect Great Lakes; microfinance in Detroit and Flint; and the 40th anniversary of the Verdehr trio.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Michigan's woeful record on government transparency one of nation's worst

As NSA leaker Edward Snowden makes his way from Moscow to, what sounds like, Cuba or Venezuela today, the debate across the country continues over government transparency and what sorts of things the public has a right to know about its government’s actions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:32 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

How SCOTUS decision about a Texas water district could impact the Great Lakes

Attorney Saulius Mikalonis says the Supreme Court's decision would have a favorable impact on Michigan, in terms of Great Lakes water diversion.
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Texans and Oklahomans don’t just clash over football. They also have a long history of battling over water, with the most recent conflict playing out in the Supreme Court. Justices recently ruled that  the Tarrant  Regional Water District, located in North Texas, cannot divert water from Oklahoma river basins.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:26 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Once found only in developing world, microfinance takes root in Michigan

The Kiva online platform allows entrepreneurs like Marcus Bieth of Flint to connect with community lenders for zero interest loans.
Credit Courtesy of Marcus Bieth

The concept of microfinance -- essentially small loans given to entrepreneurs who are too little or too under-funded to qualify for traditional bank loans -- has exploded in the developing world. 

One of the leading online platforms for microfinance is called Kiva, which connects entrepreneurs with interest-free loans offered by community members. About two years ago, with the help of Michigan Corps, a Detroit-based non-profit organization, Kiva became the first microfinance effort in the United States. Last month, Michigan Corps expanded Kiva’s platform into Flint.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:18 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Verdehr Trio celebrates 40th anniversary

The Verdehr trio’s 40th anniversary concert will be played at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Wharton Center's Cobb Great Hall.
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For 40 years, Walter and Elsa Verdehr have made up two-thirds of the Verdehr Trio. They’ve been joined by a number of pianists over the years. Silvia Roederer has been the third member for the last 15 years. During that time, their repertoire has included hundreds of pieces that were specially commissioned for violin, clarinet and piano.

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