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Radio Made in Michigan
3:30 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Current State #117 | June 27, 2013

Today on Current State: the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage; a Public Poetry Announcement; a new book explores the "Boy Governor" Stevens T. Mason; HIV/AIDS in Michigan; and vintage radios.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:28 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Responses to SCOTUS decisions on DOMA and gay rights

Michigan is currently one of 38 states that prohibit same-sex marriage.
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Gay rights activists cheered two decisions yesterday by the U.S. Supreme Court.  One overturns the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the other essentially allows same-sex marriages in the state of California. Among other things, the DOMA ruling means many gay spouses will be able to receive Social Security benefits, jointly file tax returns and share healthcare plans without a tax penalty.     

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:28 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Eloise Klein Healy

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Eloise Klein Healy’s "Asking About You" is the featured Public Poetry Announcement.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:36 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Early Michigan history and 'The Boy Governor' Stevens T. Mason

Stevens T. Mason stands as the youngest presidential appointee in American political history.
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Stevens T. Mason is a familiar name for anyone who knows their Michigan history.  Mason, also known as the state’s so-called “boy governor," squeezed a lot of accomplishments in his 32 years.  At the age of only 19, Mason became the secretary of the Michigan Territory in 1831. Just three years later, he became its governor, and led the process of Michigan becoming a state.

Don Faber, author of the book “The Boy Governor:  Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics,”  explains Michigan's early beginnings.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:31 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Social media campaign encourages HIV testing

Although the most common HIV/AIDS tests are done through blood analysis, there are also urine and saliva tests available, and results can be as quick as 20 minutes, according to the CDC.
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Last Thursday, a group of activists, community leaders and bloggers announced a new social media initiative called the “Test Me” project. It takes place today, which is National HIV Testing Day. The “Test Me” project calls for people all across the country to get tested for HIV, and then share their photos and experiences all throughout Twitter, Facebook and social media with the hashtag #TestMe.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:21 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Vintage radio appreciation club hosts 'Extravaganza' in Lansing

Thousands of vintage radios and classic audio equipment will be on sale Saturday in Lansing.
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Mark Oppat lives for radio. He is an avid vintage radio collector, restorer and owner of the online company Old Radio Parts, a supplier of replacement components for other antique radio enthusiasts.


He is also active in the Michigan Antique Radio Club, an organization dedicated to preserving the history and knowledge of radio, television and related disciplines. 

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