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Radio Made in Michigan
1:12 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Current State #128 | July 17, 2013

Today on Current State: hydrogen-fueled cars; new research on mental illness; Neighbors in Action features Eaglevision Ministries; bats in backyards and a book on poet Sylvia Plath.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Auto industry ramps up hydrogen battery effort

The hydrogen-powered Honda FCX Clarity boasts zero emissions but is not yet available for purchase - only for leasing in areas with publicly available refueling stations.
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As emission standards tighten around the world, auto manufacturers are ramping up research and development of hydrogen fuel cells.   Last week, General Motors announced a new seven-year joint effort with Honda to develop such vehicles.  It’s the latest in a series of similar alliances involving manufacturers.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

New research points to potential source of mental disorders' symptoms

According to the Mayo Clinic, observing behavioral changes, psychological evaluations and imaging tests such as MRIs can help diagnose schizophrenia.
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The process of diagnosing, classifying and treating mental illness is incredibly complex and often controversial. The recent debate surrounding the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders illustrates how difficult it can be to get a handle on what causes the symptoms of mental illnesses like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Eaglevision Ministries

Eaglevision offers veterans like Dan Jensen job training programs which offer resume help, training for interviews and computer training.
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In the heart of Lansing, Eaglevision Ministries is giving back to the community by helping some of the hardest hit people in the area find stability and employment – from youths to veterans to those recently released from jail or prison.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

The benefits of bats in your backyard

Little brown bats, or Myotis lucifugus, are the most common bats in North America and can eat three times their weight in mosquitoes, according to Brodak's website.
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Humans have had a mixed relationship with bats over the centuries. People tend to dislike or fear them, but bats may gain more fans in Michigan this summer because of their phenomenal capacity for eating mosquitos.

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with Phil Brodak, the proprietor of Batsbirdsyard.com,  based in southeast Michigan, about the business of attracting bats to backyards.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:04 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Book sheds new light on a tragic poet's life

Although most associate Sylvia Plath with confessional poetry and a tragic death, Winder's book aims to shed light on a different period of Plath's life.
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Most people don't think of happiness when they think of Sylvia Plath, but a new book aims to round off the perception of the tragic poet. Elizabeth Winder's "Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953," covers a joyful month-long period in Plath's life as she dated, worried about clothes and makeup and worked as an intern.

WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael speaks with Melissa Benmark about his impressions of the book.
 

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