Syrian-born professor advocates for U.S. intervention

Sep 13, 2013
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More than 100,000 people have been killed and nearly a quarter of Syria’s population has been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al Assad began in March 2011. 

As Secretary of State John Kerry works with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on negotiations to have President Assad hand over all of his regime’s chemical weapons, the war on the ground in Syria continues.

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In election seasons, so-called “issue ads” have become a predictable feature of the media landscape.  Issue ads don’t mention a candidate.  Instead, they promote or attack an issue.  Because the ads are not about candidates, the groups paying for them aren’t subject to the same disclosure requirements as candidate ads.  

“Issue ads” have flooded judicial elections with many millions of dollars from unidentifiable sources.  Critics say it’s impossible to know a judge is impartial in the courtroom if it’s not clear WHO helped elect them.


East Lansing has long been a hotbed for folk music. The city is home to the Great Lakes Folk Festival every year, and for 39 years, Ten Pound Fiddle has brought great music to town.

Sally Potter books concerts for Ten Pound Fiddle. The season starts tonight with Claudia Schmidt and Dean McGraw at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Grove Street, starting at 8 p.m.

Current State's Scott Pohl talked with her about the plans for this year.

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The MSU Community Music School is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this month.  We're joined by the school's executive director and associate dean for outreach and engagement, Rhonda Buckley. Also joining the conversation is of the school's bassoonist, Andrea Worful.

And live music throughout the show was provided by CMS performers Andrea Worful (bassoon), Cassandra Hibbard (clarinet), Maggie Gambill (flute), and Tess Miller (flute), Marissa Olin (flute). 

WKAR’s Jeanie Croope bids adieu

Sep 13, 2013
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We’re taking a moment today to bid adieu to a member of our WKAR family that many of you have come to know and love over the years. 

Jeanie Croope has been one of our TV hosts for years during broadcast specials and fundraisers.  She's also WKAR's communications manager, and she's retiring after 32 years of service.