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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Current State #162 | September 19, 2013

 Today on Current State: Update on fiscal conditions in Detroit and other U.S. cities; Lansing's historical Knapp's building renovation; MSU Theatre's production of "Widows"; Michigan native on her goal to make it to Mars; and Lansing Makers Network takes over city landmark. 

Radio Made in Michigan
12:49 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

In Detroit, scholar updates fiscal conditions of key U.S. cities

Frank Shafroth will be releasing paper updating the fiscal challenges facing not only Detroit, but five other cities as well.
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 Back in July when state officials filed for federal bankruptcy protection for Detroit,  worries spiked about other fiscally troubled U.S. cities.    Frank Shaforth is keeping an eye on several of those cities. Shafroth is a noted municipal finance expert coming to Detroit tomorrow to participate in the Michigan Municipal League’s annual meeting.    Mr. Shafroth is a Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Lansing's Knapp's building part of cities resurgence

The Knapp’s project is a good example of how federal and state historic preservation tax credits are used to blend old form with new function
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 The massive renovation of the former J.W. Knapp department store continues in downtown Lansing.  The historic 190,000 square foot building is being converted into a mix of retail and residential space.  Architects and developers are being careful to keep some of the original charm of the 75-year-old landmark, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Current State’s Kevin Lavery spoke with Robb McKay, a historical architect with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.  They walked through the old Knapp’s building, which is slated to re-open for business in February.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

MSU production explores widows anguish and hope

Ariel Dorfman's 'Widows,' was influenced by the “disappearing” of Chilean men during the Pinochet regime. In his play, a village of women band together to defy the nation's military.
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The MSU Department of Theatre is presenting the play “Widows” through this weekend.

The director of the play is Ann Folino White, Assistant Professor of Theatre at MSU. She joined us to discuss the play based on Chilean author Ariel Drofman's work.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Michigan native wants a one-way ticket to Mars

Over 200,000 people from around the world have volunteered to leave their life on earth behind  to become part of the first human colony on Mars.  The project titled Mars One aims to settle humans on the red planet by 2023. Current State’s Emanuele Berry found out that the people who will man this mission are everyday people like Michigan native, Erica Meszaros.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Lansing landmark a 'Temple' for creativity

The makerspace in Lansing, located in Old Town's Temple Building, is a community workshop where people can share tools and concepts, according to Brian Adams the board president of the Lansing Makers Network.
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Over 100-years ago it was a church, its stairwell under the feet of countless young brides as they stood at the top and tossed their bouquets. Decades later, it was nightclub that laid claim to hosting some of the biggest national acts to come through Lansing. Then it was empty sitting unused. But not anymore.

 There are some new tenants using Old Town’s Temple Building. Current State’s Becky McKendry took a trip to see just who’s been occupying the space. 

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