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Radio Made in Michigan
12:57 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Current State #197 | November 7, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan human trafficking report released; destruction from MSU football tailgating; an 'Interrupting Racism' workshop; and Asian-American stereotypes in the media.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

MI commission report urges action on human trafficking

The Michigan Human Trafficking Commission prepared a report for Attorney General Bill Schuette.
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Yesterday, Attorney General Bill Schuette unveiled a 64-page report to address the issue of human trafficking in Michigan. The Michigan Human Trafficking Commission is a bipartisan group including legislators, law enforcement officials, educators and other stakeholders assembled to addressed the issue of modern day slavery.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Destruction from tailgating at Michigan game called ‘worst ever’

An influx of tailgaters for the Michigan game meant some MSU trees were 'pruned' or otherwise damaged. The trees are important not only for their beauty, but also to classrooms and researchers.
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Every home football Saturday here in East Lansing, thousands of people flock to the Michigan State campus to take part in a sacred ritual:  tailgating.  But the pastime takes a toll. After the celebrating, landscaping personnel at MSU repair damage to grass and trees.

Some of those personnel are calling last Saturday’s damage the worst they’ve seen.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:35 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Workshop uses role-play to combat racism

The workshop 'Interrupting Racism' helps provide tools to help address racism as it is happening, like offensive remarks made by relatives during the holidays.
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The holidays are approaching, which means sharing food and gifts and catching up with friends and extended family. For some, it also means being subjected to a racist relative’s offensive rants.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:25 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Expert: Media often depict Asians as model minority

Shilpa Davé says that 'The Mindy Project' starring Mindy Kaling is interesting because even though she is Asian American, that is not the central focus of her identity on the show.
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Mass media is often criticized for its lack of diversity and stereotypical portrayals. Shilpa Davé, Assistant Professor in American Studies and Media Studies at the University of Virginia, says those criticisms often stem from a black and white view of race in America, leaving out important parts of the U.S. cultural landscape such as Asian Americans.

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