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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

In Port Huron, Michigan and Canada seek to strengthen economic ties

With nearly one third of Michigan manufacturing jobs dependent on exports, Canada is major player in this state’s economic recovery.
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Exporting is big business in Michigan, and no country is more crucial than our neighbor to the north: Canada.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Architect-futurist: Think locally, act locally

Andrés Duany is an architect and community planner whose firm—Duany Plater-Zyberk, headquartered in Miami—has completed designs for almost 300 new towns, regional plans and community revitalization projects.
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For more than 30-years, Andrés Duany has sought to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment, both in American cities and around the world.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:10 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Current State #155 | September 10, 2013

Today on Current State: MSU Board of Trustee candidate Melanie Foster on professor scandal; our "Detroit Water Renaissance" series continues with a look at the walleye industry; a Great Lakes Week 2013 update; the impact of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Current State #152 | September 5, 2013

Today on Current State: campaign helps Michigan residents understand Affordable Care Act; Detroit princess of 1800's; Michigan LGBT laws; and new exhibits at the Broad Art Museum.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:30 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Detroit born princess considered Kim Kardashian of the 1800’s

Clara Ward was the daughter of Eber Ward, the first millionaire in Detroit.
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Actress Grace Kelly was not the first American princess. In the late 19th century, young American heiresses exchanged their wealth for titles, marrying into the European elite. One such heiress was Clara Ward, who was born in Detroit in 1873. She married a Belgian Prince, becoming Princesse de Caraman-Chimay, but Clara’s story is no traditional fairy tale.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:19 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Detroit’s Water Renaissance: New shorelines, old problems on the Detroit River

The Detroit River from the Refuge Gateway. This unassuming site has been reengineered from steel and cement to a 'soft' shore.
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Water attracted early settlers to Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.

Today we continue to explore Detroit’s waterfront in our series "Detroit Water Renaissance."

Last week we looked at the unearthing of Detroit streams. For the second segment, reporter Lewis Wallace examines efforts to re-engineer the Detroit River’s concrete shoreline.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Detroit's Water Renaissance: Rediscovering Detroit's lost waterways

A line of grates cover the outflow of Savoyard Creek. Before it was encased in pipes, the creek was navigable and used to carry building materials to the city center.
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Water attracted the early settlers of Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.

Join us over these next five weeks, as our regular Tuesday Knight segment will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with Detroit’s waterfront through our series "Detroit's Water Renaissance."

Our first story goes back to the days before industrialization, when the city of Detroit was a maze of fresh waterways.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Tackling environmental issues crucial for Detroit's success

The report focuses on air and water quality issues, transportation, health and land use.
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This summer a coalition of Detroit based organization released the Detroit Environmental Agenda. The two-year project addresses improving quality of life through improving the environment. Guy Williams, President of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice joins Current State to discuss the report his organization helped compile. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Remembering WJR legend J.P. McCarthy

Russ White with then MSU football coach George Perles and J.P. McCarthy at WJR in August 1992.
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Eighteen years ago this morning brought the sad news of the death of beloved Detroit radio personality J.P. McCarthy. McCarthy ruled the morning radio airwaves at WJR for 30 years. Current State contributor Russ White worked with McCarthy for the last five years of J.P.'s life and has this remembrance of the great voice of the Great Lakes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:51 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Rock 'N' Roll in 'America's Loudest City'

In addition to the artists, 'Detroit Rock City' gives life to the venues that housed these rock legends.
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Motown is what most people connect with Detroit's music scene, but the Motor City has also been the birthplace of some of the most influential American rockers.

"Detroit Rock City," the latest book by local author Steve Miller, chronicles the city's rock scene through interviews with some of its most legendary rock musicians, such as Iggy Pop, Bob Seger and Jack White. Miller and Current State's Scott Pohl discuss the deep tracks of Detroit's rockin' legacy. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:21 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Examining food security in Detroit, Lansing

Detroiters can find fresh produce and meats at the Eastern Market.
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Grocery stores have been making the news in Detroit recently. Last week, the Michigan-based retailer, Meijer, opened its first Detroit location. This follows the news last month of the grand opening of the city’s first Whole Foods Market. Based on these stories, one might think Detroiters were only recently introduced to the concept of the grocery store. That’s not true.

 MSU associate professor of sociology Craig Harris, an expert in the sociology of food, discusses food security in Detroit, as well as here in mid-Michigan. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:51 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Detroit files bankruptcy protection, then what?

Gov. Rick Snyder said the city of Detroit needs a “radically restructure” and bankruptcy is the "only feasible option" to fix the city's finances. But many worry about the potential impact to municipalities’ bonding credit and state employees’ pension plan.
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A much-feared -- but widely anticipated -- day arrived yesterday in Michigan’s largest city.  Officials filed a 16-page bankruptcy petition on behalf of the city of Detroit in U.S. Court, making the city the largest municipal bankruptcy in the U.S. history.

Gov. Rick Snyder authorized the filing yesterday after efforts by state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr failed to satisfy numerous creditors. According to reports, the city owes as many as 100,000 creditors and  accrued obligation is as much as $20 billion.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

'Detropia' to air on PBS 'Independent Lens'

 

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The decline of Detroit and the struggle of people hoping for a brighter future in the Motor City is the focus of the documentary “Detropia," from the makers of the Oscar-nominated “Jesus Camp."

           

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:26 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Once found only in developing world, microfinance takes root in Michigan

The Kiva online platform allows entrepreneurs like Marcus Bieth of Flint to connect with community lenders for zero interest loans.
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The concept of microfinance -- essentially small loans given to entrepreneurs who are too little or too under-funded to qualify for traditional bank loans -- has exploded in the developing world. 

One of the leading online platforms for microfinance is called Kiva, which connects entrepreneurs with interest-free loans offered by community members. About two years ago, with the help of Michigan Corps, a Detroit-based non-profit organization, Kiva became the first microfinance effort in the United States. Last month, Michigan Corps expanded Kiva’s platform into Flint.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Detroit's new RTA, road funding at the top of Michigan's transportation issues

There is no shortage of transportation issues to discuss here in Michigan.

After 40 years and 23 attempts, metro Detroit finally has a Regional Transportation Authority. 

At the top of Governor Snyder’s agenda is a new road funding bill, but will the legislature provide the funds he says he needs to make the necessary improvements?

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Looking ahead to Detroit's long-term future

Detroit is not the only large American city in trouble. Cleveland, Buffalo and St. Louis are all facing similar financial situations as the Motor City.
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Detroit’s in an immediate crisis. Emergency Manager Orr will be deciding in a couple of weeks whether bankruptcy is an option. If it should move in that direction, what’s the way forward? There has been a lot of talk about the Detroit Institute of Arts' assets, as well as other museums. What kinds of discussions need to be had? 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:52 am
Thu May 23, 2013

New book discusses Detroit race relations

Darden's book discussed how the residents of Detroit can improve not only their lives but the town itself.
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The last few years have brought significant changes to the city of Detroit. A financial emergency was declared, and despite opposition from residents and the city council, a financial manager was appointed. And just this month, Mayor Dave Bing announced he would step down from office at the end of his term—and a crowded field of new candidates announced their intentions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:04 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Current State #62 | April 9, 2013

Today on Current State: MSU plant biologist's expertise plays major role in criminal investigation;  lead poisoning down in  Detroit, but so is funding for lead cleanup; and iPad periodical developed by MSU journalism students. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Lead poisoning in children down in Detroit

In Detroit, older homes and soil can be contaminated by lead, resulting in neurological problems for children.
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A story from Environmental Health News reports that lead poisoning in children in Detroit has decreased 70 percent since 2004. However, the number of children with exposure to excessive lead levels in Detroit still exceeds the national average, and funding for cleanup is dwindling.

Brian Bienkowski is a senior editor and staff writer at Environmental Health News. He discusses the decrease of lead poisoning and the motor city's environmental future.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:57 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Detroit parade of shredding electric guitars ushers in spring

This years guitar parade will usher spring into the city of Detroit.

  Tomorrow morning, the spring equinox occurs just after 7 a.m Eastern Time.

Diverse cultures throughout history have marked the passing of the seasons with music and artistic expression.

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Michigan Politics
6:03 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Gov. Snyder to announce Detroit emergency financial manager

Thursday afternoon in Detroit, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to name Kevyn Orr, a Washington D.C.-based bankruptcy attorney, as  Detroit's incoming financial manager. The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta explains the importance of this historic announcement.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:23 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Current State #42 | March 12, 2013

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Today on Current State: former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's conviction; more on the Niowave pole barn; "STEMinists," a new exhibit at the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame; timebanks; and Holt and Mason leaders take the stage for a good cause.

Radio Made in Michigan
4:21 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick convicted of 24 counts

Kwame Kilpatrick's legacy of corruption as mayor of Detroit came to an end Monday morning.
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On Monday, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 of 30 charges, including racketeering and extortion.

MLive’s Gus Burns has been covering the trial and joins us from Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:27 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Current State #35 | March 1, 2013

On today's Current State: Detroit's financial future, a local practitioner of the ancient Japanese art form called mokuhanga, sports with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode, the MSU football program's  legacy of racial integration, Friday fish fries and a preview of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's next performance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:19 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Governor Snyder set to lay out plan for Detroit

Last week a state appointed financial review team concluded that the city of Detroit is in a financial emergency. Since then, Governor Snyder has been considering whether he should appoint an emergency financial manager to fix the city. He is expected to announce his decision today. Eric Scorsone, an MSU economist who specializes in municipal finance, discusses the future of Detroit’s finances.

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Arts & Culture
2:43 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Jamaal May

Jamaal May is an internationally renown poet who grew up on Detroit's Westside.
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Jamaal May is a world class spoken-word artist and poet from Detroit. He has a guest performance at this weekend’s Poetry Out Loud Michigan high school state championships, which are being held in East Lansing.  Mr. May discusses his career, shares some poetry and tells us about the competition. 

Current State's Public Poetry Announcements are brought to you by the Center for Poetry at MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
2:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Detroit Boat Show series: Pontoons

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The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show wraps up this Sunday at Cobo Center.  Dozens of dealers are on-hand with the latest and greatest for cruising the Great Lakes.

WKAR’s Peter Whorf spent some time at the expo earlier this week and brings us his last in a series of reports from Cobo. This time, Peter speaks with Bill Rose of Rose Marine Service about a boat that’s close to home.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
4:04 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Detroit Boat Show series: The Quadski

Unveiled at the Detroit Boat Show, the Quadski quickly transitions from land to water.
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The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show continues at Cobo Center through this weekend.

WKAR’sPeter Whorf continues our series from the expo with a first look at a Michigan-made product.  Gibbs Sports and Amphibians’ Graham Jenkins describes the new Quadski, a specialized craft that travels on land and water.

 

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Economy
2:56 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

With Detroit facing emergency management, Flint leaders share their experience

A report released Tuesday afternoon by the Detroit emergency review team all but clears the way for Governor Snyder to appoint an emergency manager to take over the city’s finances. This scenario is nothing new to Flint, where, in late 2011, Governor Snyder appointed Michael Brown as emergency manager.  

We speak with Brown, as well as Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, about what the experience is like and what Detroit officials can learn from it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:45 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Detroit Review Team Finds Big Fiscal Troubles, State Takeover Could Be Imminent

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A financial review team has found Detroit faces a cash crisis of epic proportions – and city officials do not have a workable plan to deal with it.

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