Radio Made in Michigan
12:50 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Oldsmobile through the decades

Ransom founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Company in Lansing in 1897. The company was bought by General Motors in 1908, which produced the Oldsmobile brand for 96 years. Ransom Olds continued to produce cars, however, under the name REO Motor Car Company.
Credit Joe Ross via Flicker

   The R.E. Olds transportation museum houses a diverse collection of Oldsmobiles dating from 1897 to 2004.

It also includes a wide array of auto and industrial history covering about  a century, including a nearly complete collection of Michigan license plates, early traffic signs and a working 1950s-era traffic signal.

Bill Adcock is the Executive Director of the RE Olds Transportation Museum.  He recently joined WKAR’s Peter Whorf for a tour of the museum.

Radio Made in Michigan
2:38 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

MSU now home to interviews with atomic bomb survivors

Dr. Wake joined the faculty of Lyman Briggs College in 2005 after completing her graduate degrees at Kyoto University, Japan (MA) and Indiana University Bloomington (Ph.D). Her current work focuses on Japanese-American and Korean-American memories of the atomic bombs.
Credit By Emanuele Berry


MSU’s G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is now home to the largest collection of of interviews with people in the Americas who survived the bombings in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The interviews provide insight into the global network of survivors and the issues which they continue to face.  Dr. Naoko Wake has a joint appointment in MSU’s Lyman Briggs College and the Department of History. Naoko, who helped bring the collection to the library, discusses  the interviews and what she’s learned from listening.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:18 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

How Tigers helped Michigan bear 1968 summer

The Detroit Tigers' performance in the 1968 World Series inspired many American to persevere through the devastating events.
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With riots, the Vietnam War, and the King and Kennedy assassinations, 1968 was a tumultuous year for the United States. In Michigan, the success of the World Series champion, the Detroit Tigers, helped people get through that difficult time.

Tim Wendel, author of "Summer of  '68: The Season that Changed Baseball and America, Forever," chronicles the relationship between the events of that time and the baseball heroes of that year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

A tour of Lansing's Albert Kahn building

  Architect Albert Kahn was famous for his Michigan buildings, among them Detroit’s Fisher Building and General Motors Headquarters, Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium and the many functional but distinctive factories and industrial facilities throughout Detroit and the U.S. Lansing is home to one Kahn building, the former Motor Wheel Factory.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:28 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Two years after Fukushima, Japan still recovering

When a massive 9.0 earthquake hit Japan two years ago it caused mass destruction and distress. There is an event taking place Monday at MSU to commemorate the second anniversary of the tragedy.
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Two years ago, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami which damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, causing the world’s worst radiation leak since the Chernobyl accident in 1986.  

On Monday, MSU will commemorate the anniversary with an event at the International Center.  One of the speakers, Dr. Ethan Segal, a professor of history at MSU and an expert on Japan, assesses the rebuilding efforts and discusses Japan’s complex relationship with nuclear power. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:13 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

New book chronicles history of Native American struggle with U.S. military

Author Winona LaDuke focuses on the troubled and complicated history between Native Americans and the U.S. military.
Credit Courtesy of MSU Press

Forty years ago, 200 members of the American Indian Movement took over the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.  The group was protesting the federal government’s failure to honor various treaties with native tribes.  The location was symbolic.  In 1890, as many as 300 Lakota Indians were killed at Wounded Knee by the U-S Army.  The standoff lasted 73 days and claimed three lives.

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11:40 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Detroit Boat Show also features Great Lakes naval history

The American fleet of nine vessels, commanded by Oliver H. Perry, was outgunned by the British heading into The Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.

The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show runs now through Sunday at Cobo Center. The expo showcases everything from power boats to pontoons, and even a little Great Lakes history. This year is the bicentennial of the epic Battle of Lake Erie, which occurred during the War of 1812.

Tall ships of the British and United States navies clashed in September of 1813.  The Americans won this crucial battle, which may be best-remembered for the famous message delivered by Commodore Oliver Perry:  “We have met the enemy, and he is ours…”

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12:47 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Radio legend Mike Whorf on life, love songs

Mike Whorf in his home recording studio.
Credit Peter Whorf

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and Midwestern radio listeners as the long-time host of WJR's Kaleidoscope.  The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other statewide and national honors.

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12:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

The Henry Ford Observes Rosa Parks Centennial

The historic Rosa Parks bus needed restoration when obtained by The Henry Ford
Courtesy/The Henry Ford

Today marks the centennial of the birth of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

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12:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The War of 1812: Battle At The River Raisin

General James Winchester
Courtesy/Roger Rosentreter

MSU historian Roger Rosentreter returns today to help us remember an important battle in the War of 1812: the Battle at the River Raisin, 200 years ago this week.

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12:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012


Gen. Israel Richardson was wounded at Antietam, and never recovered.
Roger Rosentreter collection

Today marks the 150th anniversary of a turning point in the Civil War: the battle of Antietam.

The Maryland battle marked the Confederate army’s first invasion of the north, and it would become the bloodiest day in American history. More than

23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing.           

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12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

The War Of 1812: The Surrender Of Detroit

Gen. William Hull faced court-martial for surrendering Detroit to the British.
Courtesy: U.S. History Images

Today marks the bicentennial of the surrender of Detroit to the British in the War of 1812. The key figure is American General William Hull.

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12:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

The War Of 1812: A Michigan Bicentennial

The British took Fort Mackinac 200 years ago today. The British had built the fort and knew it was vulnerable from behind. Their surprise attack led to a quick surrender.
Courtesy Mackinac State Historic Parks

July 17 marks the bicentennial of a key date in the War of 1812, when the British captured Fort Mackinac at the onset of war. WKAR’s Scott Pohl speaks with Phil Porter about the historic date.

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4:32 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Calling All Anglophiles!

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at a Royal Gala

I'd like to think everyone is as much an Anglophile as I am. While I know it's not true, I do know that there are a lot of WKAR-TV viewers who really are enjoying all things British on PBS this summer. If you count yourself in that number, here are a few shows coming up that you won't want to miss!

About Queens Elizabeth II and Victoria

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12:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Campus Archaeologists Dig MSU

A team of archaeologists at Michigan State University continues to explore what lies beneath the East Lansing campus.  

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12:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: Senator Zachariah Chandler

WKAR's Scott Pohl has been periodically talking with Michigan State University historian Roger Rosentreter about the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, with an eye on Michigan's role in the war.

Today, they discuss the Joint Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War. Michigan Senator Zachariah Chandler was an outspoken member of the committee.

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WKAR Features
9:14 am
Thu July 21, 2011

MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: First Battle of Bull Run

East Lansing, MI –

It's time to mark another 150th anniversary of an important Civil War event.

The First Battle of Bull Run was fought on July 21st, 1861.

WKAR's Scott Pohl discussed the battle with Roger Rosentreter, the former editor of Michigan History magazine and an adjunct professor at Michigan State University.

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WKAR Features
9:44 am
Wed May 11, 2011

MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: 150th anniversary of the Michigan First


This year, America is marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

As sesquicentennial events are noted, one of the most talked about involves the Michigan First Regiment.

The Michigan First mustered at Campus Martius in Detroit on this date in 1861, called by Abraham Lincoln to protect the nation's capital.

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