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During Black History Month, WKAR explores issues, events and perspectives involving the black experience.

WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with African-American opera singer Mark Rucker who started in Chicago under a teacher with interesting classroom discipline techniques.


Jimmy Katz

All this week, the MSU College of Music has welcomed an Israeli jazz musician to jam with their students and do a tour around Michigan schools. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more with Anat Cohen.


Jamie Paisley

Two American pieces anchor the MSU Wind Symphony's January 31st concert at the Wharton Center, Aaron Copland's 'Lincoln Portrait' and David Del Tredici's 'In Wartime.' Both of them deal with America during times of turmoil: The Civil War and 9/11.


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New MSU College of Music Artist-Faculty member Margarita Shevchenko is intricately linked to the works of Frederick Chopin. But in her Absolute Chamber Music concert this Thursday, she adds a complimentary composer.


The Espresso Book Machine
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There is a café located on the first floor of the Michigan State University Library, it serves the usual goods you’d expect. Light snacks and a few beloved liquid forms of caffeine. But one floor above it, there is an Espresso Machine. It doesn’t make coffee, however. It makes books.


An extended conversation with English director Iqbal Khan, who has directed for The Globe Theater in London, as well as for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He speaks with WKAR's Jamie Paisley about why audiences have been drawn to his productions, and the salient points about contemporary casting in our seemingly contradictory post-Brexit, post-Trump-election world, which remains just as multicultural as it was a few months ago.

MSU tennis star Forman working on comeback

Nov 12, 2016
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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State tennis player Brett Forman refuses to let his career be defined by injuries.

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Micajah Reynolds is a former MSU lineman who played under coach Mark Dantonio from 2009-2013. The Lansing Sexton product went on to help the Spartans win the 100th Rose Bowl Game, defeating No. 5 Stanford in 2013.

MSU club basketball team is aiming higher

May 10, 2016
Connor Ryan

EAST LANSING, Mich. – With the game tied and 1.5 seconds remaining in regulation, Michigan State point guard Robert Ray Jr. stepped to the free-throw line with two chances – barring a last-second heave – to send the his club team to the national championship.

Upcoming Rio Games shines spotlight on table tennis

May 10, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- With the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games coming up this summer, there has been very little interest put toward Table Tennis from the United States.

White Defeats Green 14-11 at MSU Spring Game

Apr 23, 2016
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The annual Michigan State Spring Game took place on Saturday afternoon in front of a record crowd of 51,000 at Spartan Stadium. The White team defeated the Green team 14-11. 

MSU men's tennis stays resilient during tough-luck season

Apr 11, 2016
Spartan Athletics

EAST LANSING, Mich. –The statistics look grim: a six-match losing streak, winless in conference play, and a sub-.500 record. All things that would have most teams down in the dumps.

MSU women's club hockey turns to new coach

Apr 11, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Rob Blackburn is in his first year has the new head coach for the Michigan State Division I women’s club hockey team. He came to MSU from the University of Michigan, where he coached their women's team for seven years. Blackburn discusses his shift from Ann Arbor to East Lansing, and his hopes and expectations for Michigan State women's hockey. 

International players find home on MSU club basketball team

Apr 11, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Sometimes, passing up a chance to play the sport you love for money is easier than it sounds.

MSU club basketball coach teaches valuable lessons beyond hoops

Mar 15, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Sean Hankins loves basketball. But it’s what he’s able to teach through basketball that he loves even more.

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