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Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

MSU study asks if diverse and cohesive communities are possible

A new study from MSU explores the idea that when neighborhoods are more integrated it makes them less socially cohesive.
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Many community stakeholders are interested in building communities that are both socially cohesive and diverse. However, a new report suggests these goals may not be simultaneously attainable.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:45 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

MSU documentary explores cross-cultural challenges

 


Travel adventures, culture shock and honest conversations are all topics brought up in a new documentary that follows four American students, one from MSU, and four Chinese students as they travel through China.

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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
12:41 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
1:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Current State #195 | November 5, 2013

Today on Current State: the history behind Michigan women’s suffrage; election fatigue; Michigan’s blue economy; local hard cider; and the MSU 360-24 project.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Project captures day in life of Spartans worldwide

Last year, an ambitious MSU project sent a video crew around the world to document the “world grant” impact of Michigan State. It was called “MSU 360”.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:13 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Approaching Comet ISON may be visible to naked eye

John French of MSU's Abrams Planetarium says comets are often confused with meteors but are different. They can linger in the sky for weeks or months.
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Between now and the end of the year, a rare treat will be streaking across the sky. Astronomers and amateur star-gazers alike are awaiting in anticipation for Comet ISON, which many are predicting will be bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:12 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Food innovation district aims to boost Mid-Michigan agriculture

According to the website of the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, food innovation districts are local support systems of food-oriented business, services and community activities.
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The local food movement is a growing economic and cultural force in Michigan.  We’ve had a number of conversations on this program about efforts to build sustainable regional food systems, which go beyond farmers markets and food hubs.

Today, some local private businesses are joining MSU and state officials to announce the next step for mid-Michigan–the creation of a “food innovation district”. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.

Radio Made in Michigan
3:53 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Re-engineered Fairchild Theater debuts new acoustics

The Fairchild Theater at Michigan State University has recently undergone a major acoustic overhaul.
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Michigan State University's Fairchild Theater recently underwent a major renovation and re-opens next Monday night.  Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with MSU College of Music staff and students about the transformation.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:38 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Scientists inch closer to harnessing energy from nuclear fusion

Dr. Wolfgang Bauer says how to achieve nuclear fusion has been known since the 1930s, but actually doing it always seems to be 20 years away.
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Achieving nuclear fusion has proven to be elusive for generations of scientists. According to the BBC, American scientists have brought us one step closer to nuclear fusion's becoming a viable source of clean energy.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:39 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

MSU lab examines literature's effects on the brain

The current center piece of Dr. Natalie Phillips' research is the exploration how the brain responds when people read certain types of literature with different levels of attention.
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Dr. Natalie Phillips, the co-director and lead faculty for Literary Neuroscience and History of Mind at the Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab, integrates the humanities and sciences in her research.

 

Through literature and brain scans, she analyzes the developmental impact of reading on complex processes in the brain. Dr. Phillips joins us to discuss her research and findings.

 

Radio Made in Michigan
12:01 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Oct. 28 | 'S Wonderful | MSU Faculty Recital Series

7:30pm Monday Oct. 28 LIVE on 90.5 FM | Both wonderful and marvelous -- the music of George Gershwin runs the gamut from the folk opera Porgy and Bess to the classic Rhapsody in Blue. Live from the newly renovated Fairchild Theatre at Michigan State.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Comic innovator makes superheroes more human

Comic book writer Geoff Johns graduated from MSU. He's known for revamping the image of the Aquaman character.
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Comic book writer Geoff Johns did what many thought impossible. He made Aquaman cool, a feat that only a Spartan could achieve.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:09 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

After Penn affair, MSU considers classroom transparency

English professor William Penn’s remarks on Republicans went viral, such as a comment that he considers Republicans to be 'cheap'.
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At the beginning of the academic semester this fall, a Michigan State University professor became the focus of controversy over a video recorded in his classroom.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Local entrepreneur seeks to grow online Chinese language game


Have you ever considered learning all about another country?  Say, China? A local electronic game developer may have just the ticket for you.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:40 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

'Go Blue' jab sparks MSU fundraiser

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Organizers now say more than $33,000 has been raised for cancer research in a spur-of-the-moment campaign triggered by a very visible prank.

 

Few people in the East Lansing area and fewer still in social media don’t know about the enormous ‘GO BLUE,’ message, skywritten last Saturday over Spartan Stadium.  And as many of those same people have learned, one MSU official responded quite creatively.

 

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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.

Sports
5:28 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Youngstown St. vs. MSU 9/14

After sleepwalking through the first two weeks, the Michigan State Spartans' offense woke up in a big way, scoring 35 first half points en route to a 55-17 victory over Youngstown State. Connor Cook got the start and effectively ended the quarterback competition, completing 15 of 22 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns. Jeremy Langford added two scores on the ground and Nick Hill took a draw play 35 yards for another to bolster the Spartan running game.  The MSU defense turned in another strong effort, holding Youngstown State to 172 total yards and forcing three turnovers, including defensive end Shilique Calhoun's third fumble recovery of the season.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Current State #160 | September 17, 2013

Today on Current State: Architect-futurist anticipates global demoralization; Detroit's Water Renaissance series on the Rouge River; filmmaking staying relevant in Michigan despite changes; and MSU Museum photos capture modern workers in new exhibits.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

'Imported from China' highlights rapid growth of Chinese international students

In 2006, only 96 Chinese international students attended MSU for their undergraduate studies. This fall over 4,000 Chinese students are expected to enrolled at MSU. 'Imported From China' premieres tonight at 6 p.m. in the Communication Arts and Sciences building.
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  Over 200,000 Chinese international students study in the United States each year, drastically altering the makeup of universities across the country. The film “Imported from China” features the personal stories of several Chinese international college students at Michigan State, as they navigate life in America. The film's Co-Director's, MSU Academic Specialist Troy Hale and Associate Professor Geri Alumit Zeldes, joined us to discuss the film.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:39 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Spartan offense awakens in win over Youngstown State

Current Sports host Al Martin shares his thoughts on the MSU football team's victory over Youngstown State this past weekend. 


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Radio Made in Michigan
1:57 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

MSU Community Music School celebrates 20 years of music education

The Michigan State University Community Music School celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.
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The MSU Community Music School is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this month.  We're joined by the school's executive director and associate dean for outreach and engagement, Rhonda Buckley. Also joining the conversation is of the school's bassoonist, Andrea Worful.

And live music throughout the show was provided by CMS performers Andrea Worful (bassoon), Cassandra Hibbard (clarinet), Maggie Gambill (flute), and Tess Miller (flute), Marissa Olin (flute). 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:19 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

MSU jazz artist Etienne Charles does some 'Creole Soul' searching

Etienne Charles' new album, 'Creole Soul' is a mix of folk, jazz, calypso, reggae, Haitian voodoo music and more.
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 This summer, MSU assistant professor Etienne Charles debuted his fourth album, called "Creole Soul." It’s received favorable reviews from The New York Times and NPR, and spent some time high up on the jazz charts. Charles, who is also one of the MSU Professors of Jazz, will be playing some of his music at the Broad Art Museum on Thursday night.

 

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Sports
7:59 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Current Sports - MSU at USF Wrap Up

The Michigan State football team may have topped the University of South Florida, 21 to 6, but there are still many unanswered questions concerning the Spartan offense. WKAR's Al Martin explores the offensive confusion after the game.

Radio Made in Michigan
3:08 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

MSU board candidate reacts to Penn saga

MSU trustee candidate Melanie Foster says the Professor Penn saga has nothing to do with politics, but about bullying in classroom.
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Melanie Foster has served on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees on two separate occasions.  Last week, the former business owner announced she wants to serve again.

 

We spoke with Foster about her candidacy and her reaction to the recent removal of MSU professor William Penn.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

MSU professor stresses importance of due process in Penn affair

The John A. Hannah Administration Building at Michigan State University.
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Highly controversial comments made recently by a Michigan State University professor continue to be a topic of discussion both locally and beyond.  

Last week, creative writing professor William Penn sparked an intense backlash after a video surfaced of him suggesting Republicans had “raped the country” and included many closet racists.  A student attending the lecture told MLive.com that Penn also denigrated Christians and athletes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Evidence of sequestration effects appears in MSU research labs

Recent reports indicate federal spending cuts are forcing some U.S. researchers to consider moving their projects overseas.
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Last March, the federal government enacted an $85 billion spending cut known as the "sequester."  It's taken some time to assess the effects of these cuts, but as the federal fiscal year comes to a close on September 30, new budgets are reflecting spending decreases.

The cuts are having an effect on scientific research.  Reports have documented laboratory closings and layoffs, and one significant study showed one-fifth of U.S. scientists have contemplated moving overseas because of the decline in funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:45 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

MSU offense struggles to get going against South Florida

The season is still young, but so far, the Spartan defense is outperforming its offense when it comes to putting points on the scoreboard.
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The Michigan State University Spartans clinched a 21 to 6 victory over the University of South Florida in East Lansing Saturday.  The MSU offense scored only one drive in the game; the rest of the scoring was handled by the defensive squad.  Mark Bashore talks with Current Sports host Al Martin about the game, which saw three different MSU quarterbacks turn in lackluster performances.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:57 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Current State #146 | August 27, 2013

Today on Current State: new proposal to evaluate Michigan teachers effectiveness; book about living with Muscular Dystrophy; Detroit's Water Renaissance series; Detroit's current environmental initiatives; and MSU student on "Americas Got Talent."

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

MSU student features Rube Goldberg machines on America's Got Talent

 

 

Michigan native and MSU student, Steve Price, showed his unique abilities on this season of "America’s Got Talent." Steve builds Rube Goldberg machines, complicated contraptions that use dominos, tubes, ping pong balls and various materials to complete a simple task. The America’s Got Talent judges were impressed. Price’s invention took him all the way to the quarterfinals. Price explains why he decided to share his talent on national television.

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