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Arts & Culture
12:36 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

MSU comics forum celebrates breadth of artform

The MSU Library Special Collections is the largest public collection of comics in the world.
Credit Courtesy of MSU Comic Book Forum

Comic lovers from across the state will converge in East Lansing  this week for the annual MSU Comics Forum. This year’s event features an artist alleyway, panel discussions and keynote speaker Stan Sakai.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:32 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Historic MSU space commemorates land grant legacy

MSU's Morrill Hall before it was torn down last summer.
Credit Flickr - larrysphatpage

Yesterday, Michigan State University officials dedicated Morrill Plaza, a kind of interpretative center on the spot where the fabled Morrill Hall once stood. The 113-year-old building, which was built as a women’s dormitory, was torn down last year. In its place are several brick markers and a kiosk that showcase MSU’s history as the first land-grant university in the nation.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:19 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

The world through Spartans' eyes

Crew from the 360 Project.
Credit report.president.msu.edu/360/blog


On November 6, 2013, Michigan State University put out the call to people with MSU ties all over the world to shoot and submit video of whatever they were doing that day. The idea was to produce a video seeing the world through the eyes of Spartans for a day. Today, the finished product, called “MSU 360-24”, goes online, and there will also be airings on the Big Ten Network.

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Sports
1:21 am
Mon January 27, 2014

MSU Falls to Michigan at the Breslin Center

WKAR's Al Martin gives his postgame report after MSU falls to Michigan this past weekend, 80 to 75. You would think head coach Tom Izzo would be disappointed after losing to his rival, but his reaction afterward was quite the opposite. 

Radio Made in Michigan
11:25 am
Mon January 6, 2014

MSU voice library houses words of presidents, stars and more

 

MSU's G. Robert Vincent Voice Library houses over 40,000 hours of spoken word recordings. Voices in the collection range from everyday people to cultural and political figures. Over 100,000 voices are captured in the collection, which includes audio dating back to 1888.

Current State's Peter Whorf spoke with John Shaw, supervisor of the Vincent Voice Library. 

 

 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:56 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Are academic journals for hire?

Dr. Jim Pivarnik
Credit http://rio.msu.edu/

The role of the academic journal in advancing research findings is changing rapidly. A New York Times article earlier this year looked at the problem of pseudo-academic journals which had names similar to well-established ones, and which charged hefty fees for publication.

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Sports
7:04 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Can You Smell the Roses???

WKAR's "Current Sports" reporter, Al Martin, wraps up things from Indy as the Michigan State Spartans defeat Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship. They now get ready to head to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on January 1st at 5pm.

Sports
10:21 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Big Ten Championship Game - OSU vs. MSU Fan Reaction

WKAR's host of "Current Sports," Al Martin, hits the streets of Indy at Lucas Oil Stadium to get reaction from the fans on Michigan State's win over Ohio State to win the Big Ten Championship and book a ticket to go to it's first Rose Bowl since 1988! 

Radio Made in Michigan
1:25 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Current State #214 | December 5, 2013

 Today on Current State: new book examines the turbulent times in East Lansing during the 1960s; a lawsuit strives to give 'personhood' to chimpanzees; a tribute to radio legend Karl Haas at Wharton Center; and one MSU class puts out a cultural guide for international students.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:13 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

New guide helps international students understand Americans

The new guide, 'One Hundred Questions and Answers About Americans,' was written by MSU journalism students.
Credit news.jrn.msu.edu/culturalcompetence/

“What does holding hands mean in America?” It may seem like a silly question, but for many international students across the country it’s a serious one. Trying to understand  another country's customs is difficult, but a new guide is hoping to provide some basics in cultural understanding for international students.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Spartans prep for Ohio State, eye Rose Bowl

The MSU Spartans will face Ohio State University next Saturday for the Big Ten Conference Championship.
Credit Courtesy Michigan State University

The Spartan football team is basking in the glow of an impressive regular season: 11-1, and the prospect of going to its first Rose Bowl since 1988.  Current State’s Mark Bashore and Current Sports host Al Martin look back to Saturday’s game and ahead to the Big Ten conference championship game Saturday night against Ohio State.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Current State #209 | November 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan Court of Claims update with judge Michael J. Talbot; Great Lakes Month in Review; and Voices of Experience with MSU's George Perles.

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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.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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.
Credit Courtesy MSU College of Music

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.
Credit Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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.
Credit MSU

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.
Credit http://www.dccomics.com/

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'.
Credit Wikimedia Commons


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

Credit WKAR File Photo

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.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 

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.

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