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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Uncovering the secrets of the Stradivarius with technology

The Stradivarius Violin sits on the CT bed, waiting for scan.
Credit Careen Loos

For centuries,  the Stradivarius Violins have been acknowledged as fine instruments, whose work is set as a standard by all violin makers.  The instrument was made by Antonio Stradivarius at Cremona, Italy, in 1690s.

Now with radiology technology, members from MSU Radiology department and Mid-Michigan MRI, Inc.,  are able to scan and look at the inside of the instrument without opening it.  Current State's Peter Whorf take us to see how art and science come together.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Look up to the night sky! Michigan's summer constellations

Summer Triangle
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Summer nights mean summer constellations, but if you slept through your astronomy class, it might be hard to figure out what exactly you are looking for.  Current State’s Emanuele Berry joined John French,  interim Director of the Abrams Planetarium for a tour of the summer sky.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Mon May 13, 2013

MSU looks to strengthen ties with Cuba

The Spartan Pathway is a travel program offered by Michigan State University Alumni Association. In March, the program took many Spartans to Cuba.
Regina Cross

Michigan State University is offering adventurous members of its alumni association another chance to visit Cuba later this year. MSU Alumni Association (MSUAA) has announced its plans to return to the Caribbean island in November.  The excursion follows an earlier visit in March that included chances to meet the Cuban people and explore museums, factories and other interesting places.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:31 am
Fri May 3, 2013

MSU researcher scours continents in search of bird songs

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With springtime finally arriving in mid-Michigan, the sounds of the season have also emerged again.  The song of the northern cardinal is one of hundreds recorded by Dr. Pamela Rasmussen.  She's an assistant professor of zoology at Michigan State University and assistant curator at the MSU Museum.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:31 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Current State #75 | April 26, 2013

The MSU main library is home to the worlds largest library comic book collection, attracting people from around the globe.
Credit Emanuele Berry

 

Today on Current State: Lansing native Maureen Abood explores her Lebanese culture through writing and food; a researcher penetrates the murky world of  organ trafficking; and MSU Library's world renowned comic book collection. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:59 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

MSU researcher enters murky world of international organ trafficking

From Chinese prisoners to peasants in Bangladesh to prisoners of war  in the Balkans, victims of organ trafficking span the globe. Some are enticed by promises of cash payments for their kidneys and other organs, others are forced against their will.  Few of them ever receive proper medical care or the money they were promised.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:54 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

MSU comic book collection draws scholars from around the world

Credit Emanuele Berry / WKAR-MSURandy Scott, the head of Michigan State University Libraries Comic Art Collection, says he remembers a time when there was an anti-comic book movement.Edit | Remove

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Inaugural MSU Science Festival features hands-on learning

The MSU Science Festival runs from April 12 to April 21. All events are free and open to the public.
Credit Courtesy of MSU Science Festival

The first-ever Michigan State University Science Festival is underway. It’s a chance for learners of all ages to explore the science that touches our everyday lives. Hiram Fitzgerald, the associate provost of Outreach and Engagement at MSU, and Renee Leone, the coordinator of the MSU Science Festival, joined WKAR’s Melissa Benmark to unveil more details about the festival. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:17 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Author David Shields shuns novels, favors hybrid storytelling

David Shields has received many fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship.
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Renowned author David Shields will be on the MSU campus at Wells Hall today (Wednesday, April 17) for a lecture on his latest book How Literature Saved My Life. The author of 14 books and the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington. Shields discusses his work and his take on current literary storytelling.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:47 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Family Resource Center helps MSU student-parents thrive

Adjusting to the demands of college life can be difficult for any student. For many student-mothers, however, balancing the responsibilities of school, a job and being a parent can be overwhelming.

Sara Embaye graduated last year while raising her daughter. She shares her story, and is joined by Lori Strom, coordinator of MSU's Family Resource Center, which provides support to student-parents. This Saturday, the Center is hosting a carnival and resource fair for families at the Breslin Center.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:30 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

MSU hosts fencing clubs' national championships

MSU is hosting the U.S. Collegiate Fencing Clubs' national championship tournament this weekend at The Summit in Dimondale.
Credit Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Michigan State University men's basketball didn’t quite make it to the Final Four this year.  But the school is competing in a somewhat lower profile contest this weekend.

MSU is hosting the 2013 United States Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs’ national championships.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on this centuries-old sport.

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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
2:10 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 3/26/13

Matt Ludtke continues the discussion on NCAA upsets, and also brings up the recent head coach firings from UCLA and Minnesota.  He also discusses the possibility of Tom Izzo coaching the USA Olympic team.  The Miami Heat are continuing their dominance, and MSU continues their tournament run.  Matt and Alex cover it all on the air, and have open lines all show.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:30 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

SportsTalk | Thu 3/21/13

Russ and Kirk give listeners continuous score updates from MSU's second round matchup versus Valparaiso.  The two also hone in on Spring Training baseball from the Detroit Tigers, and recap the unfortunate season for the Detroit Pistons.  The two have open lines, for listeners to give their emotions of March Madness.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Higgs boson is confirmed, so what?

In 1964, physicists including Peter Higgs theorized that a sub-atomic particle existed that would help explain the creation of the universe, a particle that gives everything in the universe mass. It became known as the Higgs boson.
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Last July, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced that they had found a particle they described as “Higgs-like." Last week, after completing their examination of the data, lead researcher Joe Incandela announced that, in his words, “it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson."

The research continues, but discovery of a Higgs boson would leap to the top of Nobel Prize contenders.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 3/12/13

Larry Marasco kicks off the show with NFL Free Agency buzz, and breaks down the NFC Central division.  He also discusses options for the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, along with the impact of the Percy Harvin trade.  Larry closes the show with MSU basketball, and some NCAA tournament predictions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:58 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Current State #38 | March 6, 2013

Today on Current State: The latest setback to the Lansing casino deal; Michigan ACLU on "Right to Work" lawsuit; the "Michigan 2020"  plan; Neighbors in Action featuring All Saints Episcopal Church; folk legend Janis Ian; and MSU students and staff in Beijing. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:43 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

In Beijing, MSU students and staff get taste of Chinese college life

The Administration Building at Beijing Normal University.
Credit Scott Westerman

It’s no secret that the Chinese student population has exploded at Michigan State over the last few years. And with that, there has been some friction, including last fall when some Chinese students’ cars were vandalized with graffiti telling them to “go back home.” 

In an effort to improve cultural understanding in the MSU community, this week a delegation of students, faculty and staff is visiting China's capital city of Beijing to meet with their counterparts at Beijing Normal University.

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Arts & Culture
2:47 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Video project highlights MSU's work around the globe

Spartans Will. 360 project documents the work MSU researchers, alumni and students are doing around the world. Above, a malaria clinic in Malawi.
Credit Courtesy of Spartans Will. 360

A team of video storytellers from Michigan State University is wrapping up a two-month journey around the world.  The crew is documenting the work of MSU researchers in countries such as China, Brazil and Malawi as they tackle challenges ranging from malnutrition and disease to human organ trafficking.  The project is called “Spartans Will. 360.”  

Current State’s Kevin Lavery catches up with team leader Jim Peck by phone in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Music
11:07 am
Thu February 7, 2013

MSU Symphony Orchestra’s latest program includes Beethoven, Copland

The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Friday, Feb. 8, at the Wharton Center. They’ll play Beethoven’s First Symphony, music from Aaron Copland’s “Billy the Kid,” and “The Chairman Dances” by John Adams. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark speaks with MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe about the the program, starting with the Beethoven, which has a beginning that almost sounds like an ending.

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

New play 'U.P.' details highs and lows of life in the Upper Peninsula

The new play "U.P." from the Michigan State University Department of Theatre starts tonight.

“U.P.” was written by Michigan natives Mark Colson and Peter Mervis.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl shares what he learned at a recent rehearsal.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 2/5/13

Jack Ebling hosts for the week.

Jack Ebling invites Lansing State Journal's Graham Couch to discuss National Signing day with its history.  After an important win over the University of Michigan, head coach Suzy Merchant recaps last night’s game and answers a couple recruiting questions.  Jack closes the show with open lines and opens the floodgates for basketball tickets.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:56 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Current State #16 | February 4, 2013

Apple's groundbreaking commercial during the 1984 Super Bowl inspired MSU ad professors Bruce Vanden Bergh (center) and Bob Kolt (right) to start rating the game's ads.
Credit W.R. Richards/WKAR-MSU

Today on Current State: MSU advertising instructors rate the Super Bowl ads, the Free-Press' Joe Rexrode recaps the big game and local sports, No Labels works for bipartisanship in D.C., The Henry Ford celebrates Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday, and local business and politics with MLive.com’s Angela Wittrock.

Current State #16 | February 4, 2013

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 1/22/13

Earle opens the show featuring co-host for the day, Jack Ebling.  He invites Lansing State Journal writer Chris Solari to discuss Michigan State football and off-season coaching changes.  Earle also hosts MSU baseball coach Jake Boss Jr.  He closes the show with Jack Ebling, and opens the lines for listeners.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

MSU Unveils $1.4-million Renovation Of MSU Union

The MSU Union opened in 1924. Today, renovations will be celebrated from 4 to 7 p.m.

The MSU Union Building opened in 1924, and over the years there have been several renovations.

A $1.4-million dollar project will be dedicated today, sprucing the Union up for another generation of MSU students.

Dedication events at the renovated MSU Union are from 4 to 7 p-m today. There will be a live webcast of the ceremonies.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:06 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 1/8/12

Earle kicks off the show recapping the National Title Game, and some thoughts on NCAA football.  Earle also invites baseball guru, Lynn Henning on the show, and talks Basketball with Matt Charboneau, from the Detroit News.   Earle closes the show with open lines. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

SportsTalk | Fri 12/07/12

Earle starts off with voice of the Lansing Lugnuts Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, as he talks about his new baseball book The Baseball Thesaurus, and the life of being a broadcaster.  Earle also calls upon Detroit News writer Matt Charboneau, who gives some opinions on Michigan State basketball, in addition to other topics in the world of sports.  Earle closes the show giving away tickets to Michigan State’s game versus Loyola Chicago, this Saturday at the Breslin Center.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Rayl To Conduct 'From London To Germany"

David Rayl, Director of Choral Programs at MSU's College of Music.
Credit Courtesy / MSU College of Music

An interview with conductor David Rayl.

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra's next concert features a collaboration with choirs from the MSU College of Music.  WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with MSU Director of Choral Programs, David Rayl, about the program, which features Brahms' "German Requiem" and Haydn's Symphony No. 104.

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James Forger
11:11 am
Tue October 23, 2012

College of Music Dean James Forger is Guest Host

Michigan State University College of Music Dean James Forger is our guest host on WKAR 90.5 Classical on Wednesday, October 24 at 1:00PM. WKAR station manager Peter Whorf joins Dean Forger for 2 hours of his favorite music from Bach and Rachmaninoff to Joplin and Piazzola. We'll also hear the latest breaking music news from the recently opened Cook Recital Hall and upcoming College of Music faculty and ensemble performances. And we invite you to join the conversation with Dean Forger - live on WKAR - starting at 1:00pm.

NewsRoom
11:14 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

MSU Game Conference Focuses on "Meaningful Play"

"DNA Roulette," designed by MSU professor Carrie Heeter, helps players learn about the probabilities of genetics.
Courtesy Michigan State University/GEL

Game designers and researchers from around the world are meeting at Michigan State University this week to talk about the concept of “meaningful play.”  MSU  is recognized as a leader in computer game development.  So-called “serious games” help players build problem solving skills, spur civic engagement and maintain their health. It’s a niche market with the potential for broad commercialization.

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