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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first-ever Michigan State UniversityScience 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.