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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.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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.

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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

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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NewsRoom
6:10 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

MSU Conducts Full-Scale Emergency Exercise

Regional first responders conducted a simulation involving a campus shooting Wednesday at Michigan State University
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Training to respond to acts of violence is a basic function of emergency personnel across the country.  On Wednesday, dozens of first responders from the Lansing region gathered at Michigan State University to test their skills in a mass casualty drill. 

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery watched the drill unfold.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Botanist and the Beast: Uprooting a Toxic Invader

The Giant Hogweed (heracleum mantegazzianum) is native to Central Asia but grows in many parts of the world. It's considered an invasive species in the U.S.
Sorbus sapiens Flickr

An Ovid resident has some giant guests in her yard who've worn out their welcome.

Giant hogweed is a towering plant that can grow as tall as 14 feet, with white flowers spreading up to two feet in diameter.  While it’s nice to look at, giant hogweed is a highly toxic plant that can cause severe burns and even blindness.

Botanist Peter Carrington is the man Michigan State University is sending to uproot this invasive species.  He’s the assistant curator of the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden at MSU. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

MSU Develops Flu Fighting Protein

MSU's Tim Whitehead.
Kurt Stepnitz

A Michigan State University scientist is the lead author of a paper that outlines MSU's work in manufacturing a protein that's showing promise as an effective agent against serious flu viruses.  MSU performed the study in partnership with the Baker Laboratory at the University of Washington and the Wilson Lab at the Scripps Research Institute. 

Tim Whitehead is an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science as well as Biosystems Engineering at MSU.  He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the research.

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NewsRoom
11:30 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Females and Younger Athletes Take Longer to Recover From Concussions

MSU Assistant Professor Tracey Covassin studied concussions in female and young athletes.
Photo courtesy of Michigan State University.

It isn't only football and hockey players who suffer from concussions.  Any athlete is at risk, including females.   Studies show girls are reporting nearly twice as many concussions as boys in sports played by both.  Now, new research out of Michigan State University shows that females and younger athletes who suffered concussions took longer to recover than males and older athletes.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

"Media Sandbox" Blends Once Separate Skills

Meagan Choi helps present her team's "Media Sandbox" entry on April 21. Media Sandbox is a multi-disciplinary communications curriculum developed by the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
Nafalie Kolb Michigan State University

Milennials. Digital natives. Generation Z.  Many terms describe the young adults who’ve grown up with technology.  They carry pocket devices that contain more computational power than was used to put a man on the moon.  From kindergarten through college, educators are re-tooling their classes to prepare students for a quickly evolving media world.

Michigan State University is no exception.  All semester, five student teams have been competing to design a multimedia campaign that explains the university’s new communications strategy, the “Media Sandbox.”  On Saturday,  one of those teams will be announced the winner.

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Celebrate!
11:44 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Live WebCast: MSU Undergraduate Convocation 2012

Friday, May 4, 1:00 p.m.. Live from the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University. View the Live WebCast here.

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NewsRoom
4:27 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

MSU Touts Newly Adopted Energy Transition Plan

The T.B. Simon Power Plant at Michigan State University has been in operation since 1965.
WKAR File Photo

Michigan State University is explaining its new energy transition plan to a potentially global audience. 

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NewsRoom
3:26 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Sparrow, MSU to consolidate pediatric specialty care

Sparrow Health System and Michigan State University are planning to consolidate most of their pediatric outpatient services in a single location. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Sun February 26, 2012

MSU Today | February 26, 2012

MSU President Lou Ann K Simon and Athletic Director Mark Hollis have conversations with inspiring MSU gymnast Kathryn Mahoney and the Dean of Sports Broadcasting Journalism Tim Staudt.

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