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Current State #75 | April 26, 2013

Apr 26, 2013
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. 

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.

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

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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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.

MSU hosts fencing clubs' national championships

Apr 5, 2013
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.

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.

SportsTalk | Tue 3/26/13

Mar 26, 2013

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.

SportsTalk | Thu 3/21/13

Mar 22, 2013

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.

The Higgs boson is confirmed, so what?

Mar 18, 2013
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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.

SportsTalk | Tue 3/12/13

Mar 12, 2013

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.

Current State #38 | March 6, 2013

Mar 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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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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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.

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.

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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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.

SportsTalk | Tue 1/22/13

Jan 22, 2013

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.

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.

SportsTalk | Tue 1/8/12

Jan 8, 2013

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. 

SportsTalk | Fri 12/07/12

Dec 7, 2012

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.

Photo of David Rayl, Director of Choral Programs at MSU's College of Music.
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.

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.

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.

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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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. 

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.

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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