After what was one of the hottest and dryest summers the United States has experienced in many years, the topic of Ken Burns' new film The Dust Bowl took on particular relevance. Seventy-nine guests gathered for An Evening at WKAR on November 15 to see a preview of the film and hear a talk about its implications from Sandra Clark.
WKAR was pleased to welcome IRA expert Ed Slott, host of Ed Slott's Retirement Rescue and other public television specials, to the station on October 16.
Guests attending not only had quality time with Ed Slott but also had the opportunity to see a live taping of QuizBusters, tour the set of Off the Record and get a first-hand look at what a green screen is like in the studio and what it looks like after it is used to create a virtual set.
Approximately 60 community members attended WKAR's Community Cinema screening of "As Goes Janesville" on October 18, and engaged in a discussion with four guests who addressed the similarities and differences of the issues presented in the film and those in Lansing when the General Motors plant threatened to close.
The Independent Lens film followed the events in Janesville, Wisconsin after the city's GM plant closed. Lansing faced this situation as well, but the GM plant in Lansing remained open, if reduced in scope.
If the attendance at "An Evening at WKAR" was any indication, "big science" is a big interest for WKAR fans. More than 230 people, coming from as far as Novi, crowded the Communication Arts & Sciences auditorium on July 30 to get a sneak preview of The Small Matter of Big Science and hear remarks by Konrad Gelbke and Douglas Gage.
Gelbke, director of Michigan State University's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, is also featured in the documentary, which airs Wednesday, August 1, at 8 p.m., on WKAR-TV.