Radio Made in Michigan

Radio programming made in Michigan and presented by WKAR at Michigan State University

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Courtesy / James Ehnes

FRI MAY 26 at 10:45AM on 90.5 FM and Classical 24/7 stream | Virtuosic Canadian violinist James Ehnes returns in the first Detroit performances of a concerto by celebrated orchestral and film composer James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games series), and guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru leads Rachmaninoff's romantic Second Symphony.

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Simon Fowler

FRI JUNE 2 at 10:45 AM on 90.5 FM and Classical 24/7 stream | Having just performed its debut with the London Symphony Orchestra to critical acclaim, guest conductor James Gaffigan and violin sensation Nicola Benedetti present a new concerto by jazz phenom Wynton Marsalis! The DSO's incredible 2016-17 Season then comes to a celebratory finale with Tchaikovsky's majestic Fifth Symphony.

Today Marks 90 Years Since Bath School Bombing

May 18, 2017
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Editor's Note:  This story originally aired on WKAR on November 11, 2008 and contains some dated references.

Current State | February 11, 2017

Feb 10, 2017

This week on Current State: Mickey Hirten of Lansing City Pulse; a Poet Laureate for Lansing; BWL tree trimming; a Black History Month look at innovation; the Michigan Film and Digital Media office; reconstructive surgery on a disfigured dog; distracted driving; hydropower; and Anat Cohen.


Current State | February 4, 2017

Feb 3, 2017

Lansing as a sanctuary city, NIA St. Vincent Catholic Charities Refugee Services, Super Bowl ads, human organ trafficking, 75mph speed limit, Off the Record at 45, nursing mother rooms, NSF grant for STEM degrees.


Current State | January 28, 2017

Jan 27, 2017

 January in Review, growing local produce in winter, Broad Art Museum and Flint water, Lansing council VP Carol Wood, remembering Roger Chaffee,  MSU Wind Symphony


Current State | January 21, 2017

Jan 20, 2017

Betsy DeVos nomination for Sec. of Education, Everett HS Band at inauguration, playwright Brian Letscher, energy from motion, and more.


Current State | January 14, 2017

Jan 13, 2017

This week on Current State: WKAR-TV's new 24/7 children's programming channel; Sarah Chang and the Prague Philharmonic come to East Lansing; GM's car sharing project, Maven; WLNS-TV news anchor Jane Aldrich leaves the anchor desk; and live music with the Arlene McDaniel Quartet.


Current State | January 7, 2017

Jan 7, 2017

State infrastructure, substitute teachers, East Lansing Food Co-op closing, printing your own books, Election 2017, Neighbors in Action: Walls of Warmth. 


WKAR director explains radio programming changes

Dec 15, 2016
Susi Elkins photo
WKAR File Photo

WKAR Director of Broadcasting Susi Elkins explains some changes being made to WKAR's radio programming schedule.


Current State #893 | December 14, 2016

Dec 14, 2016

Today on Current State: Retiring Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth; Allan Ross of the Lansing City Pulse discusses Lansing's restaurant scene; Neighbors in Action: Mother Teresa House of Lansing; and reporter Carol Cain describes her recent ride in a driverless car.


Current State #892 | December 13, 2016

Dec 13, 2016

Today on Current State: A new program in Pinckney Community Schools aims to teach high schoolers about cyber security; bluegrass legend Joe Newberry performs in Lansing; Great Lakes Year in Review with reporter Gary Wilson; and WKAR's Jamie Paisley watches movies for 24 straight hours at Butt-Numb-A-Thon.


Current State #891 | December 12, 2016

Dec 12, 2016

Today on Current State: A $10-million gift to the MSU College of Engineering will fund the study of evolution in action; Kevin Massey of the cast of "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder," at the Wharton Center this week; Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager Dick Peffley tells us about replacing the last lead water service line in their system this week; and Current Sports host Al Martin discusses another Detroit Lions victory.


Current State #890 | December 9, 2016

Dec 9, 2016

Today on Current State: State Rep. Sam Singh discusses proposals being considered by the lame duck legislature; the Festival of Trees at Lansing's Turner-Dodge House; and Live Music Friday with Twyla Birdsong.


Current State #889 | December 8, 2016

Dec 8, 2016

Today on Current State: We discuss holiday season grief with Lansing Area Hospice counselor Rev. Kris Abbey and a woman approaching the first anniversary of her husband's death; the Christmas tree business with Mel Koelling of Tannenbaum Farms; coats that convert into sleeping bags for homeless people in Detroit; and a preview of this weekend's Lansing Symphony Holiday Pops concert.


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