Radio Made in Michigan

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

Current State #564 | June 26, 2015

Jun 26, 2015

Today on Current State: Marianne Udow-Phillips of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act; the rescue of a woman from a submerged car after this week's Portland tornado; the Michigan National Guard prepares for a nuclear explosion; and Live Music Friday with Joshua Davis.

Current State #563 | June 25, 2015

Jun 25, 2015

Today on Current State: We meet Norm Knappman of Howell, a World War II veteran who has suffered from the effects of being exposed to mustard gas; celebrating the 100th birthday of Detroit civil rights figure Grace Lee Boggs; a new report indicates that Michigan will need to attract more primary care physicians in the future; and MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe remembers the late composer Gunther Schuller. 

Current State #562 | June 24, 2015

Jun 24, 2015

Today on Current State: Ingham County Commissioner Robin Naeyaert and Greater Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Tim Daman discuss the future of the Ingham Health Plan; Neighbors in Action: Paws With a Cause; MSU research into using scrap tire rubber in our roads; and the Purple Rose Theatre of Chelsea brings a preview of their upcoming season to Lansing's Riverwalk Theatre.

Current State #561 | June 23, 2015

Jun 23, 2015

Today on Current State: activists are calling for an anti-corruption ordinance in city of Lansing; Doc Fletcher combines love of kayaking and baseball in new book; a Michigan company turns algae into animal feed to help farmers reduce their use of antibiotics; and the author of a new book about Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds" broadcast says the classic hoax has lessons for the social media age.


Current State #560 | June 22, 2015

Jun 22, 2015

Today on Current State: Michigan State University professor Paul Thompson on the ethics of what we eat; a start-up run by Michigan State University students brings a new treatment for infant jaundice to market; and an East Lansing based company that's shipping Game of Thrones merchandise to fans all over the world. 

MSU Today | June 21, 2015

Jun 21, 2015

A conversation with MSU President Simon, Michigan's water strategy, Michigan Renewable Energy Fair

Current State #559 | June 18, 2015

Jun 18, 2015

Today on Current State: A new report explores reducing Michigan's prison population; pushing more recycling at a state conference; Scott D. Southard reviews "Bright Shards of Someplace Else" by Monica McFawn; a Michigan woman pushes for a meningitis B vaccine after her daughter's death; and Live Music Thursday with "Boogie" Bob Baldori.

Current State #558 | June 17, 2015

Jun 17, 2015

Today on Current State: Michigan's new 30-year water plan; Summer Circle Theatre presents the adult side of Shel Silverstein; preparing high school girls for the college social scene; and Neighbors in Action: St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ Refugee Services.

Current State #557 | June 16, 2015

Jun 16, 2015

Today on Current State: Former congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer on his new effort to fight gerrymandering, Advantage 2020; gold-medal winning gymnast Jordyn Wieber on her decision to retire from competition; Margi Armstrong of Clean Water Action Michigan discusses the Waters of the U.S. rule; and Lansing United soccer coach Eric Rudland.

Current State #556 | June 15, 2015

Jun 15, 2015

Today on Current State: Senators Rick Jones and Curtis Hertel Jr. discuss the possibility of the elimination of Obamacare subsidies; a new mural is going up on the Elderly Instruments building in Old Town Lansing; a long-banned book by Lansing novelist John Herrmann has been published; and the business of drones.

Current State #555 | June 11, 2015

Jun 11, 2015

Today on Current State: Faith-based adoption agencies would be able to deny services to same-sex and unmarried couples under legislation heading to Gov. Snyder's desk; a lab at MSU is keeping an eye on avian flu, canine flu and chronic wasting disease; "Sesame Street" actor Roscoe Orman will visit Lansing-area libraries next week; a study links a common infection with a higher sepsis risk; and "Fat Girl Walking" author Brittany Gibbons.

Current State #554 | June 10, 2015

Jun 10, 2015

Today on Current State: The future of the Ingham Health Plan; the archeological dig at the 300-year-old Michilimackinac; Neighbors in Action: Indigenous Youth Emplowerment Program; and wild plant expert Peter Carrington on what's edible and what isn't.

Current State #553 | June 9, 2015

Jun 9, 2015

Today on Current State: An update on Michigan's M-STEP testing; golfboarding in Ann Arbor; the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program; and Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor.

Current State #552 | June 8, 2015

Jun 8, 2015

Today on Current State: Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse says the city should cut ties with BWL and the City Market; Summer Circle Theatre finds a new space for its new season; a doctor who contracted Lyme Disease offers insight on prevention and treatment of it; and MSU Today's Kirk Heinze talks to Vermont College of Law professor Melissa Scanlan about her proposal for a Great Lakes trail. 

Current State #551 | June 5, 2015

Jun 5, 2015

Today on Current State: Former Lansing Mayor David Hollister, chair of Lansing's Financial Health Team, discusses the idea of selling the Board of Water and Light; Live Music Friday with Nathan Bell; helping kids avoid the "summer slide" now that school is out; and a second Live Music Friday segment with Michaela Anne and the Wild Hearts.

Current State #550 | June 4, 2015

Jun 4, 2015

Today on Current State: A preview of Michigan's summer tourism season; the Lansing Art Gallery's Project Pop Up; Scott D. Southard reviews "Sweet Forgiveness" by Lori Nelson Spielman; a new app from the ACLU of Michigan lets you record encounters with the police; and MSU's bee-palooza.

Current State #549 | June 3, 2015

Jun 3, 2015


  Today on Current State: Michigan House Republican Majority Leader Kevin Cotter joins Mark Bashore and MPRN's Rick Pluta to talk about budget negotiations over education, roads; the Andromeda Community Theatre in Charlotte puts on a production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in the city's historic courthouse; farmers in Michigan are upset with new federal water rules; and our "Neighbors in Action" segment features the Greater Lansing Food Bank's Lansing Roots program.

Current State #548 | June 2, 2015

Jun 2, 2015

Today on Current State: Southwestern Oil Company president Jeff Cook makes the case for fracking; a visit to Mt. Hope Cemetery; the Karner Blue butterfly and climate change; and a preview of summer music festivals in Michigan.

Current State #547 | June 1, 2015

Jun 1, 2015

Today on Current State: The Lansing Regional Brownfields Coalition gets a $500,000 grant for cleanups; MSU Jazz Studies professor Rodney Whitaker remembers trumpet great Marcus Belgrave; AARP Michigan pushes legislation to help caregivers; and Michigan wildflowers.

MSU Today | May 31, 2015

May 31, 2015

Spartan Baseball and Anthony Ianni

Today on Current State: Month in Review for May looks at the state budget, the prevailing wage debate and presidential politics; a startup company bringing broadband to Kent County's Vergennes Township; a mock election in Lansing Saturday is for fun but also sends a message about the importance of voting; talk of raising taxes for road repairs at the Detroit Chamber's Mackinac Conference; and Live Music Friday with Greg Nagy.

Current State #545 | May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015

Today on Current State: both sides of the prevailing wage debate in Michigan; Joshua Davis discusses life after "The Voice"; chronic wasting disease in Michigan deer; and writer Dave Frazier's book “Drafted: Vietnam at War and at Peace.”

Current State #544 | May 27, 2015

May 27, 2015

Today on Current State: The drive to put a fracking ban on the ballot in Michigan; a visit to the former home of Ulysses S. Grant in Detroit; the Battle Creek branch of the Defense Department that oversees the disposal of excess military equipment; and Neighbors in Action: Caring for the Caregivers.

Current State #543 | May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015

Today on Current State: Is Michigan heading to the bottom ten states for achievement?; MSU students lead a study abroad program examining climate change in Fiji; 96- year-old Rudy Aittama wraps up our coverage of MSU’s Living History Project; the MSU Museum's steam tunnel exhibit; and our Great Lakes Month in Review looks at the Enbridge settlement and new regulations on railcars.

MSU Today | May 24, 2015

May 24, 2015

Pure Michigan tourism industry

Two MSU researchers talk about the tourism industry’s importance to Michigan’s economy.  Bill Beekman and Mark Hollis talk with Wharton Center executive director Mike Brand, too.  And we meet Greening of the Great Lakes host Kirk Heinze.

Current State #542 | May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015

Today on Current State: Sen. Gary Peters talks about criminal justice, student debt and President Obama's Pacific Trade measure; Meridian Township starts a youth cricket league; a Public Poetry Announcement with a work written by Anacreon; the executive director of the new Michigan Agency for Energy, Valerie Brader; Scott D. Southard reviews "Above Us Only Sky" by Michele Young-Stone; and Chateau Grand Traverse partners wines with Michigan parks.

Current State #541 | May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015


Current State #540 | May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015

Today on Current State: Rep. Sam Singh on efforts to craft a new plan to repair Michigan roads; MSU football legend Gene Washington is the subject of his daughter's documentary in production; the shrinking alewife population in the Great Lakes; Two Men and a Truck founder Mary Ellen Sheets tells her story to Startup Grind Lansing; and 85-year-old Domingo Berlanga of Flint, this week's subject in MSU's MSU’s Living History Project.

Today in MI History: Bath School Bombing 5-18-1927

May 18, 2015

Decades before the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, CT, the deadliest act of school violence in U.S. history took place in mid-Michigan. 

On May 18, 1927, a disgruntled school board member, Andrew Kehoe, detonated 500 lbs. of explosives he'd hidden in one wing of the Bath Consolidated School in Bath Township.  The blast killed 45 people and injured 58.  Kehoe had also stored another 500 lbs. of dynamite in the school's other wing, which failed to explode.  Kehoe later killed himself and four other people in a truck bomb explosion outside the school.

MSU Today | May 17, 2015

May 18, 2015

The state of recycling in Michigan

Kirk Heinze and his guests talk about the challenges and opportunities facing a recycling initiative in Michigan that's gaining momentum across the state with this Greening of the Great Lakes broadcast from the Michigan Recycling Coalition's annual conference.