Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Thu January 16, 2014

MSU scientist considers perils of a post-antibiotic world

Dr. Christopher Waters
Credit http://www.mmg.msu.edu/

The U. S. Centers for Disease Control has published an assessment of the threat Americans face from antibiotic-resistant germs, and it’s a bit sobering. The report is the first time hard numbers have been reported for deaths and costs related to fighting diseases that no longer respond to antibiotics.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Lansing's Craft & Mason pursues a different type of microbrew

Friends Eric Craft and Jeremy Mason together form Craft & Mason Coffee. They currently roast three types of beans: a coffee called Bodhi Batak from Sumatra, a bean from the La Concordia farm in El Salvador, and a decaf from Colombia.
WKAR/Emanuele Berry

Microbreweries have been popping up all over the state, but what about micro roasters?  Current State’s Emanuele Berry recently took a trip to visit the founders of Craft & Mason Coffee, a new micro roaster in the Lansing area.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:25 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Book Review: Morag Joss' 'Our Picnics in the Sun'

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We live in a loud world. Our movies are loud. Our TV shows are loud, and the commercials are even louder. And sadly now, even our books are loud, filled with as many explosions and gunshots as any blockbuster film could ever hope to have. So in a bombastic world like ours, how does a quiet book like “Our Picnics in the Sun” by Morag Joss find publication?

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Current State #233 | January 15, 2014

Today on Current State: U.S. Senator Carl Levin; an FRIB update; Ingham County housing; the Capitol Area Literacy Coalition; and WKAR-TV's 60th birthday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:46 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Senator Levin talks spending: unemployment insurance, FRIB

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)
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Host Mark Bashore spoke with U.S. Senator Carl Levin about a variety of topics today on Current State. They began with a look at yesterday’s failure to hammer out an extension of benefits for over a million long-term unemployed Americans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

FRIB director responds to clearing latest budget hurdle

An artist's rendering of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at MSU.
Credit http://www.frib.msu.edu/

This week we learned that the new appropriations bill drafted in the U-S Senate includes $55-million to continue the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) project at Michigan State University. The project will feature a large particle collider that smashes subatomic matter together to create elements that scientists say are the building blocks of the universe as we know it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:43 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Hertel Jr. talks housing and Senate

Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr.
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Ingham County officials have announced good news about the area’s housing market. Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. reported that home sales last year were up and that foreclosures were down.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:40 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Capitol Area Literacy Coalition

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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Capitol Area Literacy Coalition.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

WKAR-TV celebrates 60 years

WKAR General Manager Gary Reid and TV Station Manager Susi Elkins.
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Our television colleagues here at WKAR are celebrating a milestone today. Six decades ago today, WKAR-TV went on the air.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:50 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Shooter captures hoops across America

The book also includes stories from top basketball players and coaches. Athletes featured include Lebron James, Pat Summitt and Shaquille O'Neal.
Credit Robin Layton

  

  A new book of photography explores the pastime of basketball at its most basic level - the hoop. The book  “hoop: the american dream” is filled with pictures of baskets from around the U.S.. The books creator, photographer Robin Layton, captures hoops nailed to trees, beneath highway underpasses, and the childhood baskets of various basketball stars. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Layton about creating the book.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Current State #232 | January 14, 2014

Today on Current State: the legacy of Connie Binsfeld; recommendations for Lansing School District buildings; leaking water infrastructure; and comedian Mike Birbiglia.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Remembering former LT Governor Connie Binsfeld

Connie Binsfeld was not an obvious choice for running mate when John Engler picked her in 1991.
Credit Courtesy Michigan Women's Hall of Fame

Connie Binsfeld, who served in the Michigan House and Senate, as well as two terms as lieutenant governor, died Sunday at the age of 89. The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta covered Binsfeld in the State Senate and then as Lieutenant Governor, and Susan Demas, an MLive columnist and publisher of the “Inside Michigan Politics” newsletter also joins us to remember her legacy.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:25 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Lansing schools plan would keep existing HS buildings

The task force recommends Lansing's Eastern High School focuses on medical sciences.
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 Stakeholders in the Lansing School District are weighing in on a new plan to adapt the district’s buildings and properties to the needs of the new century.  

A 14-member Facilities Task Force has been at work since October. Key recommendations in its final report include repurposing a host of district buildings, consideration of a bond proposal to update Pattengill Middle School into a high school, and the sale of more than 100 acres of vacant land.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:13 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Study: U.S. water infrastructure loses billions of gallons daily

Credit Flickr/Kelli BrosnahanAccording to the report, everyday nearly six billion gallons of treated water is lost.Edit | Remove

In the Great Lakes region, we are protective of our water. Concern has been expressed over low lake levels, the amount of water being used for fracking, and diverting water to Waukesha, Wisconsin. But little is known about the loss of treated water in the region.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Comedian Mike Birbiglia 'thanks God for jokes' at Wharton

Mike Birbiglia is also a regular contributor to NPR's 'This American Life.'
Credit Courtesy of Wharton Center

Comedian Mike Birbiglia returns to Wharton Center on Jan. 16. He’s known for his work on “This American Life,” his movie, called “Sleepwalk With Me,” and many more comedy records and appearances. His latest show is called “Thank God For Jokes.”

Current State’s Melissa Benmark speaks with Birbiglia about his new show, his career and his lifelong love of pizza.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Current State #231 | January 13, 2014

Today on Current State: Toronto's ice storm response; Failure:Lab; Spartan Marching Band director John Madden; and winter nature in Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:12 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Toronto's ice storm woes sound familiar

Toronto, like Lansing, was hit hard by the December ice storm.
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On December 22nd, a powerful ice storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers, some for more than a week. Many people without electricity struggled get basic information and to get through to the municipally-owned power company to report outages. Some even took to social media to pick up the slack on their own. We’re not talking about the Lansing-area and Board of Water and Light. We’re talking about Toronto, which was hit by the same ice storm that wreaked havoc on us three weeks ago.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Failure:lab invites public to explore mistakes

One of the early Failure:Lab talks was given by Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe.
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Imagine going up on stage and sharing  your greatest failure with the world. Many people would hesitate to tell such personal stories, but that’s what the creators of the event Failure:Lab are asking people to do.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:03 am
Mon January 13, 2014

MSU marching band director celebrates 25 years with roses

Spartan Marching Band director John Madden.
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Before this month’s Rose Bowl victory, Michigan State University last appeared in Pasadena in 1988, one year before John Madden’s arrival at MSU.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:58 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Outdoor winter fun not far away

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The Great Lakes State celebrates our beautiful outdoors, and outdoor activities year-round.  Current State's Peter Whorf checked in late last week at Meridian Township’s Harris Nature Center to find out about upcoming events.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:00 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Primarily Piano | January 11

This edition of Primarily Piano features 2 concerto recordings -- one with a twist.  First, Nelson Freire plays one of the all-time favorites: Edvard Grieg's a minor Piano Concerto.  Then, it's Anne-Marie McDermott with her new recording of Mozart's 14th with the Calder Quartet accompanying, standing in for the orchestra role as was done in days gone by.  And from the WKAR vinyl archives, we'll share a rare recording by Sergei Prokofiev playing his own music.

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Prokofiev/Suggestion Diabolique/Prokofiev/Angel

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:30 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Current State #230 | January 10, 2014

Today on Current State: the independent review of the Lansing Board of Water and Light; Asian carp; a Lansing Symphony Orchestra preview; and music from the Michigan Jazz Trail.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:24 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Security expert vows prompt, independent review of BWL

Michael C.H. McDaniel will lead a review of the Lansing Board of Water and Light's response to December's widespread power outage.
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A retired military officer and former homeland security official turned Cooley Law School law professor will oversee an independent review of the embattled Lansing Board of Water and Light.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Army Corps report suggests tough choices for Asian carp problem

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Earlier this week, the Army Corps of Engineers released the results of its 18 month study designed to deal with Asian carp in the Chicago waterways system. The study was mandated by Congress as the threat of the invasive species to the Great Lakes ecosystem continues to increase.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:19 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

LSO concert highlights Tchaikovsky's legacy

LSO Music Director and Conductor Timothy Muffitt
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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Saturday night at Wharton center. The program will be mostly Russian ballet music from several eras.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:16 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

CMU jazzmen juggle performance, teaching

Left to right: Bob Lindahl, Jeff Kressler, and John Nichol.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

Today’s Michigan Jazz Trail featured players are all music professors at Central Michigan University: Bob Lindahl on trombone, John Nichol on tenor sax, and Jeff Kressler on keys.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Current State #229 | January 9, 2014

Today on Current State: state legislature preview; MarsOne update; H1N1 outbreak; and switching utilities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Budget surplus, education top 2014 legislative agenda

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The Michigan legislature has begun its election year session. The body will reconsider unfinished business from 2013 including an expansion of the Education Achievement Authority and road funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:07 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Michigan Mars One applicant makes finals

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Last summer hundreds of thousands of people from around the world volunteered to take part in the first human expedition to Mars. The Mars One project provides a one-way ticket to the red planet for four finalists, who will form the first human colony on the planet.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Michigan health officials contend with rise in H1N1 virus cases

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The University of Michigan hospitals and Health Centers have recently had hundreds of people needing emergency treatment for the flu. MLive reporter Amy Biolchini reported that some patients wound up on life support with H1N1, which reached pandemic levels in 2009.

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