Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
11:25 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Jeffries reflects on Lansing council tenure

Brian Jeffries
Credit http://www.lansingmi.gov/

The Lansing city council begins its 2014 term in three weeks, and for the first time in more than a decade, it will not include at large councilman Brian  Jeffries. Jeffries served 11 years on the council until he was defeated last month by political newcomer Judi Brown Clarke.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Lansing zoo plays role in saving endangered toad

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The Puerto Rican crested toad is endangered. At Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo, officials are involved in a project to help save the toad from extinction. The Puerto Rican crested toad is a native species of toad that cannot be found anywhere else.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

MSU Today | December 15, 2013

Russ White

MSU Product Center, our energy future, WKAR's Peter Whorf, Senator Stabenow

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:28 am
Sat December 14, 2013

'Medora,' captures small town struggles through basketball

Thursday evening, WKAR’s Community Cinema event will feature a preview of the film “Medora.” The documentary tells the story of a struggling Indiana basketball team.  Emanuele Berry spoke with Davy Rothbart, one of the film's co-producers, and Dylan McSoley, a former Medora High School basketball player who is featured in the film.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:53 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Current State #220 | December 13,2013

Today on Current State: enrolling for health coverage; theatre organ; the Sandy Hook shootings anniversary; survivors of violence; and the Acoustic Guitar Project.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Enroll America, Ingham County step up health care outreach

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By virtually all accounts, the roll out of the Affordable Care Act has been shaky at best. The website, healthcare.gov, was virtually unusable for October and into November. But lately, reports are showing that the website’s improved considerably and, correspondingly, the number of people signing up for the health care exchanges is growing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:50 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Lansing Theatre organ pipes up

Lansing Theater Organ president Scott Smith will provide the musical accompaniment this Sunday to Laurel and Hardy's 1929 film, 'Big Business.' The concert will be at the Grand Ledge Opera House.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

At the boom of the silent film era a century ago, theater organs were a mainstay in movie houses across the country.  Lansing had its own such place, the Michigan Theater.  It closed more than three decades ago, but the original 1928 concert organ still exists.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Mid-Michigan moms remember Sandy Hook tragedy

Ceremonies like this one last year at the University of Michigan were held across the country to remember the victims at Newtown.
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Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A year ago, a gunman broke into the school in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 20 children and 6 adults.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:42 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Expert: Commemorations helpful for survivors of violence

Dr. Frank Ochberg is an expert on the effects of violence and trauma.
Credit http://msutoday.msu.edu/

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut happened a year ago tomorrow. Remembrances are flooding the airwaves, but Newtown officials have asked the media to stay away during this painful time for the families.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:40 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Traveling guitar project picks up Detroit musicians

Greater Alexander performed live in Studio S today. He's one of the musicians in the Acoustic Guitar Project.
Credit Emanuele Berry/WKAR

People around the world strum away at guitars on a daily basis, maneuvering their language, voices and notes into spellbindings sounds. The Acoustic Guitar Project is all about trying to create and capture those moments.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:14 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Jazzy Little Christmas | MSU Faculty Recital Series

8pm Sat.  Dec. 14 on 90.5 | Live broadcast from Fairchild Theatre at Michigan State hosted by WKAR's Peter Whorf.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:13 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Current State #219 | December 12, 2013

Today on Current State: Right to Work one year later; a review of Wally Lamb's latest novel "We Are Water";  a local start-up competition for $10,000 in seed money; and Lansing Marathon organizer goes global. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:58 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Right to Work, one year later

The Capitol lawn after the Right to Work protests on December 12, 2012.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

  It’s now been a year since Michigan’s controversial right-to-work measure was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder.  The law, which formally took effect last March, made it illegal to require that employees join a union as a condition of employment.

    Right-to-work triggered a stormy, sometimes violent, debate. Supporters called it an issue of worker freedom and a job creator. Opponents complained it was a flagrant attempt to undercut the power of unions and the working people who belong to them.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:39 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Book Review: Wally Lamb's 'We Are Water'

Do you remember 2009?

Barack Obama was just elected, those on the left were ecstatic, the right was growing in anger, everyone was concerned about the financial crisis, avatars and transformers were in the movie theaters, and everyone was listening to Beyonce.

Author Wally Lamb hasn’t forgotten that lost year and tries to capture the essence and feeling of the country during 2009 in his new book, “We Are Water.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:35 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

LAUNCHED celebrates local entrepreneurs

East Lansing's Technology Innovation Center is just one place where new business ideas are nurtured in the Lansing region.
Credit Courtesy of the Technology Innovation Center

 There’s been a lot of attention devoted to the start-up scene in the Lansing area over the last few years. New ideas and talent have been welcomed and nurtured at incubators like Lansing’s NEO Center and East Lansing’s Technology Innovation Center, or TIC. Early next year, The Runway, an incubator for fashion designers, opens in the old Knapps Department store building downtown.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:16 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

From Lansing to Kenya, marathon organizer extends reach

Owen Anderson (center) with an Orma family in Kenya's Kipao village.
Credit Courtesy of Lansing Moves the World

Organizers of the Lansing Marathon are already preparing for the third installment of the race next May. Along with the marathon, there will be a 5K race, a 1.5K race for kids, and a half-marathon.

Additionally, marathon officials have announced the Lansing Marathon Race Series leading up to the marathon. Each race will incorporate a unique part of the Lansing area, starting with the Old Town New Year 5K on New Year’s Eve.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:30 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Current State #218 | December 11, 2013

Today on Current State: abortion legislation; state House democratic leader Tim Greimel; GM's new boss; East Lansing Rotary; and a time capsule in Grand Ledge.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Legislature's stare down with Right to Life a rarity

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The state Legislature is in its final week of voting before it adjourns for the year. One of the big questions is whether lawmakers will cast votes on a controversial anti-abortion issue this year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Wed December 11, 2013

House Dem leader Greimel on year-end legislative push

Tim Greimel leads Democrats in the state House.
Credit http://029.housedems.com/

The last day of the Michigan legislature’s 2013 session is scheduled to be tomorrow.  That’s ramped up efforts by majority Republicans to pass several proposals generating a lot of debate.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:20 am
Wed December 11, 2013

GM’s first female CEO could face a call for employee raises

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Yesterday, General Motors announced Mary Barra would become the company's next CEO. Barra is the first female CEO of a major U.S. auto company.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:11 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Neighbors in Action: East Lansing Rotary Club

The East Lansing Rotary is working with the city of East Lansing to replace the wooden playground structure at East Lansing’s Patriarche Park.
Credit http://www.eastlansingrotaryclub.com/

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where Current State features people and organizations working to make the Greater Lansing community a better place. This week, we feature the East Lansing Rotary.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:07 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Grand Ledge church looks to solve time capsule mystery

Earlier this year, members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Grand Ledge opened a century-old time capsule. A package, likely containing letters and photographs, was found inside the copper box and marked for the descendants of Rev. J.E. Foote, whom the church has yet to identify.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

Earlier this year, as part of its centennial celebration, members of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Grand Ledge removed a time capsule that had been placed in the cornerstone all the way back in 1912.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:41 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Current State #217 | December 10, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan's transportation priorities; back yard beekeeping; drinking water quality; and American impressionist art.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Tue December 10, 2013

MI policy group reviews year in transportation

Trans4M supports statewide investment in non-motorized transportation and helps local governments implement Complete Streets policies.
Credit http://trans4m.org/

Listening to Michigan’s elected officials, it might be easy to assume that the only transportation issue facing the state is road funding.   Indeed, there is agreement that road funding is particularly important, but it’s just one of several  priorities for Trans4M, or "Transportation for Michigan".

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Bee trends: Populations down, interest up?

Beekeeping is a growing pursuit in Michigan.
Credit Flickr - Bright Beehive

With the start of Michigan’s sometimes eternal-seeming winter, many of us may be taking refuge in seed catalogs or planning for next summer’s gardens. There's something else you might see in an increasing number of yards: hives of bees.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:31 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Campaign targets pollution in local watershed

Credit http://www.pollutionisntpretty.org/

It’s safe to say most of us take for granted that when we turn on our faucets, clean water comes out.  But where does our drinking water come from? How clean is it? And how much responsibility do we, as individuals, have to ensure that our water stays clean?

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:28 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Jackson museum explores American impressionism

MSU Art and Art History assistant professor Laura Smith considers 'On Grand River' by Frank Weston Benson.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Say “impressionist art” and you’re likely to think of the Europeans like Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, and Cezanne. But a number of American artists fit in that category, too. In Jackson, the Ella Sharp Museum has opened an exhibition called “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony”. It’s on loan from the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:59 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

The Longest Ride | Radio Reader

Ballentine Books, NY, 2013

Airs December 9, 2013 - January 7, 2014
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Ballentine Books, NY, 2013

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:06 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Current State #216 | December 9, 2013

Today on Current State: campaign finance and education reforms in Michigan; country music in Detroit; remembering the tragic Italian Hall fire; Chinese student business owners; and MSU football heads to the Rose Bowl.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:02 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

State Rep. Lyons weighs in on campaign finance, education reforms

Lisa Posthumus Lyons represents Michigan's 86th district.
Credit http://gophouse.org/

With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative session, the Michigan House is working its way through a cluster of controversial proposals. One package of bills calls for significant education reforms, including a plan to hold back Michigan third graders who aren’t reading at that level.  Another would impose a letter grading system on school districts statewide. Another addresses the regulation of so-called “issue ads.”

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