Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
10:50 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Michigan conservatives join conversation on renewable energy

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A new conservative group is hoping to open up the conversation about renewable energy.  The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum is working to increase the state’s investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:49 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Michigan 2014 notable books: Ford, Yoopers and Fidrych

The Library of Michigan
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Each year the Library of Michigan chooses 20 books which feature notable Michigan residents, historical events and Michigan writers. The 2014 Michigan Notable Books List includes works of poetry, memoirs of cities and photographs from around the mitten.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:28 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Mid-Michigan Closing Update

Closings for Tuesday, Jan 7:

ADDISON

BATH COMMUNITY

BRANCH ISD

CACS HEAD START

CAMDEN-FRONTIER

CAPITOL CITY BAPTIST

CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

CHARLOTTE PUBLIC

CHARYL STOCKWELL ACADEMY

CHARYL STOCKWELL PREP. ACADEMY

CLINTON COMMUNITY

COLDWATER COMMUNITY

COLE ACADEMY

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:28 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Current State #226 | January 6, 2014

 

 Today on Current State: Local officials update snow emergency; MSU's G. Robert Vincent Voice Library; and the legacy of Ford’s 'living wage'

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Lansing and East Lansing officials update snow emergency

Over a foot of snow blankets the lawn of the Michigan capitol building.
Credit Joe Linstroth

Residents throughout the state woke up to over a foot of heavy snow, following last nights large storm. Cold temperatures and high winds halted activities throughout mid-Michigan on Monday. 

The mayors of Lansing and East Lansing declared snow emergencies on Sunday, closing all non- essential government facilities. Current State spoke with several local officials for the latest on the snow emergency. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Mon January 6, 2014

A century later: The legacy of Ford’s 'living wage'

Ford assembly line, 1913.
Credit wikamedia commons

On January 5, 1914, Henry Ford introduced a conditional five-dollar a day wage for his assembly line workers. One hundred years later, different people put different spins on the story. Some say it was Henry Ford paying his workers enough to buy the cars they were producing. Some say it was only a move to stop the high levels of worker on the assembly lines.
MSU's John Beck takes a look at the competing narratives and some interesting parallels 100 years on.
  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:25 am
Mon January 6, 2014

MSU voice library houses words of presidents, stars and more

 

MSU's G. Robert Vincent Voice Library houses over 40,000 hours of spoken word recordings. Voices in the collection range from everyday people to cultural and political figures. Over 100,000 voices are captured in the collection, which includes audio dating back to 1888.

Current State's Peter Whorf spoke with John Shaw, supervisor of the Vincent Voice Library. 

 

 

 

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News
10:37 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Mid-Michigan Closings Update

Tuesday Jan 7 School Closings:

Lansing
East Lansing
Okemos
Albion
Marshall
Ovid-Elsie

Closed Monday Jan 6:

Michigan State University
Lansing Community College

Ingham County Offices
State of Michigan Lansing Offices
Eaton County Offices
Lansing City Council
Township Offices of Delhi, Delta, Meridian, Lansing

Radio Made in Michigan
5:57 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Latest School and Community Closings

MSU Closed

LCC Closed

Closings:

ADDISON

ALBION DISTRICT LIBRARY

ALBION PUBLIC

BAKER COLLEGE OF JACKSON

BATH COMMUNITY

BATTLE CREEK

BEGINNINGS CHILD CARE

BELLEVUE COMMUNITY

BRANCH ISD

BRIGHT BEGINNINGS LEARNING CENTER

BRONSON

CACS HEAD START

CAMDEN-FRONTIER

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:16 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

State of Michigan Offices Close

Due to the emergency cold and snow conditions impacting Michigan, and due to the snow emergency declared by Mayor Bernero in the City of Lansing prohibiting non-essential travel on Lansing roads, State of Michigan facilities in the Lansing area (including the Secondary Complex) will only be open for critical functions on Monday, January 6.

Radio Made in Michigan
8:22 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Lansing Declares Snow Emergency

Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

MSU Today | January 5, 2014

L to R: Byrum, Buhler, Schupan, Heinze.
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Radio Made in Michigan
4:39 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Mid-Michigan Closings

ADDISON - Status: CLOSED

ALBION DISTRICT LIBRARY - Status: CLOSED

ALBION DISTRICT LIBRARY - Status: CLOSED

BATH COMMUNITY - Status: CLOSED

BATTLE CREEK - Status: CLOSED

BATTLE CREEK - Status: CLOSED

CAMDEN-FRONTIER - Status: CLOSED

CAPITAL AREA CENTER FOR INDEPENDANT LIVING - Status: CLOSED

CHARYL STOCKWELL ACADEMY - Status: CLOSED

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:31 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Crisis communication expert: BWL manager's NYC trip was 'unwise'

J. Peter Lark, general manager of Lansing Board of Water & Light, vows to remain on the job at a press conference on Jan. 2.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

On Thursday afternoon, J. Peter Lark, the embattled general manager of Lansing’s Board of Water & Light, stated at a press conference that he would remain as the head of the public utility. The announcement came after the Lansing State Journal reported that Mr. Lark was out of town in New York City for the early days of the extended power outage.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:42 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Averill Woods neighbors compile list of questions for city, BWL officials

A broken tree limb downed a power line on the 800 block of North Capitol Ave following an ice storm on Dec. 22.
Credit WKAR/Emanuele Berry

The Lansing Board of Water & Light said on its website yesterday that it has restored power to its entire electric service territory. However, judging by reports and comments on BWL’s Facebook page, there are a number of individual homes and pockets of homes that are still without electricity since a major ice storm hit the region 12 days ago on December 22.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:26 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Spartans outlast Stanford in 100th Rose Bowl

Dream big. That was MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio's simple mantra for his team this season. The Spartan football program's dream was realized last night with its 24-20 victory over Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl.  

We call southern California to recap the game and the atmosphere with Current Sports host Al Martin, Current State host Mark Bashore, and Scott Westerman, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association. 

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New on Saturdays!
8:26 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Primarily Piano | January 4

Sergei Kvitko album art - Of Lands and People Far Away
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NEW! 3pm Saturday Jan. 4 | Primarily Piano is WKAR's newest  music series, dedicated to great keyboard performers and composers.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:12 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Frustrated BWL customers vent, demand answers

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (right) and Peter Lark, general manager of the Board of Water & Light, address Lansing Council members in a special session on Dec. 30 about the extended power outages for BWL customers.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

Last night more than 50 Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) customers who lost power over the last 9 days vented their anger and frustration during a special council session at Lansing City Hall. Residents complained of BWL’s slow response and poor communication. Some who spoke were still without power since an ice storm hit the region on December 22.  There were also calls for resignations, demands of an independent review board, and safety concerns that some said went unaddressed by city and BWL leaders. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Spartans prepare for biggest game in decades

The match up between MSU and Stanford is the 100th Rose Bowl.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

It's been 25 years since the last time the Michigan State Spartans were in the Rose Bowl. Tomorrow they take on Stanford in Pasadena, with tens of thousands of fans in Green and White expected to cheer them on. The two teams, both with strong defenses and ground games, are near mirror images of each other. Current Sports host Al Martin has followed the team to Los Angeles and tells us how the Spartans have been handling the Hollywood hoopla and offers a preview of the game.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:03 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Great Lakes Year in Review: budget woes and Waukesha

Gary Wilson says fighting harmful algae blooms, especially in Lake Erie, is one of the USEPA’s top priorities.
Credit Wikamedia commons

 

Each month we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. This year we’ve covered, diverting water, budget woes, algal blooms and more. Gary joins us to look back at some of the major environmental stories of 2013.

 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:51 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Michigan Power Outage Continues for Thousands

Peter Whorf

As of early Friday afternoon some 64,000 Michigan residents remained without power in the aftermath of an ice storm which struck the state's central lower peninsula early Saturday and Sunday.  More than 600,000 experienced loss of electrical services which has now extended from the Great Lakes state to Canada, upstate New York and into Maine.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:53 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Ice Storm Leaves More Than 370,000 in Michigan Without Power

Peter Whorf

A powerful ice storm swept through the center of Michigan's lower peninsula late Saturday and early Sunday leaving an estimated 373,000 without electrical power.

Consumers Energy estimated 260,000 without power as of midday Monday, with approximately 40,000 without power in the Ingham, Eaton and Clinton county tri-state area.  Full restoration is expected by week's end.

DTE Energy estimated 83,000 without power and 90% restoration by Christmas eve.

Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

MSU Today | December 22, 2013

L to R: Jon Whiting, Tom Izzo, Mark Hollis, Russ White, Lou Anna K. Simon

Tom Izzo talks with his bosses; sustainability and recycling discussion

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Current State #225 | December 20, 2013

Harpist Deidreanna Potter, with violinists Charis Smith and Stephen Smith.
Credit Audrey Bashore

Today on Current State: Gov. Snyder's energy future plan; losing unemployment benefits; "Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie"; the Festival of Trees; a review of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol"; and the MSU Community Music School provides live Christmas music.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Environmental official encouraged by Snyder energy blueprint

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Governor Rick Snyder wants a “no regrets energy future" for Michigan by 2025.  That was how he summarized his administration’s long-awaited energy “blueprint” which was released yesterday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Optimism in the face of lost jobless benefits

Daphne Whitfield is a staff volunteer at Tabernacle of David in Lansing. She's one of nearly 45,000 Michigan residents who will lose their federal unemployment insurance benefit on Dec. 28. Whitfield says she's undeterred by the loss. She's a full-time student and is planning to launch her own clothing business soon.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

The holidays can be a stressful time in and of themselves, but some  Michigan residents are bracing for more difficulty.  About 45,000 people in the state who are currently receiving unemployment insurance through a federal extension program will lose that benefit by the end of the month.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:22 am
Fri December 20, 2013

'Fried Walleye, Cherry Pie': A guide to Midwestern cuisine

Peggy Wolff, editor of 'Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie'.
Credit Peggy Wolff

When we discuss food culture in the U.S. we typically think of the chic restaurants on the East or West coast. But a new book is trying to change the way people understand Midwestern food culture.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:22 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Festival of Trees brightens Old Town, Turner-Dodge

One of the featured trees at last year's Festival of Trees at the Turner-Dodge House in Lansing.
Credit http://www.lansingmi.gov/tdodge

For the second year, the Old Town Festival of Trees takes place at Lansing's historic Turner Dodge House. This year’s event runs through the 29th and features 23 trees decorated by Old Town businesses and neighbors.

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