Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
12:58 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New dog virus spreads to Michigan, MSU seeks answers

MSU veterinarians say two dogs with circovirus have died. However, they also were infected with other organisms that were more likely to have caused their deaths.
Credit flickr - Olathe Animal Hospital in Olathe, KS

Dog owners in Michigan have a new reason to keep an eye on their pets. Last week, Michigan State University clinicians announced the arrival in Michigan of a virus that can make dogs sick.  The canine circovirus was first identified in California just last April.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Beyond the Edmund Fitzgerald: Museum highlights Great Lakes natural disasters

This survival suit, part of the 'Lake Effects' exhibit at the Michigan Historical Museum, is designed for protection and flotation in frigid waters.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

At the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing, a new exhibit called “Lake Effects” examines the state’s weather history, including the state’s worst natural disasters.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

MSU Today | October 6, 2013

L to R: Simon, Tieman, Hart, Hollis

Michigan International Speedway, Spartan Sports Network, renewable energy, simplifying your life

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Current State #172 | October 4, 2013

Today on Current State: arts education in Lansing Public Schools; the 'Code Michigan' hackfest; Arinko O'Meara completes her walk of every street in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Local arts orgs seek return of certified teachers in Lansing schools

Teacher layoffs in the Lansing public schools have raised concerns among arts educators across the country.
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Last spring, in response to a budget deficit, the Lansing Public School District laid off 87 teachers who were certified to teach art, music and physical education in its elementary schools.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:15 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Michigan hackfest turns state data into useful apps

Civic coding is the act of creating works of software for the purpose of promoting government transparency.
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An event this weekend in Detroit bills itself as “a three-day hackfest aimed at building great apps for the State of Michigan.”  The term “hackfest” may conjure up some negative connotations.  It’s real name –“Code Michigan” -- is a chance for techno geeks to unite for a noble cause.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:08 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Thirty thousand photos and three years later, City Saunter comes to an end

One of Ariniko O’Meara's walks took her along the Grand River in Lansing.
Credit Ariniko O’Meara/http://ariniko.wordpress.com/

Ariniko O’Meara will complete a 500 mile journey tonight. She has spent the past three years walking down every street in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:12 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Current State #171 | October 3, 2013

Today on Current State: count day for public schools; Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps; Voices of Experience with Frank Kelley, Part II; and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's second MasterWorks concert.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:10 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Count Day crucial for public school funding

There are more than 1.5 million public school children in Michigan, a number that’s been steadily decreasing since 2002.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 

School districts across the state of Michigan are doing their arithmetic this week.  Yesterday was the bi-annual “Count Day”.  Districts count the number of students attending school each February and October in order to determine their share of per-pupil state funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps explores new funding

The CCC taught 3 million young, unmarried men how to build and maintain outdoor recreational areas. In turn, it gave them stable employment.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

In 1933, America was in the grip of the Great Depression.  Facing the specter of economic ruin,  President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted a number of federal recovery programs, which came to be known as “Alphabet Soup.”  One of those was the CCC or the Civilian Conservation Corps

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Voices of Experience: 'Eternal General', Frank Kelley Part II

Credit Joe Linstroth

Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s new series, Voices of Experience.   Last week, we launched the feature with the first of a two-part interview with former Michigan Attorney General,” Frank J. Kelley.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:54 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Latest LSO performance features all Russian program

Russian composers often use global influences when composing music, such as Spanish in the case of Prokofiev's violin concerto.
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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s second MasterWorks concert of the season is on Saturday at Wharton Center. It features music of Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov, and the two violin concertos by Prokofiev.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Current State #170 | October 2, 2013

Today on Current State: the local impact of the government shutdown; a documentary about Michigan craft beers; the All of the Above Hip Hop Academy; and WKAR-TV's "Quizbusters" celebrates 25 years on the air.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutdown shockwave ripples through Lansing area's human services

Federal workers protested the government shutdown in Washington on Tuesday.
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As we enter the second day of a partial government shutdown, it’s still uncertain just how much impact this will have across the state and locally. One thing is certain, however.  The longer this continues, the greater the effects will be. More than 40% of the state’s budget comes from the federal government. In the Tri-County area, there are many non-profits and government programs that rely on federal funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:57 am
Wed October 2, 2013

New film chronicles Michigan's craft beer scene

'The Michigan Beer Film' celebrates the artistry of the state's brewers, and captures the challenges they face.
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Michigan has seen tremendous growth in its craft beer industry. That growth is chronicled in the new documentary "The Michigan Beer Film."

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:50 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Neighbors in Action: All of the Above Hip Hop Academy

The All of the Above Hip Hop Academy mentorship program provides the fundamentals of hip hop. Ozay Moore (center) is the academy's director.
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On this week's Neighbors in Action segment we feature the All of the Above Hip Hop Academy.  The organization provides youth the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of hip hop through mentorship, while building a Hip Hop  community in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:47 am
Wed October 2, 2013

QuizBusters celebrates 25th anniversary

A live studio audience enjoyed the recent taping of a celebrity version of 'QuizBusters' at WKAR.
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WKAR TV’S "QuizBusters" celebrates 25 years on the air this year. Since its premiere, the program has been hosted by Matt Ottinger.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:19 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Current State #169 | October 1, 2013

Today on Current State: health care exchanges open for business; climate change and water adaptation; Michigan food hubs; and the troubled life of Motown's first star, Mary Wells.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

New health care exchanges open for business

Don Hazaert, director of Michigan Consumers for Health Care, says he considers Michigan prepared for the new health care exchanges.
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Today is the day that the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, takes effect. There has been an enormous amount of back and forth and controversy over the plan.

Don Hazaert, executive director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, a non-governmental agency whose aim is to inform consumers about their options under the new law, helps us make sense of it all.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:13 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Water security relies on adapting to climate change

While the Great Lakes region is water-rich, the OECD reports suggest that even water wealthy areas should work toward adaptive policies to secure the long-term future.
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According to a new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,  40 percent of the world’s population will live under severe water stress by 2050.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:09 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Michigan food hubs seek to make local food more accessible

'All food hubs are a bit different,' says Rich Pirog, senior associate director of MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems.
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The locavore movement has taken off in the last five years at least. This notion that consuming food that is raised and grown close to where we live was even given a memorable send-up in the hit IFC comedy "Portlandia." 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Book chronicles troubled life of Motown queen Mary Wells

Mary Wells was the first Motown star with a number one hit, the first from the label to be nominated for a Grammy and even considered The Beatles 'Sweetheart.'
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In the early 1960’s, Mary Wells was the "Queen of Motown." But her life was not always so glamorous. She grew up in Detroit,  in the Black Bottom and Cass Corridor neighborhoods, yet she was determined to find a way into the music industry.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Radio Reader: A Curious Man

A Curious Man. Ballantine Books

October 1 - November 5, 2013
A Curious Man by Neal Thompson
Ballentine Books, NY, 2013

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:19 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Current State #168 | September 30, 2013

Today on Current State: September's biggest's stories in review; Michigan's Bureau of Services for Blind Persons; and a biography of the young Gerald Ford.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Month in Review: September 2013 | WKAR

On the last weekday of each month, Current State looks back on the biggest news stories around Michigan with a panel of journalists. Tim Skubick of WKAR-TV and Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network join Current State to discuss the Michigan GOP establishment pushback against the Tea Party, common core education standards, the possible federal government shutdown, and more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Revamped state agency seeks to improve services for the blind

Braille reading materials are among the services provided by the Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons.
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Very few of the books published every year come out in a version that is accessible to the millions of people who are visually impaired. Earlier this year,  a treaty to address the problem was finalized. It's called "The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.”

What sorts of books and services are available to Michigan’s blind and visually impaired residents?

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:15 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Biography explores Gerald Ford's early years

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Grand Rapids includes an exhibit on Ford's early years.
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Gerald Ford was the only President who came from Michigan. Biographer Rick Boorem focuses on a time of President Ford’s life far removed from the pressures of the Presidency.  His book is called ‘Young Jerry Ford, Athlete and Citizen.’

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

MSU Today | September 29, 2013

L to R: President Simon, Dr. Kaufman, AD Hollis

concussions and head injuries, fall lawn care tips,

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:59 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

A recap of Current State's top stories from the week of Sept. 23

This week on Current State: the impact of the tea party on conservative values in Michigan, Port Huron's exporting relationship with Canada, a perspective on Iran's new President, and a celebration of banned books. See below for the full stories.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Current State #168 | September 27, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan Transportation Odyssey; the 40th anniversary of Pinochet's rise to power in Chile; musician Jon Brooks; comedian Tom Green; and film depictions of Detroit.

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