Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
11:34 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Columnist Susan Demas takes over Capitol newsletter

Columnist Susan Demas is taking over publication of 'Inside Michigan Politics'.
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There’s been a change at the top of an established Michigan political publication. Since he founded it in 1987, Bill Ballenger has been the publisher and editor of "Inside Michigan Politics."

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:30 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Recapping a big weekend in Michigan sports

Al Martin hosts 'Current Sports' on WKAR-AM and 'Current Sports TV' on WKAR-TV.
Credit Credit Stacy Landry / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State's football team put up big numbers on offense during Saturday's homecoming victory over Indiana. The Spartans next host Purdue. In baseball, the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox are tied a 1-1 in the American League Championship Series.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

MSU Today | October 13, 2013

Tom Emmerich, WJR's Paul W. Smith, Kirk Heinze

Michigan's apple crop; LED lights in Munn Arena, bottle deposit law, university research

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

Current State #177 | October 11, 2013

Today on Current State: National Coming Out Day; comic book writer Geoff Johns; and Airstream owners gather in Eaton Rapids.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:07 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Newly out MSU freshman shares his experience

MSU LGBT Resource Center director Deanna Hurlbert, with MSU freshman Ian Jacobs. Jacobs recently came out as gay.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Today marks the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. The  day not only celebrates members of the LGBT community who publicly disclosed their sexuality, but it also brings attention to the challenges still facing  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Comic innovator makes superheroes more human

Comic book writer Geoff Johns graduated from MSU. He's known for revamping the image of the Aquaman character.
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Comic book writer Geoff Johns did what many thought impossible. He made Aquaman cool, a feat that only a Spartan could achieve.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:02 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Close encounters of the Airstream kind in Eaton Rapids

Dave Schuman of Airstream brought this Bunkhouse model to Urban Air in Eaton Rapids.
WKAR/Scott Pohl

Recreational vehicles come in all sorts of sizes and shapes, but of all the RV’s out there, none is as easily recognizable as the Airstream. Always metallic silver, an Airstream looks a lot like an airplane without wings.

Airstream lovers from across the country are converging on Eaton Rapids for a weekend gathering called Urban Air. Main Street will be filled with Airstreams, and visitors will be able to check them out and meet their owners.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Current State #176 | October 10, 2013

Today on Current State: Gov. Rick Snyder on Detroit's bankruptcy; political polling; and a new book about the link between Detroit and the U.S. Nazi movement in the past.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:48 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Under oath, governor responds to union’s Detroit bankruptcy questions

Gov. Snyder was expected to be asked, among other things, why he did not prohibit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr from exempting pensions from cuts in addressing Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
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For three hours yesterday, attorneys representing influential Michigan labor unions and others had a chance to question Gov. Rick Snyder under oath about events leading up to his July decision to authorize bankruptcy for the city of Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Researcher explains intricacies of political polling

Polling expert Paul Lavrakas says people are greatly interested in political polls, though they won't always admit it.
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Much of the news coverage of American politics these days centers on the horse race results of polls. Who’s ahead? Who’s behind? Is this candidate or that issue trending up or down in popularity? But what does that sort of coverage really tell us? How can we be assured of the accuracy of a particular poll? And what has modern technology done to how this information is gathered and compiled?

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:27 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Book explores Detroit connection to U.S. Nazi past

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Author Arnie Bernstein has published a new book about the rise of an American Nazi movement in the 1930s, which had strong ties to the city of Detroit. It’s called “Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:09 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Current State #175 | October 9, 2013

Today on Current State: public-private partnerships in Michigan; the Kettering University-Flint partnership; and Volunteers of America.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:06 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Public-private partnerships in Michigan pose opportunities, challenges

The MSU Center for Community and Economic Development is on East Michigan Avenue in Lansing.
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A few weeks ago on Current State, we told you about something brand new in Michigan: social impact bonds.  They’re part of a budding effort to solve public problems using private investor capital.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:04 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Kettering University takes active role in Flint's rebirth

Kettering University in Flint
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There's an interesting public-private partnership happening in Flint. Kettering University, the private science and engineering school, has been taking a more active role in the community.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:58 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Volunteers of America Lansing

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie (right) recently joined VOA VP Patrick Patterson, committee chairman Kevin McGraw and honoree Fr. Jake Foglio at an event honoring veterans.
Credit www.voami.org

On this week's Neighbors in Action segment we feature the Volunteers of America in Lansing, which offers a wide array of programs and serves more than 4,000 people each year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:13 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Current State #174 | October 8, 2013

Today on Current State: MSU faculty on classroom transparency after Penn affair; interactive online game to learn Chinese; and concerns about the possible storage of Canadian nuclear waste near the Great Lakes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:09 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

After Penn affair, MSU considers classroom transparency

English professor William Penn’s remarks on Republicans went viral, such as a comment that he considers Republicans to be 'cheap'.
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At the beginning of the academic semester this fall, a Michigan State University professor became the focus of controversy over a video recorded in his classroom.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Local entrepreneur seeks to grow online Chinese language game


Have you ever considered learning all about another country?  Say, China? A local electronic game developer may have just the ticket for you.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

State Sen. concerned about nuclear waste site near Lake Huron

Ontario Power Generation has plans to store 200,000 cubic meters of low and mid grade radioactive waste in an underground limestone cavern off the shore of Lake Huron.
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Ontario Power Generation plans to store radioactive waste in an underground cavern near Lake Huron. The storage site’s proximity to the lake has raised concern across the Great Lakes basin.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:04 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Current State #173 | October 7, 2013

Today on Current State: mental health care; a new virus makes dogs sick; and the "Lake Effects" exhibit at the Michigan Historical Museum.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Earley says lock-up more common than treatment for many with mentally illness

Pete Earley was a 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist for 'Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness'.
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Across the nation, more and more people who are suffering from a severe mental illness are likely to wind up in prison than in a treatment facility. Here in Michigan, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, estimates that more than four times the number of people with mental illnesses are in prisons than in hospitals.

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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.
Credit flickr - freefotouk

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.
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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.
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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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