Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Month in Review: August 2013

With the end of the month, we take some time to review the month’s most impactful Michigan news stories. Tim Skubick, the host of WKAR-TV’s ‘Off the Record”, Zach Gorchow, editor for Gongwer News Michigan and Kathleen Gray, who covers the state capitol for the Detroit Free Press, came into our studios to discuss the issues that made news in August.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Chicago-based group uses humor to train Lansing teachers

  

For over 30 years, a unique troupe of American performers has taken to stages across America—and around the world—targeting a particular audience.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:36 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Book Review: 200th Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice

Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, once wrote, “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” The her in that sentence is, of course, author Jane Austen.  

This wasn't the only time Twain complained about Miss Austen. Here is another gem: “It seems a great pity that they allowed her to die a natural death.”

Now, I don’t normally disagree with Mr. Clemens, but here, I have to take an exception.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:35 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Michigan railroads crucial to state; conference meets to discuss challenges

Railroads in Michigan are critical for the transportation of agriculture commodities out of the state.
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Michigan railroads employ thousands of workers, maintain thousands of miles of track, move millions of tons freight, and generate billions of dollars. The system’s health is crucial to commerce in the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Film Commentary with Jeffrey Wray: End of the World films

"The question is why such movies now?" Jeffrey Wray said in regard to the End of the World movie theme of the summer, "Can films be read like tea leaves or fossilized bones? Are they stealth clues to the period or hard indicators of collective angst of our time...or any time?"
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As the summer comes to a close, so do this season’s apocalyptic films. Current State contributor, MSU professor and filmmaker Jeffrey Wray offers this commentary on the end of the world through cinema.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Current State #147 | August 28, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan Senate votes on Medicaid; Lansing delegation attends 50th anniversary of March on Washington; Dr. Lee June remembers Civil Rights Era; the legacy of Malcolm X in Lansing and our Neighbors in Action segment features Gateway Community Services.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Michigan was first state to mandate civil rights commission in its constitution

Michigan Department of Civil Rights interim director Leslee Fritz stands outside the Jenison Field House at Michigan State University. The building was the site of the "Game of Change." On March 15, 1963, an integrated team from Loyola University defeated an all-white squad from Mississippi State University. The Mississippi team left their state in secret, in defiance of the governor and legislature.
Credit Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The year 1963 was a pivotal one for civil rights in America.  There was the March on Washington, the murder of activist Medgar Evers and the forced integration of the University of Alabama. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:53 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

MPRN’s Rick Pluta Updates Senate Medicaid Decision

The plan Michigan lawmakers approved will provide Medicaid health care coverage to 470,000 low-income residents.
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A controversial measure that would expand Medicaid health coverage to more than 400-thousand Michigan citizens passed the state Senate last night.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:52 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Impact of Malcolm X in Lansing, his hometown

Dennis Burnside co-founded the X Foundation, the group which successfully pushed for Main Street in Lansing to be re-named for Malcolm X. Lansing and New York City are the only two known cities in which streets named for Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. intersect.
Credit Kevin Lavery / WKAR

 

 

The March on Washington in August 1963 was one of the largest mass protests ever held in the U.S.  Its physical and spiritual leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., based his entire campaign on nonviolent resistance.  But his strategy was not endorsed by everyone.  Another giant of the civil rights era had other ideas about the African-American struggle.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:51 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Lansing delegation attends 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

The 1963 march was organized under the themes of freedom and jobs.
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The eyes of the world are on Washington, D.C. today, as hundreds of thousands of people are expected in the nation’s capital to observe the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  In many ways, the 1963 rally was the high water mark of the civil rights era and the stuff of legend.  Nearly a quarter of a million people jammed the National Mall to hear a rising Georgia preacher lay out his vision for a more just and equal world.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:49 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Dr. Lee June recalls Civil Rights Era

Dr. Lee June attended Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in the early 1960's. He's visiting Washington this week as a member of the Lansing area Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission.
Credit Courtesy Michigan State University

 

In August of 1963, Lee June was a young college student.  He was working in New Jersey that summer, though he attended one of the nation’s most prestigious historically black colleges in the South.  Rather than attend the march, June instead came back to school.  

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Gateway Community Services

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Each Wednesday we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week's Neighbors in Action segment  features Gateway Community Services, which has offered a wide array of services for the tri-county area’s at-risk youth for more than 40 years. 

Gateway street outreach program manager Jennifer Cousineau and executive director Mark Morton join us to talk about their programs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:57 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Current State #146 | August 27, 2013

Today on Current State: new proposal to evaluate Michigan teachers effectiveness; book about living with Muscular Dystrophy; Detroit's Water Renaissance series; Detroit's current environmental initiatives; and MSU student on "Americas Got Talent."

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:51 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Evaluating teacher effectiveness in Michigan

Under the new proposal from Michigan's Council for Educator Effectiveness, teachers' jobs will depend on evaluations and test scores.
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In two weeks, Michigan legislators will begin hearings on how to improve teacher evaluations in the state.  They’ll consider a new plan submitted recently by the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness.  That's an independent body created by Governor Rick Snyder and the legislature two years ago after the passage of teacher tenure reform in Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Local author on living with Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy is a disease that weakens the musculoskeletal system.
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Labor Day is next Monday, and with it, the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Over the years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised for research, and to help people like Mo Gerhardt live life with Muscular Dystrophy to the fullest.

Gerhardt is the author of “Perspective From An Electric Chair.” The book chronicles his childhood, his diagnosis at the age of 8, and how he’s coped with the disease.

He talked about his life, and his book, with Current State’s Scott Pohl. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Detroit's Water Renaissance: Rediscovering Detroit's lost waterways

A line of grates cover the outflow of Savoyard Creek. Before it was encased in pipes, the creek was navigable and used to carry building materials to the city center.
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Water attracted the early settlers of Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.

Join us over these next five weeks, as our regular Tuesday Knight segment will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with Detroit’s waterfront through our series "Detroit's Water Renaissance."

Our first story goes back to the days before industrialization, when the city of Detroit was a maze of fresh waterways.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Tackling environmental issues crucial for Detroit's success

The report focuses on air and water quality issues, transportation, health and land use.
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This summer a coalition of Detroit based organization released the Detroit Environmental Agenda. The two-year project addresses improving quality of life through improving the environment. Guy Williams, President of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice joins Current State to discuss the report his organization helped compile. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:11 am
Tue August 27, 2013

MSU student features Rube Goldberg machines on America's Got Talent

 

 

Michigan native and MSU student, Steve Price, showed his unique abilities on this season of "America’s Got Talent." Steve builds Rube Goldberg machines, complicated contraptions that use dominos, tubes, ping pong balls and various materials to complete a simple task. The America’s Got Talent judges were impressed. Price’s invention took him all the way to the quarterfinals. Price explains why he decided to share his talent on national television.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:56 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Current State #145 | August 26, 2013

Today on Current State: a film about keeping GM in Lansing; East Lansing  developer converts a hotel into student housing;  MSU's neighborhood campus system; a new study on the relationship between HIV-infected children and their caregivers; residents concerned over South Lansing river trail extension; and Batman comes to East Lansing.   

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

‘Keep GM’ documentary in the works

The Oldsmobile Alero was the last car the Detroit automaker planned to send to Lansing to build
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If you lived in the Lansing area in the second half of the 90's, you probably remember billboards and bumper stickers shouting "Lansing Works" and "Keep GM."  It was part of an aggressive campaign to persuade General Motors from cutting back, and possibly ceasing operations in Lansing.  Up to 7,000 jobs in the city were at risk.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:44 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Developers fill housing need, while MSU builds neighborhoods on campus

MSU has one of the largest residence hall systems in the country. The neighborhood system was implemented to create a sense of 'home' on campus.
Credit Courtesy of MSU

  The fall semester here at Michigan State University begins on Wednesday.  Hundreds of new and returning students are completing their moves into residence halls and transitional housing units.  Not far from the campus, a new housing development is in the works.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:39 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Children with HIV benefit from trained caregivers

A new study on the relationship between HIV-infected children and their caregivers is showing some remarkable benefits for both groups. MSU researcher Michael Boivin and colleagues recently published the findings in The Journal of Pediatrics. 

Radio Made in Michigan
1:35 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Some residents concerned over South Lansing river trail extension

The Pathway would add more than five miles to the existing network of nonmotorized trails.
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Tonight, the Lansing City Council could move forward with a plan that would add five-miles to the city’s river trail.

The body will vote on a proposal to provide city funding for most of the “South Lansing Pathway.” That’s three sections of new biking and walking paths that would stretch from Cavanaugh Road to Waverly Road.  

Federal dollars would pay for about 80 percent of the project’s construction costs.  Tonight’s council action could green light the city’s share of funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

MSU Today | August 25, 2013

L to R: Bograkos, Duckett, Hutson

The Spartan Dawgs on lessons learned as MSU athletes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:54 am
Tue August 20, 2013

'The Way North' a budding Upper Peninsula literary tradition

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not known for it’s great literary figures, but a new anthology is trying to change that. " The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works" is filled with poems and short stories shaped by the U.P.'s culture and landscape. Ron Riekki, the anthologies editor, says he cannot escape his U.P. roots.


 


 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:16 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Jones Soda honors Michigan with new line

 

Credit Courtesy of Jones SodaMichigan was one of the strongest markets for Jones Soda after its founding.Edit | Remove

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:51 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Current State | August 20, 2013

Today on Current State:  Plastic pollution in the Great Lakes;  the MSU surplus store; a look at the book "Do Nothing! How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader;" and the connection between Cuba and American baseball. 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:50 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Current State | August 23, 2013

Today on Current State: we discuss "The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych;" the good and bad of the Detroit Lions' draft choices; Tiger legend Hank Greenberg fought off pitches and anti-semitism; and Senior Vice President and General Manager at FOX Sports South,  Jeff Genthner.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Current State | August 22, 2013

Today on Current State: The future of the U.S. nuclear arsenal; MSU women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant on life, leadership; Stephen Esquith, Dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities discusses the culturally rich West African country of Mali; and the growing problem of electronic waste. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:46 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Current State | August 21, 2013

Today on Current State:  Message in a bottle found near Harsens Island; research points to potential source of mental disorders' symptoms; and Lansing's Habitat for Humanity. 

   

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