Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
3:22 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

A chat with local folk aficionado Bob Blackman

Bob Blackman (right) hosted "The Folk Tradition" on WKAR for nearly three decades.
Credit Peter Whorf / WKAR

Bob Blackman's name is virtually synonymous with folk music in mid-Michigan.  He's  been associated with the Great Lakes Folk Festival for many, many years.  He’s a fixture with Elderly Instruments in Lansing, a real center of folk music in this community.  Many people in our audience remember him as a part of the WKAR family.  Bob Blackman hosted “The Folk Tradition” on WKAR for nearly 30 years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:22 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project raises funds for Ugandan village

Jackson Kaguri was honored in 2012 as a "CNN Hero." He's the founder of the Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project which helps children in Uganda.
Credit Jackson Kaguri

One of the vendors at the Great Lakes Folk Festival is the Nyaka AIDS Orphans project.  The organization offers paper-bead necklaces and traditional baskets from Uganda. The artists who created them are grandmothers in Nyaka who use the income to support the families affected by the disease.

Jackson Kaguri is the founder of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans project. He was a CNN Hero last year, was featured in Time Magazine in 2010, and is the author of the book, “The Price of Stones,” about building a school for AIDS orphans  in his village in Uganda.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:21 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Hmong folk singer Mai Zong Vue brings her traditional music to folk festival

Current State's Mark Bashore speaks with Hmong folk singer Mai Zong Vue about her performance at the 2013 Great Lakes Folk Festival.
Credit Peter Whorf / WKAR

Hmong folk singer Mai Zong Vue travels to the Great Lakes Folk Festival from Wisconsin.  She spoke with Current State's Mark Bashore about the music of her homeland.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

MSU Today | August 11, 2013

L to R: Bograkos, Duckett, Flowers, Hutson

Spartan Dawgs with Little John Flowers and Jason Colthorp

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:15 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

WKAR at World Tournament of Historic Baseball

Greenfield Village "La-Dee-Dahs" take in a game
Peter Whorf

This coming week, Current State takes you to this year's World Tournament of Historic Baseball at Greenfield Village.  Teams from around the Great Lakes region and beyond squared off this weekend for 19th century baseball supremacy.   Tune in for the sounds of the games, cheering crowds, brass bands, steam trains and more.  Plus, an inside look at 19th century baseball from one of the members of the Saginaw Old Golds - 2012's championship squad   The historic baseball season continues throughout Michigan into the fall...

Radio Made in Michigan
4:19 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

A recap of Current State's top stories from the last two weeks

Here's a review the top stories on Current State from the past two weeks:  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:12 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Current State #139 | August 8, 2013

Today on Current State: low voter turnout in Lansing; Medicaid reimbursement; climate change and violence; and musician Lee Murdock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope seeks higher voter turnout

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope
Credit Courtesy/City of Lansing

Tuesday was primary election day in Lansing.

Voters decided Mayoral and city council candidates for November’s general election.  In Haslett, voters approved a $10-million sinking fund for school building maintenance.

A predictable feature of many primaries is low voter turnout.  Tuesday in Lansing was no exception.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:08 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

How will the Affordable Care Act affect Michigan's medical providers?

Credit Flickr/surroundsound5000

The Affordable Care Act, often known as Obamacare, is well underway across the USA.

In Michigan, debate continues over expanding Medicaid coverage to thousands more people.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:04 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

The link between climate change and violence

Solomon M. Hsiang is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley
Credit Courtesy/Solomon M. Hsiang

On June 25, President Obama released a comprehensive plan to fight climate change.

The plan pointed out that last year was the warmest year on record for our country. While the efforts to fight against climate change continues, researchers seem to have found another reason to prevent climate change: violence.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Musician Lee Murdock heading to the Great Lakes Folk Festival

Lee Murdock will be at the Great Lakes Folk Festival in East Lansing this weekend.
Credit Courtesy/Lee Murdock

The Great Lakes Folk Festival starts Friday night in East Lansing.

This long-time mid-Michigan event features traditional arts, dance, culture and music from around the world. WKAR’s Current State will broadcast live from the festival Friday at 6 p.m.

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:56 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Living History aboard the USS Silversides

Garry McKeen shows us the Silverside's forward torpedo room
Peter Whorf

As part of Current State's ongoing coverage of Michigan culture and history, we've been exploring a number of the fascinating  year-round and seasonal events and exhibits across the Great Lakes.  Join us next week in Muskegon, Michigan as we explore the USS Silversides Submarine Museum at its beautiful Lake Michigan location.  You'll hear the remarkable docent (and fellow former Chicagoan) Garry McKeen with moving and personal stories of the all-volunteer submariners who served aboard the Silversides beginning just eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:38 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Current State # 138 | August 7, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing city council candidates O'Dell and Canfora; baby-boomer suicide rate; Coolio; the Firecracker Project; and the World Dwarf Games at MSU.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:38 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Lansing city council primary sends candidates to November ballot

Voters advanced Lansing city council candidates to November's general election this week.
Credit File photo/WKAR

Voters have now determined who will be in November’s general election for the Lansing City Council.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:36 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Baby boomer suicide rate on the upswing

Experts in suicide prevention tend to focus their outreach efforts on two segments of the population:  young adults and the elderly.  But shifting data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have some professionals reconsidering that approach.

Last month, statistics showed a 60% increase in suicide among women in their early 60’s and a 50% spike among men in their 50’s. The data covers the calendar year 2010.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:33 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Rapper Coolio coming to Lansing

Coolio performs at The Loft in Lansing on Thursday.
Credit Courtesy/coolioworld.com

Coolio got his start in the Los Angeles rap music scene in the late 80s and early 90s, and he hit it big when the producers of the movie “Dangerous Minds” chose his song “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the soundtrack.

It went to the top of the charts and win the Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1996. In all, he’s sold 30-million records worldwide. He’ll be in Lansing for a concert at The Loft Thursday night.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:32 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Neighbors in Action: The Firecracker Foundation

Our weekly Neighbors in Action interview features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week, we feature the newly-launched non-profit called The Firecracker Foundation. It seeks to provide therapy and support for victims of child sexual abuse.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:29 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Voices of the World Dwarf Games at MSU

Ollie Brown of Great Britain is one of the athletes competing this week in the World Dwarf Games at MSU.
Credit John Patrick McGuire

All this week, 395 athletes from 17 nations have been competing in 14 events all over the MSU campus and the Lansing area as part of the 2013 World Dwarf Games.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:26 am
Wed August 7, 2013

World Dwarf Games

Credit John Patrick McGuire

WKAR teamed up with Chicago-based photographer John Patrick McGuire to capture the buzz of the 2013 World Dwarf Games, through portraits and interviews with the athletes. |  You can view individual athlete portraits here. To hear audio from some of the participants click into post. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:47 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

World Dwarf Games: Photo Slideshow

Ollie Brown (GBR)
John Patrick McGuire
Radio Made in Michigan
8:44 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Liam Smith (USA)

Credit John Patrick McGuire

NAME: Liam Smith
BIRTHPLACE:  Rockford, MI
SPORT(S): Archery, track and field, swimming, floor hockey
AGE: 10
HEIGHT: 4'
WEIGHT: 63 lbs
OCCUPATION: Fifth-grade student

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:38 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Tanya Huebner (AUS)

Credit John Patrick McGuire

NAME: Tanya Huebner
BIRTHPLACE: Horsham, Australia
SPORT(S): Swimming, Track
AGE: 35
HEIGHT: 4’2”
WEIGHT: 104 lbs
OCCUPATION: Primary school teacher

More 2013 World Dwarf Games Portraits

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:30 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

C. Rajanna (IND)

Credit John Patrick McGuire

NAME:  Chammannahallivenka Rajanna
BIRTHPLACE: India
SPORT(S): Running and badminton
AGE: 39
HEIGHT: 3'4"
WEIGHT: 71 lbs
OCCUPATION: Digital printing

More 2013 World Dwarf Games Portraits

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:30 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Kim Dean (GBR)

John Patrick McGuire

NAME: Kim Dean
BIRTHPLACE: Manchester, England
SPORT(S): Field, soccer, basketball,  hockey  table tennis , volleyball
AGE: 26
HEIGHT: 4’4”
OCCUPATION: Youth Pastor

More 2013 World Dwarf Games Portraits

Radio Made in Michigan
8:27 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Devonta Bacon (USA)

John Patrick McGuire

NAME: Devonta Bacon
BIRTHPLACE: Dallas, TX
SPORT(S): Soccer, track & field, basketball
AGE: 18
HEIGHT: 4’3”
WEIGHT: 101 lbs
OCCUPATION: student

More 2013 World Dwarf Games Portraits

Radio Made in Michigan
8:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Mary Russell (GBR)

Credit John Patrick McGuire

 

NAME: Mary Russell
BIRTHPLACE: West Yorkshire, England
SPORT(S): Javelin, discus, shotput
AGE: 44
HEIGHT: 4’1”
WEIGHT: 105 lbs 
OCCUPATION:  Social services provider/student

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Joby Mathew (IND)

Credit John Patrick McGuire

NAME: Joby Mathew
BIRTHPLACE: Cochin, India
SPORT(S): Shotput, javelin, discus, badminton
AGE:  36
HEIGHT: 3'7"
WEIGHT: 127 lbs
OCCUPATION:  Government officer

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:25 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

John Tyrrell (GBR)

Credit John Patrick McGuire

NAME: John Tyrrell
BIRTHPLACE: Liverpool, England
SPORT(S): Powerlifting
AGE: 59
HEIGHT: 4’8”
WEIGHT: 82 lbs
OCCUPATION: Social care coordinator (social services) 

More 2013 World Dwarf Games Portraits

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:25 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Charlotte Bolton (CAN)

Credit John Patrick McGuire

 

NAME: Charlotte Bolton
BIRTHPLACE: London, Ontario
SPORT(S): Track & field, swimming, soccer, table tennis
AGE: 10
HEIGHT: 3’8”
WEIGHT:  50.5 lbs
OCCUPATION:  Fifth-grade student

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:25 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

R. Renukumar & M. Prakash (IND)

Ramakrishnappa Renukumar (above) and Maniraju Prakash
Credit John Patrick McGuire

NAME: Ramakrishnappa Renukumar
BIRTHPLACE: Bangalore, India
SPORT(S): Track & Field, badminton
AGE: 30
HEIGHT: 3'10"
WEIGHT: 51 lbs
OCCUPATION: self-employed

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