Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

State Rep. Singh shares thoughts on Common Core, Detroit, Medicaid expansion

Rep. Sam Singh says he's open to the idea of the using a sales tax increase to fund both road construction and education.
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This summer’s been busier than usual at the State Capitol, with ongoing discussions happening on hot button issues including Medicaid expansion, Common Core education standards, road funding and more.

Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) joins the Current State to offer his perspective on those issues and more. He represents the House's 67th district.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

World Dwarf Games return to their birthplace, attract hundreds of athletes

Len Sawisch, Dwarf Athletic Association Co-Founder and World Dwarf Games volunteer compares his shooting results with 10-year-old athlete Liam Smith.
WKAR/Emanuele Berry

For the past 20 years, dwarfs from around the world have gathered every four years to compete in the World Dwarf Games (WDG). This year the games are returning to their birthplace -- East Lansing. Beginning this weekend, short-statured children, adults and seniors will play basketball, run track and swim in the largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spent some time with athletes getting ready for the games. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:15 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Lansing neighborhood leaders weigh in on Council primary

Lansing residents go to the polls next Tuesday to vote in their next primary election. Four incumbents on the city council are facing challengers, as well as Mayor Virg Bernero. In these final days leading up to the Lansing primary, Current State is examining the key races from the voters’ perspective.  

Yesterday we looked at the issues and candidates in the Second and Fourth Wards. Today, we discuss the race for the two at-large seats on Lansing's City Council. The incumbents Brian Jeffries and Kathie Dunbar are facing four challengers -- Ted O’Dell, Judi Browne-Clarke, Jonathon Smith and Keith Smith. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:22 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Current State #134 | August 1, 2013

Today on Current State:  primary election races in Lansings 2nd and 4th Wards; a review of J.K. Rowling's new book; the NEO center; and Mark Meadows' trip on the Appalachian Trail.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:18 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Lansing's Second Ward incumbent Houghton to face challenger in general election

Second Ward Councilwoman Tina Houghton
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Lansing residents go to the polls next Tuesday to vote in their next primary election.  Four incumbents on the city council are facing challengers, as well as Mayor Virg Bernero.  In these final days leading up to the Lansing primary, Current State takes a look at the key races from the voters’ perspective.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:14 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Lansing's Fourth Ward incumbent Yorko faces three primary opponents

Last week, the Lansing State Journal reported that Councilwoman Jessica Yorko raised $15,740 in campaign funds, not far ahead of challenger Chong-Anna Canfora, who raised $14,840.
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Fourth ward incumbent Jessica Yorko faces off next Tuesday against three challengers: Chong-Anna Canfora, of the liberal political advocacy group Progress Michigan, attorney Bert Carrier Jr. and Larry Hutchinson, a stay-at-home father.  The top two vote-getters will face off in November’s general election.    

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:11 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Book Review: J.K. Rowling's 'The Cuckoo's Calling'

Although best known for crafting the 'Harry Potter' series, author J.K. Rowling has received critical praise for her adult fiction, including her most recent novel, 'The Cuckoo's Calling.'
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Publishers, libraries and book stores like to pigeonhole writers into neat little boxes. Write one fantasy novel and you wear that mantle for the rest of your career. Same goes for romance and science fiction and on and on. Some writers happily wear their personal albatross, others fight it.

J.K. Rowling is an author who fights it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:48 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

NEO Center offers collaborative space for aspiring entrepreneurs

In addition to workspace, the NEO Center offers prospective Lansing businesses things like networking and business placement assistance.
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The NEO Center, Lansing’s first business incubator, is marking a year and a half of helping aspiring entrepreneurs launch small businesses.  The NEO Center, short for New Enterprise Opportunity, offers office space and a variety of other resources to help new business endeavors get a foothold and hopefully take off.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:44 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Former state representative Meadows hikes the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail runs through 14 states and varies wildly in elevation.
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Former state representative Mark Meadows has been thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail for decades. This summer, he did it … well, about half of its 2,200 miles.

Meadows started his south to north hike in Georgia in March, expecting warmer weather than the sub-freezing overnight lows he encountered during the first week. He stopped for the season after about 100 days, in Maryland, with his son by his side for part of the time. He hopes to complete the rest of the hike next year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:21 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Current State #133 | July 31, 2013

Today on Current State: a review of July's biggest news stories; Neighbors in Action features the Mason Orchestral Society; and an interview with radio legend Garrison Keillor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:19 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Month in Review: July's biggest news stories

On the last weekday of each month, Current State looks back on the biggest news stories around Michigan with a panel of journalists. Dave Eggert of the Associated Press, Tim Skubick of WKAR-TV and Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press join us to discuss Detroit's bankruptcy, Medicaid expansion, road funding and other big July news stories.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:16 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Mason Orchestral Society

The Mason Orchestral Society, founded in 1975, also works to provide scholarships for student musicians.
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Neighbors in Action features the Mason Orchestral Society, which offers a venue and musical outlet for a variety of ages, skill levels and interests. Board president Mike Steele, who also plays the french horn, and symphony conductor Tim Krohn explain the Society's role in the community.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:13 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Garrison Keillor and company bring 'Radio Romance' to Wharton Center

Singer and fiddler Sara Watkins, The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band and comedian Fred Watkins join Garrison Keillor for his 'Radio Romance' tour.
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For almost 40 years, "A Prairie Home Companion" has been a beloved staple of the public radio airwaves. Host Garrison Keillor combines music with skits, comedy and storytelling for an old-time radio show that makes even city people feel nostalgic for small town life.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:40 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Current State #132 | July 30, 2013

Today on Current State: Fracking in Michigan; improving dental care; rural development in Michigan; and the history of Detroit rock ‘n’ roll.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:39 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The regulatory issues unearthed by fracking

The hydraulic fracturing also known as "fracking" is the process of releasing natural gas trapped deep within underground rock formations by pumping large amounts of high pressured water combined with chemicals and sand. Though many politicians and industry leaders say the process is safe and a means for energy independence, there are critics who claim that this type of drilling can threaten air, soil and water quality.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:26 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

State, Delta Dental address oral health in Michigan

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According to federal statistics, young Americans miss around 51 million hours of school each year due to oral-health issues.  For about a year now, a philanthropic effort from Delta Dental of Michigan called "Brighter Futures" has tried to tackle both the healthcare and educational challenges that come with poor dental care.

Chris Farrell, oral health program director for the Michigan Department of Community Health, and Sarina Gleason, spokesperson for Delta Dental of Michigan, discuss how to improve dental care, especially among children.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:17 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Rural development in Michigan extends beyond agriculture

USDA's Rural Development office in Michigan has invested in improvements to small town residents' access to culture and technology.
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With Michigan being such an agriculturally diverse state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a strong presence here, but not all having to do with cattle or crops.  The USDA's Rural Development office's purpose is to support smaller communities that, in turn, support the nation’s farmlands.

James Turner, the USDA Rural Development agency's state director, discusses its efforts to improve rural Michiganders' access to culture and technology. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:51 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Rock 'N' Roll in 'America's Loudest City'

In addition to the artists, 'Detroit Rock City' gives life to the venues that housed these rock legends.
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Motown is what most people connect with Detroit's music scene, but the Motor City has also been the birthplace of some of the most influential American rockers.

"Detroit Rock City," the latest book by local author Steve Miller, chronicles the city's rock scene through interviews with some of its most legendary rock musicians, such as Iggy Pop, Bob Seger and Jack White. Miller and Current State's Scott Pohl discuss the deep tracks of Detroit's rockin' legacy. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:23 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Current State #131 | July 29, 2013

Today on Current State: food security in Detroit and mid-Michigan; a Public Poetry Announcement with Gwendolyn Brooks; Ingham County animal control; Michigan veterans' struggle to access services; Michigan’s craft distillery movement; and MSU football.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:21 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Examining food security in Detroit, Lansing

Detroiters can find fresh produce and meats at the Eastern Market.
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Grocery stores have been making the news in Detroit recently. Last week, the Michigan-based retailer, Meijer, opened its first Detroit location. This follows the news last month of the grand opening of the city’s first Whole Foods Market. Based on these stories, one might think Detroiters were only recently introduced to the concept of the grocery store. That’s not true.

 MSU associate professor of sociology Craig Harris, an expert in the sociology of food, discusses food security in Detroit, as well as here in mid-Michigan. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:11 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Gwendolyn Brooks

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Gwendolyn Brooks’ “The Bean Eaters” is today's Public Poetry Announcement.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Dog fighting, hoarding and strays: Animal control issues in Ingham County

American pit bulls and their mixed offspring make up nearly 60 percent of the shelter's stray dogs, says Jamie McAloon-Lampman, director of Ingham County Animal Control.
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From pet hoarding to dog fighting to stray cats and dogs, if it has four-legs and a problem, chances are that Ingham County’s animal control division will be called in to help.  Jamie McAloon-Lampman, the director of  Ingham County Animal Control, discusses the Lansing-area's animal control issues. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:56 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Veterans struggle to access services in Michigan

Eric Calley served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq. He's the co-founder of the veterans' advocacy group, The Fight Continues. He's pictured with his service dog, Liberty.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

 

Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States has deployed nearly two million military personnel to Iraq and Afghanistan.  As operations wind down, thousands of troops are returning home, and many with profound physical and psychological wounds.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:51 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Michigan's craft spirits industry is on the rise

East Lansing's Red Cedar Spirits is part of the state's growing craft distillery movement.
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Michigan’s economy and culture has been positively impacted by the craft beer and wine industry. But if beer or wine isn’t your style, don’t fret. Michigan is also one of the friendliest states to small distillers, and as a result the state’s spirits industry is growing. Kris Berglund, an MSU distinguished professor of food science and chemical engineering and a statewide industry leader, discusses the spirits industry in Michigan. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:37 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Spartan football team seeks offensive improvements

The Spartans kick-off the 2013 season against Western Michigan University at home on Aug. 30.
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Another football season is around the corner. Spartans will kick off its 2013 campaign against the Broncos of Western Michigan University on August 30.

Today, Current State's guest host Emanuele Berry discusses the team's offensive approach with Current Sports production assistant Matt Ludtke.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:21 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Broad exhibit features Michigan artist

The Lisa Walcott piece 'Vice Versa' is a series of red balls suspended on elastics that continually bounce.
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Another new exhibition has opened at Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum. It features two works by Michigan-based artist Lisa Walcott.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

MSU Today | July 28, 2013

Hollis, Anastos, Simon

An update on Spartan hockey, and Spartan Dawgs with Drew Neitzel.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:36 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Current State | July 26, 2013

Today on Current State: MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, Athletic Director Mark Hollis and Detroit Free Press’s Joe Rexrode discuss sports journalism; Michigan’s native plants; vintage radios; and master gardening.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Current State | July 25, 2013

Today on Current State: Time banks; a century-long study on Great Lakes water quality; the confirmation of the Higgs boson particle; and a book that explores the color of Christ.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:34 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Current State | July 24, 2013

Today on Current State: cultural exchange with China; Lansing Hall of Fame's Bob Every; Fort Michilimackinac; Neighbors in Action features LAP Respite Center; and the MAC attack.

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