Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

MSU Today | July 7, 2013

L to R: Bograkos, Duckett, Van Dyke, Hutson

Spartan Dawgs on seizing the moment.

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Listen Live on 90.5
4:33 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Current State: Live from Common Ground Music Festival

Current State with Mark Bashore -- broadcasting live from Lansing Adado Riverfront Park and the Common Ground Music Festival, Monday through Friday this week at 6pm on 90.5 WKAR.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:17 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Current State #121 | July 3, 2013

Today on Current State: Three-parent embryos; Neighbors in Action features Advent House Ministries; dental care for impoverished children; the battle of Gettysburg; and a film review on "The Lone Ranger."

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:14 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Taking a look at the 'three-parent embryo'

The "three-parent embryo" could avoid passing rare genetic diseases to offspring, according to Dr. Helga Toriello.
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Developments in the world of genetics, although sometimes very difficult to understand, can still be absolutely mesmerizing.  Case in point:  take a newspaper headline from last Friday titled, “UK may OK creating babies... with DNA from 3 people.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Advent House Ministries

For over 25 years, Lansing’s Advent House Ministries has offered a multitude of comprehensive services to residents in need, from job readiness training to transitional shelter to literacy programs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Study shows low-income children lack basic dental care access

Because a relatively small number of dentists participate in Medicaid, even children covered under Medicaid struggle for dental care access, according to the Pew study.
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A sobering new study shows that millions of children, including some covered by Medicaid, lack access to basic dental care.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:56 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Gettysburg 150th: Michigan's role in the Civil War Part 3

The only known photograph of President Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address.
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On the rolling hills of southern Pennsylvania 150 years ago this week, 90,000 Union troops collided with 75,000 Confederate soldiers for the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:52 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Film review: 'The Lone Ranger'

Johnny Depp's portrayal of a minority sidekick character has drawn some controversy.
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Current State's newest contributor MSU professor and filmmaker Jeffrey Wray offers commentary on art of cinema.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:13 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Current State #120 | July 2, 2013

Today on Current State: the “State of the State Survey” quarterly report findings; part two of our look at Michigan in the Civil War; a garden filled with native Michigan plants; MSU carillon concert season and a review of author Steve Hamilton’s latest book.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

'State of the State Survey' sheds light on Michigan residents' trust in government

SOSS quarterly reports show that only 6% of local government leaders trust the federal government.
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According to the latest Michigan State University 'State of the State Survey' findings, Michigan residents are wary of government at all levels. Survey director  Dr. Charles Ballard and University of Michigan Public Policy Survey director Dr. Tom Ivacko say state residents have more trust in local government 'most of the time' than they do in the state and federal governments.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:06 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Gettysburg 150th: Michigan's role in the Civil War Part 2

The “Michigan and the Civil War” exhibit focuses on artifacts used by Michigan soldiers, notably the first graduating class of the Michigan Agricultural College.
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This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the U.S. Civil War.  The MSU Museum is observing Michigan's involvement in the conflict between North and South.   Roger Rosentreter, professor of history at Michigan State University, discusses the exhibit, "Michigan and the Civil War."

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Michigan's native plants are essential in preserving the state's ecosystem

a young Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum).
Emanuele Berry WKAR

Cheryl English's yard in Detroit's East English Village stands out from the city's urban landscape like a green thumb. A gardening masterpiece, English uses many native plants, not only because of their beauty but because of their environmental benefits and crucial connection to Michigan's ecosystem.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:00 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Beaumont Tower carillon concert season begins

Ray McLellan plays the carillon atop MSU's Beaumont Tower each Tuesday. The MSU Carillon Summer Series begins this Wednesday at 6 p.m. and continues weekly through July 31.
Credit Kevin Lavery, WKAR

As summer gets into full swing,  the sound of Michigan State University’s iconic Beaumont Tower sound can be hear all over campus.  This week, the MSU Summer Carillon Series begins and continues each Wednesday in July.   Carilloneur Ray McLellan describes the unique instrument responsible for the tower’s signature sound.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Book Review: Steve Hamilton's 'Let It Burn'

Ex-Detroit cop Alex McKnight is called out of his new home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to investigate a murder case from his past.
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Lansing-based writer Scott Southard chose as his first book review, Let It Burn, by Steve Hamilton. 

I am a book nerd and what that means is I love to get in debates with fellow readers and writers.

These are not the merely “did you or did you not like a book” discussions. No, these can be deeper, getting into the heart and state of our beloved artform today. And one of the points I like to bring up from time to time is the influence of TV on books.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Current State #119 | July 1, 2013

Mandatory insurance for factories to cleanup blight; Michigan’s role in the Civil War; Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb from the perspective of his grandson and the documentary film, "Detropia."

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Report recommends factory insurance to stop urban blight

Dr. Rex LaMore, the report's lead author, says abandoned industrial buildings are a major health and safety concern for nearby communities.
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Michigan State University researchers are getting attention with a proposed remedy for urban blight. For some years, the city of Lansing and Lansing Township have struggled with abandoned auto plants.  

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:42 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Gettysburg 150th: Michigan's role in the Civil War Part 1

The 21st Michigan Infantry.
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This week marks the 150th anniversary of the turning point of the American Civil War: the Battle of Gettysburg.

During this week in 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s all-out attempt to invade the North was turned down by the Army of the Potomac led by Union General George Meade.

The battle ended with more than 50,000 killed and wounded. Michigan men suffered 40 percent casualties. Gettysburg sent the South on the road to its 1865 surrender.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Ty Cobb's grandson remembers the Tigers legend in new book

Ty Cobb spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers. He was the Tigers' player-manager for his last six seasons in Detroit.
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Baseball legend Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers was the first player elected to the Hall of Fame. He played in Detroit from 1905 to 1926, and then two more seasons in Philadelphia. His career batting average of .367 produced 4,191 hits and 12 batting titles.

Cobb had a well-documented reputation as a tenacious competitor, as well as for being a nasty man. He was hot tempered, and a man who hated, in the words of ESPN’s Larry Schwartz, “northerners, Catholics, blacks, and apparently anybody else who was different from him.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

'Detropia' to air on PBS 'Independent Lens'

 

Credit Flickr/Kyle SchultzThe film focuses on three Detroit residents with varying backgrounds and experiences.Edit | Remove

The decline of Detroit and the struggle of people hoping for a brighter future in the Motor City is the focus of the documentary “Detropia," from the makers of the Oscar-nominated “Jesus Camp."

           

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

MSU Today | June 30, 2013

Kirk Cousins, MLive Media Group, Lansing-based recyclers.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:31 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Current State #118 | June 28, 2013

Today on Current State: a review of June's biggest news stories; MSU filmmakers launch a weather balloon to the edge of space; and the history of rural African Americans in Michigan. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Month in Review: June's biggest news stories

On the last weekday of the month, Current State looks back on Michigan news stories that continue to resonate.  For this month, we weigh in on Medicaid expansion, the road ahead for marriage equality in Michigan, Common Core and all the stories with legs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:24 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

MSU weather balloon set to film from the edge of space

Five small HD cameras like the one above will document the weather balloon's assent to nearly 100,000 feet above Michigan.
Credit Yanjie Wang

This Sunday, a team of MSU undergraduate students from the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, along with engineering graduate students, will launch a weather balloon affixed with five HD cameras and a GPS device.

The launch, led by MSU instructor and filmmaker Troy Hale, will attempt to obtain video footage from the edge of space, as the balloon is expected to rise nearly 100,000 feet, where the curvature of the earth can be seen.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Book examines history of rural African Americans in Michigan

Bill Allen was an African American who ran a hog farm in Cass County in the late 1860s.
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Throughout Michigan's history, the state's African American population is often portrayed as an urban population. But that depiction overlooks a part of Michigan’s history.

Many African Americans settled in rural areas, before and after the Civil War. In 1860, Cass County was home to more than 1,500 blacks, surprisingly that was just under the number of African Americans found in Wayne County at the time.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:41 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Fighting to keep college graduates in Michigan

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A key focus of strengthening Michigan’s economy  has been trying to retain more of the state’s college graduates.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:33 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Michigan author's new book discusses the struggle of single parent farming

Credit Courtesy of Mardi Jo LinkIn 'Bootstrapper,' author Mardi Jo Link recounts how she saved her small farm from foreclosure.Edit | Remove

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:01 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Shooting survivor and State Representative push for broader gun background checks

For his film, Colin Goddard, a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, took an undercover camera across the country to purchase everything from a TEC-9 to an AK47, often with nothing more than a wad of cash in hand.
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On April 16th , 2007, Colin Goddard was in his French class in Norris Hall on the  Virginia Tech University campus. That day, a lone gunman barricaded the hall’s doors and shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 more, including Colin, who was shot four times. It is still the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:30 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Current State #117 | June 27, 2013

Today on Current State: the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage; a Public Poetry Announcement; a new book explores the "Boy Governor" Stevens T. Mason; HIV/AIDS in Michigan; and vintage radios.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:28 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Responses to SCOTUS decisions on DOMA and gay rights

Michigan is currently one of 38 states that prohibit same-sex marriage.
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Gay rights activists cheered two decisions yesterday by the U.S. Supreme Court.  One overturns the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the other essentially allows same-sex marriages in the state of California. Among other things, the DOMA ruling means many gay spouses will be able to receive Social Security benefits, jointly file tax returns and share healthcare plans without a tax penalty.     

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:28 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Eloise Klein Healy

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Eloise Klein Healy’s "Asking About You" is the featured Public Poetry Announcement.

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