Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
6:08 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Current State #116 | June 26, 2013

Today on Current State: expanding the Michigan Flyer; keeping graduates in Michigan; Michigan author Mardi Jo Link; Virginia Tech shooting survivor Colin Goddard; and Neighbors in Action features Meta Peace Team.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:50 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Michigan Flyer seeks $600,000 grant for expansion

Vice President of Indian Trails Chad Kushman says that the expansion should allow for hourly airport trips, increasing convenience for passengers. Currently, those trips run about once every two hours.
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Eight times a day, the Michigan Flyer bus departs downtown East Lansing with passengers en route to Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport. The service, provided by the Owosso-based company Indian Trails, wants to expand to a dozen trips a day and looks to a $600,000 federal grant to make that possible. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:57 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Meta Peace Team

The Meta Peace Team places peacekeepers anywhere from Palestine to rallies at the Capitol in Lansing (pictured). Meta Peace Team founder Peter Dougherty said that the presence of peacekeepers stopped several fights at the recent right-to-work rallies.
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This week, Neighbors In Action features Meta Peace Team, an organization that provides peacekeeping teams to address and diffuse conflict in possibly dangerous situations like political rallies and war zones, both domestically and abroad.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:42 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Current State #115 | June 25, 2013

Today on Current State: The Supreme Court weighs in on affirmative action and a Michigan casino case; clean energy; and a native of Flint writes a book on his return to the city.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:39 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Breaking down SCOTUS ruling of affirmative action

The Supreme Court has ruled on the case of a University of Texas student who claimed the university’s consideration of race is illegitimate and unconstitutional.
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Michigan State University law professor Phil Pucillo discusses the most recent United States Supreme Court ruling involving affirmative action.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:38 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Supreme Court to take up Michigan casino case

Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta discusses the precedence behind the Supreme Court's potential decision on the state’s rights to control casinos vs. Native American sovereignty.
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The United States Supreme Court recently agreed to hear the arguments for what kind of authority the state has over a Native American casino located in Vanderbilt, Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Clean energy’s future on an international level

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program looks to educate business leaders and policy makers on the factors affecting utility investment in electric generation resources.
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According to the Pew Clean Energy Program, global energy consumption is expected to increase 35% over the next 25 years, with much of that from growing electricity use and expanding vehicle fleets.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Flint expat writes on returning home

Gordon Young, a senior lecturer in the Communication Department at Santa Clara University, has appeared in publications including his own Flint Expatriates, a blog for those no longer living in the birthplace of General Motors.
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"Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City" by Michigan native Gordon Young depicts his attempt to return to his hometown of Flint, Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:44 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Current State #114 | June 24, 2013

Today on Current State: transparency and open government in Michigan; how SCOTUS decision on water diversion in Oklahoma could affect Great Lakes; microfinance in Detroit and Flint; and the 40th anniversary of the Verdehr trio.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Michigan's woeful record on government transparency one of nation's worst

As NSA leaker Edward Snowden makes his way from Moscow to, what sounds like, Cuba or Venezuela today, the debate across the country continues over government transparency and what sorts of things the public has a right to know about its government’s actions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:32 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

How SCOTUS decision about a Texas water district could impact the Great Lakes

Attorney Saulius Mikalonis says the Supreme Court's decision would have a favorable impact on Michigan, in terms of Great Lakes water diversion.
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Texans and Oklahomans don’t just clash over football. They also have a long history of battling over water, with the most recent conflict playing out in the Supreme Court. Justices recently ruled that  the Tarrant  Regional Water District, located in North Texas, cannot divert water from Oklahoma river basins.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:26 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Once found only in developing world, microfinance takes root in Michigan

The Kiva online platform allows entrepreneurs like Marcus Bieth of Flint to connect with community lenders for zero interest loans.
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The concept of microfinance -- essentially small loans given to entrepreneurs who are too little or too under-funded to qualify for traditional bank loans -- has exploded in the developing world. 

One of the leading online platforms for microfinance is called Kiva, which connects entrepreneurs with interest-free loans offered by community members. About two years ago, with the help of Michigan Corps, a Detroit-based non-profit organization, Kiva became the first microfinance effort in the United States. Last month, Michigan Corps expanded Kiva’s platform into Flint.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:18 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Verdehr Trio celebrates 40th anniversary

The Verdehr trio’s 40th anniversary concert will be played at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Wharton Center's Cobb Great Hall.
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For 40 years, Walter and Elsa Verdehr have made up two-thirds of the Verdehr Trio. They’ve been joined by a number of pianists over the years. Silvia Roederer has been the third member for the last 15 years. During that time, their repertoire has included hundreds of pieces that were specially commissioned for violin, clarinet and piano.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

MSU Today | June 23, 2013

Simon and Hollis talk with Steve Hsu and Paul W.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:13 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Current State #113 | June 21, 2013

Today on Current State: Senate fails to vote on Medicaid expansion; indigent defense reform; GM's high quality ratings; Jackson's public housing dispute; and Lansing Beer Week.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Republican-controlled Senate postpones vote on Medicaid expansion

Governor Rick Snyder is calling on state Senate Republicans to return to Lansing. That’s after the Senate adjourned for its summer recess without voting on a Medicaid expansion under the new federal healthcare law.

Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta tells us how the episode left hard feelings, and dimming prospects for extending health coverage to many thousands of low-income working households

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:06 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Legislation will overhaul Michigan's flawed indigent defense system

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution makes it clear:  any citizen accused of a crime will -- if necessary -- have access to qualified legal representation in court.  Many legal professionals think that guarantee has been seriously compromised in Michigan for many years.  The state often ranks low in assessments of its indigent defense system.  After decades of failed efforts to reform the system, both the state Senate and House sent bipartisan bills on Wednesday to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk that would offer some concrete changes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:01 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

GM vehicles receive high quality ratings

GM vehicles topped both Toyota and Honda in J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey for the first time in 27 years.
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Many General Motors officials and workers are feeling good about the results of a closely watched annual survey.  J.D. Power and Associates’ quality study came out Wednesday.  It measures problems reported in new vehicles over their first 90 days on the road. Several GM brands including GMC and Chevrolet climbed noticeably in ratings, which reflects fewer problems reported compared to its competitors. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:39 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Conflict escalates between city officials and Jackson Housing Commission Board

In Jackson, conflict is escalating between public housing residents and the local housing commission board.  This week, the Jackson Housing Commission board appointed its fourth interim executive director since March.  One former interim resigned, accusing the board of creating a hostile work environment.  Another was terminated after less than three months on the job, and still another was released from his contract this week after just eight days. The residents say instability on the board makes them fearful for their homes.  The issue has even caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which threatened to pull the commission’s funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:54 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Lansing Beer Week marks the official start of summer

Lansing Beer Week features beer tasting, food and brew tours. The event starts tonight and will run through June 29.
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The second Lansing Beer Week starts this weekend with series of activities, including the Festival of the Moon tonight and the Festival of the Sun on Saturday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

90.5 LIVE from Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

Join us beginning at 6pm ET on 90.5 FM and online at WKAR.org for a live broadcast from the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

90.5 LIVE from Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

Join us beginning at 6pm ET on 90.5 FM and online at WKAR.org for a live broadcast from the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:17 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Current State #112 | June 20, 2013

Today on Current State: China's investments in Michigan; concussions in young athletes; successful approaches to sustainability; the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival; and growing chickens in your backyard.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Understanding China's investments in Michigan

Tom Watkins says that in order to succeed alongside China's economic rise, we must work with China in terms of investments and attracting jobs.

In his column appearing in Dome Magazine, Michigan-based China expert Tom Watkins argues that China has noticeably stepped up investment in Michigan. Watkins joins Current State to discuss how Chinese business and governmental leaders see opportunities to grow by linking with Michigan enterprises.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

The road to recovery for young athletes with concussions

Dr. Randy Pearson said sports camps for young people are focusing more heavily on teaching proper technique in order to avoid concussions,
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A recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics” suggests that children and young adults need more time to recover from a concussion than had been thought before, especially if they’ve had a previous blow to the head. In order to avoid a second concussion, there have been calls to hold young athletes out of competition for a year after suffering a concussion.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:52 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

MSU scientists study sustainability in numbers

According to the study, the so-called 'sweet spot' number found in group work can be translated to other environments like classrooms and workplaces.
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By looking at the actions of environmental organizations, researchers at MSU have found that when working in a group, success is highly influenced by the number of people in the group. Too many and you have "free riders," not enough, and people are stretched too thin and don't have enough manpower.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Backyard chicken movement grows

Dru Montri, Director of the Michigan Farmers Market Association, says one of the rewards of starting your own coop is the distinct freshness of the eggs.
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Across Michigan, chicken coops are popping up in the backyards of city dwellers. Raising chickens is becoming more common, even if your "farm" is a tiny backyard. WKAR’S Peter Whorf speaks with Dru Montri, Director of the Michigan Farmers Market Association and owner of Ten Hens Farms, about the benefits of starting a personal chicken coop.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:25 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival comes to East Lansing

A crowd gathers to dance at the 2011 Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. The festival has been around since 1996.
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East Lansing is gearing up to host the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, which runs from June 21-22. Arlene McDaniel, longtime jazz pianist and music educator and bassist Ed Fedewa join Current State to talk about the festival, their music careers – and perform live in studio.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:25 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Current State #111 | June 19, 2013

Today on Current State: the no-fault insurance debate; Neighbors in Action features the Fenner Nature Center; MSU announces new bioengineering facility; and "Mythbusters" comes to East Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Amidst proposed reform, no-fault insurance debate rages on

Kevin Clinton, Director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, maintains that the insurance mandated by the passage of the Affordable Care Act will ensure that critically injured victims of car accidents will be taken care of.
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Last week, another wrinkle was added to the ongoing debate over auto insurance reform in Michigan, as a FOIA request to obtain information about rate setting procedures was denied. Currently, a bill in the state Senate calls to cap lifetime payouts at a million dollars per claim.

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