Radio Made in Michigan

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.
Credit WKAR file photo

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.
Credit Courtesy of Lansing Beer Week

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.
Credit Summer Solstice Jazz Fest Official Website

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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Radio Made in Michigan
12:52 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

MSU breaks ground on new $60 million bioengineering facility

The new bioengineering facility, pictured here in an artist's rendering, will be located on the south end of campus between the Life Science building and the Clinical Center.
Credit MSU Office of Planning and Budgets

MSU has long strived to be a leader in the realm of global health, and hopes to do just that after completion of a 130,000 square-foot bioengineering facility set to be finished in 2015.

Dr. Manooch Koochesfahani, Associate Dean of the MSU College of Engineering,  and Dr. Jeffrey Dwyer, Sr. Associate Dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine discuss what this new development means for the college.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:45 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Fenner Nature Center

Fenner offers a variety of nature programs for children and teenagers.
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This week, Neighbors In Action features Fenner Nature Center, which has been around for over 50 years.

Katie Woodhams, the center's program manager, and Nathan Martineau, a volunteer through Fenner's Youth Leadership Program, discuss the activities and resources Fenner offers the community. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:40 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

'Mythbusters' comes to the Wharton Center stage (sans explosions)

Co-host Adam Savage's background prior to 'Mythbusters' is primarily in special effects and film.
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This weekend, the hosts of "Mythbusters" will make a stop at East Lansing's Wharton Center as part of their "Behind the Myths" tour. For ten years, the Discovery Channel show has entertained skeptics, science buffs and ordinary folk alike with a lighthearted and creative approach to science.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:10 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Current State #110 | June 18, 2013

Today on Current State: Ingham County Land Bank; a tour of the Greater Lansing Hall of Fame; stocking fish in the Great Lakes; and Lord Huron, an indie rock band with local roots.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:04 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Ingham County Land Bank helps build neighborhoods

The Ingham County Land Bank helps potential homeowners through down payment assistance programs and various land contract terms.
Credit Courtesy of The Ingham County Land Bank

The Ingham County Land Bank, is currently going through a bit of a renovation. Chairman and County Treasurer Eric Schertzing along with the organization's new Executive Director Jeff Burdick discuss the current changes to the ICLB, including the organization's new pilot project involving transportation, which will be the first public bike-sharing program in Michigan. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:50 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Local legends fill the Lansing Sports Hall of Fame

Muhsin Muhammad was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. The Waverly High School athlete holds the record for the longest touchdown reception in a Super Bowl.
Credit Courtesy of the Lansing Sports Hall of Fame

The Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame, located within the Lansing Center, showcases a wealth of local athletic talent. Home to memorabilia from 228 individuals and 46 teams, the Hall of Fame celebrates the world class athletic talent that Mid-Michigan has produced. WKAR’s Al Martin toured of the Hall of Fame with Executive Director and 1994 inductee Bob Every.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:53 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

The history of fish stocking in the Great Lakes

Chinook salmon were introduced to the Great Lakes to control the abundant alewives population.
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Brown trout, Chinook and coho salmon  are all currently stocked in one or more of the Great Lakes, however none of these prized catches are native to the basin. These fish were stocked to help manage invasive species and to build a sport fishery.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Local band Lord Huron returns to Lansing

Ben Schneider’s band Lord Huron is playing at The Loft in Lansing tonight.
Credit Courtesy of Lord Huron

Ben Schneider, Mark Bary and Tom Renauda from Okemos, along with Miguel Briseno of Eaton Rapids and Californian Karl Kerfoot have been making waves with their band Lord Huron.  Now based in Los Angeles, Lord Huron is touring to support their album "Lonesome Dreams."

Current State's Scott Pohl spoke with Ben Schneider about his music, and growing up in a media savvy household with his parents, well-known Lansing PR executive Sharon Emery and longtime Lansing State Journal columnist John Schneider.

Radio Made in Michigan
2:05 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Current State #109 | June 17, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan high school education gap in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes; co-generation power plant in REO Town; third-party gubernatorial candidate Robin Sanders; 3D printing; and diagnosing sick dogs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Closing enrollment gap in AP and IB classes a good short-term fix, research shows

AP and IB classes introduce college-level content to high school students.
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Last week, Bridge Magazine highlighted a study conducted by The Education Trust, a Washington D.C.-based education research and policy group, showing Michigan had one of the worst rates in the country for enrollment in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes among low income and minority students. Enrollment in these higher level classes during high school greatly increases a student’s chances for success in college.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

New co-generation power plant set to recharge Lansing

The Lansing Board of Water and Light's REO Town co-generation plant will use natural gas to produce both steam and electric power.
Kevin Lavery

The massive co-generation power plant rising above Lansing's REO Town neighborhood is nearly complete. The Lansing Board of Water and Light 's (BWL) new 46,000 square-foot facility has been under construction for more than two years. The power plant officially comes online July 1, and will replace four coal-fired steam units at the nearby Moores Park plant built in 1950s. The BWL says the new plant is much more environmentally friendly. Residents and business owners believe it will also bring economic gain to their neighborhood. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Third party gubernatorial candidate Robin Sanders focuses on public safety

With his experience in correctional services and mental health, Sanders said he is better qualified to address public safety issues.
Credit Courtesy of Robin Sanders

 Many Michigan voters have begun anticipating a Gubernatorial contest next year between Republican incumbent Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer.  But a political neophyte from Southeast Michigan has also launched an effort at getting the state’s top job. Robin Sanders has spent close to 20 years as a corrections officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections, most of it specializing in mental health work.

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