Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
2:56 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Black Men Inc. of Greater Lansing

One of the offerings of Black Men Inc. of Greater Lansing is an annual college tour - where some students have been accepted on the spot.
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This week, Neighbors In Action features Black Men Inc. of Greater Lansing, a group that has mentored local black youth for almost 20 years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:47 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Uncovering a shipwreck three centuries later

A sketch of what Le Griffon, which disappeared in 1679, looked like.
Credit Great Lakes Exploration Group

Built by French explorer Rene-Robert Sieur de La Salle, the vessel "Le Griffon," or "Griffin" in English, was the first vessel to sail the Great Lakes. The ship was an important supply line to support La Salle’s expedition in search of the mouth of the Mississippi River. However, the ship was disappeared in 1679 and hasn’t been found since. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:44 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Current State #105 | June 11, 2013

Today on Current State: Can redistricting be done without politics?;  archeological finds under MSU's campus; Lansing's new sewer project; and state transportation issues including road funding and Detroit metro's new Regional Transportation Authority.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:41 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Democratic Rep. McCann calls for change to redistricting laws

Michigan’s state legislative districts are redrawn after every U.S. Census.  The last time around the process turned contentious and led many Democrats to allege gerrymandering by the GOP majority.  They point to what they say are contorted district lines drawn to ensure a political advantage.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Summer construction reveals long buried artifacts under MSU campus

An axe head was one of the artifacts MSU Archeologist Katy Meyers brought to the Current State studios.
Credit Scott Pohl

Summer is a busy time for archeologists at Michigan State University. Construction projects on campus give them the opportunity to explore what’s long been buried under the surface of the MSU campus.

Lynne Goldstein, MSU professor of anthropology, and Katy Meyers, an MSU graduate student who is serving as campus archeologist this summer, tell us what they've found. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:26 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

‘Wet Weather’ sewer project aims to save Lansing $230 million

Chad Gamble, Lansing's Director of Public Service, says that the city discharges up to 600 million gallons of sewage annually into the Grand River.
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This Thursday, Lansing residents have a chance to weigh in on the latest suggestion for dealing with city sewage and stormwater.  City administrators say the so-called "Wet Weather" project would combine Lansing’s 20-year old CSO, or “combined sewage overflow” project, with two other similar ones involving sanitary sewer overflow and stormwater. 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Detroit's new RTA, road funding at the top of Michigan's transportation issues

There is no shortage of transportation issues to discuss here in Michigan.

After 40 years and 23 attempts, metro Detroit finally has a Regional Transportation Authority. 

At the top of Governor Snyder’s agenda is a new road funding bill, but will the legislature provide the funds he says he needs to make the necessary improvements?

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:48 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Current State #104 | June 10, 2013

Today on Current State: municipalities consolidating fire services; violinist Kathryn Votapek; Michigan’s export market and a new Broad Art Museum exhibition of “Blind Field.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Lansing, East Lansing and four others to consolidate fire services

The cities of Lansing and East Lansing share the services of Fire Chief Randy Talifarro.
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Regionalism is a buzzword that’s uttered throughout metropolitan communities across the country, and mid-Michigan is no exception.  Proponents say it’s more than a lofty ideal whereby the assets and resources of large cities benefit the surrounding suburbs. They claim in hard economic times, regionalism is a lifeline for survival.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:43 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Musician Kathryn Votapek discusses parents' influence on her life

Kathryn Votapek is a faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance.
Credit Courtesy of the University of Michigan

It should come as no surprise that Kathryn Votapek is a musician, as both of her parents are pianists.  Her father, Ralph Votapek, was the first winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

But Kathryn and her musician brothers chose other instruments, and her career path led her to the music faculty at the University of Michigan, where she is a lecturer in violin.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Michigan's export market ripe for exploration

According to Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Canada is the largest destination for Michigan exports. Mexico, China, Germany and Japan also rank among the state's top five export markets.
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Exports are big business in Michigan. In 2012, $53 billion, which is about 15 percent of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), was attributed to the state’s export economy. And that’s up 12 percent from 2011.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:35 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The work of young Brazilian artists graces The Broad

A new exhibition has opened at MSU’s Broad Art Museum. “Blind Field” features works from a group of young Brazilian artists.

Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with the museum’s assistant curator, Yesomi Umolu, about “Blind Field”. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

MSU Today | June 9, 2013

Lou Anna K. Simon, Suzy Merchant, Joe Rexrode, Mark Hollis

Suzy Merchant, Joe Rexrode, MSU master gardeners

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Current State #103 | June 7, 2013

Today on Current State:  Michigan schools face a financial crisis; exercise in space; the 60th anniversary of the Flint Beecher tornado; and the 2013 Pumpstock American Roots Music Festival.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:52 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Record 55 school districts running deficits, subject to state review

Former state schools superintendent Tom Watkins says some of Michigan's 800 school districts would lose $10,000 for each dropout or transfer student. Still, those school districts haven't taken subsequent actions to minimize the revenue loss.
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The number of Michigan school districts facing serious financial challenges continues to grow. On Thursday, state schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan reported there are 55 districts across the state operating in the red.   That’s up by six since the start of the year.

Flanagan updates the state legislature quarterly on school finances.  He commented that the situation requires “more resources.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:48 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

MSU studying ways to keep astronauts fit in deep space

While astronauts are receiving fitness training for their space mission, Dr. Feltz's research focuses on how to motivate them to exercise through the long journey of space exploration.
Credit Courtesy of NASA

In the coming decades, if NASA has its way, the long, harrowing trip to Mars will be more than just a bad Hollywood movie directed by the likes of Michael Bay.

The space agency has said it plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet by the early 2030's.  While 20 years is a long way off, NASA has already begun the planning and research, and MSU scientists are part of these early stages.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:43 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

60 years after, how Flint Beecher tornado influenced tornado forecasting

Credit Courtesy of the Flint Journal

On June 8, 1953, an F-5 tornado hit Flint and the nearby community of Beecher, killing 116 people.  It was the tenth deadliest tornado in U. S. history, and a generation of Michigan residents would never look at a dark sky the same way again.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:26 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Local musicians highlight Pumpstock American Roots Music Festival

Musician Elden Kelly of Richmond, Vermont plays his guitar and sings live in the Current State studio at WKAR.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

This weekend is the fourth annual Pumpstock music festival. The annual gathering in East Lansing’s Bailey Park features live American roots music and local food. Festival coordinator Dudley Smith, more commonly known as “Smitty,” and performer Elden Kelly joins Current State host Mark Bashore.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:47 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Current State #102 | June 6, 2013

Today on Current State: Republican Terri Lynn Land on her senate run; the market for farmers markets; MEDC CEO Michael Finney; the decline of bees in Michigan; and Potterville's Gizzard Fest.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:43 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Terri Lynn Land discusses run for Senate

Terri Lynn Land, pictured here alongside Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, says her management style from serving as Secretary of State and other roles would serve her well in the U.S. Senate.
Credit Terri Lynn Land

On Monday, Terri Lynn Land became the first Republican to announce her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Democrat Carl Levin next year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Economic potential for farmers markets expands

Customers inspect vegetables at the Allen Street Farmers Market in Lansing, which boasts everything from fresh tamales to musical guests. That market runs each Wednesday from 2pm to 7pm.
Credit Becky McKendry

As the summer weather gets nicer, farmers markets seem to be multiplying around the area. But it's not as simple as just popping up tents and selling veggies. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Thu June 6, 2013

MEDC leader reflects on Mackinac Policy Conference

CEO Michael Finney says the MEDC's primary effort is economic gardening- fostering business connections and access to capital.
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Along with hundreds of other state officials, Michael Finney - CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation - spent a few days last week at the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. The annual gathering offers decision-makers from the public and private sectors a chance to connect with each other and learn more about the issues facing the state, along with possible remedies.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Researchers tackle the decline of bees in Michigan

There are about 20,000 different species of bees in the world, 350-400 of which are present in Michigan, according to entomologist Rufus Isaacs.
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Each year, billions of dollars of our nation's agriculture sector are the direct result of the work done by bees. In Michigan, blueberry, apple and cherry growers - among others - count on them to pollinate their crops.

However, bee populations have been in slow decline across most of the United States.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:25 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Potterville gears up for Gizzard Fest

Gizzard Fest director Joe Bristol explains all the offerings of the festival: amusement park rides, lawn mower races and of course, gizzards.
Credit Melissa Benmark/WKAR

From the Cherry Festival in Traverse City to the Great Lakes Folk Festival in East Lansing, towns and cities of all sizes across Michigan host a variety of unique festivals and celebrations.

One of the more unusual festivals is this weekend in Potterville. Current State's Melissa Benmark recently talked to Joe Bristol, the director of Gizzard Fest, about its 14th year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Current State #101 | June 5, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan's demand for homebuilding labor; the Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs 1980s classics; Neighbors in Action features Friends of Ingham County Parks; East Lansing's Prima Civitas explores opportunities in Libya; and MSU's 53rd season of "Summer Circle Theatre."

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

State lacks labor to meet rising home demand

Wages for contracting and home construction jobs are expected to rise because of the high demand for workers.
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One of the first casualties of the Great Recession was the national housing market; home values reached historic lows after the bubble burst in 2007.  Now, a rising demand for new housing is driving a nationwide recovery.  But the problem is that many skilled workers who lost their jobs in the last six years have moved on.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:07 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs 80s classics on the riverfront

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra will perform everything from David Bowie to Madonna tonight at Adado Riverfront Park.
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The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is playing a free concert tonight (Wednesday, June 5) at 7 pm in downtown Lansing's Adado Riverfront Park. The show will feature pop songs from the 80s.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:03 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Friends of Ingham County Parks

Friends of Ingham County Parks have supported - among many other things - Potter Park Zoo, Hawk Island developments, and the "Friday Night Concert" series.
Credit Friends of Ingham County Parks

This week, Neighbors In Action features the Friends of Ingham County Parks, which works with local government to support park operations.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

East Lansing's Prima Civitas explores business opportunities in Libya

The Libya program would provide for a long-term stream of international students to Michigan and bolster higher education in the state, according to Prima Civitas.
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An economic developer based out of East Lansing is pursuing a project in Libya – one it says would benefit Michigan companies and universities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:57 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

MSU's Summer Circle Theatre kicks off 53rd season

The cast of this year's Summer Circle Theatre opening show will perform the comedy "Charley's Aunt."
Credit MSU Dept. of Theatre

The 53rd season of the MSU Department of Theatre’s Summer Circle Theatre opens tonight (Wednesday, June 5). MSU students stage plays outdoors next to Fairchild Theatre, along the Red Cedar River.

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