Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
12:33 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

International Joint Commission issues Great Lakes report card

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Over the past 25 years, environmental protection measures have greatly improved the health of the Great Lakes.  However, the region’s waterways are facing new issues.  According to the International Joint Commission's latest progress report, warmer temperatures are having a dramatic effect on the ecological health of the Great Lakes.

Lana Pollack chairs the commission’s U.S. delegation.  She joins us today to discuss the past, present and future of cleaning up the Great Lakes. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:10 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

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MLive.com's Angela Wittrock joins Current State's Mark Bashore and Lansing city councilman Brian Jeffries to talk about the Lansing budget.  Angela also talks about the East Lansing city budget.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:32 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Michigan’s tourism industry continues to grow

Michigan's museums and national parks saw increases in tourism last year.
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Originally aired on April 19, 2013.

The state of Michigan saw an increase in tourism spending in 2012, most of which can be attributed to travelers from other states.

At the annual Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism which started on April 14, MSU professor and tourism expert Sarah Nicholls predicted another year of industry growth. Nicholls speaks with Current State's Emanuele Berry to unveil more tourism trends and plans for Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:31 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

U.S. must decide how to position nuclear arsenal for the 21st century

The U.S. Department of Defense Secretary announced 14 new ground-based interceptors will be added to its Alaska missile defense system, in light of increased threats from North Korea and Iran.
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Originally aired on March 20, 2013.

The United States is the premier nuclear power in the world. But the geopolitical landscape has radically transformed since the height of the Cold War. Meanwhile, our stockpile of ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and large bombers is aging and in need of expensive upgrades and replacements.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Two years after Fukushima, Japan still recovering

When a massive 9.0 earthquake hit Japan two years ago it caused mass destruction and distress. On March 18, an event took place at MSU to commemorate the second anniversary of the tragedy.
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 Originally aired on March 14, 2013. 

 Two years ago, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami which damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, causing the world’s worst radiation leak since the Chernobyl accident in 1986.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Book explores the shifting image of Christ throughout U.S. history

The remaking of Jesus’ image at the crossroads of race and religion is what Edward Blum and Paul Harvey discuss in their book, “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America.”
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Originally aired on March 27, 2013.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Timebanks foster community building

 Originally aired on March 12, 2013. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:21 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Current State | May 20, 2013

Today on Current State:  Timebanks; a new book exploring the color of Christ; Japan two years after Fukushima nuclear disaster; the future of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and Michigan tourism. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

MSU Today | May 19, 2013

Mark Hollis, Rick Shipman, Lou Anna K. Simon
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Financial Aid 101 / swimming & diving at MSU

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:12 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Current State #90 | May 17, 2013

Today on Current State: Rep. Andy Schor; the renowned Stradivarius violins; Michigan mental health courts; and a preview of summer constellations.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:12 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Rep. Andy Schor discusses budget and reforms

Rep. Andy Schor of Lansing, is serving Michigan's 68th House District.
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Michigan’s fiscal year 2014 budget is due in six weeks. In the midst of the always intriguing process, Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, joins Current State. Schor has also been active in May launching and announcing support for measures involving voting reform, gun control and women’s health.

Today, he talks with Current State host Mark Bashore about the ongoing budget proposals, Medicaid expansion, the possible use of an unanticipated revenue increase, his voting reform bills, and more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Michigan looks to expand mental health courts

Earlier this month, a group of House Republican lawmakers introduced a four-bill package that would create a permanent system of mental health treatment courts in Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Uncovering the secrets of the Stradivarius with technology

The Stradivarius Violin sits on the CT bed, waiting for scan.
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For centuries,  the Stradivarius Violins have been acknowledged as fine instruments, whose work is set as a standard by all violin makers.  The instrument was made by Antonio Stradivarius at Cremona, Italy, in 1690s.

Now with radiology technology, members from MSU Radiology department and Mid-Michigan MRI, Inc.,  are able to scan and look at the inside of the instrument without opening it.  Current State's Peter Whorf take us to see how art and science come together.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Look up to the night sky! Michigan's summer constellations

Summer Triangle
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Summer nights mean summer constellations, but if you slept through your astronomy class, it might be hard to figure out what exactly you are looking for.  Current State’s Emanuele Berry joined John French,  interim Director of the Abrams Planetarium for a tour of the summer sky.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:32 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Current State at East Lansing Art Festival

The Current State team prepares for the show's January 2013 launch
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Join us at the East Lansing Art Festival tomorrow as Current State broadcasts live from in front of City Hall from 11a-1p. 90.5FM will be there live with music, interviews and arts coverage all day...

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:08 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Current State #89 | May 16, 2013

Today on Current State: Health insurance co-op Consumers Mutual; the East Lansing Art Festival's 50th anniversary; a local author discusses his book on canoeing and kayaking; and "Ten Buildings That Changed America."

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:07 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Insurance co-op responds to impending health care changes

Much like a credit union, consumers will own a share under the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, or CO-OP.
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The Affordable Care Act has yet to materialize in concrete changes that most Americans can actually notice, but that is about to change very soon. Here in Michigan, one of the first major signs of the new world order in American healthcare is the new East Lansing-based  Consumers Mutual.  

CEO of the new East Lansing-based business, Dennis Litos, explains his role in the upcoming changes, how the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan works, and what this means for Michigan residents, both insured and uninsured.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:04 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The 50th anniversary of the East Lansing Art Festival

The MSU Arts and Crafts Show will take place in downtown East Lansing at the same time as the East Lansing Art Festival.
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The 50th annual East Lansing Art Festival kicks off this weekend from Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 19. Event organizer Corinn Van Wyck joined Current State to discuss all the festival has to offer, and what the 50th anniversary means to the city.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

All along the Pere Marquette: Book explores canoeing/kayaking hot spots

Doc Fletcher's latest book takes readers through the 65 miles of the Pere Marquette River in eight separate travelogues.
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Since his college years, Doc Fletcher has been canoeing and kayaking the countless waterways in Michigan. One of his favorite places to paddle is on the Pere Marquette River, while exchanging stories with his wife Maggie underneath the blue herons and bald eagles up above.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Show counts down the "10 Buildings That Changed America"

"10 Buildings" host Geoffrey Baer explores the often unknown effects of the architecture around us.
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“10 Buildings That Changed America” takes viewers on a journey across America to examine  ten influential American buildings that changed the way we live, work, and play.

Current State’s Peter Whorf talks with the show’s creators Geoffrey Baer and Dan Protess about their show and how they picked those ten buildings. The show airs Saturday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on WKAR World.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:09 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Current State #88 | May 15, 2013

Today on Current State:  Entrepreneurship's expanding in Michigan; life on Mars;  Neighbors in Action features the LCC Foundation; and author, and Lansing native, Edward McClelland discusses his new book.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:04 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Entrepreneurship efforts expanding in Michigan

Manufacturers in Michigan account for almost 16 percent of the total state output, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
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Economic developers in Michigan suggest there may be a silver lining to the Great Recession and the state’s well-documented decline in manufacturing.  Some point to a greater awareness of entrepreneurialism and to more interest in small business start-ups around the state. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:59 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Scientists look to meteorites for clues about life on Mars

A meteorite discovered in January in the Sahara Desert contained ten times more water than any other Mars meteorites that have been found on Earth.
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In order to find out more about the potential for life on Mars, some scientists aren’t looking up, but down. A team of researchers are examining meteorites to help determine if conditions on Mars were ever able to sustain life.

MSU geological sciences professor Michael Velbel is part of the research team. He joins Current State from Washington D.C, where he is currently serving as a senior fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:54 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing Community College Foundation

According to LCC, starting pay for graduates of its automotive technician program ranges from $30,000 to nearly $80,000 a year.
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This week, Neighbors In Action features the Lansing Community College Foundation, which offers more than 300 scholarships to students in need.

Dan McKean, LCC Foundation executive director, and George Garza, an LCC student and scholarship recipient, discuss LCC’s need-based scholarships and the merits of a community college education.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:46 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Author Edward McClelland discusses new book, Lansing roots

Edward McClelland's book explores the stories of what happens when once-booming Rust Belt cities, like Flint, shrink.
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Author Edward McClelland got his start as a writer working on the Lookout, the campus newspaper at Lansing Community College. His new book “Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland,” recounts the Midwest’s industrial growth and decline in the second half of the 20th century. He will be at Everybody Reads bookstore in Lansing on Saturday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:48 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Current State #87 | May 14, 2013

Today on Current State: Rally urges more state dollars for early childhood education; a new documentary about ice and the Great Lakes region; MSU student film looks at hard-hit Marine battalion; and residents and businesses collaborate in Lansing's Genesee neighborhood. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:39 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Rally urges lawmakers to increase funding for early childhood education

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A few thousand supporters of early childhood education are gathering at the State Capitol today.  

Participants in the annual "Star Power" rally will encourage state lawmakers to approve a proposed $130 million increase to the state budget for families-in-need who want to participate in Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program. Currently, the program can afford assistance for only about half of those eligible statewide.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:26 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

New documentary explains how ice continues to shape Great Lakes region

The Mackinac Bridge.

The Great Lakes formed thousands of years ago  when a glacier moved across the region and melted. The film "Project:Ice" depicts the important role ice continues to play in the Great Lakes Basin. 

Bill Kleinert, the documentary’s executive producer and director, discusses the importance of ice to the Great Lakes region. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:09 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Student film documents Marine battalion hard hit in Afghanistan

In 2010, the Third Battalion, Fifth Marine regiment deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan.  Nicknamed the “Darkhorse Battalion,” the Three-Five was sent to patrol a region of the country known as a Taliban refuge and a center for the opium trade.  During the deployment, the battalion achieved a somber record.  That single unit suffered the highest casualty rate of any in the Marine Corps.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:51 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

New projects generate community discussion in Lansing's Genesee neighborhood

Two planned projects In Lansing’s Genesee neighborhood have triggered a forward-looking discussion among residents and business people there.   Earlier this year, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the non-profit Zero Day announced plans for new offices and facilities on Butler Street, which runs less than a half mile near the Capitol.

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