Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
4:50 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Greater Lansing African American Health Institute

The Greater Lansing Afrian American Health Institute will hold an open house at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at Lansing Letts Community Center.
Credit Courtesy of Greater Lansing African American Health Institute

For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment we feature the Greater Lansing African American Health Institute, or GLAAHI. Based out of Lansing’s Letts Community Center, the GLAAHI offers a variety of programs, including smoking cessation groups, food donations and assistance with health care needs. Current State's host Mark Bashore talks with Eldon Liggons, the executive director of the institute, and Dr. Don Williams, the board chairman and an MSU emeritus professor of psychiatry.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:44 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Flooding delays Michigan's planting season

Floods have ravaged Michigan this spring. The Red Cedar River has overflowed its banks on MSU campus, flooding the baseball, softball and soccer complex. In Lansing, flooding forced organizers of the marathon to change their planned route.

The Grand Rapids area has been especially hard hit. A photo has been making the rounds, taken from inside an office building in Grand Rapids, of flood waters rising up the surface of a window, with a fish in the picture.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:23 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Current State #72 | April 23, 2013

Today on Current State: Councilwoman Jessica Yorko on city budget; the drawbacks of dredging; dispute over Ingham county recordkeeping; and Angela Wittrock with Lansing business news.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:22 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Dispute over Ingham circuit court recordkeeping suggests changes ahead

A minor turf war over public records is taking shape in Ingham County.

While the dispute is being downplayed by its two participants---Clerk Barb Byrum and Chief Circuit Court Judge Janelle Lawless---some observers suggest it’s symptomatic of a larger, ongoing problem:  poor public access to documents.

Current State host Mark Bashore visited with both Barb Byrum and Judge Janelle Lawless to learn more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Councilwoman Yorko on city budget

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Jessica Yorko.
Credit courtesy of lansingmi.gov

The Lansing City Council continued discussions of Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed 2014 budget yesterday.  This time, the council focused on Bernero’s  spending plan for the city’s fire department.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 4/23/13

Matt Ludtke begins this Tuesday with the Detroit Red Wing’s race for eighth place, and the quest for a playoff birth.  Analysis on the teams and other division foes follow.  Matt then discusses the future of Adreian Payne, and dissects the two divisions in the Big Ten Conference.  JaMarcus Russell, Madden covers, NBA playoffs, and bowling are among other topics on the show.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:08 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Michigan DEQ limits environmental impacts of dredging

Dredging permits can take take 60 to 90 days to be granted.
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This year record low water levels have spurred the Michigan government to spend over $20 million on dredging. Many hope dredging will enable recreational and commercial boating to continue, preventing revenue loss.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:19 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every week for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Attack leaves East Lansing park covered in poems

The East Lansing 'street arts commission' strings poems to hang on trees
Emanuele Berry

This week Lansing area residents scattered poems throughout Harrison Meadows park in East Lansing, in celebration of National Poetry Month. The Poetry Attack also called on the city of East Lansing to become the "city of art it professes to be."

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Current State #71 | April 22, 2013

Today on Current State: oil spill clean-up on Kalamazoo River continues; “Chasing Ice” documentary; new solar-powered electric charging stations in Lansing; and the Supreme Court hears case on gene patenting.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:24 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Two and a half years later, oil spill clean-up continues on Kalamazoo River

A ruptured pipeline contaminated 4o miles of the Kalamazoo River in 2010.
Flickr

It’s been two and a half years since an oil pipeline owned by the Canadian company Enbridge ruptured near Marshall, spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of heavy crude oil into the Kalamazoo River. The incident has been one of the costliest oil spills in U.S. history and the clean-up is still ongoing.

Steve Hamilton, an MSU scientist who has been monitoring the clean-up, updates Current State on the situation. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:16 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Film 'Chasing Ice' documents the melting of polar ice cap

The MSU Department of Geography will screen the film 'Chasing Ice' at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25th.
Credit Courtesy of James Balog

This week, MSU Department of Geography will host filmmaker Jeff Orlowski for a screening of his documentary “Chasing Ice.” The movie documents the work of National Geographic photographer James Balog. Through both film and time-lapse photography, Balog  chronicled the melting of glacial ice.  Current State’s Scott Pohl speaks with Jeff Orlowski, the director of "Chasing Ice."

Radio Made in Michigan
2:08 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

New solar-powered electric charging stations come to Lansing

The electric plug at the BWL's solar-powered charging station provides 240 volts' worth of power.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

In 2010, the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) established its Plug-in Electric Vehicle Community Project. With funding from the U.S. department of Energy, the BWL installed an array of electric vehicle charging stations across the Lansing area to promote this emerging technology.  Now, the utility is taking another step towards building an electric car infrastructure.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

SCOTUS takes up of gene patenting

The case focuses on the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes are used in tests to determine if a person has a heightened risk of hereditary ovarian or breast cancer.
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

  The Supreme Court heard arguments last week about whether human genes can be patented. The court’s ruling could drastically change the biotech industry and also the way universities do research.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

MSU Today | April 21, 2013

Chuck Leavell, Russ White, Kirk Heinze
Credit Sue Nichols

Celebrating Earth Day with Dr. Kirk Heinze in our Greening of the Great Lakes segments. 
 

Kirk Heinze talks with Rolling Stones keyboard player and conservationist Chuck Leavell, Chasing Ice director Jeff Orlowski, and agriculture advocate and MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Current State #70 | April 19, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing police chief retires; folk legend Tom Paxton; Michigan tourism; world renowned trumpeter Alison Balsom; and the Lansing Marathon.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:23 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Lansing police chief Teresa Szymanski retires

Teresa Szymanski also offers insight on police training post 9/11.
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

 

 Teresa Szymanski joined the Lansing Police Department in 1987. She earned her stripes over the years and rose to become the city’s police chief in 2010.  Her tenure has been marked with successes and setbacks.

Chief Szymanski is retiring from the Lansing Police Department this week.  She chats with Current State about her time at the helm of Lansing law enforcement.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:42 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Folk legend Tom Paxton discusses career and upcoming concert

Tom Paxton's decades-long career encompasses over 40 studio albums, a string of children’s CD’s and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.
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Folk singer Tom Paxton recently said that he enjoys songwriting more than ever.  That’s especially noteworthy since he’s been doing that since the 60’s.  Then, Paxton was at the center of America’s folk revival, performing in Greenwich Village with the likes of Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and others.  

Tom Paxton talks about singing, songwriting and his eventful musical career with Current State.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Trumpeter Alison Balsom plays Hill Auditorium this weekend

World renowned trumpeter, Alison Balsom said she is looking forward to performing at Hill Auditorium because of the great acoustics it has to offer for her style of music.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Trumpeter Alison Balsom is one of the world’s premiere performers on the classical stage and on major recording labels.  She comes to Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium Saturday, April 20th. WKAR's Peter Whorf previews her concert.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:51 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Michigan’s tourism industry continues to grow

Michigan's museums and national parks saw increases in tourism last year.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 

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

This week, at the annual Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism,  MSU professor and tourism expert Sarah Nicholls predicted another year of industry growth.  Nicholls speaks with Current States Emanuele Berry to unveil more tourism trends and plans for Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:39 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Second annual Lansing marathon this weekend

The course for the race was slightly altered because of high water levels along the Grand River.
Credit via Jan Willem van Wessel Flicker

 

 Runners from around Michigan, the Midwest, Europe and South America will gather on Sunday for the second annual Lansing Marathon. At last years inaugural event, about 1,700 runners participated in either the marathon itself, the half-marathon or any of three other events. Race director Owen Anderson joins Current State to discuss the race's economic impact, security and other aspects of the event.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:13 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Current State #69 | April 18, 2013

Today on Current State: MSU's renewable energy plan; critical bacteria research; the impressive career of WKAR's Dick Estell; and pianist Bob Baldori.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:06 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

MSU addresses sustainability efforts, shift toward renewable energy

Currently under 2 percent of the MSU's energy portfolio is renewable.
Credit Courtesy of Michigan State University

 In a plan adopted last year by its Board of Trustees, Michigan State University committed to an “energy future” comprised 100% of renewable energy sources.  This week, University President Lou Anna K. Simon updates the effort in her second annual energy roundtable, which will be a live webcast.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

SportsTalk | Thu 4/18/13

The heart of Boston showing their tenacity in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, as Matt Ludtke recaps the National Anthem that Bruins fans sang before the Sabres game.  He then gets into the decision of guard Gary Harris to return to MSU and continue his college career.  He closes the show with NBA playoffs discussion, and coaching changes around the NBA, including the breaking news of Detroit Pistons head coach, Lawrence Frank.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:29 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Research on bacteria could lead to paradigm shift in medicine

There’s been a thrust in research over the last several years concerning the bacteria that live on and inside the human body. The early findings have been astounding and seem to point to a paradigm shift in medicine.

The research could unveil new methods to treat all sorts of common diseases, including diabetes, asthma and even obesity. MSU microbiologist Robert Britton explains the enormous potential behind research into what’s called the human microbiome.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:03 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

WKAR legend Dick Estell's rich radio history

Estell also did some TV work at WKAR. He hosted a program in the early 1980’s called 'Estell At Large.'
Credit WKAR file photo

Dick Estell is the longtime host of The Radio Reader on WKAR AM 870.  His program can be heard not just in mid-Michigan, but on dozens of public radio stations across the country.  

Next year, Dick Estell celebrates 50 years on the program. But his radio roots go back even farther.  He joined WKAR in 1955 as a student announcer, and by 1964, he was the station manager.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:42 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

'Boogie Bob' Baldori of The Woolies on career, new film

In 1964, musician Bob Baldori founded the rock band The Woolies.
Credit w.r. richards/WKAR

Pianist Bob Baldori's musical career has led him to countless gigs with the likes of Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters.

In recent years, “Boogie Bob” has spent a lot of time playing boogie woogie piano music around the world with Bob Seeley. Their time together has been documented in the movie Boogie Stomp, which the East Lansing Film Society is screening this month.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:01 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Current State #68 | April 17, 2013

Today on Current State: Former priest makes his case for change in the Catholic Church; MSU Science Fest ; Author David Shields;  and Hospice of Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Former priest makes case for ordination of women

Many wonder if Pope Francis will take a more liberal position on women seeking priesthood.
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For more than 40 years, Roy Bourgeois’ life has been devoted to an often controversial liberal activism. The former Catholic priest is the founder of the Schools of the Americas Watch and has spent eight years in prison for illegal protests.  Five years ago, the 74-year old was excommunicated for his support of the ordination of women to the Catholic priesthood.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Inaugural MSU Science Festival features hands-on learning

The MSU Science Festival runs from April 12 to April 21. All events are free and open to the public.
Credit Courtesy of MSU Science Festival

The first-ever Michigan State University Science Festival is underway. It’s a chance for learners of all ages to explore the science that touches our everyday lives. Hiram Fitzgerald, the associate provost of Outreach and Engagement at MSU, and Renee Leone, the coordinator of the MSU Science Festival, joined WKAR’s Melissa Benmark to unveil more details about the festival. 

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