Radio Made in Michigan

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

Author David Shields shuns novels, favors hybrid storytelling

David Shields has received many fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship.
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Renowned author David Shields will be on the MSU campus at Wells Hall today (Wednesday, April 17) for a lecture on his latest book How Literature Saved My Life. The author of 14 books and the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington. Shields discusses his work and his take on current literary storytelling.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Hospice of Lansing

Hospice of Lansing has been an independent, local nonprofit since 1979.
Credit Courtesy of Hospice of Lansing

Making preparations for a loved one’s death can be a very stressful and difficult time for families. But with help, a person’s final weeks and months can also hold some of the most beautiful and poignant moments in their lives.

For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, we feature the Hospice of Lansing, which helps families cope with the difficulties of end of life care. John Person, the executive director of Hospice of Lansing, breaks down the benefits and barriers to hospice care.  

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 4/16/13

Matt kicks off the show with the tragedy of the Boston Marathon.  He talks about what it has done to the world of sports, and its effect on athletes.  A few Michigan State University Spartan athletes received academic honors, and Matt covers the latest on who those award-winners are.   He then wraps around to the WNBA draft, and whether women basketball athletes can spark the sport to media prominence.  Matt closes the show taking callers regarding all of the local and national sports topics.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:31 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Current State #67 | April 16, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing city budget; Red Cedar now open for fishing ; Wharton Center reveals new season; and a Public Poetry Announcement with Carl Phillips.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:25 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Council member Dunbar on 2014 city budget

Kathie Dunbar is also the Executive Director of the South Lansing Community Development Association
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Yesterday the Lansing City Council continued discussions about one of the most challenging parts of next fiscal year’s budget--spending for city police services.  Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed spending plan for the 2014 fiscal year includes a $700,000 cut to the police budget. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:17 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Red Cedar welcomes fish and anglers

Yanjie Wang

 In December, the MSU Board of Trustee's lifted a 1960's ordinance, which banned fishing on campus. Students are now allowed to fish the Red Cedar in designated areas. To promote fishing on the river, the Department of Natural Resources released 3,000 fish into the river on Monday. Some MSU students and staff hope welcoming anglers will help improve the river’s reputation. 

Radio Made in Michigan
12:11 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Preview of Wharton Center's 2013-14 season

The Book of Mormon is a musical about a pair of young Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda.
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The Wharton Center for Performing Arts announced its 2013-14 season Monday evening.  Peter Whorf spoke with Wharton Executive Director Mike Brand about some of the highlights, including The Book of Mormon and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:06 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Carl Phillips

In his Current State interview, Carl Phillips discusses writing poetry as both a solitary and a community action.
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Carl Phillips went from a high school Latin teacher to one of the most prestigious positions in American letters, a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. The world-renown poet and professor at Washington University-St. Louis discusses his career and reads  one of his poems ahead of his visit to Michigan State University on Wednesday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:35 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Current State #66 | April 15, 2013

Today on Current State: an update on the Niowave pole barn dispute; Latin IS America festival features steel drum music; and Lansing business news with MLive’s Angela Wittrock and former East Lansing mayor Doug Jester.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:20 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Neighborhood leader says Niowave offer forces 'difficult' choice

A makeover plan to improve the facade of Niowave's pole barn still lacks consensus, according to a neighborhood survey.
Credit Mark Bashore

Recently, both sides in the dispute over a controversial pole barn built by Lansing-based Niowave expressed optimism that a deal could be reached that would make the building more palatable to the neighbors.  Now, some Walnut Neighborhood leaders say Niowave’s latest proposal to fix the facade falls short.  One of the leaders, Mary Elaine Kiener, offers an update. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:02 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Latin IS America Festival features local steel drum bands

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An artistic exploration of interwoven Latin American and U.S. cultures will take place on the MSU campus from today through April 27 as part of the first Latin IS America Festival coordinated through the MSU College of Music. Tonight, the festival will showcase steel drum music at the MSU Community Music School.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:43 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

Downtown East Lansing.
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MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock talks with Current State’s host Mark Bashore every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, former East Lansing mayor Doug Jester also joins the conversation to discuss a new downtown East Lansing development. 

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