Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
12:23 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

MSU opera theater presents 'A Little Night Music'

The musical is Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film 'Smiles of a Summer Night.'
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  MSU Opera Theater presents the Stephen Sondheim classic "A Little Night Music," Friday-Sunday April 5-7.  MSU Opera Theater director and Associate Professor of voice Melanie Helston speaks with WKAR’s Peter Whorf.

Radio Made in Michigan
5:35 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Current State #58 | April 3, 2013

Today on Current State:  MSU economist Charlie Ballard unveils the annual "State of the State Survey"; jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart; Neighbors in Action features LAP Respite Center; and survivors of American H-bomb attacks on Japan during WWII. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:51 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Current State #58| April 3, 2013

Charlie Ballard on the State of the State survey; Jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart; The LAP Respite Center; and a collection  of interviews with atomic bomb survivors. 



 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:46 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart riffs on music

Carolyn has been preforming regularly with her jazz group for the last 13 years in addition to starting the Sunday Vocalists Series at Smoke Jazz Club in New York City.
Credit Courtesy of Carolyn Leonhart's website

  Jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart  will turn Wharton Center’s Jackson Lounge into a jazz club next Wednesday. She’ll be putting on two performances that night to benefit East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. WKAR’S Melissa Benmark caught up with her this week to ask what kinds of material she’ll be performing at her Wharton gig.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:43 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Neighbors in Action: LAP Respite Center

Lansing Area Parents’ Respite Center is made of families that aid in the care for children with autism, autism like behaviors and physical disabilities.
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For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment we feature LAP Respite Center, a non-profit organization that offers different respite programs for families living in tri-county area of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties. These programs provides caring services for parents of children with disabilities.

John Stauffer, executive director of the LAP Respite Center, and Nancy Guettler, who has been taking her son to the LAP for 20 years, discuss their experience with the program.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:38 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

MSU now home to interviews with atomic bomb survivors

Dr. Wake joined the faculty of Lyman Briggs College in 2005 after completing her graduate degrees at Kyoto University, Japan (MA) and Indiana University Bloomington (Ph.D). Her current work focuses on Japanese-American and Korean-American memories of the atomic bombs.
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MSU’s G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is now home to the largest collection of of interviews with people in the Americas who survived the bombings in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The interviews provide insight into the global network of survivors and the issues which they continue to face.  Dr. Naoko Wake has a joint appointment in MSU’s Lyman Briggs College and the Department of History. Naoko, who helped bring the collection to the library, discusses  the interviews and what she’s learned from listening.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:02 am
Wed April 3, 2013

MSU economist Ballard unveils State of the State Survey

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Every year, MSU Professor Charlie Ballard leads a team that asks Michigan citizens how they feel about the economy, government and issues like Right to Work. After more than 1,000 such sessions to start 2013, Ballard reveals the results of his annual “State of the State” survey on Current State.

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

SportsTalk | Tue 4/2/13

Matt Ludtke continues his time in the host seat, as he analyzes more news around the coaching carousel of NCAA basketball and starts the hype of opening day baseball.  He also discusses the new Jay-Z business venture in sports, and the linking of Robinson Cano.  Matt later dissects the make-up of the Oakland Raiders, and more news around the NFL.

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

Current State #57 | April 2, 2013

Today on Current State: policy operative Richard McClellan; the Great Lakes Energy-Water Nexus; and Michigan's steps toward autism benefits. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Richard McClellan discusses education, looks back on career

After acquiring his Bachelor's at MSU and his law degree at U of M.
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From education and the judiciary to telecommunications and energy, Lansing’s Richard McLellan has played a huge role in Michigan’s policy landscape since the 1970s, as well as being active nationally and internationally.  The longtime GOP operative speaks to Current State about his long tenure in the policy arena, current debates, the future of his party, and his modest beginnings.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:46 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Water-energy nexus in the Great Lakes Basin

The Great Lakes Energy-Water Initiative utilizes the connection, or nexus, between energy and water.
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The dependent relationship between energy and water is important, but in a water-rich state like Michigan, it’s easy to overlook. Skip Pruss discusses the water-energy nexus  and its potential impact on the future of the Great Lakes. Pruss is a Principal at 5 Lakes Energy and former Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Michigan set to roll out new autism benefits, guidelines

April marks autism awareness month.
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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 88 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, or ASD, across the nation. In Michigan, approximately 16,000 students and 50,000 individuals have ASD. Last April, Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed an Autism Insurance Reform law, making Michigan the 30th state to mandate that state-regulated insurance plans offer coverage for autism treatment and diagnosis. The law also provides a $15 million coverage fund for autism insurance providers.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Current State #56 | April 1, 2013

Today on Current State: Congressman Dan Kildee on his “Marshall Plan”; a new tornado warning system; the wolf hunting debate; sports with Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; and Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:56 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Congressman Dan Kildee on his lastest initiatives

Dan Kildee began his electoral career in 1977 as the Flint Board of Education’s youngest ever committee member. He was 17 years old. That was followed by long tenures on the Genesee county board of commissioners and as county treasurer.

Last week, Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee said he supports a “Marshall Plan” for U.S. cities that are struggling to get back on their feet.  The Flint Democrat says some cities need help transitioning to the “new economy.”  Current State’s Mark Bashore talks with Kildee on his plan, the challenges facing Flint and Saginaw, and deficit reduction.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:52 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Michigan among states testing new tornado warning system

Last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration set up an experiment that changed the way tornado warning messages were communicated to the public. The experiment was conducted to better understand how social science plays a role in peoples understanding of severe weather warnings. The experiment was successful. The changes will expand to 12 states this April, including Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

What’s next for debate over wolf hunting?

With the law passed last December, Michigan may face its first wolf-hunting open season this year.
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Last December, the Michigan Legislature approved a bill that classified the gray wolf as a “game species.”  The act cleared the way for a debate over whether wolves should be hunted for sport.  There are fewer than one-thousand wolves in the state’s Upper Peninsula, and groups opposed to a hunting season want to see that population survive.  Last week, the group “Keep Michigan Wolves Protected” submitted more than 253,000 signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State in a bid to put the wolf hunting question on the ballot in 2014.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:36 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Sports check-in with Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world. Today he discusses the Spartan's end of season performance and the upcoming NCAA Final Four games. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

The square, steel, deep dish is what makes the Detroit-style pizza distinguishing.
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MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, she discuss the Detroit-style pizza and more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

MSU Today | March 31, 2013

Jim Robinson, Russ White
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The state and future of radio; Farm Bureau Insurance leader; Scott Westerman on reciprocators.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:54 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Current State #55 | March 29, 2013

Today on Current State: local journalists review the top news stories from March; the effects of common insecticides on songbird populations; March Madness check-in with Joe Rexrode; and Lansing grassroots leaders on issues their neighborhoods face.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:52 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Local journalists review the top news stories in March

Three Lansing-based reporters talk about the biggest stories coming out of the month of March.
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From the appointment of Detroit’s emergency manager to the ongoing fallout from Right to Work, March was a dramatic month in Michigan.  And in Lansing, officials finally unveiled a controversial plan to address the city’s long-term structural budget shortfalls.  

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:43 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Common insecticides a growing threat to bird populations

Researchers discovered that a single corn kernel covered in a neonicotinoid can kill a songbird.
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The American Bird Conservancy released a report last week calling for a ban on widely-used insecticides suspected of damage to bird and aquatic populations.

 

WKAR’s Peter Whorf speaks with MSU assistant professor of zoology Dr. Pamela Rasmussen about the class of insecticides containing neonicotinoids.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:38 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Sports check-in with FREEP's Joe Rexrode

Joe Rexrode gives Current State his predictions about the 'Sweet 16' face off between MSU and Duke, tonight at 9:45 p.m.
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The Detroit Free Press’ Joe Rexrode breaks down Friday night’s ‘Sweet 16’ contest between Michigan State and Duke.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:35 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Lansing's grassroots leaders taking matters into their own hands

Around the city of Lansing, grassroots volunteers are the lifeblood of neighborhood organizations trying to improve the quality of life.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

SportsTalk | Fri 3/29/13

Matt and Alex wrap up the week discussing the upsets and the shockers.  Wichita State shocks the world by moving one step closer to the Final Four, and Indiana looses their dream by the inability to convert against Syracuse's 2-3 zone.  The duo then discuss Michigan State versus Duke tonight, and Michigan's matchup versus Kansas.  They close the show with Verlander's contract deal, and take open lines.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:05 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Current State #54 | March 28, 2013

Today on Current State: mother-daughter duo discuss their political involvement; winning Detroit Tigers' influence in 1968; Stations of the Cross reenactment in Lansing; and flutist Sir James Galway.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:01 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Barb and Dianne Byrum: Mid-Michigan’s mother-daughter political duo

Both Byrums graduated with degrees from Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Sometimes concurrently and sometimes separately, Barb and Dianne Byrum have represented the Lansing area either in the state legislature, at Ingham County or at Michigan State University for most of the past 25 years. The democratic mother-daughter duo continues to be influential:  Barb as a first-term Ingham County Clerk and her mother as a Michigan State University trustee.  Together, they join Current State and talk about issues, politics, the future and each other.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:18 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

How Tigers helped Michigan bear 1968 summer

The Detroit Tigers' performance in the 1968 World Series inspired many American to persevere through the devastating events.
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With riots, the Vietnam War, and the King and Kennedy assassinations, 1968 was a tumultuous year for the United States. In Michigan, the success of the World Series champion, the Detroit Tigers, helped people get through that difficult time.

Tim Wendel, author of "Summer of  '68: The Season that Changed Baseball and America, Forever," chronicles the relationship between the events of that time and the baseball heroes of that year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Lansing celebrates Good Friday with Stations of the Cross reenactment

Arnold Hennig is the lead organizer of Cristo Rey Catholic Church's 34th annual Stations of the Cross reenactment. He is pictured on the steps of the State Capital, where the performance begins.
Credit Kevin Lavery

Tomorrow is Good Friday, the date two-thousand years ago on which Jesus of Nazareth was sentenced to death and crucified.  For more than 30 years, volunteers in Lansing have memorialized the events of that day with a live reenactment of the Passion.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:55 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

World-famous flutist Sir James Galway

James Galway will be joined by his wife, flutist Lady Jeanne Galway.

  World-renown flutist James Galway comes to Michigan State's Wharton Center Thursday, March 28.  The legendary musician will bring his unique blend of classical, Irish and jazz-influenced repertoire to mid-Michigan fans.  WKAR’s Peter Whorf previews the concert and talks with Sir James about his musical and personal interests.  

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