Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
6:04 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Lansing's Financial Empowerment Center one of five in nation

Lansing is one of only five other cities that include Denver, Nashville, Philadelphia and San Antonio, that received a $1.5 million grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center.
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In January, the city of Lansing announced that the city had been awarded a $1.5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center. Lansing’s center opened yesterday.

The center is modeled after one in New York City. It will offer free, one-on-one financial counseling to low-income residents over the next three years.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:58 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

East Lansing H.S. set to raise $1 million for theater endowment

The East Lansing Foundation has already raised $700 thousand toward their cause.
Credit East Lansing Foundation

 

East Lansing high school presents "And The World Goes Round" tomorrow night, with a fundraising event after at the East Lansing Marriott. The "Gala of Gratitude" is part of the East Lansing Foundation's effort to raise $1 million for students  to support their theater tradition in East Lansing schools.

Many East Lansing high theater, music and arts grads will be attending the event on Saturday.

One of those people is Dana Brazil.  Brazil is the Associate Director of the MSU Federal Credit Union's Institute for Arts and Creativity at the Wharton Center.  She's a professional actress, teacher and M.F.A. acting student at Michigan State University.


WKAR's Peter Whorf spoke with Dana Brazil about her days at East Lansing High School.

Radio Made in Michigan
5:55 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Educator against Michigan 2020 plan

Credit Thomas Favre-Bulle via Flicker

 

 

A few weeks ago, Democrats in the Michigan Senate, led by East Lansing’s Gretchen Whitmer, announced that the ‘Michigan 2020’ plan is their highest legislative priority in 2013. The measure would offer some amount of free college tuition for all high school graduates in the state. It would be funded by eliminating almost two-billion dollars in loopholes in the Michigan tax code.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:59 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Sports with Joe Rexrode of Detroit Free Press

 Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today he discusses the NCAA tournament. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

SportsTalk | Fri 3/22/13

Vice President of Farm Bureau Insurance Jim Robinson joins Russ and Kirk.

Jim Robinson, Vice President of Michigan Farm Bureau Insurance, joins the panel to discuss his “bleed green” passion, and the relationship between his company and Michigan State University Athletics.  Jim Pignataro, Director of Smith Academic Center, describes his relationship with student athletes and their academic experience with the College of Business.  Finally, MSU head soccer coach Damon Rensing discusses the season and the day-to-day activities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

A tour of Lansing's Albert Kahn building

  Architect Albert Kahn was famous for his Michigan buildings, among them Detroit’s Fisher Building and General Motors Headquarters, Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium and the many functional but distinctive factories and industrial facilities throughout Detroit and the U.S. Lansing is home to one Kahn building, the former Motor Wheel Factory.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:30 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

SportsTalk | Thu 3/21/13

Russ and Kirk give listeners continuous score updates from MSU's second round matchup versus Valparaiso.  The two also hone in on Spring Training baseball from the Detroit Tigers, and recap the unfortunate season for the Detroit Pistons.  The two have open lines, for listeners to give their emotions of March Madness.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:14 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Current State #49 | March 21, 2013

Today on Current State: budget cuts for Lansing police; dancer Nic Gareiss; Dr. Shannon Manning on drug-resistant bacteria; the Ann Arbor Film Festival; and CAFOs for livestock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:13 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Lansing police respond to budget cut pressure

Tom Krug says Mayor Bernero's administration has not asked the police union for any input on potential cuts.
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Police and firefighters in the city of Lansing are under pressure to make concessions to improve the city’s short and long-term budget woes.  Last week, a long-awaited report from the city’s blue ribbon “Financial Health Team” called for a million dollars to be cut from the police department’s budget.  

Discussing the issue is the President of the Lansing Fraternal Order of Police---the police officers and supervisors’ union---Tom Krug and from the city of Lansing, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Service, Chad Gamble.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:33 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Stepdancer Nic Gareiss on percussive dance, sexual identity and culture

Dancer Nic Gareiss. His MA thesis is called 'Queering the Feis: An Examination of the Expression of Alternative Sexual Identity in Competitive Irish Step Dance in Ireland.'
Credit Con Kelliher

  Nic Gareiss has performed traditional Irish dance and the dances of its Diaspora around the world. But for Nic, his performances are not just visual expressions, but audible ones. He understands the body in motion as a form of music.

Nic holds degrees in both anthropology and music from Central Michigan University and recently completed his Masters' in ethnochoreology at the University of Limerick in Ireland.  

Nic discusses his research interests including percussive dances, cultural identity in relation to traditional dance and music, and sexual identity within traditional dance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:07 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Superbugs: MSU molecular biologist on drug-resistant bacteria

Low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria, magnified 10,000 times.
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MSU molecular biologist Dr. Shannon Manning played a crucial role in helping to solve the

mystery behind one of the most deadly E. coli outbreaks ever, which killed more than 50 people and sickened nearly 4,000 in Germany in 2011.

Dr. Manning is also a featured lecturer in MSU’s Classes Without Quizzes hosted by the College of Natural Science. She joins us to discuss the rise in drug-resistant bacteria.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Festival features documentary 'Central Park Five'

Ken Burns latest film examines the Central Park 5. In 1989, five minority teenagers were convicted of raping a white female. Years later, someone else confessed to the crime.
Credit Courtesy of IFC Films

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is underway. Most of the events are at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.

Now into its fifty-first year, the festival has long been a showcase for makers of independent and experimental films.

Current State’s Scott Pohl spoke with program director David Dinnell about the festival’s history and a couple of this year’s highlights.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:32 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Sustainability and CAFOs in livestock feed process

Some farmers feel that federal tax dollars create an unfair situation for sustainable livestock operations by favoring subsidies for CAFOs.

Agriculture is Michigan’s second largest industry. With the exception of California, no other state produces such a diverse variety of fruits and vegetables.  Michigan also has a large livestock industry.  Over the years, the state has seen an expansion of “CAFOs:” or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.  In exchange for high food product output, CAFO’s also produce a lot of waste.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:02 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Current State #48 | March 20, 2013

Today on Current State: Republican State Rep. Al Pscholka on the proposed  state revenue cuts to universities; the future of the U.S. nuclear arsenal; Lansing's Habitat for Humanity; ​a new exhibition at MSU's Broad Museum; spring weather forecast; and a public poetry announcement.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:56 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Legislature set to cut state revenue to universities over new worker contracts

In reaction to the provision, Wayne State University issued a press release which calls the legislation “punishment” for a proposed contract within the legal requirements of Michigan’s Right to Work law.
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 Yesterday the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee proposed a plan that would cut state revenue to universities that approve new long-term contracts with faculty unions. Several schools including the University of Michigan and Wayne State University have been pursuing the new contracts to delay the impact of Michigan’s new Right to Work law, which is set to take effect next week.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:35 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

The future of the U.S. nuclear arsenal

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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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
4:28 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing Habitat for Humanity

The Lansing chapter of Habitat for Humanity plans to build four new houses this year and rehab two. For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, Denise Paquette, executive director of Lansing Habitat, and future Habitat resident, Monica List, discuss the organization’s work.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:24 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Broad opening new exhibit called "Pattern: Follow the Rules"

The museum designed by Pritzker Prize-winner architect Zaha Hadid features more than 70 percent of its 46,000-square-foot facility focused to exhibition space.
Credit Gabriela Saldivia

Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum is opening a new exhibit on Friday.  It’s called "Pattern: Follow the Rules." For Curator of Contemporary Art Alison Gass, it’s her first big exhibition since arriving at the Broad.

She told WKAR’s Scott Pohl that Pattern: Follow the Rules was inspired by the Zaha Hadid design of the Broad Museum building

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:57 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Spring weather forecast with WILX's Andy Provenzano

Andy Provenzano delivers the weather forecast for News 10 weeknights at 5, 6 and 11pm.
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Meteorologist Andy Provenzano spoke with WKAR's Peter Whorf about the first days of spring 2013 and a look at the weeks to come.  Their conversation began by looking back to last year's unusual and problematic March.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:53 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Mary Oliver

Today's public poetry announcement features David Clauson reading the  "Morning at the Great Pond." The poem is by Mary Oliver.  

Current State's Public Poetry Announcements are brought to you by the Center for Poetry at MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Current State #47 | March 19th, 2013

Today on Current State Democratic State Representative Sam Singh; Plastic pollution in the Great Lakes; The new Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities Council, Erik Nordberg; Smoke-Free Housing in Lansing; and parade of electric guitars in Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:36 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Blues guitarist Donald Kinsey on life and the blues

Kinsey at the Pocono blues festival.
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Legendary guitarist Donald Kinsey has been steeped in the blues since his birth. His father, Lester ”Big Daddy” Kinsey, brought him up on a solid diet of basement jam sessions and blues shows in clandestine joints in Gary, Ind.

 

At 17, Donald traveled the world as Albert King's lead guitarist. Later, he was captivated by a new sound, reggae. He played with Peter Tosh and was a member of The Wailers Band. Current State Weekend host Emanuele Berry discusses the past, the blues and the present with Donald Kinsey.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:18 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

State Representative Sam Singh on latest issues before state government

State Representative Sam Singh with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit File photo/WKAR

Democratic State Representative Sam Singh of East Lansing sits on the House appropriations committee and education appropriation subcommittees.  We welcome the first-termer back to Current State to get his thoughts on what’s happening at the state capitol, including a last-minute bill that would make major cuts to universities that do not meet the new union contract rules.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:50 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

As Great Lakes show, plastic pollution not just an oceanic problem

The microplasitcs the team found in the Great Lakes were small, measuring between 330 micrometers and 1 millimeter in size.
Credit Courtesy of Dr. Sherri Mason

Scientists have conducted extensive research on the plastic-filled gyres of the ocean. This past summer, however, researchers decided to look inland for the first time and measure plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Some of the groups' water samples had concentrations of plastic greater than those found anywhere else. The study has resulted in several other projects. Chemistry professor Dr. Sherri Mason discusses the plastic pollution in the basin.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:26 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Erik Nordberg takes over as Michigan Humanities Council's executive director

Erik Nordberg is the new executive director of the Michigan Humanities Council. He says one of his priorities as director is to reach out to collaborators across the state to address their needs.

  The Michigan Humanities Council will have a new executive director starting in May. Erik Nordberg is a long-time board member and will be coming to Lansing from Michigan Technological University where he most recently served as the University Archivist. He spoke about the humanities and his new position with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:12 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

More Lansing rental properties going smoke-free

Dr. Renee Canady of the Ingham County Health Department says 22% of this county's population identify as smokers but only 6% allow smoking in their homes.
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Tomorrow is National “Kick Butts Day,” a day of activism to call attention to the hazards of tobacco use. In mid-Michigan, the managers of a local apartment complex are marking the day by celebrating their recent status as a smoke-free property.  Current State talks with Ingham county health officer Dr. Renee Canady about current available smoke-free housing, what's being done to ensure these properties are available, and whether it makes economic sense.

Radio Made in Michigan
3:57 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Detroit parade of shredding electric guitars ushers in spring

This years guitar parade will usher spring into the city of Detroit.

  Tomorrow morning, the spring equinox occurs just after 7 a.m Eastern Time.

Diverse cultures throughout history have marked the passing of the seasons with music and artistic expression.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 3/19/13

MSU alumni Don Gonyea from NPR joins the airwaves, as Russ White and Kirk Heinze discuss their affinity for the Detroit Tigers and reliving pastimes.   Director of Broadcast services for WKAR Gary Reid joins the panel to present Don an award.  Finally, Scott Meier from Cumulus joins the group to discuss radio audiences and the changing future of radio.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:09 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

SportsTalk | Mon 3/18/13

Russ White and Kirk Heinze, hosts of Greening of the Great Lakes, takes listeners through SportsTalk this week.  The duo discusses the latest of MSU basketball in the NCAA tournament, and also wrap around to Detroit Tiger baseball.  The two take guest callers, inviting you to give your take on sports news around the country.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:44 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Current State #46 | March 18, 2013

Today on Current State:  Governor Snyder’s 2013 economic conference; Michigan Municipal League leaders discuss the revenue debacle; sports with Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode;  the Higgs boson; and Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

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