Radio Made in Michigan

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.
Credit Anjan Chatterjee via Flicker.

 

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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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Governor Snyder to hold economic conference in Detroit

Governor Rick Snyder calls his “Governor’s Economic Summit," which begins today in Detroit, a “centerpiece event” for 2013.  Over the next day and a half at Cobo Center,  the Governor is bringing together private sector employers and workforce developers to determine Michigan’s future hiring needs.  He plans a follow-up summit with educators in April to align the effort. Governor Snyder shares more details. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Leaders of Michigan cities seek more revenue sharing

Since 2000, Michigan's state government has cut a total of $4.2 billion of revenue sharing with municipalities.   With lawmakers at work on the next state budget, and with a modest surplus projected, advocates for Michigan’s cities and towns are pleading for an increase in revenue.  This afternoon, many of those advocates will meet at the Lansing office of the Michigan Municipal League to make some noise.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Mon March 18, 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 -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today he discusses the upcoming NCAA tournament. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Higgs boson is confirmed, so what?

In 1964, physicists including Peter Higgs theorized that a sub-atomic particle existed that would help explain the creation of the universe, a particle that gives everything in the universe mass. It became known as the Higgs boson.
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Last July, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced that they had found a particle they described as “Higgs-like." Last week, after completing their examination of the data, lead researcher Joe Incandela announced that, in his words, “it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson."

The research continues, but discovery of a Higgs boson would leap to the top of Nobel Prize contenders.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:28 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

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.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

MSU Today | March 17, 2013

Todd Duckett, Andre Hutson, Tim Bograkos

Spartan Dawgs Tim Bograkos and Todd Duckett; Lou Anna Simon and Mark Hollis talk with Lauren Aitch; Scott Westerman's thoughts on leaving your comfort zone.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Current State #45 | March 15, 2013

Today on Current State: GM's possible Lansing expansion;  Lansing Financial Health Team members discuss details of report; Lansing's school superintendent on why she opposes Educational Assessment Authority; the screenwriter of the new Israeli film "Rock the Casbah";  MSU Wharton Center presents "Garden of Joy"; and Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival with a live music performance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:16 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

General Motors exploring plans for expansion in Lansing

GM is investing to expand its Lansing Grand River plant, with the expectation, many speculate, to make the next generation of Camaros.
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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero announced today that GM is interested in building a $38 million expansion to its Grand River plant and is looking for tax incentives. WKAR's Kevin Lavery reports.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:14 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Members of Lansing Financial Health Team discuss report

In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term city revenue shortfalls.  Former mayor Dave Hollister led the 14-person effort that began last November. The blue-ribbon Financial Health Team divided its work into two areas: long-term costs and debt and a regional approach to cutting and streamlining.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:56 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Lansing school superintendent opposes Educational Achievement Authority

The Lansing School District could lose control of schools such as Eastern High School if the EAA legislation passes.
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A bill is moving through the Michigan legislature that would expand the state's oversight of struggling schools.

Lansing schools Superintendent Yvonne Camaal-Canul says the move to expand the preview of Michigan's Educational Achievement Authority is "not about education.It's about politics." She joins us. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:50 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

New Israeli film 'Rock the Casbah' looks at the first intifada

The new Israeli film "Rock the Casbah" takes place during the first intifada in the late 1980s. It's the first feature film produced in Israel to address the tumultuous period and is showing this weekend as part of the Israeli Film Festival put on by MSU's Jewish Studies Program. The film's screenwriter, Guy Meirson, served in the Israeli army at the time. He's a guest lecturer in screenwriting this semester and joins us to discuss his new film and Israel's complex relationship with the Palestinians.

Radio Made in Michigan
5:46 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Lansing Financial Health Team unveils report

In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term revenue shortfalls. Former Mayor David Hollister led the 14-person effort beginning last November. The blue ribbon Financial Health Team divided its work into two areas: long term costs and debt and a regionals approach to cutting, stream lining and the like.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:40 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Wharton Center's 'Garden of Joy' explores Harlem Renaissance

Cherida Best, who plays singer Dorothy Battle in 'Garden of Joy', rehearses in preparation for opening weekend, March 15-16.
Credit Kevin Lavery

A new production opening tonight at MSU’s Wharton Center pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance.  In the 1920’s, the arts in America, like just about every other industry, were dominated by whites. Most representations of African-American life were done in parody.  One of most popular programs of the day was “Amos and Andy.”  It debuted in 1928 with two white actors who would later appear on screen in blackface.

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Religion
5:36 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

From Rome: Michigan priest describes wait for new pope

Newly elected Pope Francis, 76, is the first Latin American and Jesuit pope.
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In a surprisingly short conclave, the Roman Catholic cardinals elected a new pope yesterday. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of the Buenos Aires diocese, became the first Jesuit and first Latin American to be named pope.

Monsignor Jerry Vincke of the Lansing diocese is stationed at the North American College in Rome. He shares what the process has been like and introduces  Pope Francis the First.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:24 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni plays live

Suren Bagratuni, a professor of cello with the MSU College of Music, is the organizer of the Cello Plus music festival.
Credit Courtesy of MSU

The 13th annual Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival begins on March 17 at MSU. The festival will feature the music of Schubert, Beethoven, Bach and Brahms. 

MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni details the line-up and plays live in studio.

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Lansing
4:59 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Lansing Financial Health Team unveils report

The City of Lansing's blue ribbon Financial Health Team has begun releasing draft recommendations on how to address the city's long-term financial deficits.

Current State's Kevin Lavery attended today's early morning meeting at the REO Olds Museum and has an update.

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