Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
3:21 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

MSU women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant on life, leadership

For coach Suzy Merchant, character matters just as much as athletic talent when it comes to choosing who wears the MSU uniform.
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Suzy Merchant is not only the successful head coach of Michigan State's women's basketball team, she's also a wife and mother of two boys.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:13 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

New book chronicles history of Native American struggle with U.S. military

Author Winona LaDuke focuses on the troubled and complicated history between Native Americans and the U.S. military.
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Forty years ago, 200 members of the American Indian Movement took over the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.  The group was protesting the federal government’s failure to honor various treaties with native tribes.  The location was symbolic.  In 1890, as many as 300 Lakota Indians were killed at Wounded Knee by the U-S Army.  The standoff lasted 73 days and claimed three lives.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:56 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

The unsolved murder that changed Michigan politics forever

State Senator Warren Hooper was not opposed to bribery before he was gunned down while driving from Lansing to Albion in 1945.
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Before the assassination of State Senator Warren Hooper in 1945, corruption in Michigan politics was the norm, not the exception. While it remains unsolved,  the Hooper hit, which was widely believed to be the work of Detroit’s infamous Purple Gang, ushered in a crackdown on corruption and altered the political climate in Lansing for good.

Bill Whitbeck, a Michigan Court of Appeals judge and the author of the 2010 novel “To Account for Murder,” which is based on Hooper’s death, recounts the story.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Opera star Renee Fleming in town for first time

Renee Fleming is a four-time Grammy winner, most recently winning an award in 2013 for Best Classical Vocal Solo.
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Concerts, Grammys, performing all over the world, opera star Renee Fleming has done just about everything, except for a concert in East Lansing.

Tonight, the soprano can check that off her list as well.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl speaks with Fleming about her latest album, singing for Queen Elizabeth II, and the program she has planned for tonight's performance at MSU’s Wharton Center.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Box 23

In 1934, 34 people were killed as the Hotel Kerns in Lansing burned to the ground.
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Lansing’s Box 23 has supported the city's fire department for 75 years.  The all-volunteer group provides refreshments and support to firefighters as they battle the worst fires.  The name comes from the firebox used to call in the massive fire at Lansing’s Kerns Hotel in December 1934.

Longtime Box 23 member Dave Rule and Lansing firefighter Steve Babcock share Box 23’s long history and explain what it’s all about.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:25 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Democrats Push Plan To Increase Tax Credit For Low Income Residents

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Democrats in Lansing want to restore the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income residents.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:10 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Bipartisan Support For Non-Cooperation With Detention Without Charges

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Republicans and Democrats are supporting a bill that says state and local law enforcement in Michigan should not cooperate if federal authorities try to detain someone without a warrant.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:37 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Current State #32 | February 26, 2013

The MSU Surplus store offers extensive recycling resources and dedication to environmental sustainability.
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Today on Current State: Climate change in Michigan, a tour of the MSU Surplus and Recycling Center; Michigan and the Civil War; Civil Rights era jazz; Spartan basketball in 1979 and now; and the creative process of magazine information graphics.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:20 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Current State #31 | February 25, 2013

Today on Current State: A breakdown of both state party conventions; sports with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; a look at shifting enrollment trends at Michigan universities; East Lansing schools seek tech upgrades; and MLive's Angela Wittrock sorts out the Lansing metro's "real" GDP.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:12 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Michigan Democrats elect new leader, Republicans stay the course

At their annual convention, held in Lansing this year, Michigan Republicans reelected Bobby Schostak as their leader.
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The state Republican and Democratic parties held conventions this weekend, and news was made at both.

After 18 years, Mark Brewer is out as leader of the Michigan Democratic Party, removing his name from consideration before the party’s chairmanship could go up for a vote. Lon Johnson takes over.

Meanwhile, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak faced a challenge from Tea Party nominee Todd Courser.        

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Mon February 25, 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 MSU men's basketball team's loss to Ohio State and what the ramifications are for post-season play.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:45 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Michigan universities see shift in enrollment trends

Student enrollment at Michigan's public universities like Michigan State has dramatically increased among international and out-of-state students.
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A new story from Bridge Magazine poses a provocative question for the parents of Michigan’s high schoolers: “Is a student from China taking my kid’s college slot?”  The story explores recent trends in freshmen enrollment at the state’s public universities. Many have seen dramatic increases in the number of international and out-of-state students. Senior editor  Ron French compiled the story and discusses its findings.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:03 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

East Lansing schools seek upgrade in technology

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Tomorrow, East Lansing voters will decide on a school bond issue to upgrade outdated equipment.  Officials say hundreds of phones, computers, cameras and clocks in the city’s schools are becoming obsolete.  The district is asking residents to approve a millage that would not exceed 1.26 mils over the next five years. The measure would raise more than $5 million for the upgrade.  

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery visited East Lansing High School to talk with the district’s director of technology, Christian Palasty, who says there’s a sizable amount of equipment to replace.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Mon February 25, 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. This week, she discusses the Lansing metro area's real "GDP."

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

MSU Today | February 24, 2013

Scott Westerman
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Russ White talks radio with WKAR Radio station manager Peter WhorfKirk Heinze chats with Michigan DNR leader Keith Creagh, all about the Michigan Horse Expo, and Scott Westerman shares his stirring "I Am A Spartan" essay.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:47 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

State Democrats And Republicans To Gather This Weekend For Party Conventions

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State Democrats and Republicans will meet this weekend to elect party leaders.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:51 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Current State #30 | February 22, 2013

Today on Current State:  A look at the tri-county mental health system; Detroit spoken word poet Jamaal May; the unveiling of a collaborative mural at Peckham Inc; sports with Joe Rexrode; Lansing-made boats at the Detroit Boat show; and an Oscar preview.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:48 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Governor Rick Snyder calls for review of state mental health system

Mental health funding in Michigan is uneven, says Bob Sheehan, and the tri-county area around Lansing is at the bottom.
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On Wednesday, Governor Rick Snyder ordered a review of how Michigan delivers mental health services.  Among other issues, commissions headed by Lt. Governor Brian Calley will focus on how to close the gap for people who need help but end up in jail instead.

Bob Sheehan, executive director of Community Mental Health of Lansing, discusses mental health challenges in mid-Michigan and what he thinks the review needs to address.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:43 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Jamaal May

Jamaal May is an internationally renown poet who grew up on Detroit's Westside.
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Jamaal May is a world class spoken-word artist and poet from Detroit. He has a guest performance at this weekend’s Poetry Out Loud Michigan high school state championships, which are being held in East Lansing.  Mr. May discusses his career, shares some poetry and tells us about the competition. 

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
2:31 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

New mural at Peckham Inc. the work of many hands

Peckham Inc. client Karen Kinsey works on her contribution to the Art@work project.
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An art installation three years in the making is being unveiled this weekend. Art@Work is a community based art project, constructed through collaboration between the nonprofit organization Peckham Inc., MSU's Residential College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Engineering. The installation features over 100 portraits made by Peckham clients and students. WKAR's Emanuele Berry reports.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:16 pm
Fri February 22, 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 MSU men's basketball team and their upcoming game against Ohio State.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:13 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

SportsTalk | Fri 2/22/13

Terry starts off his final show with Tim Skubick, who takes it back decades ago in the world of broadcasting.    The Daily Double then joins to talk about the derby and horseracing.  Terry closes the show with former coach Don Behm, discussing the reality of Big Ten championships and Michigan State wrestling.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Detroit Boat Show series: Pontoons

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The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show wraps up this Sunday at Cobo Center.  Dozens of dealers are on-hand with the latest and greatest for cruising the Great Lakes.

WKAR’s Peter Whorf spent some time at the expo earlier this week and brings us his last in a series of reports from Cobo. This time, Peter speaks with Bill Rose of Rose Marine Service about a boat that’s close to home.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:58 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Oscar preview with founder of East Lansing film festival

Sunday is the biggest night of the year for movie lovers. Hollywood honors the best movies of 2012, with Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, and more. Who deserves to win, and is that likely to be different from who will?


Susan Woods, the founder of the East Lansing Film Festival, offers her thoughts on the contenders.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:12 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Blue Cross Overhaul Headed To House Floor Without Abortion Language

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A state House panel has decided not to add controversial abortion language to a proposed overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:43 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Senate Votes To Expand Teacher-Student Sex Ban

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The state Senate has approved legislation that would outlaw consensual sexual relationships between school personnel and students who are between the ages of 18 and 20.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:11 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Current State #29 | February 21, 2013

Today on Current State: State Representative Tom Cochran, the Michigan-made Quadski debuts at the Detroit Boat Show, the Michigan Economic Center's recent survey on attitudes toward public spending, local moms join national movement on gun control, and the New York Philharmonic at Hill Auditorium.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:07 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

New State Representative Tom Cochran Outlines 2013 agenda

Having been a House democrat for six weeks now, 67th District Representative Tom Cochran discusses what's going on in the Michigan Democratic party.
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Mason Democrat Tom Cochran prevailed in the 67th State House District race last November.  In his freshman term, the former Lansing fire chief sits on the House Transportation and the Insurance committee.

He shares his thoughts on state's road funding, the leadership of Michigan Democrats, and getting acclimated to the state capitol.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:04 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Detroit Boat Show series: The Quadski

Unveiled at the Detroit Boat Show, the Quadski quickly transitions from land to water.
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The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show continues at Cobo Center through this weekend.

WKAR’sPeter Whorf continues our series from the expo with a first look at a Michigan-made product.  Gibbs Sports and Amphibians’ Graham Jenkins describes the new Quadski, a specialized craft that travels on land and water.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Michigan Economic Center report surveys attitudes toward public spending

John Austin discusses MEC's survey results about public spending.
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The Michigan Economic Center has released the results of a new survey with some attention-getting  numbers in it.  The MEC’s “Michigan Dream Restored” project  studied attitudes toward “public goods” -- all the things that our tax dollars pay for -- and asked hundreds of Michigan residents how important those public goods actually are in terms of  stimulating the Michigan economy.    

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