Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Current State #24 | February 14, 2013

Michigan's electricity rates, which are among the highest in the Midwest, will be among the topics addressed in public forums across the state.
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Today on Current State: Michigan's energy future; Michigan radio legend Mike Whorf talks about life and love songs; MSU research on cyberbullying; a Public Poetry Announcement featuring Jack Gilbert; and  Michigan farmers voice their concerns. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:49 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

State seeks public input on Michigan's energy future

What should Michigan’s long-range priorities be regarding energy?  Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials want to know.

This Thursday afternoon in Lansing is the public’s first chance to make its voice heard at a forum being held at the State Library. Next December, the Governor plans to issue a comprehensive set of recommendations based in part on the forums.  

Today on Current State, three guests with different perspectives discuss the energy issue.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Radio legend Mike Whorf on life, love songs

Mike Whorf in his home recording studio.
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Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and Midwestern radio listeners as the long-time host of WJR's Kaleidoscope.  The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other statewide and national honors.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:43 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

MSU research on cyberbullying shows signs for concern

Studies conducted by MSU professors found cyberbullying is just as detrimental to youths as physical bullying.

Bullying isn't just happening the the schoolyard anymore. In the age of technology, online aggression is everywhere.

Two recent reports by MSU professors focus on the world of cyberbullying.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Public Poetry Announcement: Jack Gilbert

Cotton in a Luxor bazaar, Egypt.
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Our Public Poetry Announcement for Valentine’s Day features Jack Gilbert’s “The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart.”  Current State producer Joe Linstroth and Stephanie Glazier, acting director of MSU’s Center for Poetry in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, discuss Gilbert’s richly detailed poem and the limits of language when it approaches such broad, ineffable emotions like love.

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

Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Michigan Farm Bureau outlines 2013 agenda

Keeping up transportation routes, like roads and bridges, enables the agricultural industry to thrive and gain access to needed resources.

More than 400 Michigan farmers had a chance to meet with state legislators this week to talk about their priorities for 2013.  The Michigan Farm Bureau has outlined three main focus areas for its agenda: access to markets, workforce development, and regulatory reform. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:34 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mike Whorf on WKAR

Mike Whorf in his home recording studio
Peter Whorf

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and midwestern radio listeners as the long-time host of WJR's Kaleidoscope. The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968...as well as numerous other statewide and national honors.

 

Kaleidoscope brought listeners an hour-long journey into people, places and events - woven together with period music, archival news recordings, and Whorf's distinctive narrative.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:13 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Michigan Lawmakers Mull $31M For Health Care Exchange

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Governor Rick Snyder's administration is asking lawmakers to quickly authorize spending $31 million to help run an online marketplace where hundreds of thousands of people can start shopping for health insurance later this year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:08 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

MADD, Michigan State Police Support 0.08 PCT. BAC

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Several groups including Michigan State Police and Michigan's Mothers Against Drunk Driving are urging lawmakers to maintain the state's 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content driving threshold.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:55 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Michigan Lawmakers To Debate Forest Diversity Plan

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A fight is brewing in the Michigan Legislature over management of state forest land.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:51 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Schuette To Prosecutors: Don’t Resentence Juvenile Lifers

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There’s a difference of opinion between state Attorney General Bill Schuette and the American Civil Liberties Union on how prosecutors should handle a U-S Supreme Court decision.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:40 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court: Cop Did Not Violate 5th Amendment By Talking To Suspect

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The Michigan Supreme Court says police officers do not have to stop talking to a suspect once the right to remain silent is invoked.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:26 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

State Democrats Introduce Minimum Wage Increase On Heels Of State Of The Union

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A bill in the state Legislature would boost Michigan’s minimum wage to ten dollars an hour.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

SportsTalk | Wed 2/13/13

WILX's Jeremy Sampson hosts this week.

Jeremy recaps last night’s rivalry game at the Breslin center, as the one-sided Michigan State victory was unexpected by many.  Mike DeCourcy from Sporting News gives his initial thoughts following the game, and the matchups that led to a Michigan State win.  Finally, Joe Rexrode from the Detroit Free Press talks about the game as well.  Jeremy gives away two pairs of Hockey tickets at the end of the show.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:30 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Current State #23 | February 13, 2013

Built in the 1950s, Lansing's Eckert Power Station is the Board of Water and Light's oldest.
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Current State #23 | February 13, 2013

Today on Current State: City Pulse's Andy Balaskovitz on the latest Lansing city council squabble, potential sale of city's Board of Water and Light; Neighbors in Action features ePIFanyNOW; solutions to record low water levels in Great Lakes ; an "owl prowl"; and Business Leaders for Michigan CEO Doug Rothwell.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Latest Lansing City Council squabble, privatizing Water & Light

The Lansing city council is having an intense squabble involving technology and transparency.  Two unresolved issues appear to be at the heart of the dispute.  

First, did a city employee erase information from the city-issued laptop of council person Kathie Dunbar?  

Second, should a full council session involving “computer usage”-- presumably related to the incident -- have been closed to the public and the media?  

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:54 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Neighbors in Action: ePIFanyNOW

Since 2009, ePIFanyNOW's events, which promote random acts of kindness, have steadily grown in popularity. Above, the February 2012 participants.
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Each Wednesday in our Neighbors in Action segment, we feature a person or an organization that is working to make our community a better place.

This is a listener-generated segment, meaning that each week, the person or organization we highlight will be nominated by you.

For this week, we look at ePIFanyNOW, which organizes at least two events a year where everyone and anyone is invited to gather together and pass kindness forward. Started in 2009, the events have drawn so much interest that last year, ePIFanyNOW was featured on the CBS Evening News.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:28 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Lakes Michigan and Huron reach record low water levels

This month Lake Michigan and Lake Huron hit record low water levels. The receding water is causing environmental and economic problems in the Great Lakes Basin.

To offset the water levels, Governor Rick Snyder has proposed a $21 million budget to dredge harbors. Patrick Doran, director of conservation for the Michigan Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and Jon Allan, director of the Office of the Great Lakes, discuss dredging and the future of the Great Lakes’ water levels.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:16 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Prowling for owls in the dark Michigan woods

The Harris Nature Center's "Owl Prowl" gives people of all ages the chance to spot an owl in Michigan's woods.
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Meridian Township’s Harris Nature Center offers a variety of winter evening tours, including walking tours, by snowshoe and by cross country skis.

WKAR’s Peter Whorf takes us on a recent Saturday night “Owl Prowl," where guided night tours through the Center's woods could lead to an owl-spotting.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:55 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Business Leaders for Michigan outline priorities for 2013

Doug Rothwell, CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, says transportation infrastructure is a priority for 2013.
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The organization Business Leaders for Michigan calls itself the state’s “business roundtable.”  It’s comprised of the top executives of Michigan’s largest corporations and universities. The organization develops strategy and advocates policy that its members believe can grow the state’s economy.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:40 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Sparks Fly At Budget Hearing On Mascot Complaint

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Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol have some harsh words for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:14 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

State Senate Republicans Look To Up The Ante On Harbor Dredging

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The state’s “rainy day” savings fund could get tapped to pay for emergency harbor dredging.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

SportsTalk | Tue 2/12/13

WILX's Jeremy Sampson hosts this week.

  As the Wolverines come to Breslin tonight, Jeremy invites former Michigan State point guard Drew Neitzel to hone in on his favorite parts about the rivalry, and touch on his basketball career overseas.  Mark Snyder, Michigan beat writer from the Detroit Free Press, gives listeners a sneak preview of the matchup tonight as well.  Jeremy has open lines for the remainder of the show.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:42 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Current State #22 | February 12, 2013

The Urban League was just one of many of the civil rights groups working in Alabama during the 1960s. Above is a photo of NAACP attorney Arthur Shores' house after it was bombed.
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Today on Current State: Lansing City Council member Brian Jeffries and Lansing Township Supervisor Kathy Rodgers discuss the sale of Waverly Golf Course; MSU jazz professor Rodney Whitaker reflects on his career and previews an upcoming performance;  founders of the Birmingham Urban League recall Alabama in the 1960s; and the MSU band's role in big games.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Lansing officials move closer to selling Waverly Golf Course

About a year ago, Lansing voters approved a proposal to sell the 120-acre Waverly Golf Course, along with the  adjacent Michigan Avenue Park.  Last night, the Lansing City Council considered the next step -- a formal decision to sell the land.  Lansing City Councilman Brian Jeffries, who heads the council’s planning and development committee, and Lansing Township Supervisor Kathy Rodgers discuss what this means, along with the larger future involving all that park and green space on Lansing’s Westside.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:31 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

MSU jazz professor Rodney Whitaker plays milestone concert Friday

MSU Director of Jazz Studies Rodney Whitaker and the Professors of Jazz play at Cook Recital Hall in the MSU Music Building on Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. The concert happens to coincide with Prof. Whitaker's birthday.

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark speaks with the musician about the milestone performance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Founders of Birmingham Urban League recall Alabama in 1960s

The Urban League was just one of many civil rights groups working in Alabama during the 1960s. Above, NAACP attorney Arthur Shores' Birmingham house after it was bombed in 1963.
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Alabama in the 1960s was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. The bus boycotts, the marches, the sit-ins, the snarling dogs and gushing fire hoses -- many of that era’s iconic moments happened in Alabama.

Under the leadership of Whitney Young, the National Urban League, which is one of our country’s oldest civil rights organizations, joined the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and others in the fight to end Jim Crow segregation in the Deep South.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:48 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

The MSU band's role in a big game

John Madden is associate professor of music, associate director of bands, and director of the Spartan Marching Band at Michigan State University. Professor Madden and the Spartan Brass will be embedded in the Izzone tonight as the Spartans square off against the Michigan Wolverines for their first-ever meeting as Top-10 ranked teams.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:13 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Court Exam Dates Set For Freeway Shooting Suspect

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Two preliminary examination dates have been set for a man charged with terrorism in a shooting spree that targeted motorists along a highway corridor in four Michigan counties.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:55 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Snyder: Short List Of Detroit Manager Candidates Ready

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’ll be ready to move ahead with a state takeover of Detroit city hall – depending on the results of a financial review that should wrap within several days.

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