Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
2:21 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Micah Ling to juggle cello, banjo and vocals on debut album

Micah Ling is a member of the Earthwork Music collective based in Wyoming, Michigan.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

Our featured musician this Friday is Micah Ling. This week, the Grand Rapids native and MSU grad surpassed her goal on Kickstarter to produce her debut solo album. She plays some the songs that will be featured on the new album and discusses her love for Old Time music. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Current State #254 | February 13, 2014

Today on Current State: Ingham County parks; big data in ecology; fair housing in Michigan; and student hearing loss.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Ingham commissioners consider parks millage

Ingham County Commissioner Randy Schafer argues that other county departments are more in need of revenue than parks. However, Koening and Holman are not eager to dismiss the discussion.
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The Ingham County Board of Commissioners is looking at a possible county parks millage. Earlier this week, the body asked its County Services committee to begin work on a draft proposal. The focus of a millage would primarily be an expansion of Lansing’s Rivertrail network.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:10 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

MSU ecologists steer adaptation to big data

Ecologists need to understand multiple systems, regions, and continents. Looking at both small and broad scale systems is made easier with new technological tools.
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Big data is being applied across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Businesses are using it to forecast consumers trends, political junkies to predict elections before they happen and scientist are decoding DNA in minutes, working to find cures and prevent disease.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Housing discrimination pervasive but subtle

Kisch says that testing, such as setting up a fake housing offer, is the only way to uncover illegal housing discrimination in cases of race and national origin.
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Housing discrimination is often difficult to even notice, much less prove. Landlords who don’t want to rent to someone based on their race, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation many times have what seem like legitimate excuses that are often delivered with a “smile and a handshake.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

MSU adopts innovative hearing loss program

Jeffrey Astrein, an MSU graduate student, gained useful skills to deal with his hearing loss through the Kooser program.
Credit John Patrick McGuire

High schools and colleges around the country are facing an alarming trend. A number of studies, from places such as the University of Florida and the Hearing Health Foundation, report as many as one teenager in four has some degree of hearing loss.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:51 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Current State #253 | February 12, 2014

Today on Current State: backyard farming; glass artist Craig Mitchell Smith relocates to Old Town; musician Josh White Jr.; the Haslett Robotics Club; and MSU's land grant legacy.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:51 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

State proposes local control of backyard livestock

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An important debate over urban farming in Michigan continues today in Lansing. Officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and others will discuss proposed rule changes governing farm animals in developed, residential areas.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:44 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Old Town welcomes noted glass artist

Craig Mitchell Smith at Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Virginia during his 2012 show. Craig is in the process of installing "The Hydrangea" floral sculpture.
Credit Courtesy of Craig Mitchell Smith and Sheri Ten Ecyk.

Lansing’s Old Town has become a haven for the city’s artistic community over the years. This week, the Old Town arts and business communities welcome a big catch. One of the area’s most prominent artists, Craig Mitchell Smith, has moved his glass works gallery from a prime spot in the Meridian Mall in Okemos to a new spot in Old Town Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:37 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Musicians pay tribute to 'Fathers of Black Folk'

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Legendary African American folk-singer Josh White’s entrance into the world of music happened at age 7, when he took a job leading blind musicians across the states. Eventually Josh became an accomplished musician himself. He is credited with bringing gospel, blues and black folk music to the masses. In 1941, he was even the first African American musician to give a performance at the White House.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:34 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Haslett Robotics Team

Credit Courtesy of the Haslett Robotics Club

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Haslett Robotics Club, which uses robotics to engage youth in the Haslett school district and surrounding areas in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:32 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Historic MSU space commemorates land grant legacy

MSU's Morrill Hall before it was torn down last summer.
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Yesterday, Michigan State University officials dedicated Morrill Plaza, a kind of interpretative center on the spot where the fabled Morrill Hall once stood. The 113-year-old building, which was built as a women’s dormitory, was torn down last year. In its place are several brick markers and a kiosk that showcase MSU’s history as the first land-grant university in the nation.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:42 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Current State #252 | February 11, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's battle against winter; health risk communication; the impacts of wind turbine noise; and author Robert Morris talks about his new book, "Built in Detroit: A Story of the U.A.W., a Company, and a Gangster."

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:37 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Winter takes toll on Michigan county budgets, salt reserves and fleets

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With prolonged frigid temperatures, frequent snowfall, and related transportation and power emergencies, winter has hit mid-Michigan hard.

And with more than another month of the season to go, Lansing and many other municipalities are nearing the end of road salt supplies and the money to buy more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:34 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Communicating about public health fraught with challenges

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The healthcare industry in America is a multi-billion dollar behemoth. It’s a high-stakes arena where the quest for newer and better pharmaceuticals collides with government regulation and a relentless profit motive. However, what is sometimes lost in the dialogue is the messaging aimed at helping the patient take charge of their own health.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Wind turbines pose potential health risks

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In an effort to increase the U.S.’s renewable energy portfolio, the wind industry has grown tremendously. Michigan is now home to just under 700 turbines, but not everyone is happy about the growing wind farm industry.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:23 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Book recounts Detroit family's struggles with union busting

Morris recalls Walter Reuther's tale of being dragged down the overpass stairs by thugs in the 1937 'Battle of the Overpass.'
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Michigan has a rich organized labor history, and much has been written about the early days of the United Auto Workers Union.

In “Built In Detroit: A Story of the UAW, a Company, and a Gangster”, author Robert Morris looks at the union’s infancy through the eyes of his father. Ken Morris was a regional director of the union, and in a time when union officials faced not just resistance but also acts of violence, he suffered a brutal beating.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Sycamore Row | Radio Reader

Begins February 12, 2014
Sycamore Row by John Grisham.

In Sycamore Row, John Grisham returns to the setting and the unforgettable characters that first established him as America's favorite storyteller.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:52 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Current State #251 | February 10, 2014

Today on Current State: improving voters' experience; Israeli jazz musician Omer Avital; reassessing the value of a college education; and a new theater company in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:50 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

State Elections Director: Online registration, absentee balloting could be improved

Long lines during the 2012 Presidential election spurred President Barack Obama to look into ways to improve the voting experience.
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In his 2012 reelection speech, President Barack Obama vowed to make voting easier for millions of Americans. This came after reports that many had to wait in line for hours at polling places to cast their votes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:45 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Israeli musician fuses jazz, Middle Eastern traditions

Omer Avital will be at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing on February 12.
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Jazz bassist and composer Omer Avital will be at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater with his band on Feb. 12. Avital’s music includes literally a world of influences, from Israel to Spain to Africa to America.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Reassessing the value of a college education

Dr. Richard Vedder argues that a college degree may not be worth the investment.
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We’ve all heard stories of Ph.D.'s who work as janitors or sales clerks. Increasingly, we’ve also heard of professionals who owe tens of thousands of dollars on their college loans and of recent college graduates unable to find work at all.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:38 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

New Lansing theater company explores ancient myths

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A Lansing theater veteran is starting up a new theater company. Jeff Croff was the founder of the former Icarus Falling Theatre Company. Tonight, he launches Ixion Theatre with the first of three staged readings of “The Four Disgracers."

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

MSU Today | February 9, 2014

L to R: Sadler, Simon, Jackson, Westerman

Spartan Football, Office of the Great Lakes, Effecting Change

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:56 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

At MSU, President Obama signs long-awaited Farm Bill

President Barack Obama signed the Farm Bill at MSU's McPhail Equine Performance Center on Feb. 7, 2014.
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President Barack Obama was in East Lansing on Friday to sign the Farm Bill--a major piece of federal legislation that will affect just about every American citizen in some way.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:54 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Feb. 7 | Noe and MSU Symphony - MSU Faculty Recital Series

MSU Director of Orchestras, Kevin Noe

Fri. Feb. 7 at 8pm on 90.5 FM and here at Listen Live 90.5 WKAR  | Join WKAR host Jody Knol on 90.5 Classical for a live broadcast of the MSU Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kevin Noe. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:20 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Current State #250 | February 7, 2014

Today on Current State: President Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University; TEDx Lansing; the sport of ringette; artificial intelligence; and live music with Root Doctor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

President Obama to sign Farm Bill on MSU campus today

President Barack Obama will sign the Farm Bill today at Michigan State University.
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The 44th President will be in East Lansing today. Barack Obama will be at Michigan State University this afternoon to sign the federal Farm Bill. It's a long-awaited and sweeping law that will fundamentally change U.S. farm policy.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:12 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

TEDx Lansing to focus on education

The fourth TEDx Lansing will be held in the WKAR studios on Friday, February 28th.
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The idea for TED (Technology, Education, and Design) began in 1984 with a conference devoted to “ideas worth spreading”, and since then, hundreds of the talks have inspired observers around the world. Some of those talks can be heard on the “TED Radio Hour” on WKAR-AM 870, Sundays at 2 p.m.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:07 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Ann Arbor is home to nation's only ringette team

The Narwhal bench looks on as their teammates work to protect the net.
Emanuele Berry

With the Winter Olympics kicking off, many are looking forward to watching speed skating, skiing, and even the oddball darling: curling. But there’s one winter sport that won't be played in Sochi. In fact, it's difficult to find a game to watch anywhere in the U.S.

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