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Radio programming made in Michigan and presented by WKAR at Michigan State University

MSU Today | November 30, 2014

Nov 30, 2014

Michigan wines for the holidays; real Michigan Christmas trees, MSU College of Human Medicine dean

Current State #429 | November 26, 2014

Nov 26, 2014

Today on Current State: Our November Month in Review; Neighbors in Action: the MSU Student Food Bank; and a cranberry glaze recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey.

Current State #428 | November 24, 2014

Nov 24, 2014

Today on Current State: MSU's national championship women's cross country team; doctors and drug companies; Great Lakes Month in Review; the Williamston Theatre's 50th show; and WKAR says farewell to music host Mark Schwitzgoebel.


For nearly 3 decades, WKAR’s morning music host Mark Schwitzgoebel has been a fixture for thousands of mid-Michigan classical music listeners. This week, Mark hangs up his microphone and retires from WKAR. Mark’s last day on the air is this Wednesday.

MSU Today | November 23, 2014

Nov 23, 2014

Holiday food enjoyment and safety, Two Men and a Truck CEO, Advanced Lighting 101, Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Current State #427 | November 21, 2014

Nov 21, 2014

Today on Current State: State Representative-elect Tom Barrett; tonight's concert with the MSU Symphony Orchestra and the MSU Jazz Orchestra I; church services in a bar; and Live Music Friday with Melissa Greener.

Current State #426 | November 20, 2014

Nov 20, 2014

Today on Current State: Closing Michigan's manufacturing skills gap; Cadillac unveils a new Lansing-built model in LA; Stevie Wonder performs "Songs in the Key of Life"; expanding services to at-risk children; and amateur rocketeers plan to launch a port-a-potty. 

Current State #425 | November 19, 2014

Nov 19, 2014

Today on Current State: Republican Arlan Meekhof, who will become Senate Majority Leader in January; the MSU Opera presents "Cosi Fan Tutte"; Neighbors in Action: New World Flood; and an MSU screening of the documentary "A River Changes Its Course".

Good Luck, Mark!

Nov 18, 2014

Mark Schwitzgoebel, your favorite WKAR classical music morning host, hangs up his microphone next week.

After nearly three decades of service to WKAR, MSU and countless thousands of listeners over the years, Mark will bid farewell to his radio audience and retire from 90.5 Classical.

Mark's last official day on the air will be next Wednesday, November 26th.  WKAR will have a number of special broadcast celebrations for him in the next week, including a profile on Current State, and an in-studio "open house" show with station colleagues on Monday, November 24th.

Current State #424 | November 18, 2014

Nov 18, 2014

Today on Current State: The Affordable Care Act enrollment period begins; Lansing's Tech Bus; killer shrimp; and the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy.

Current State #423 | November 17, 2014

Nov 17, 2014

Today on Current State: A proposal to leave transgender people out of Michigan's  Elliot-Larsen anti-discrimination law; an update on our "Moviemaking in Michigan" project; a deer hunting season look at helping private land owners plan for habitat care; and sportswriter Joe Rexrode on MSU's football victory over Maryland.

composite of portraits of Beethoven, Ellington
MSU College of Music

Fri. Nov. 21 8pm - 90.5 WKAR | The best of classical and jazz: Beethoven and Ellington.

MSU Today | November 16, 2014

Nov 16, 2014

Geography Awareness Week, Michigan Advanced Lighting Conference

Current State #422 | November 14, 2014

Nov 14, 2014

Today on Current State: Human trafficking in Michigan; the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra accompanies the film "Singin' in the Rain"; Canadian First Peoples and clean energy; and Live Music Friday with singer-songwriter Cris Williamson.

Current State #421 | November 13, 2014

Nov 13, 2014

Today on Current State: Criminalizing homelessness; the Turner-Dodge House reopens; Graham E. Fuller on his new book, "Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East"; and book reviewer Scott D. Southard considers Gregory Maguire's "Egg and Spoon".

Current State #420 | November 12, 2014

Nov 12, 2014

Today on Current State: The Knapp's Centre reopens; East Africans facing unwarranted Ebola profiling; Neighbors in Action: Youth Service Corps; how the media impact perceptions of climate change; and the demolition of a burned-out house in Flint.

Today on Current State: state Senator-elect Curtis Hertel Jr.; actor Julian Sands; EPA jurisdiction over the Clean Water Act; and a veterans history project story for Veterans Day.

The Best of Me | Radio Reader

Nov 10, 2014
book cover: The Best of Me
Grand Central Publishing, N.Y., 2011

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
Grand Central Publishing, N.Y., 2011  
Airs beginning Nov. 12, 2014 

The Best of Me tells the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts who come from opposite sides of the tracks.  Now, middle-aged, they have taken wildly divergent paths but neither has lived the life they imagined, and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world.         

Current State #418 | November 10, 2014

Nov 10, 2014

Today on Current State: changes at the Lansing State Journal; a profile of Karl Gude of the MSU School of Journalism; a study of organisms that live on dead bodies; and a recap of the MSU football loss to Ohio State.

MSU Today | November 9, 2014

Nov 9, 2014

nuclear energy, green power at MIS, Cranbrook Science, Michigan clean energy

Current State #417 | November 7, 2014

Nov 7, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's ban on same-sax marriage is upheld; surfing the Great Lakes; STEM certification; and the November concert scene.

Current State #416 | November 6, 2014

Nov 6, 2014

Today on Current State: Congressman-elect Mike Bishop; the Episcopal Church's stance on gun control; how Facebook impacts people emotionally; Lansing Symphony Jazz Band director Ron Newman; and Lansing Community College actor Michael Boxleitner.

Current State #415 | November 5, 2014

Nov 5, 2014

Today on Current State: A recap of Tuesday's election results; violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg; Neighbors in Action with the bicycle repair operation Kids Repair Program; and Charlotte's new Andromeda Community Theatre.

Peter Whorf

Music From Studio S, WKAR's newest live music series premieres this Friday, November 7th, just after our 3pm NPR newscast. MSU College of Music faculty preview their upcoming Schubert concert with commentary by piano professor and chair Deborah Moriarty.  On the opening broadcast are Franz Schubert's A flat Impromptu and excerpts from a Schubert Sonatina, plus Dr. Moriarty's Schubert insights and a quick trip into the "Trout" Quintet...also on the program during this weekend's West Circle Series concert.

Current State #414 | November 4, 2014

Nov 4, 2014

Today on Current State: The Lansing Board of Water and Light appoints an Emergency Operations Manager; Michigan's water infrastructure; passenger rail service from Detroit to Chicago; and the Republican party's history in Jackson.

Current State #413 | November 3, 2014

Nov 3, 2014

Today on Current State: Reaction to the recent viral video about street harassment of women; our new Desert Island Download segment; the mechanics of running an election; part two of our trip to the Michigan Historical Center's "Conceived in Liberty" exhibition; and a visit to a Michigan soybean farm at harvest time.

MSU Today | November 2, 2014

Nov 2, 2014

Tom Izzo, Empower Extraordinary, Curtis Blackwell, Actions and Words

Current State #412 | October 31, 2014

Oct 31, 2014

Today on Current State: Our Month in Review for October examines next week's election; an exhibition of contemporary art from China at the Broad Art Museum; and Live Music Friday with Adrian and Meredith.

Current State #411 | October 30, 2014

Oct 30, 2014

Today on Current State: Third party candidates for office in Michigan; a Lansing Symphony Orchestra preview; salmon in Michigan; ghost hunters at MSU; and a book review of "Frankenstein".

Current State #410 | October 29, 2014

Oct 29, 2014

Today on Current State: a look at GM expansions; a preview of the East Lansing Film Festival; Neighbors in Action looks at Peckham, Incorporated; and a Halloween look at really big pumpkins.