Radio Made in Michigan

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

Today on Current State: Colonel Michael Bloomfield, an astronaut from Michigan; Michigan communities like Grand Haven are planning for how climate change might impact their futures; and Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima.

Current State #391 | October 1, 2014

Oct 1, 2014

Today on Current State: a look at the Great Lakes becoming a transportation corridor for crude oil; we meet some MSU students who’ve made a Bollywood-style movie; and our Neighbors in Action segment this week is with The Davies Project, which provides transportation to families with kids facing serious illnesses. Our guest host today is Scott  Westerman of the MSU Alumni Association.

Current State #390 | September 30, 2014

Sep 30, 2014

Today on Current State: Today on Current State: Our monthly review of Michigan's top news stories; a Great Lakes month in review look at a mayor's summit on water resources at the EPA's update to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; and a copyright case involving Sherlock Holmes. Our guest host today is Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network.

Current State #389 | September 29, 2014

Sep 29, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan opts out of paying higher home heating subsidies; we learn about the East Lansing Public Library’s new maker spaces; and a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson prior to her East Lansing visit this week.

Current State #388 | September 25, 2014

Sep 25, 2014

Today on Current State: keeping low-income college students in school long enough to graduate; National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcia; local transportation needs; the Emerson Quartet; and for Banned Books Week, a review of Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".

Current State #387 | September 24, 2014

Sep 24, 2014

Today on Current State: state superintendent of schools Mike Flanagan; the 50th birthday of the downtown Lansing branch of the Capital Area District Library; chemical castration; and Neighbors in Action: Lansing's City Rescue Mission. Today's guest host is Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network.

Current State #386 | September 23, 2014

Sep 23, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's "OK2SAY" program aims to prevent violence; tailgating culture; an update on wolf hunting in Michigan; and we launch our new Profiles series with MSU Supply Chain Management assistant professor Hakan Yildiz. Sue Carter is the guest host.

Current State #385 | September 22, 2014

Sep 22, 2014

Today on Current State: the MSU Safe Place; recent college graduates and international volunteering; rare blood cancers; and a preview of the MSU Symphony's 2014-15 season.

Lansing Symphony Orchestra Music Director Timothy Muffitt is known not only as a brilliant conductor, but also as one of Michigan's finest classical music communicators and educators.  Maestro Muffitt will take you inside the music tomorrow as he previews the remainder of the 2014/15 LSO season with WKAR's Peter Whorf.  Join Timothy starting at 2:30 Tuesday for an intimate look at the favorites and surprises in store for you this year at the Wharton Center.

MSU Today | September 21, 2014

Sep 21, 2014

Fall lawn care tips, 2014 Michigan apple crop, Madonna's dad, Steve Schram

Kevin Noe with Orchestra
courtesy / MSU College of Music

8pm Fri. Sept. 26 on FM 90.5 WKAR

Today on Current State: modernizing some Lansing schools; Latino experimental art at the MSU Library; Lansing Catholic High School's Pew Crew; and live music with Twyla Birdson, Elden Kelly and Louie Leager.

Current State #383 | September 18, 2014

Sep 18, 2014

Today on Current State: an update on Aramark's contract to provide food service at Michigan prisons; MSU's Summer Circle Theatre dedicates its new performance space; is Michigan truly a "comeback state"; Michigan's wine industry and this summer's weather; and  firefighters train to rescue people from confined spaces.

Ann Arbor Encore

Sep 18, 2014
Jody Knol

Miss last weekend's live Ann Arbor Symphony broadcast?  Were you there and want to hear it again?  Tune in for WKAR's Ann Arbor Symphony Live encore broadcast on 90.5 Classical.  It's this Saturday at 3:00pm and the show features music from the all-Beethoven program including the Leonore Overture #3 and Symphony music director and concert guide Arie Lipsky in conversation with WKAR's Peter Whorf.  Don't miss your final chance to hear this special hour from A2's historic Hill Auditorium.

Today on Current State: flaws in Michigan's court funding system; audiobook narrator George Guidall; a new online news service in East Lansing; and Neighbors in Action: Kiwanis Aktion Club.

Current State #381 | September 16, 2014

Sep 16, 2014

Today on Current State: efforts to bring Terri Lynn Land to MSU for a senate campaign debate; officials oppose a plan to store nuclear waste near Lake Huron; East Lansing honors immigrants; and a new program to help vets re-enter the workforce.

Current State #380 | September 15, 2014

Sep 15, 2014

Today on Current State: funding research in Michigan; protecting the rights on unpaid interns; and NPR's Michele Norris.

MSU Today | September 14, 2014

Sep 14, 2014

MSU Alumni Association and Detroit News columnist

Last spring, WKAR brought you its first live broadcast of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra from the Michigan Theatre with an all-Brahms program.  Tonight at 8:00, 90.5 Classical kicks off an entire season of live Main Stage concerts from the A2SO.  It's an all-Beethoven show from A2's historic Hill Auditorium 

  this evening.  Not only that, but famed pianist Andre Watts joins Arie Lipsky and the A2SO for Beethoven's mighty "Emperor" Concerto.  It's an honor and a thrill for WKAR to launch a complete broadcast season of the A2SO...the first of what we hope will be many to come.

Today on Current State: Lansing police chief Mike Yankowski; the 40th season of Ten Pound Fiddle concerts; the Lansing Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 85th season; and Lansing's dragon boat races.

Current State #378 | September 11, 2014

Sep 11, 2014

Today on Current State: The dangers facing journalists around the world; outgoing state Community Health director James Haveman; genetic counseling; and a review of the Lauren Owen book "The Quick".

Current State #377 | September 10, 2014

Sep 10, 2014

Today on Current State: one of the congregations involved in the schism at Lansing's Friendship Baptist Church; actress-writer Carol Dunitz on her one-woman show inspired by Sarah Bernhardt; and Neighbors in Action: AmeriCorps of Michigan.

Today on Current State: affordable housing; drugs in our water supply; bat conservation; and GM's vehicle-to-vehicle technology.

Book Cover: Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow
Gotham Books, N.Y., 2014

Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow, by Dr. Jan Pol
Gotham Books, N.Y., 2014 
Airs beginning Wednesday, September 10, 2014  

Current State #375 | September 8, 2014

Sep 8, 2014

Today on Current State: MSU President Lou Anna Simon; cleaning up the Grand River in Jackson; a march against violence in Lansing; and a Spartan football update.

MSU Today | September 7, 2014

Sep 7, 2014
Gabriela Saldivia

Sustainability at MSU, renewable energy and our national security, MSU Alumni Association

Current State #374 | September 4, 2014

Sep 4, 2014

Today on Current State: Eastern High School parents on a make or break year; a Lansing clinic for the homeless is reducing emergency room trips; a documentary on how Hollywood depicts Arabs; and a new book on historic michigan luminaries.

Current State #372 | September 2, 2014

Sep 2, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan charter school oversight; windows as solar power panels; sexual assault awareness at MSU; and the Mackinac Bridge walk.

Current State #371 | August 28, 2014

Aug 28, 2014

Today on Current State: the monthly Michigan news review; an Ingham County property auction; a new book about Mackinac Island; and a review of "Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Park 1932" by Francine Prose.

Current State #370 | August 27, 2014

Aug 27, 2014

Today on Current State: Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager Peter Lark; the story of Ojibwe Chief Buffalo; and Neighbors in Action: Peckham's Next Step Program.