Radio Made in Michigan

Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Wood responds to State of the City, insists on open BWL review

Economic development was a major focus of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's 2014 State of the City speech at GM's Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

In his ninth annual State of the City address last night, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the capital city is unquestionably moving forward, but that the city needs to maintain momentum.    

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:58 am
Fri January 31, 2014

'Sweet Honey' founder to lead first night of singing festival

In addition to her music career, Ysaye Barnwell was a professor at the College of Dentistry at Howard University.
Credit Courtesy of Ysaye Barnwell

Friday is the first night of the The Ten Pound Fiddle’s Mid-Winter Singing Festival. Dr. Ysaye Barnwell will lead the first “group sing” at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. She is a founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, as well as a composer, educator, and public health expert. Current State’s Melissa Benmark speaks with Dr. Barnwell about her multi-faceted career and her song choices for the festival.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Growers, food stamp recipients prepare for new Farm Bill

The new farm bill will cut the food stamp program by $8 billion.
Credit Flickr/Clementine Gallot


It was two years overdue but the 2013 Farm Bill is making a steady course toward President Obama’s desk. The House passed the bill on Wednesday.  It now goes to the full Senate, which is expected to take action as early as today.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Lansing guitarist plays eclectic mix of instruments, genres

Drew Howard plays guitar, steel pedal guitar, dobro and other instruments.
Credit Courtesy of Drew Howard

Drew Howard is a veteran fixture of Lansing's and Michigan's music scene, as both a studio musician and performer.  He discusses his long musical career and  plays guitar and dobro throughout the show as part of our Friday Music Series on Current State. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:31 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Current State #244 | January 30, 2014

Today on Current State: January: month in review; sustainable instruments: marimba; basketball hoops around America; and the MSU 360 project.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:27 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Month in Review: State budget, minimum wage highlight news from January

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To review and update some of the the month’s top Michigan news stories, Current State welcomes Tim Skubick, host of Michigan Public TV’s “Off the Record,” seen on WKAR-TV. Also joining us is Bill Ballenger of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter, and Emily Lawler of MIRS News in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

MSU musician builds greener instrument

Alex Smith builds his own marimba out of Michigan Sassafras.
Credit Gabriela Saldivia/The Michigandered Marimba


When we think about our carbon footprint, we often look at things like our car’s gas mileage, our home’s energy usage, and how far our food had to travel to get to the plate. Rarely mentioned in a discussion about carbon footprints, however, are musical instruments.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:19 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

The world through Spartans' eyes

Crew from the 360 Project.
Credit report.president.msu.edu/360/blog


On November 6, 2013, Michigan State University put out the call to people with MSU ties all over the world to shoot and submit video of whatever they were doing that day. The idea was to produce a video seeing the world through the eyes of Spartans for a day. Today, the finished product, called “MSU 360-24”, goes online, and there will also be airings on the Big Ten Network.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Current State #243 | January 29, 2014

Today on Current State: Cong. Rogers on the State of the Union address; “Strengthening Michigan’s Governing Institutions” project; assisting sexual assault victims; and self-help through the ages.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Congressman Rogers: State of the Union lacked substance

Cong. Mike Rogers
Credit www.mikerogers.house.gov

President Obama shared his priorities for the new year last night in his sixth State of the Union address.  Among those goals:  narrowing the country’s income gap, in part by raising the minimum wage for federal contract employees; immigration reform; and an expansion of employee retirement savings plans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:53 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Bipartisan effort aims to strengthen Michigan legislative resources

Rep. Andy Schor is working with the Strengthening Michigan's Government Institutions group.
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A long-time Michigan political insider is launching a bipartisan effort to bolster resources for state legislators. The “Strengthening Michigan’s Governing Institutions” project is the brainchild of Republican/Libertarian Richard McLellan, who thinks term limits have left legislators with too few resources to do their jobs well.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Neighbors in Action: MSU Sexual Assault Program & Sparrow Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program

Credit www.endrape.msu.edu

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 two organizations that assist victims of sexual assault in our community.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:49 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Author distills self-help through the ages

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Roman Krzarnic is a British author, teacher and philosopher whose latest book, “How Should We Live?” looks at 12 of humanity’s touchstones such as love, money, creativity and time, and then explores what thinkers throughout history have written about them.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:51 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Wednesday 1/29 School Closings

ADDISON

ALBION PUBLIC

BATH COMMUNITY

BATTLE CREEK

BELLEVUE COMMUNITY

BRANCH ISD

BRIGHTON

BRONSON

CAMDEN-FRONTIER

CHARLOTTE PUBLIC - Status: 2 HOUR DELAY

CHARYL STOCKWELL ACADEMY

CHARYL STOCKWELL PREP ACADEMY

CLINTON CO RESA - Status: 2 HOUR DELAY

CLINTON COMMUNITY

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:52 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Current State #242 | January 28, 2014

Today on Current State: minimum wage proposal; the Great Lakes Month in Review; Gov. Snyder's immigration proposal for Detroit; and the rails to trails project.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Coalition working on minimum wage proposal for November ballot

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A coalition of labor and civil rights groups calling itself Raise Michigan has announced its intention to form a ballot campaign committee. It’s a procedural step that could lead to a statewide vote this November on raising the minimum wage, which in Michigan is currently $7.40 an hour.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:47 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: Ice cover, Asian carp and Federal funding

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At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For the January 2014 Great Lakes Month in Review, we’re focusing on ice cover and Asian carp fatigue.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Law prof weighs Snyder's Detroit immigration plan

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Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder offered a proposal he thinks will jump start Detroit’s struggling economy. At a company in predominantly Hispanic southwest Detroit, the Governor said he wants the Federal government to increase the number of skilled immigrants in Michigan to reach 50,000 over five years. The only condition is that they have to live and work in Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Rails to Trails network plans to connect Ionia and Owosso

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A long hike or bike ride on a warm Michigan spring day may seem like a long way off right now. However, plans are in the works to build a new trail line in mid-Michigan north of Lansing. Bids could go out as soon as next month to build a 42-mile trail on the site of an abandoned rail line from Owosso to Ionia. The project is part of a much larger plan that would create a sweeping 125-mile trail that would loop through parts of  five counties.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:51 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Current State #241 | January 27, 2014

Today on Current State: federal Balanced Budget Amendment; sleep cleaning; making a movie in Michigan; and MSU's "Happy Birthday Mozart" concert.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:47 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Senate sponsor says Balanced Budget Amendment needed to reign in spending

Sen. Mike Green
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In his recent State of the State address, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder called on the state legislature to join 20 other states already prodding the federal government to enact a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Mon January 27, 2014

MSU economist highlights drawbacks of Balanced Budget Amendment

MSU economist Charley Ballard
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Current State's discussion on a proposed Balanced Budget Amendment continued with MSU economist Charley Ballard.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:44 am
Mon January 27, 2014

New study: Sleep may activate brain's 'cleaning crew'

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Why do we sleep? Some new research indicates that sleep may actually be what enables the brain’s cleaning crew to keep things chemically tidy in there. A Danish study, published this fall in the journal Science, has implications both for our daily mental well-being and possibly for longer-term concerns like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:42 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Moviemaking in Michigan: Getting Started

Filmmaker Rich Goteri
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Making a movie is a complicated business. There has to be a script, a producer, a director, actors, costumes, sets, props, and a seemingly endless list of jobs to be done. If you’ve ever watched a movie through the end of the credits, you know what I mean. Today, Current State launches an ambitious project to follow the process of making a movie in Michigan from start to finish.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Mon January 27, 2014

MSU musicians celebrate Mozart's birthday

MSU assistant professor of musicology Marcie Ray
Credit www.music.msu.edu

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be celebrated tonight at 7:30 at MSU's Fairchild Theatre as the College of Music presents its annual "Happy Birthday Mozart" concert.  Woodwind musicians will perform several of Mozart's chamber works, and faculty vocalists will sing arias from three of Mozart's best known operas: "Don Giovanni", "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Cosi Fan Tutte".

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:39 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Current State #240 | January 24, 2014

Today on Current State: 8th district congressional candidate Ken Darga; Michigan Statehood Day marks D-Day with a former German prisoner of war; interactive exhibits at the Detroit Auto Show; live music with Matt Borghi and Mike Teager; and bonus auto show coverage on fixing up Cobo Arena.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Eighth District race attracts moderate Dem challenger to Rogers

Ken Darga (D) hopes to unseat GOP congressman Mike Rogers.
Credit www.darga4congress.com/

Incumbent U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers will have a Democratic opponent when he runs for re-election this November. Ken Darga has thrown his hat in the ring this year against Rogers in the solidly Republican 8th district.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Ex-German POW to share story at Statehood Day event

Ernst Floeter (left) was brought to Michigan shortly after his capture in the days following D-Day. Eric Perkins (right) invited Floeter to be part of the Michigan Historical Museum's Statehood Day events.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

On January 26th, 1837, Michigan was admitted as the 26th state to the Union. The Michigan Historical Museum is celebrating our state’s 177th birthday with its annual Michigan Statehood Day planned for tomorrow. The celebration is also centered around the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Detroit Auto Show offers family activities

At this 1963 Chevy Greenbriar van, you can create a short video which is turned into a flip book you can take with you.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

The North American International Auto Show continues through this weekend at Cobo Center. Current State's Peter Whorf spoke with Chevrolet Auto Show Manager Micha Rawlings about some of the interactive exhibits available to auto show-goers.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:15 am
Fri January 24, 2014

East Lansing musicians explore ambient sounds

Matt Borghi (left) and Mike Teager
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

Playing live all hour on Current State today are Matt Borghi on keyboards and Mike Teager on saxophone. The Lansing duo has a new album of their ambient music out called “Convocation.”

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