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Sunday/Monday 8pm
12:34 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

The Dust Bowl: A Film by Ken Burns

A family takes shelter during the Dust Bowl period.
Florentine Films

The latest film by Ken Burns airs on WKAR-TV on November 18 and 19, at 8 p.m.  and repeating at 10 p.m. each night.

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You Can Help
10:49 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Food Bank Drive at WKAR and MSU Library

Jeanie Croope and Susi Elkins with 978 pounds of food.
w.r.r./WKAR

WKAR is pleased to again host a drive for the Greater Lansing Food Bank through December 15.

The drive is a tradition at WKAR, with last year's collection weighing in at 978 pounds. The goal for this season's drive is to surpass 1,000 pounds of food and personal products.

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Festival Ends November 15
4:32 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Last Days of East Lansing Film Festival 2012

If you haven't had time to get out to the 15th annual East Lansing Film Festival yet -- go soon! This popular event continues through November 15.

The festival offers an assortment of documentaries, features and shorts, along with films from up-and-coming filmmakers. It is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan to screen independent and foreign features, documentaries, shorts and student films from around the world.

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Schuler Books, Eastwood
1:12 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Classics and Conversation | Tue. Nov. 13

WKAR 90.5 Classical continues  Classics and Conversation series on Tuesday, November 13, at 5:30.

Join WKAR's Peter Whorf at Schuler Books Eastwood Town Center for a discussion of upcoming classical music initiatives on WKAR – and share your hopes for music on 90.5 Classical.

WKAR has some fun and exciting new programs on the agenda and they are starting in December! Be the first to know what's coming up! Enjoy a cup of coffee and get to know the newest member of WKAR Radio's team.

This event is free; reservations are not required.

 

WKAR Blog
5:01 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: On the Town

A Silver Bells float, 2011

It may seem early to talk about the holidays but here at WKAR, we get a head start on everything! So, this week I'm headed on location to record some video billboards promoting WKAR's involvement in the annual Silver Bells in the City Electric Light Parade. I'll be announcing along with Mark Buzzita and Michael Patrick Shields and we'll be airing the parade live on November 16 from 6-8 p.m.

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Home for the Holidays!
4:56 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

"Silver Bells" Parade Broadcast Kicks off WKAR's Home for the Holidays

Silver Bells fireworks, 2011

WKAR-TV will broadcast Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City Electric Light Parade live at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 16. WKAR’s Susi Elkins will emcee the televised coverage, along with Michael Patrick Shiels of Fox 47 and Mark Buzzitta of WLNZ.

The event kicks off WKAR’s “Home for the Holidays” – a six-week period of seasonal specials for adults and children alike. Between November 16 and New Year’s Day, WKAR will offer 25 seasonal broadcasts, plus specials from regular WKAR series.

TV Highlights

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Support Your Favorites
11:01 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Show Your Luv for Britcoms

Saturday Britcoms on WKAR include the popular 'As Time Goes By'
BBC

Britcom fans -- please join us for a special evening on WKAR, Saturday, November 10!

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The Dust Bowl
2:21 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Sandra Clark Joins Evening at WKAR Line-up

Sandra S. Clark, director of the Michigan Historical Center, will be the featured speaker at the "Evening at WKAR" preview of Ken Burns' "The Dust Bowl." The event will take place Thursday, November 15, at WKAR.

Clark has been the director of the historical center since 1991. Her history degrees are from Michigan State University.

"As someone who grew up in Kansas, it’s [the Dust Bowl] a topic I’ve long been interested in," she said.

Guests will see a 40-minute preview of the film, followed by Clark's talk.  The event is free.

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WKAR Blog
3:19 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act

On November 7, 1967, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act into law.
Credit Fritz Miller, SDPB

November 7, 1967 -- A date for public radio and television stations everywhere to celebrate! It was on this date that Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act into law, allowing for broadcast excellence, education for viewers and listeners via content and independence and freedom of spirit for producers.

These are words worth reading and remembering! Thanks, LBJ!

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Fest Runs Nov. 7-15!
12:58 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

WKAR Sponsors East Lansing Film Festival

WKAR is a proud sponsor of the 15th annual East Lansing Film Festival which begins on November 7 and continues through November 15.

The festival is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan to screen independent and foreign features, documentaries, shorts and student films from around the world.

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Election 2012
10:07 am
Tue November 6, 2012

MI First Election 2012

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6: MI First Election is streaming full coverage of the election from WKAR studios throughout the day, at bit.ly/MIFIRSTELECTION

MI First Election is a project focusing on the viewpoints of college-age, first-time voters in Michigan.

Over 200 journalism students at Michigan State University provide MI First Election coverage online throughout election day. WKAR's evening PBS NewsHour broadcast will feature reporting from MI First Election, along with updates from the WKAR NewsRoom.

 

Making New Friends at NETA!
1:42 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Learning and Sharing

9 Network welcomed us to their studios at the 2012 NETA conference.
Credit Jeanie Croope

This past week I’ve been at the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) meeting in St. Louis with several of my colleagues. We have had an inspiring week of workshops combined with thought provoking talks from PBS’ president Paula Kerger, Corporation for Public Broadcasting president Patricia Harrison and others.

Events like this fill us with inspiration as we learn from our colleagues in public broadcasting and share some of our own successes.

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WKAR Blog
4:30 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Forger Favorites!

MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was 90.5 Classical co-host with Peter Whorf, WKAR Radio station manager.
Credit w.r. richards/WKAR

On October 24, MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was WKAR 90.5 Classical guest host.

Dean Forger shared many of his personal favorite recordings with co-host Peter Whorf. His list included a number of works that you can hear on upcoming MSU College of Music Concerts. Check the list below for date and location.

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WKAR Blog
2:30 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Ready To Learn Receives GM Grant

Bill Reed and Greg Pratt present WKAR's Deb Dunham with a $5,000 check.

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service was presented with a $5,000 grant from the General Motors Foundation with the help of GM Lansing Plants.

The gift was accepted by Deb Dunham of WKAR from Greg Pratt, assistant plant manager and Bill Reed, UAW Local 602 president at General Motors’ Delta Township Assembly Plant.

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Check WKAR.org for more!
9:35 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: On the Radar!

Susi Elkins
Credit w.r. richards/WKAR

Every month I meet with our programming team and look ahead to some of the new programs or initiatives coming up for WKAR-TV. I thought you might enjoy hearing a few things on our radar.

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College of Music faculty featured
3:29 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Exploring the Language of a Musical Moment

Deborah Moriarty and Joe Lulloff are featured in

How does a musician reach deep within to discover the language of a musical moment? This answer to this question is revealed in Saxophone and Piano: A Conversation.

Producer/director Bob Albers takes viewers inside the minds of three MSU College of Music musicians as they explore this question. A side excursion explores the connection between the musical moment and the instant the racquet strikes the ball in tennis.

The program airs Sunday, October 28, at 10:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 21, at 4:30 p.m., on WKAR World.

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Guest Host Shares Picks!
2:38 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Forger Favorites!

MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was 90.5 Classical co-host with Peter Whorf, WKAR Radio station manager.
Credit w.r. richards/WKAR

On October 24, MSU College of Music Dean James Forger was WKAR 90.5 Classical guest host.

Dean Forger shared many of his personal favorite recordings with co-host Peter Whorf. His list included a number of works that you can hear on upcoming MSU College of Music Concerts. Check the list below for date and location.

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Community Cinema
10:39 am
Fri October 19, 2012

'As Goes Janesville' -- Stimulating Discussion

Moderator Ray Tadgerson with panelists (l-r) David Hollister, Jack Davis, Mike Green.
Jeanie Croope WKAR-MSU

Approximately 60 community members attended WKAR's Community Cinema screening of "As Goes Janesville" on October 18, and engaged in a discussion with four guests who addressed the similarities and differences of the issues presented in the film and those in Lansing when the General Motors plant threatened to close.

The Independent Lens film followed the events in Janesville, Wisconsin after the city's GM plant closed. Lansing faced this situation as well, but the GM plant in Lansing remained open, if reduced in scope.

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Take Us With You!
7:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Take Us With You!

WKAR is everywhere you go! No matter where you are, chances are that you can watch a WKAR program, listen to WKAR Radio or find out what's happening here on our social media sites.

If you are an iPad user, you may not yet know about a wonderful new feature for your iPad or mobile device.

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Live in Studio!
4:09 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

College of Music Dean Forger on 90.5 Classical

James Forger, MSU School of Music dean
w.r. richards WKAR-MSU

MSU College of Music Dean James Forger will join WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf as a guest host on 90.5 Classical on Wednesday, October 24, from 1-3 p.m.

How to Participate

Forger will share some of his favorite recordings, news from the MSU College of Music and take your questions and comments on WKAR's 90.5 Facebook page and through e-mail to peter@wkar.org.

An Accomplished Saxophonist

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Online and On-Air!
10:54 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Wild Kratts Offers New Online Content

Fun with bees!

PBS KIDS series Wild Kratts will feature new science-focused episodes and online content this month. The popular series will feature new episodes this week, followed by four more premieres during “Weird Kratts Week,” October 22-26, and a new spidery Halloween episode on October 31. Wild Kratts airs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m.

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Thanks for Giving!
1:27 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

WKAR Radio Campaign Exceeds Goal!

WKAR Radio volunteers in action! Thanks!

WKAR Radio wrapped up its fall membership campaign with a grand total of $139,527, surpassing the pledge goal of $110,000 by nearly $30,000.

The total reflects gifts of 1,065 individuals, with 80 percent of the gifts being new members or those who had returned after more than 13 months since their membership inspired.

Challenge Grants Make a Difference!

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Community Cinema
10:52 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Our Next Community Cinema

WKAR is doing so many things this month, it is hard to keep up! One I am particularly excited about is the second in our series of Community Cinema screenings and follow-up community discussions.

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Take the Quiz!
9:52 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Which Midwife are You?

Which of these four "Call the Midwife" characters are most like you?

It's not too late to get into the terrific new PBS series, Call the Midwife, airing Sundays at 8 p.m. on WKAR (with repeats Thursdays at 9 p.m. on WKAR World and Fridays at 10 p.m. on WKAR).

If you haven't discovered this touching, funny, dramatic show yet, give it a try. And if you have, take this quiz to see which midwife is most like you!

WKAR Blog
9:28 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Teddy Bear Picnic

Children get their stuffed bears repaired at the 2011 Teddy Bear Picnic.
MSU

When I hear the words "Teddy Bear Picnic" I think of the delightful children's song. But the Teddy Bear Picnic that I'm most looking forward to isn't "in the woods at night," but right here at MSU during the middle of the day.

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WKAR Blog
12:42 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Timothy Muffitt's Play List

WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf was joined in the studio by LSO's Timothy Muffitt for two hours. Muffitt shared some of his favorites, along with insights.
Jeanie Croope

Lansing Symphony Orchestra conductor Timothy Muffitt and WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf had a terrific conversation on 90.5 WKAR on October 3 about the conductor's favorite music and insights.

We thought we'd share his playlist with you!

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Online and On-Air!
11:37 am
Wed October 3, 2012

WKAR Coverage of Election 2012

The "PBS NewsHour" team will anchor coverage Election 2012.

WKAR promises to bring you an extensive amount of Election 2012 coverage, using the resources of PBS, NPR, the WKAR Radio Newsroom and Off the Record on WKAR-TV.

Presidential Debates

The action continues tonight with the first presidential debate, moderated by PBS NewsHour's Jim Lehrer. The debate is televised at 9 p.m., and streamed live here at WKAR.org.

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Election 2012
10:05 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Follow Election Coverage on Twitter with the Best!

The "PBS NewsHour" team will anchor coverage Election 2012.

Get trusted, in-depth and independent election coverage with correspondents from PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, Frontline and more.

WKAR's Election 2012 coverage includes TV, radio, online, and social media.

Here's how you can follow favorite PBS and NPR correspondents on Twitter. Use the hashtag #pbsElection:

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WKAR Radio Special Conversation!
10:29 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Peter Whorf-Timothy Muffitt On the Air!

Timothy Muffitt will be Peter Whorf's guest on 90.5 WKAR.
Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

WKAR Radio station manager Peter Whorf will host 90.5 Classical on Wednesday, October 3, from 10-12 with special guest Timothy Muffitt, Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

The two will preview the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's 2012/2013 through discussion and various recordings. Some of Maestro Muffitt's favorite compositions will be included in the segment.

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Community Cinema
2:28 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

'Half the Sky' - Community Cinema Kicks off with Full House

Judy Karandjeff moderates the "Half the Sky" panel that includes Betty Okwako, Amy Jamison and Lynn Paine.
Erin Cullen

More than 80 people attended WKAR's first Community Cinema event held on Thursday, September 27, at WKAR. The topic of the first discussion was Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

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