For close to a century, the League of Women Voters has aimed to inform voters objectively about political issues and candidates. With the 2012 election now four weeks away, WKAR’s Mark Bashore checked in with the organization’s Michigan President, Susan Smith.
The Michigan Supreme Court opens its session this week with oral arguments in Lansing. Its first cases deal with auto no‑fault coverage, before the court turns its attention to Michigan’s medical marijuana law.
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra plays its second concert of the season over the weekend at Wharton Center. Music Director and Conductor Timothy Muffitt spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the performance, starting with Mendelssohn's Overture, "Fingal's Cave."
Early data suggest the state may not be causing a big jump in the number of biker deaths since the Legislature repealed a law requiring them to wear helmets. The group American Bikers Aiming Toward Education – or ABATE – released those numbers this week.
However, state officials say it’s too early to come to any conclusions.
The 2012 election is just a month away, and the campaign rhetoric continues to fly. All that talk is a rich source of material for the Capitol Steps, a group of political satirists who perform in vaudeville-style tours. The group began in 1981, when a bunch of congressional staffers got together at a Washington D.C. Christmas party.
The Capitol Steps will perform Thursday evening at the Wharton Center at Michigan State University.
Officials in East Lansing have released the results of a community survey, with the intention of using the information to shape future priorities.
The public opinion research firm Marketing Resource Group contacted 400 registered East Lansing voters for the survey. The margin of error was about 5%. Results of this year’s survey can be found on the city’s website.
This past summer, there were about a dozen active archeological projects underway around the state. Some of what was unearthed is on display this Saturday in Lansing.
Professional and amateur archeologists will gather at the Michigan Historical Museum for ‘Michigan Archeology Day.’ The free event will give anyone interested in historic, pre-historic--even underwater--discoveries a chance to experience them close-up.
WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with state archeologists Dean Anderson and Stacy Tchorsiznky to find out more.
Mid-Michigan has a strong folk music tradition. The annual Great Lakes Folk Festival held in East Lansing each August has attracted international attention, and you can hear folk music on 90.5 FM WKAR every Sunday night.
One of the genre's most famous performers will appear in Ann Arbor on Sunday. Peter Yarrow formed the folk super group Peter, Paul and Mary with fellow singers Paul Stookey and Mary Travers in 1961. Their music was part of the soundtrack of the civil rights era.
WKAR's Kevin Lavery asked Peter Yarrow about the current state of folk music.
Michigan continues to face a serious health challenge. A closely watched annual report shows the percentage of people categorized as "obese" in the state continues to rise.
The annual "F As in Fat" report is a project of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is an underwriter of NPR. The report forecasts the percentage would rise to 59% in less than 20 years.
Obesity is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses.
Members of faith-based groups in Michigan could soon be allowed to share the costs of their medical bills as an alternative to buying health insurance. The state House is expected to vote this week on the measure.