Karel Vega

Producer and Host of All Things Considered and Serving Up Science

Karel Vega is the producer and host of All Things Considered airing 4pm-7pm weekdays on 90.5 FM WKAR. He also reports and produces features and digital media creation.

In 2018, he and Sheril Kirshenbaum launched "Serving Up Science." The weekly segment on All Things Considered explores food and its scientific history and impact .

Karel joined WKAR and ComArtSci in January 2017.

Karel comes to WKAR from KHSU, Humboldt State University's NPR station in Arcata, California, where he was local host of All Things Considered.

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Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police. This makes her now the third person charged by the Attorney General’s Office as part of its investigation into MSU related to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.


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Former MSU President Lou Anna Simon has been charged with lying to police, making her the third person charged by the Attorney General’s office as part of its investigation of the university related to Larry Nassar.


On this edition of Current State - A Serving Up Science takeover: The MSU Fall 2018 Food Literacy and Engagement Poll shows what Americans understand and are concerned about regarding their food; Low carb diets seem like a good idea on the surface, but all nutrients are necessary in moderation; You may soon be faced with another decision when buying meat at the grocery store: farm-raised vs laboratory-grown.

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Americans tend to buy a lot of food for the holiday, but some of it goes to waste. An expert explains the thousands of dollars Americans throw away every year & the impact on the planet.

 


On November 10-11 edition of Current State: recapping the pink & blue wave from Election 2018; passage of legalization of marijuana in Michigan; PBS Playtime expanding their role in Lansing schools & the growing demographic of anglers in the U.P.

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In Williamston, three out of four school board members have survived attempts at a recall. 

 


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From poison to sharp objects, there has been a concern among parents for decades that their children's Halloween candy is unsafe. On this episode of Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega discuss the origins of Halloween and how "killer candy" is only a myth.


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The Michigan State University Fall 2018 Food Literacy and Engagement Poll shows what Americans understand and are concerned about regarding their food. But, it also shows where gaps in knowledge exist. On this episode of Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega discuss food misconceptions.


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In the wake of the fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, Michigan State University has been vocal about its commitment to make MSU a safer campus.

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On this edition of Current State: A new campaign at Michigan State University promotes awareness of campus resources for survivors of sexual assault; An exhibit on the Michigan State University campus honors survivors of sexual assault; Breaking down the explosion of pumpkin spiced flavored products; Mid-Michigan bird banders track fall migration; The new class of inductees to The Michigan Women’s hall of fame includes the former director for the National Science Foundation’s Division of Chemistry; A Michigan Violinist Comes back home for the Lansing Symphony’s season premiere.


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On this episode of Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega discuss where pumpkin spice originated and if companies have gone too far.


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Brushing and flossing are both vital for maintaining strong teeth, but there are more ways to keep your mouth, and your body, healthy. One way is being mindful of what you eat. On this episode of Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega speak with Dr. Jason Mashni about oral health.


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Over the weekend the US, Mexico and Canada reached an agreement to replace NAFTA with a new trade deal in the comings months. WKAR's Karel Vega reports the deal might mean more manufacturing jobs in Michigan.


On this week's Current State: how the Larry Nassar & Flint Water Crisis are now part of the Michigan governor's campaigns; how the political marriage gap is closing; enthusiasm among young voters; resources for sexual assault victims triggered by Dr. Ford's testimony; grey wolves relocated in the UP; and a movie cameo by the Jackson Symphony music director.


On this week's show: Michigan's Governors Race; Lawsuit alleging a 1992 sexual assault by Larry Nassar and cover-up; Political climate affecting international students at MSU; The Great American Read; "talking" sidewalks in Lansing; Archived interview with Dr. Lena Wen; the history of apples in America.


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