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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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.


Red Delicious Apple Dethroned
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Red Delicious apples have been around since the end of the 19th century. They were a favorite due to their dark red color, suggesting the apple's ripeness. On this episode of Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega discuss America’s favorite apples.


Whole Grain Bread
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Low carb diets seem like a good idea on the surface, but all nutrients are necessary in moderation. On this episode of Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega speak with Dr. Robin Tucker, assistant professor in the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University, about the pros and cons of a low carb diet.


Kathie Klages
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A second person has now been charged in connection to the Michigan Attorney General's Office investigation into Michigan State University’s handling of the Larry Nassar case. Former MSU gymnastics coach Kathie Klages was charged today with lying to police during the investigation into Nassar. 


Hamburger
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On top of farm-raised vs. wild-caught, and GMO vs. non-GMO, you may soon be faced with another decision when buying meat at the grocery store: farm-raised vs....laboratory-grown. On this week's Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega discuss the looming possibility of meat made in a petri dish. 


Lansing Catholic High School
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The coach of a Lansing high school that faced controversy last year after punishing football players who knelt during the national anthem said kneeling players will no longer be disciplined. 


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The City of Lansing has teamed up with online retailer eBay on a program aimed at increasing the online reach of local businesses.


spoon with sugar
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How does sugar really affect our health? On today's episode of Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega bring light to a study done on the health effects of sugar, a study that Big Sugar tried to sweep under the rug. 


East Lansing City Hall
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The City of East Lansing’s income tax proposal has been approved by voters in the 2018 primary. WKAR’s Karel Vega has more.

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The idea of genetically modified food makes a lot of people nervous. These concerns are usually due to a misunderstanding of how genetic modification works. With an ever-growing global population, these foods will become essential to the survival of many. This week, Science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega break down how scientists are using the new technology CRISPR to grow better food.


Tony ‘El Chayo’ Cervantes
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Después de casi un año, la interrupción de la única programación hispanohablante que presenta WKAR, la radiodifusión regional de Michigan regresa al aire. Karel Vega de WKAR habló con ‘el Chayo’ Cervantes sobre su regreso a Ondas en Español este fin de semana.

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In an attempt to derail its biggest competitor's new product, Coca-Cola devised a marketing plan with sinister motivations. In today's episode of Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega unwrap the short history of Crystal Pepsi and the plan to get it off the market. 


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Join Current Sports' Al Martin this Friday, July 20 at Cooley Law School Stadium ahead of the Salute to Service game against Peoria. The LIVE broadcast will begin at 6 pm and go until game time at 7 pm.

WKAR's Karel Vega spoke to Al to find out more about Current Sports' first ever live remote broadcast. 


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The Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter is hosting an adoption special this week after reaching full shelter capacity for cats.   


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If your kids packed their own lunch, what would it look like? After speaking to the kids at the Spartan Child Development Center in East Lansing, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega say it might be healthier than you'd imagine. On this week's episode of Serving Up Science, Sheril and Karel interviewed some 5-year olds to find out how much they really know about healthy eating. 


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