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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Have you ever felt like your recipes are lacking diversity? WKAR's Karel Vega and science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum challenged each other to make a dish from the other's heritage. In part 1 of their recipe exchance, Sheril  tries her hand at making pozole - a traditional Mexican stew, with a recipe courtesy of Karel's mom.


This week's Current State focuses on an MSU's "New Day" proposal, a new sexual assault investigator in Ingham County, virtual learning in Michigan, learning everything there is to know about plants and why WKAR may be a little harder to tune in these days. 


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Did you know Benjamin Franklin started a revolution to eat more potatoes in France? A small history lesson on this episode of Serving Up Science as history buff Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega discuss the founding father's contributions to the world of food.


This weekend's Current State updates you on school walkouts, Adado Park in Lansing, Michigan roads, the next generation of veggie burgers and memorable moments from past Michigan State University commencement speakers. 


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By adding a molecule known as heme into the patty, the creators of the vegan "Impossible Burger" claim it contains the aroma and taste of meat. In this episode of Serving Up Science Sheril and Karel eat the "Impossible Burger" to find out if it lives up to the hype.


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Four years after the start of the Flint Water Crisis, the Snyder administration announced this month that it would be ending free bottled water distribution in the city. Now, Mayor Karen Weaver says she is considering a lawsuit against Governor Rick Snyder's Administration. Mayor Weaver joined WKAR's Karel Vega via phone to talk about the possible lawsuit, and the state of Flint in 2018.


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Eating gluten-free has become one of the biggest diet trends of the past few years. Celebrities promote the diet, and some fitness gurus even claim going gluten-free gives a person more energy. Is it right for you? 


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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says a possible lawsuit is still in the works against Governor Rick Snyder’s administration following the end of free bottled water in the city.


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Where do you look for information on what you eat? Nearly half of Americans don't trust academic scientists when it comes to information about food. Instead, close to a third of Americans put more trust in friends, family and social media.


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This story has been updated to include Scott Westerman's comments.

Michigan State University's associate vice president for alumni relations and executive director of the MSU Alumni Association, Scott Westerman, has resigned amid an investigation by the school's Title IX office.


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Nearly half of the food in the United States gets thrown away. Science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR All Things Considered host Karel Vega discuss food waste: its impact on the environment and economy, and ways to reduce it.


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A Michigan State University student is suing the school for how she says she was treated after she reported being raped by three MSU basketball players in 2015.


On this edition of Current State: Michigan lawmakers findings on MSU/Nassar; the "seduction of an unmarried woman law" in Michigan; Personal memories of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Preparing for Severe Weather Season and getting rid of stink bugs!

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Following the Trump administration’s announcement of sweeping tariffs on Chinese products, China responded this week announcing tariffs of their own. As WKAR's Karel Vega reports, the tariff on one Michigan agricultural staple has farmers nervous.


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Welcome to Serving up Science -- the series all about food: where it comes from and how it impacts our health and our planet.


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