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John Engler photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

In the face of calls for his resignation or removal, interim MSU President John Engler is pushing forward with efforts to move the university past the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl recently sat down with Engler for a lengthy interview about the path ahead.


From Michigan’s outdoor and historic attractions to tasting the foods of farmers, today’s show is dedicated to exploring summer adventures here in the Great Lakes State. 

William Strampel
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Former Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel has retired rather than face the revocation of his tenure.


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WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Many people who have had shingles say it’s the greatest pain they’ve ever endured. About a million people get shingles every year. Since it was licensed in 2006, the vaccine Zostavax has been recommended to older Americans to prevent shingles. Late last year, doctors began to recommend a new vaccine they think will be more effective than Zostavax. It's called Shingrix.


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha photo
Courtesy photo / Hurley Medical Center

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, uncovered the extent of the problems caused by lead in the city’s water supply. It’s become one of the most serious environmental challenges in recent memory.

Now, she’s written a book about the crisis.


Brian Mosallam photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

The result of a sometimes raucous MSU Board of Trustees meeting today left interim MSU President John Engler in office.


Michael O'Rielly at MSU photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

On June 11, rules governing what’s known as net neutrality went away. The rules were designed to prevent internet service providers from blocking, slowing down or charging money for the delivery of certain content. All data was to be treated equally. They were enacted during the Obama administration, but the Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind them in December. That ruling took effect last week.

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly was one of three votes to lift net neutrality rules late last year.


Morgan McCaul speaks to MSU Trustees photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

With calls for interim MSU President John Engler to resign or be removed by the Board of Trustees growing, the board is scheduled to hold its regular public meeting on Friday.


Ziv Levi and Jeff Rehm photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Can a hacker seize control of your car? What’s the worst that could happen? The answers are yes, that could happen someday, and the result could be plenty bad.

A Michigan company is working on ways to improve the cyber security of cars.


Brian Mosallam, Dianne Byrum, John Engler
MSU, Twitter/MSUPresEngler

UPDATE: MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum has added her voice to calls for Interim MSU President John Engler to resign. Michigan State University Trustee Brian Mosallam has become the first of eight trustees to call on Interim MSU President John Engler to resign. Fellow Trustee Dianne Byrum has become the second.


Dr. Dave Weismantel and Dr. Tony Avellino photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Four months ago, Michigan State University announced a restructuring of health services on campus. The changes came in the wake of the sex crimes committed by Larry Nassar. Those changes have had ramifications with regard to mental health services available to MSU students.


Bobby Kennedy and Berl Schwartz
Courtesy photo / The Daily Pennsylvanian

Fifty years ago today, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles. For many, he seemed on his way to the office that his brother, John Kennedy, held when he was shot and killed five years earlier. Lansing City Pulse owner and publisher Berl Schwartz looks back at his encounters with the Bobby Kennedy campaign and the Senator himself.


Karel Vega / WKAR-MSU

Yes, you read that right. Noodles. Last week you heard science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum make Posole. This week, WKAR's Karel Vega tries his hand at a classic jewish dessert made with cottage cheese and noodles. In part 2 of their recipe exchange, Karel steps outside of his comfort zone, and finds himself pleasantly surprised with the results.   


Chevrolet Bolt photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

One of the things holding back advancements in alternative fuel vehicles is their range. Nobody wants to run out of fuels like battery power, compressed natural gas or propane. The alternative fuels group Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy on a project to enable travelling greater distances in these vehicles powered by something other than gasoline.


This week, we look at what's next after the $500 million settlement between Michigan State University and Larry Nassar's abuse survivors; learn how a 90-year-old school building is helping the affordable housing crunch; find out why Detroit homeowners are swapping houses; and talk with a "father of the internet." 


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