Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming to Wharton Center Wednesday to perform their signature South African Zulu-style choral music. They began singing in competitions in the 1970s, and rose to world-wide fame when they appeared on Paul Simon’s album “Graceland” in 1986. They’ve recorded over 50 albums, and their latest tour has a stop in East Lansing. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke to one of the longest-singing members, Albert Mazibuko, about the music his group performs.
A team of video storytellers from Michigan State University is wrapping up a two-month journey around the world. The crew is documenting the work of MSU researchers in countries such as China, Brazil and Malawi as they tackle challenges ranging from malnutrition and disease to human organ trafficking. The project is called Spartans Will.360.
WKAR’s Kevin Lavery caught up with team leader Jim Peck by phone in Dhaka, Bangladesh a few days ago to learn more.
The Michigan Public Service Commission is holding a series of public forums around the state to gather input on Michigan’s future energy policy. Lansing was the first stop on that tour.
The public service commission regulates the state’s utilities. It wants to hear the public’s suggestions and concerns about the direction of Michigan’s energy policy. The commission says its main focus areas are renewables, energy efficiency and electric power choice.
Long before movies were invented, people living in the 19th century were fascinated with a simple device that brought photographs to life. The stereoscope allowed two images to be viewed as one three-dimensional portrait. Photos from that era depicted nearly every aspect of life, from the familiar to the exotic.
On Sunday, the MSU Museum opens an exhibit that pays tribute to stereoscopes and the world of 3-D technology. Many of the items were part of the personal collection of the late Val Berryman, a beloved museum curator who passed away in January.
Environmental advocates are calling on Michigan State University to properly dispose of large deposits of coal ash buried for years beneath the campus.
The group Clean Energy Now says tons of residual toxic ash produced by MSU’s coal-fired power plant were found during a 2007 excavation. Some ash was sent to a landfill, but the group asserts more than 90,000 cubic yards of ash were improperly relocated on university property.
Clean Energy Now’s Nick Clark says buried coal ash poses an immediate public health hazard.