History

Lee Iacocca's Legacy

Jul 3, 2019
Lee Iacocca
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A giant of the American automotive industry has died. Lee Iacocca was 94. WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks about Iacocca’s legacy with Paul Eisenstein of TheDetroitBureau.com.


Tim Retzloff photo
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The police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City fifty years ago this week, and the ensuing violence, is often credited with sparking the modern gay rights movement. To mark the 50th anniversary, WKAR is exploring gay life in Michigan in those days.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks about that with Tim Retzloff of MSU’s Center for Gender in Global Context. He’s a historian who has done extensive research on gay and lesbian history.


Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Editor’s Note: This story originally aired on the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014.

On June 6, 1944, more than 160, 000 Allied forces traversed the English Channel to land on the beaches of Normandy in France.  Operation Overlord, commonly known as "D-Day," was the largest seaborne invasion in history.  The offensive marked the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe.

WKAR is proud to honor the sacrifice of all veterans, living and dead, who gave of themselves to restore freedom and hope to a war-torn world.

It’s been 65 years since WKAR-TV went on the air as Michigan’s first non-commercial, or as it was known at the time, educational, television station.

The January-February issue of Michigan History magazine includes a story about WKAR-TV’s earliest days.


Turkey
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A turkey trot isn't just a run for families. On this episode of Serving Up Science, science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum and WKAR's Karel Vega discuss the history of turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner.


MSU Tours The Alleged Haunted Buildings Of Campus

Oct 30, 2018
clouds and tower
Derrick Turner / Michigan State University

It’s Halloween season and spooky things are happening on Michigan State’s campus.

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A history museum in southeastern Michigan is set to unveil a mural celebrating the city's immigrants, despite the artist being behind schedule.

Bobby Kennedy and Berl Schwartz
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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.


Gene and Maya Washington photo
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Gene Washington is one of MSU’s greatest football heroes. He was one of the African-American players recruited by coach Duffy Daugherty out of the deep south in the 1960s, integrating college football and winning national championships.

Washington’s daughter, Maya, has made a documentary film about her father, his teammates, and what their history means to modern-day players. It’s called “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar.” It will debut this weekend at the FREEP Film Festival in Detroit.


portrait: Kirshenbaum
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

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


MSU Physician, Activist Remembers MLK

Apr 4, 2018
Courtesy of William G. Anderson

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story originally aired on WKAR on April 4, 2013.

On this date 50 years ago, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in Memphis. 

Megan Malone at Williams Hall photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

There are six student dormitories on West Circle Drive on the MSU campus, and all six are named for notable women in the school’s history.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl met up with MSU archivist Megan Malone for a Women’s History Month walk around West Circle Drive to learn about these six women. They started at Williams Hall.


R.E. Olds Museum Executive Director Bill Adcock signs papers to complete building purchase photo
R.E. Olds Museum photo

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum has completed the purchase of its building and property from the city of Lansing for $2.

Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War 1. A new exhibition at the MSU Museum reveals how the government promoted the war. It’s called War and Speech: Propaganda and Patriotism in the Great War.


R.E. Olds Museum photo
Courtesy photo / R.E. Olds Museum

The city of Lansing has agreed to sell the building housing the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum to the museum’s operators.

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