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What's new at WKAR Public Media, mid-Michigan's source for PBS, NPR, and award-winning original shows for television, radio, and online.

Courtesy / Sarah Lehr

WKAR has a new voice reporting trusted and essential information for Michigan’s Capital Region. Sarah Lehr joined WKAR in June of 2021 in the role of politics and civics reporter.  

portraits of Jokisch Polo and Crescencio

¿Qué Onda Michigan? reports on issues most important to Michigan’s Latinx community.

Emmy Awards
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WKAR Public Media staff have been honored with three regional Emmy® awards by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

portrait: Megan Schellong

Radio news listeners in Michigan’s Capital Region will hear a new voice joining the NPR Morning Edition hosting team this month.

Hundreds of protesters marched at the capitol
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WKAR wins from Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists include four first place awards

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New Ken Burns Four-Part Series Explores Life of Legendary Boxer 

Young learner with book

EAST LANSING, MI; May 28, 2021 -- In Michigan, a literacy crisis has unfolded in the educational system. Does every child deserve the right to read?


Productions by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University have earned 8 regional Emmy® nominations for the talented storytellers. The nominations were announced today by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

WKAR is a PBS affiliate serving Michigan's capital region.

Robin Pizzo / WKAR-MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich., May 14, 2021 -- WKAR Public Media from Michigan State University collaborated with over 75 mid-Michigan organizations to provide 1,788 WKAR Family Reading Kits to families.  

Curious Crew Returns for Seventh Season

May 5, 2021
Dr. Rob with Curious Crew and chemistry experiment
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Mondays beginning May 10, 2021 at 5:30pm on WKAR-TV 23.1 | Why does a sock cling to a sweater? How does a rainbow get its colors? Where does wax go when it burns? Explore these questions and more, as Curious Crew returns for a seventh season with ten new episodes.