Spartan Sportswrap 1/14/13

This week Alex returns with more news and opinion regarding all things Michigan sports. The Detroit Red Wings are back. Listen this week for what to expect this upcoming shortened season, and of course he has news and updates from all your favorite MSU sports teams. This and more here on 89fm The Impact.

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MSU Today 1/11/13

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with legendary MSU basketball coach Jud Heathcote.  Kirk Heinze talks with Governor Snyder’s senior adviser on energy and the environment Valerie Brader, and he reviews MSU’s 2012 Environmental Stewardship report with MSU’s Director of Campus Sustainability Jennifer Battle.  And Kirk learns about the Michigan Saves program that helps consumers and businesses be more energy efficient.  MSU alumnus Dan Redford on his life in China helping Chinese companies that want to invest in the United States.  MSU Alumni Association Executive Director Scott Westerman shares his reflections on the Spartan Life, too.

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Asian Invasion 01/07/2013

The playlist from tonight’s show:

http://youtu.be/3PPOANjVkWE

Mystic White (Color of K-Pop Project: JiYoung, Bora, Sunhwa, Gayoon, Lizzy) – “인어공주 / The Little Mermaid”
S.M. The Performance – “Spectrum”
Dazzling Red (Color of K-Pop Project: Hyorin, Nicole, HyoSung, HyunA, Nana) – “이사람 / This Person”
Dramatic Blue (Color of K-Pop Project: Yoseob, Jo Kwon, Woohyun, Niel, G.O) – “눈물나게 아름다운 / Tearfully Beautiful”
Girls Generation – “Dancing Queen”
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Top 10 Songs of 2012 – Asian Invasion Host Elise

Elise’s Top 10 Korean Songs of 2012

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Psy – “강남 스타일 / Gangnam Style”

I have a love/hate relationship with this song and the phenomenon that has surrounded it this past year. I’m excited that a K-pop song has gone mainstream, but I’m disappointed it was this song and video. K-pop is so much more than some goofy guy in sunglasses doing a ridiculous dance. Not to mention that it’s really painful to continually hear “Gang-nam” mispronounced when it’s not even hard to pronounce.

For years, many different K-pop groups and solo artists have actively been trying to break into the American market (and therefore the global market), but have not quite succeeded. While international superstar singer/actor/dancer Rain made it onto the Colbert Report, and the Wonder Girls — whose “Nobody” was the #1 song in Asia in 2011 — even toured briefly with the Jonas Brothers; the American market is the largest and hardest to break in to in the world. Very talented groups like Big Bang and 2NE1 are able to sell out arenas in the US, but mainstream American culture is oblivious to music sung in any language but English (with the exception of a few Spanish phrases tossed in).

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Afterglow 1/13/2013

It’s Afterglow time again! It’s good to be back in the studio after the holiday break. Tonight I’ve got a bit of an announcement to make. All things must end, and January 20th will be my last show. I’m moving on to do new things in the world. Don’t worry, the show isn’t going anywhere. We’ve got a couple of great people lined up who are going to be carrying the torch after I depart. Look forward to a bit of a “best of” next week to go through some of my favorite tracks from the past year or two, plus plenty of new stuff.

Playlist going up live below!

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City Pulse Live 1/9/13

This week Kyle Melinn calls in to expand on some of his top ten issues to watch in 2013 and we hear Andy’s discussion with Lansing City Council President, Carol Wood. Later we listen to part one of a gun control discussion with Joan Bauer, a Former State Representative, Gilda Jacobs, president of the Michigan League for Public Policy,  Anthony Kolenic, MSU anthropology professor, and Steve Dulan, 2nd Amendment Expert at Cooley Law School.

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Spartan Sportswrap 1/7/13

The Spartan Sportswrap returns from its winter slumber with all things MSU sports. Which members of the MSU football team were drafted, what moves should the basketball team make to dominate all the way to the final four? Listen in and find out.

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