A wasp hovers over a tulip on a warm spring day in Washington Park on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Albany, N.Y.
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That's Not A Bee: How To Tell And Why It Matters

This time of year, it’s not unusual for bees to ruin your picnic. Except the bugs landing on your potato salad likely aren’t bees at all. Many people have trouble telling the difference between bees and other stinging, flying insects.

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Farmers Alley Theatre: 10th Season Preview

Two founders of Farmers Alley Theatre , deputy director Rob Weiner and artistic director Jeremy Koch, join Cara Lieurance to give listeners the high points on the large scale musicals, old favorites, and intriguing new shows that make up the tenth season of this award-winning, professional theater based in Kalamazoo. Bookended by the classic musical Gypsy and the modern smash The Producers, the season also offers dramas like The Diary Of Anne Frank and The Christians, an adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County , and a one-man show, Liberace!, which takes place during the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.

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Two founders of Farmers Alley Theatre, deputy director Rob Weiner and artistic director Jeremy Koch, join Cara Lieurance to give listeners the high points on the large scale musicals, old favorites, and intriguing new shows that make up the tenth season of this award-winning, professional theater based in Kalamazoo. Bookended by the classic musical Gypsy and the modern smash The Producers, the season also offers dramas like The Diary Of Anne Frank and The Christians, an adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, and a one-man show, Liberace!, which takes place during the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.


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On WestSouthwest, a reunion of a group that supported lesbians in Kalamazoo for more than 20 years. And the difference between a bee, a wasp and a yellow jacket and why you should know the difference. 


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Lavender Morning is holding a reunion Sept. 30. At a time when few LGBT people were out, the group brought lesbians in Kalamazoo together for reasons of self-defense but also for support and community. Lavender Morning’s 20-year run – from 1979 to the turn of the 21st century – spanned a pivotal time for gay rights in the US.


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(MPRN-Mackinac Island) A new plan by state lawmakers to bring down Michigan’s expensive auto insurance rates is in the works. A rollout of the plan is expected as soon as Tuesday. 

Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Mackinac Island) Governor Rick Snyder says the ongoing Flint criminal cases are dragging on too long, and it’s affecting the ability of the state to recruit and retain public servants. 

Benton Harbor considers a city income tax - again. Congressman Fred Upton is "inching toward a decision on running for U.S. Senate. WMU women's soccer team gets its first MAC win of the season. 

A wasp hovers over a tulip on a warm spring day in Washington Park on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Albany, N.Y.
AP Photo/Mike Groll

This time of year, it’s not unusual for bees to ruin your picnic. Except the bugs landing on your potato salad likely aren’t bees at all. Many people have trouble telling the difference between bees and other stinging, flying insects. 


Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

On Friday, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved a plan to let Consumers Energy end its power purchase agreement with Palisades’ owner Entergy.

Anne-Marie Fendrick

When Mihaela’s family came to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from Croatia when she was just 11, she thought it was just for a little while, to visit her papa. He had arrived earlier to work in the copper mines. But there were many surprises awaiting her in the U.P. Barbara Carney-Coston tells the story of her own family’s immigration to Michigan in her new historical fiction novel for younger readers, To the Copper Country: Mihaela’s Journey (Wayne State University Press, 2017).


Western Michigan University will name its newest residence hall after three prominent African-American graduates. Another Republican joins the race for U.S. Senate, but Congressman Fred Upton still hasn't made a final decision. WMU wins its first MAC volleyball match of the season. The Broncos announce a future football date with Notre Dame. 

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