Mark Wedel

Between the Lines: Mule Skinner Blues

He refers to himself as an American. A muddy, filthy, cranky American. Kalamazoo resident Mark Wedel got that filthy by riding a bicycle along the trails of the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath in May 2017. He wanted to experience the solo ride but he also wanted to reach Washington D.C. to express his crankiness about the results of the 2016 presidential election. Wedel writes about his journey in Mule Skinner Blues .

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Craig Freeman

LHI Live: Musical Nomad Kjartan Code & Trio

Kjartan Code was raised in Kalamazoo, but for most of his twenties he has circled the globe, playing gypsy-style violin in street and festival settings. In a live performance at WMUK, with guitarist Bert Ebrite and percussionist Carolyn Koebel , Code talks to Craig Freeman about the demands of busking and the influence of the many cultures he's been immersed in on his music.

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Mark Wedel

He refers to himself as an American. A muddy, filthy, cranky American. Kalamazoo resident Mark Wedel got that filthy by riding a bicycle along the trails of the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath in May 2017. He wanted to experience the solo ride but he also wanted to reach Washington D.C. to express his crankiness about the results of the 2016 presidential election. Wedel writes about his journey in Mule Skinner Blues.


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Laura Chang’s journey to becoming Michigan’s next Teacher Of The Year began in Vicksburg. She did her teaching internship at Sunset Lake Elementary 18 years ago. Since then, she’s been an instructional consultant, developed literacy programs and taught graduate level college courses.


Should Michigan bring back the poet laureate? Medical Marijuana creates controversy in Ross Township. A lawsuit  accusses a Zeeland nursing home or racial discrimination. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) A new law extends the statute of limitations for victims of sexual assaults to file lawsuits, and for suspects to face prosecution. It was signed Tuesday by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley while Governor Rick Snyder is out of the country. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder the new state budget, including a provision that attempts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. Snyder and the Legislature’s disagree on the provision, which could lead to a showdown on whether it will be enforced. 

Options unvieled for this year's Mackinac Bridge walk. Battle Creek and Kalamazoo both drop games on the baseball field. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) Some lawmakers in Lansing are trying – once again – to tackle the state’s car insurance rates. Michigan’s rates are among the highest in the nation. 

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Michigan Campaign Finance Network Director Craig Mauger says not much is known about two groups running issue ads in Southwest Michigan’s 6th Congressional District. But he says it shows early interest in the race.


Charles Pickett Jr. is sentenced to prison for killing five bicyclists and injuring four others near Kalamazoo in 2016. The U.S. Department of Justice backs a Washington, D.C. group that is suing the University of Michigan. Backers of a ballot proposal to legalize marijuana prepare for the November election. Economic growth continues in West Michigan. Battle Creek gets a win on the baseball field, while Kalamazoo's four game winning streak ends. 

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Imagine you're alone in a new country, don't speak the language, nor understand the customs. For some urban students, they experience "culture shock" at college, says Deborah Bial, founder of The Posse Foundation. Over the last 29 years, her New York City-based program has recruited more than 8,000 promising inner-city students to attend the nation's top colleges in groups, or "posses." A four-year-long support program awaits them once there. Bial speaks Sunday, June 17, at Kalamazoo College's commencement.


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