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Upton Won't Run For US Senate

Fred Upton says he's not running for U.S. Senate next year. The Saint Joseph Republican announced Friday, November 17, that he'll seek another two-year term in the House instead.

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The Little Mermaid Brings Undersea Fantasy To Kalamazoo Civic

Director Steven Carver, marketing director Janet Gover, Este'fan Kizer (Sebastian), and Lizzy Stone (Ariel) join Cara Lieurance to preview the Kalamazoo Civic's production of The Little Mermaid , which opens on Friday. The familiar Hans Christian Anderson story, made famous in the 1989 Disney movie, was adapted to stage in 2007, but took a few years to reach its current version, says Carver. Lizzy Stone, who starred as Eliza in the Civic's My Fair Lady, says that as a redhead, she loved Ariel as a girl, going on to say that the part requires some unusual acting challenges, including wordless acting and a flying harness. Este'Fan Kizer, who was last seen in Sister Act , plays the crab Sebastian, and sings the most recognizable song in the musical, "Under The Sea."

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Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) A teen was recently attacked in Muskegon County. Officials say it was because he’s gay. Now some prosecutors and lawmakers are calling on the legislature to expand the state’s hate crimes law. 

Review: "The Game's Afoot" Is A Pre-Holiday Hit

Nov 16, 2017
Western Michigan University Theatre

The University Theatre’s production of “The Game’s Afoot” combines mystery and farce for a knee-slapping laugh fest that will intrigue and amuse audiences of all ages. 

Mira Spenner at WMUK
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A lot has happened for Michigan flutist Mira Spenner in the past few years. She moved to Missouri, got married. She also faced the biggest challenge of her life. Last year, Spenner got into a traumatic car accident and suffered a brain injury. She says wanting to play the flute again helped her to make a miraculous recovery.

Spenner will give a talk Friday, November 17th at 11 a.m. at Kalamazoo College’s Stetson Chapel. It’s called “Recovering from the Unexpected: Using Music to Recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury.”

Battle Creek Symphony

The Battle Creek Symphony's next concert, Hats Off To Downton Abbey, will feature music from the popular Masterpiece Theatre television program and two famous works by English composers: Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations and Benjamin Britten's Young Persons' Guide To The Orchestra. Music director Anne Harrigan talks to Cara Lieurance to preview the concert, which will be held Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 pm in W.K. Kellogg Auditorium. 

A Conversation with the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet

Nov 16, 2017

Members of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, formed in 2006, talk with Jack Perlstein about the history of the ensemble, literature and, you guessed it, guitars.  GRGQ performs regularly at colleges, universities, art centers and chamber music and community concert series.  For more information about the GRGQ and upcoming performances, click on


(MPRN-Lansing) More people in Michigan are looking for work, and that is driving up the unemployment rate. 

Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan residents who want to get into the medical marijuana business had their last shot at a training session Wednesday. 

WMU Football loses at Northern Illinois, ending chances to repeat as MAC champions. The Bronco women's basketball team gets a win on the road. 

Move Over Uber - The Army's Testing Driverless Vehicles

Nov 15, 2017
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The day of the driverless car is coming - quickly. Autonomous vehicles have caught the attention of Uber, Google, and other companies. Now, you can add the U.S. military to that list. It hopes driverless vehicles will help save lives on the battlefield. Kevin Lavery at WKAR in East Lansing reports on a recent truck convoy test in Michigan for Great Lakes Today

Battle Creek schools are back to square one on a plan to sell two closed school buildings. Some Northern Michigan University students and employees want the school to rescind an invitation for Governor Rick Snyder to give its commencement address. Michigan candidate for Governor, Shri Thanedar is accused of fraud in a federal lawsuit.