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Between the Lines: Women Doing Life

For twelve years, retired University of Michigan–Dearborn professor of sociology Lora Bex Lempert co-sponsored a National Lifers of America chapter at a women’s prison. She coordinated college-level courses for the women there, taking a special interest in women doing life sentences. That led to a 20-year research project as she interviewed and befriended 72 women and heard their stories. Lempert put that research into a new book, Women Doing Life: Gender, Punishment, and the Struggle for Identity (NYU Press, 2016).

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Katherine Mumma

Farmers Alley Celebrates 10th Season With Mel Brooks Satire "The Producers"

The disreputable bust-and-boom Broadway adventures of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom in the record-breaking, 12 Tony award-winning musical The Producers are coming to the Farmers Alley Theatre July 20-Aug 5. Stars Stephen Wallem and WMU alum Tony Humrichouser , the real-life couple playing Max and Leo, and director/choreographer Bill Burns join Cara Lieurance to preview the production, which will be the biggest production yet in Farmers Alley Theatre's ten-year history. Wallem and Humrichouser talk about the experience they bring to their roles and praise director/choreographer Bill Burns, who worked directly with the team that launched the original stage adaptation of The Producers, including Mel Brooks, Susan Stroman, and Thomas Meehan.

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Katherine Mumma

The disreputable bust-and-boom Broadway adventures of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom in the record-breaking, 12 Tony award-winning musical The Producers are coming to the Farmers Alley Theatre July 20-Aug 5. Stars Stephen Wallem and WMU alum Tony Humrichouser, the real-life couple playing Max and Leo, and director/choreographer Bill Burns join Cara Lieurance to preview the production, which will be the biggest production yet in Farmers Alley Theatre's ten-year history. Wallem and Humrichouser talk about the experience they bring to their roles and praise director/choreographer Bill Burns, who worked directly with the team that launched the original stage adaptation of The Producers, including Mel Brooks, Susan Stroman, and Thomas Meehan.


Fran Dwight / On the Ground Edison/Southwest Michigan's Second Wave

Theresa Coty O’Neil says photographs from the 1950’s show a vibrant Washington Square in Kalamazoo’s Edison Neighborhood. Her story for the On the Ground Edison Project from Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave tells the story of trying to recreate that atmosphere.


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The Michigan Supreme Court rules on how the state's rape shield law is applied and will consider whether it's OK for a judge to visit a home in a parental rights case. A committee says Battle Creek voters should directly elect the mayor and vice mayor. New details emerge about when state officials knew about the dangers of PFAS chemicals. 

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Kalamazoo County does not collect a tax to pay for services for older adults, but that could change August  7. Voters will consider a 0.35-mill levy to raise money for a variety of programs, potentially including everything from help with homemaking to outreach to isolated older adults.

The "senior millage," if it passes, would cost a homeowner whose house's taxable value is $100,000 about $35 a year. West Southwest spoke with former Kalamazoo County Area Agency on Aging director Judy Sivak about why she supports the millage, and Kalamazoo County Commissioner and chair of the Kalamazoo GOP Scott McGraw about why he opposes it.


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The Michigan Court of Appeals considers whether statements by accussed Kalamazoo shooter Jason Dalton should be heard at trial. WMU stays "neutral" for now on a new arena in downtown Kalamazoo. A new study shows economic benefit of land banks in Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties. 

Trey Jones

Works for groups of four, five, and six players promise an escalating evening of music on Thursday and Friday at the Saugatuck Woman's Club. Cara Lieurance talked with the one musician who will be a part of all three groups: oboist Sarah Southard of Hope College, who is looking forward to appearing on the 31st season of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck


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WMU Plans a national search to find a new leader for development and alumni relations. Body armor will help protect one of the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department dogs. The latest monthly report shows solid growth continues in West Michigan's industrial economy. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) A ballot measure aimed at improving access to voting was turned over to the Secretary of State Monday. 

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Bob Genetski says his time as a high school teacher for at-risk students inspired him to run for elected office. Now he hopes to win election to the state Senate.


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10 Streets that Changed America Host Geoffrey Baer says there were dozens of suggestions for the program which debuts Tuesday night. The final list includes the Kalamazoo Mall.


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