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Between the Lines: Vesper Time

We live in a society that worships youth and tries to avoid aging at all costs. But author Frank J. Cunningham of South Haven greets aging as a blessing. He's the author of Vesper Time: The Spiritual Practice of Growing Older (Orbis Books, 2017).

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Kalamazoo Concert Band Opens Season With 'Rituals & Celebrations'

With music that evokes weddings, funerals, the work day, New Years Day, parades and more, director Tom Evans has put together a program called 'Rituals and Celebrations' to start the new season. Evans tells Cara Lieurance about the variety of pieces on the program. The Kalamazoo Concert Band performs Saturday, Oct 21 at 7:30 pm in Chenery Auditorium. It is free.

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(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan’s Speaker of the House has his eye on a new government position for 2019. Tom Leonard  announced Thursday he is running for state Attorney General. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) Members of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus met with the head of the Michigan State Police Thursday. The meeting was to address concerns about a meme Colonel Kriste Etue posted on Facebook. It called NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem “degenerates.” 

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A Democrat who’s running for governor says he wants to bring the office under the state’s open records laws. Shri Thanedar was in Kalamazoo on Thursday to speak to students at Western Michigan University.

Thanedar says Michigan gets poor marks on government transparency and ethics, because the legislature and governor’s office are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

“That’s just plain wrong,” Thanedar says.

Review: "Back County Crimes" Script Lacks Depth

Oct 5, 2017
Nancy King

What-A-Do Theatre in Springfield is performing the play “Back County Crimes” through October 15th.

You don’t expect much humor in a hospital waiting room, but “Radiation” by local playwrights Deborah Ann Percy and Arnie Johnston has humor and hope.

Harvey de Souza, principal first violinist of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, considers himself fortunate to have spent a career making music with the famous touring and recording orchestra, founded in 1958 by Sir Neville Marriner. De Souza, who joined the group in 1993, talks to Cara Lieurance about the late conductor's vision for the group and his generosity with the players, and they preview the works on Saturday's Fontana program: the Sextet by Korngold, two pieces for octet by Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat.


On WestSouthwest, we meet the new director of the Kalamazoo Public Library. And a former Kalamazoo City Commissioner discusses her latest book on eating and farm animals. 

Former Kellogg Executive George Franklin launches a campaign for Congress in Southwest Michigan. The latest report on crime on Western Michigan University's campus has mixed news. A Kalamazoo College Professor from Puerto Rico has begun an effort to raise money for hurricane relief. 


(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan may start tracking its sexual assault evidence kits. An amendment to the state’s budget would pay for the required software and training. 

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It’s getting harder to find affordable housing in Kalamazoo, according to the county’s Public Housing Commission.

The board is tasked with helping homeless families find places to live, but Chair David Anderson says it’s increasingly a struggle to find housing within a low-income family’s budget.