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Local Music
4:13 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Sojourner Truth Children's Choir sings its heart out

Pauline Norris directing the Sojourner Truth Choir at The Music Center in Battle Creek
Credit Nancy Camden

After school on Wednesdays, students stream through the doors at The Music Center in Battle Creek. Students aged seven and up head to the practice room for the Sojourner Truth Choir.

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Right to Work
9:18 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Mother Jones: right to work could spread beyond Michigan

Right to Work Protest in Lansing December, 2012
Credit Equality Michigan/Wikimedia Commons

Interview with Andy Kroll

When Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation making Michigan the 24th "right to work" state it was a blow to the labor movement. 

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SW Michigan
3:25 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Battle Creek seeks new interim police chief

Battle Creek Police Headquarters
Credit Andy Robins / WMUK

Battle Creek is looking for a new interim police chief. City officials said Friday that the current interim chief, Jim Saylor, is considering jobs in other cities.

Saylor is the department’s deputy chief and had been expected to fill in after long-time Battle Creek Police Chief Jackie Hampton retires. Battle Creek City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama says a new interim chief will be selected and that candidates for the post from inside and outside city government will be considered.

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Local Music
1:53 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Midori, Raymond Harvey on Kalamazoo residency, performances

Midori
Credit Kalamazoo Symphony

Renowned violinist Midori discusses the orchestral residency program she created that brings her to Kalamazoo this week to work with hundreds of young musicians around west Michigan.

She and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra conductor Raymond Harvey also talk about the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, which Midori will play Saturday night with the KSO. 

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Arts & More
1:31 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Ladysmith Black Mambazo talks memories of Nelson Mandela

2006 performance photos of Ladysmith Black Mambazo in concert at Ravinia.
Stephen Neilson/Wikimedia Commons

World music would not carry the same tempo if not for the infectious, melodic, uplifting tones of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The all-male African singing ensemble founded by Joseph Shabalala has been performing their trademark a-capella style for over 40 years. The ensemble has produced over 50 recordings and won four Grammys, most recently for their album Live: Singing For Peace Around The World

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