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Learning Network
7:12 am
Wed February 26, 2014

WSW: A Culture of Learning

Kalamazoo school bus - file photo
Credit WMUK

 

WestSouthwest with the Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo

The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo was launched in 2011 as a collaborative effort to get every child in Kalamazoo County ready for school, college and beyond. 

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Local Music
7:13 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

LHI: Jon Boyd on George Walker, first African-American to win Pulitzer in music

Jon Boyd
Credit Jon Boyd

 Let's Hear It host Cara Lieurance and Jon Boyd, a senior majoring in music at Western Michigan University, discuss the life and music of George Walker, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer prize in music, and the composer of over 90 published works.

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SW Michigan
2:11 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

New interim police chief in BC

Interim Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker
Credit City of Battle Creek

The City of Battle Creek has a new interim police chief. The city announced Tuesday that Detective Jim Blocker will take over the department following former chief Jackie Hampton's retirement last month. Deputy Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Saylor has initially been picked to replace Hampton while the search for a permanent chief was underway way. But Saylor and city officials later agreed that he should step aside because he was considering jobs in other cities.

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Architecture
6:52 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Curvy and Green: K-College's Arcus Center Will Be One of a Kind

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Construction on Kalamazoo College’s new Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership reminds us why it’s important to measure twice and cut once. Masons on the site say it's one of the most complicated jobs they've ever done.

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Storytelling
6:50 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Von and Fran Washington's Stories Go Beyond Entertainment And Into History

Von (left) and Fran Washington are accomplished performers who share stories on history, race, and culture with schoolkids across the region.
Credit Courtesy of Washington Productions, Incorporated

The art of storytelling in the African American community is one that has dated back centuries. Because this kind of storytelling is so steeped in history, it has become even more important to make sure that stories of civil rights, racial equality, and breaking barriers are made relevant to youngsters - and adults - in the 21st century.

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