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11:51 am
Tue December 3, 2013

WestSouthwest: Bridge Magazine looks at "Michigan's Broken Legacy"

Portage is one of the few cities in the state with no unfunded retiree pension or health care liabilities - file photo
Credit WMUK

WestSouthwest with Bridge Magazine Contributor Ted Roelofs

Unfunded debt to pay for pensions and retiree health care costs is one of the major contributors to Detroit's bankruptcy filing. Other cities in Michigan could face similar problems. 

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Local History
5:10 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

See what the holidays were like in the Victorian age

The Kimball House Museum in Battle Creek
Credit Nancy Camden

The Kimball House Museum in Battle Creek is a Queen Ann style house built in 1886 on what was once called Maple Street. It’s now Capitol Avenue, NE. At that point, it was the fanciest street in town.

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Astronomy/Space
5:09 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Comet ISON fades out, but still holds hope for scientists

Comet ISON on November 16, 2013
Credit Waldemar Skorupa (Kahler Asten, Germany), via spaceweather.com

This week, the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society was forced to cancel its watch party for Comet ISON. After the comet’s trip around the sun, it’s a lot less bright and barely visible.

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Local Music
12:29 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

A jazz conversation with Joe Lovano and Tom Knific

Joe Lovano
Credit Jimmy Katz

In November at Western Michigan University, renowned tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano performed and collaborated with the Western Jazz Quartet and the students of the University Jazz Orchestra. 

Here's a conversation recorded at WMUK on the eve of the November 22nd concert, with Mr Lovano and bassist Tom Knific, chair of the WMU Jazz Studies department

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Cara Lieurance
4:29 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

In the studio with Brian Miller and Randy Gosa

Brian Miller and Randy Gosa
Credit Darin Back

Discover forgotten gems with singer/guitarist Brian Miller and mandolinist/bouzouki player Randy Gosa, live with Cara Lieurance in the Takeda studio at WMUK.

Two leading acoustic players from the Midwest, Miller and Gosa found inspiration in the folk songs of the northern lumber camps, where many Irish immigrants worked in the mid 19th to 20th centuries. 

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