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Snyder on renewable energy
10:27 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Reaction to Snyder's "special message" on energy

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder makes his presentation Wednesday at Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Governor Snyder is calling for further discussion of renewable energy mandate. The governor delivered his special message on energy and the environment Wednesday at the Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners.   

Jim Dulzo with the Michigan Land Use Institute told WMUK’s Gordon Evans that he is pleased that he is glad that the governor wants to explore increasing the renewable energy standard. 

But Dulzo says Snyder needs to demonstrate bold leadership on the issue to make Michigan a leader in clean and renewable energy.

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Theatre
12:54 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Theatre production of "The Christmas Schooner" marks two important anniversaries

The 2011 production of
Credit (Photo courtesy of What A Do Theatre)

Listen to a preview of "The Christmas Schooner"

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Rouse Simmons, also known as “the Christmas Schooner.” Starting Friday, What A Do Theatre in Springfield near Battle Creek will perform a musical based on the famous Michigan ship.

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Fine Art
3:58 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Local artist to make documentary about Japanese woodblock printing

Credit Photo courtesy of Mary Brodbeck

Kalamazoo wood block print artist Mary Brodbeck says she has come to realize that very few people understand how a wood block print is made. A conference for such artists was held in Japan last year and Brodbeck attended, both as an accomplished print maker, and as a novice filmmaker. Brodbeck says learning to make a documentary was and still is a steep learning curve, but she had to tell the story of an art process that she feels few people actually understand. 

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Environment
2:04 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

Bringing back ancient landscapes

Joseph MacIntosh clears brush at the Ft. Custer State Recreation area.
Credit Brian Petersen, WMUK

Listen to Brian Petersen's story about habitat restoration in southwest Michigan

Over the past several hundred years, southwest Michigan’s landscape has changed dramatically. But what did it look like before European colonization?

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Fine Art
9:00 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Large-scale sculptor highlights the beauty and terror of the automobile

"Car Chase" by T.J. Aitken at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids
Photo courtesy of T.J. Aitken

Listen to hear about sculptor T.J. Aitken

Artist T.J. Aitken will dedicate his sculpture called Renaissance Race to the City of Plainwell. It looks like large spools of paper twisting and turning in the wind, with angelic figures cut into the ends of each roll. The work represents Plainwell’s past as a center for paper manufacturing, and how residents are working to revitalize the city. Aitken says he has always been fascinated by machines.

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