Arts & More
1:41 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

A day at world's end

Life's litter lingers along the Salton Sea shore in Bombay Beach
Credit Chris Killian

What would the end of the world look like? Writer Chris Killian of Kalamazoo may have seen it. While roaming the nation from coast to coast looking for the stories of ordinary Americans, he found Bombay Beach. He sends this audio postcard from the forlorn former resort town on the shore of southern California’s Salton Sea. Read more at his blog Types of America.

At first glance, Bombay Beach looks like a corpse that’s had its flesh ripped clean off, the skeleton left to bake and rot in the flaming desert sun.

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12:20 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Concert marks 85th year for Kalamazoo Civic

Hal Hobson (right) leading rehearsal for Sunday's Concert in the Park
Credit WMUK

Report by WMUK's Gordon Evans


The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre is about to begin its 85th season. The milestone will be marked this weekend during the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo’s Concerts in the Park series. The concert is Sunday afternoon at 4:00 in Bronson Park.

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Rep. Sean McCann
7:35 am
Wed August 7, 2013

WestSouthwest: State Representative Sean McCann

Representative Sean McCann (right) interviewed by WMUK's Gordon Evans (left) and MLive Kalamazoo reporter Alex Mitchell
Credit WMUK

Interview with Sean McCann

On this week's WestSouthwest State Representative Sean McCann is interviewed by WMUK's Gordon Evans and MLive Kalamazoo reporter Alex Mitchell

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7:22 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Kalamazoo agency helps Haiti's children

ICC clinic in Haiti
Credit International Child Care

The Caribbean nation of Haiti was once a port-of-call for cruise ships. These days it’s better known for poverty and disasters, both man-made and natural. But the country’s problems have roots that reach far back in its history.

In the mid-1960s a farm couple from Indiana visited Haiti during a holiday cruise and returned with a determination to help kids there. The faith-based Christian organization they founded, International Child Care, is now based in Kalamazoo.

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SW Michigan
2:22 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Michigan's migrant population growing

Credit WMUK

Michigan’s population of migrant farm workers is growing. State officials say the number of seasonal farm workers has risen by more than seven percent since 2006.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights says that means the state ranks fifth in the nation in the number of registered migrant workers. It says migrants and their families add about 94,000 people to Michigan’s population. Van Buren and Ottawa counties each have more than 12,000 during the peak harvest season.

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