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Education and Democracy
2:32 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Activist and Educator Bill Ayers speaks at WMU

Bill Ayers - file photo
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Interview with Bill Ayers recorded March 19th

Update: Bill Ayers was interviewed on March 19th. WMUK planned to air a longer version of the interview in WestSouthwest. That was preempted for an update on the court over Michigan's same-sex marriage ban. This post has been updated to include the longer version of the interview with Ayers.  

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:51 am
Wed March 26, 2014

WSW: Same-Sex Marriage in the Courts

Same sex couples are married in a group by the Oakland County Clerk in Pontiac on Saturday.
Credit The Associated Press

West Southwest with Gongwer Editor Zach Gorchow followed by Kalamazoo Gay, Lesbian Resource Center Community Engagement Coordinator Megan Bauer

Federal courts will ultimately decide the fate of the amendment to Michigan's Constitution banning same-sex marriage. 

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WMUK News
11:37 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Portage Picks Deputy Acting City Manager

Members of the Portage City Council discuss the search for a permanent city manager.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

WMUK's Sehvilla Mann reports on Portage's city manager situation

The City of Portage will go at least a couple of weeks without an acting city manager when Maurice Evans retires April 1. 

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Local Music
3:52 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

'Gran Danzon' celebrates flute music of the Americas

New album by Martha Councell-Vargas
Credit Ksenia Poulber

Martha Councell-Vargas, an assistant professor of flute at Western Michigan University, recently released a full-length album of new and overlooked flute music by composers of the northern and southern American hemispheres. 

On WMUK's Let's Hear It, Ms. Councell-Vargas speaks with Cara Lieurance about her passion for flute music of the Americas, the stylistic influences she's incorporated into her playing, and the strong friendships that have arisen throughout her musical journey.

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SW Michigan
3:02 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

KSO Gets New Executive Director

Peter Gistelinck
Credit Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

The new executive director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra arrives May 19th. The symphony announced Tuesday that it's hired Peter Gistelinck for the job after a search that lasted six months. Gistelinck is currently the executive director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. He replaces former KSO executive director Jennifer Barlament who left last year to become general manager of the Cleveland Orchestra.

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