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4:07 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Harmonicist Peter "Madcat" Ruth on loving his instrument, Dave Brubeck, and winning a Grammy

Peter "Madcat" Ruth, left, with guitarist Dave Boutette. Ruth will perform with Boutette on May 17th in Kalamazoo.
Credit Courtesy of the Artist

Harmonicist Peter "Madcat" Ruth has spent five decades blowing all the right notes. His career has  taken him around the world and into blues, rock, jazz - and even classical music. 

The Ann Arbor-based musician is performing at Mangia Mangia in Kalamazoo on Saturday, and talked with us about his work with legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, his surprise Grammy win, and how the harmonica has continued to remain distinct from its electronic counterparts in the 21st century:

"The harmonica has just a sound that's unlike any other instrument. When they came out with synthesizers they could never get a synthesizer to sound like a harmonica cause so much of the sound of the harmonica is the harmonica player's lungs and throat and hands. In some ways I don't think it's as popular as it was a few decades ago, but still people like to hear it."

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WMUK News
12:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

How to Build a "Culture of Peace" at School

A detail from an illustrated panel by Winchell Elementary students. The panel is one of many that will be on display at Peace Pizzazz.
Sehvilla Mann WMUK

Winchell students and teacher Kathy Murphy discuss Peace Pizzazz

Kids from around the Kalamazoo area are looking forward to the fifth annual Peace Pizzazz at Bronson Park.

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SW Michigan
12:22 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Beef-Related Bacteria Outbreak Investigated

Credit WMUK

State officials say they're investigating an outbreak of illness that may be related to under-cooked ground beef. The departments of Agriculture and Community Health say five people have become sick and three have wound up in the hospital because of infections by E. coli bacteria. Some of the cases were reported in Ottawa and Kent counties in April and early May. The Department of Community Health says the infections appear to have a "common source,"  based on laboratory tests.

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Local Music & Business
12:08 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Musicians Juggle Lives as Small Business Owners

Dave Cleveland of Seventh Son

 At night, Curt Tramel is the backing guitarist for the Celtic band, Fonn Mor. But during the day, he's the owner of the ice-cream and local produce shop Station 66 in Battle Creek.

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WestSoutwest May 14th
10:07 am
Wed May 14, 2014

WestSouthwest - May 14, 2014

Credit Fostering Success, Western Michigan University

WestSouthwest - May 14th, 2014

On this week's WestSouthwest, we hear about helping foster children succeed in college and beyond. And an Egyptian professor tells us about changing cultural climate in his native country. 

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