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Film
2:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Lincoln: A theatrical tribute to an important figure in U.S. history

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Listen to James Sanford's review of "Lincoln"

In case you think Congressional gridlock is some sort of 21st century invention, director Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln should convince you otherwise. The recent battles over health care and debt ceilings are not all that different than the sort of storms President Abraham Lincoln faced in 1865 when he was trying to drum up support for the 13th amendment to the Constitution, which formally abolished slavery.

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Politics
2:40 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Swing State Stories: Final Thoughts

Ann Perkins-Parrott in her Durango, Colorado, bookstore
Credit Chris Killian

For the two months before last week’s election, Kalamazoo journalist Chris Killian crossed the nation to ask people what they thought about the issues at stake. His Swing State Stories project included a major article for the Christian Science Monitor and reports for WMUK. Now he reflects on a desire that was expressed in town after town along the way for less partisanship and more cooperation.

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Culture
5:30 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Beautifully Wrapped: The Fashion Tradition and Culture of Head Wrapping

Zarinah El-Amin Naeem helps Janet Clawson try out a few styles
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Listen to "Beautifully Wrapped: The Fashion Tradition and Culture of Head Wrapping"

The exhibit Beautifully Wrapped: the Fashion Tradition and Culture of Head Wrapping is on display at the Black Arts and Cultural Center until the end of this month. The exhibit has pictures of women from all over the world wearing head wraps. 

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Local Authors
5:15 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Combat Veterans Writing Group to read in honor of Veteran's Day

Listen to the Combat Veterans' Writing Group

In the fall of 2009, Kalamazoo writer Margaret von Steinen started a Combat Veterans Writing Group that meets twice a month at the Portage District Library. The group will read from their work at the library Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in honor of Veteran’s Day.

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Book Arts
2:30 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Deep Wood Press the brings art back into printing literature

Samples of works from Deep Wood Press
Credit Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

Listen to Chad Pastotnik of Deep Wood Press

For 20 years, Chad Pastotnik has printed handmade books in Mancelona, Michigan. Pastotnik’s exhibit 20 Years of Deep Wood Press will be at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center through the end of this month. He uses a lot of natural fibers in his work, but one common ingredient is missing.

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