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Storytelling
6:50 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Von and Fran Washington's Stories Go Beyond Entertainment And Into History

Von (left) and Fran Washington are accomplished performers who share stories on history, race, and culture with schoolkids across the region.
Credit Courtesy of Washington Productions, Incorporated

The art of storytelling in the African American community is one that has dated back centuries. Because this kind of storytelling is so steeped in history, it has become even more important to make sure that stories of civil rights, racial equality, and breaking barriers are made relevant to youngsters - and adults - in the 21st century.

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WMUK News
4:58 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

For Michigan Birds, Cold's OK, Snow's Sometimes Not

Trumpeter swans walk on the snow at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary near Augusta.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Lisa Duke stands by a lake at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary near Augusta. A variety of birds stand near the shore: mallard ducks, Canada geese and, much taller than everyone else, trumpeter swans. With mating season on the way, Duke says they’ve got moves to practice.

"The newer pairs, they do this head bob in unison. So they keep practicing their head bobs and calls together and it kind of reinforces that pair bond," she says while swans trumpet nearby.

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Monarch Butterflies
7:03 am
Mon February 24, 2014

WMU Professor Warns of Declining Monarch Butterfly Population

Monarch Butterfly
Credit Ekabhishek, Wikimedia Commons

Interview with Stephen Malcolm

Western Michigan University Professor of Biological Sciences Stephen Malcolm is among the scientists warning that monarchs are becoming rare east of the Rocky Mountains in North America. 

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Film
6:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Stop Motion, Dogs, and Betrayal: Highlights From the 2014 Teen Filmmaker Festival

A clip from Jonathan D'Ambrosio's "Far Beyond the Reservoir"

Each year as much of the entertainment world speculates on who will be taking home the Academy Awards, Kalamazoo audiences get ready for their own cinematic competition. 

The Kalamazoo Teen Filmmaker Festival is in its 11th year, and two dozen movies from filmmakers between the ages of 12 and 19 will be screened at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kalamazoo State Theatre.

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Arts & More
6:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Arts & More 2-21-14

This week's show featured the Michigan Beer Film and an update on happenings at the Kalamazoo Public Library. You can hear these stories individually on their separate story pages. 

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