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Literacy
1:01 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

WestSouthwest: Reading Ambassador Walter Dean Myers

Button used to promote Myers's visit to the Kalamazoo Public Library
Credit WMUK

WestSouthwest with Walter Dean Myers

Award-winning children's author Walter Dean Myers, 76, has met famous people in his lifetime, like Langston Hughes and James Baldwin. These days, the New York Times-best-selling writer is on a mission to meet children from low-income backgrounds. He's encouraging them to read as he travels across the country as the 2012 Ambassador for Young People's Literature. It's a role that brought Myers to Kalamazoo this summer. 

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Legacy costs
11:51 am
Tue December 3, 2013

WestSouthwest: Bridge Magazine looks at "Michigan's Broken Legacy"

Portage is one of the few cities in the state with no unfunded retiree pension or health care liabilities - file photo
Credit WMUK

WestSouthwest with Bridge Magazine Contributor Ted Roelofs

Unfunded debt to pay for pensions and retiree health care costs is one of the major contributors to Detroit's bankruptcy filing. Other cities in Michigan could face similar problems. 

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Local History
5:10 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

See what the holidays were like in the Victorian age

The Kimball House Museum in Battle Creek
Credit Nancy Camden

The Kimball House Museum in Battle Creek is a Queen Ann style house built in 1886 on what was once called Maple Street. It’s now Capitol Avenue, NE. At that point, it was the fanciest street in town.

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Astronomy/Space
5:09 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Comet ISON fades out, but still holds hope for scientists

Comet ISON on November 16, 2013
Credit Waldemar Skorupa (Kahler Asten, Germany), via spaceweather.com

This week, the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society was forced to cancel its watch party for Comet ISON. After the comet’s trip around the sun, it’s a lot less bright and barely visible.

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Local Music
12:29 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

A jazz conversation with Joe Lovano and Tom Knific

Joe Lovano
Credit Jimmy Katz

In November at Western Michigan University, renowned tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano performed and collaborated with the Western Jazz Quartet and the students of the University Jazz Orchestra. 

Here's a conversation recorded at WMUK on the eve of the November 22nd concert, with Mr Lovano and bassist Tom Knific, chair of the WMU Jazz Studies department

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