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1:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Life of Pi: A visually ravishing film with deep spiritual themes

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Listen to James Sanford's review of "Life of Pi"

There are plenty of moviegoers who complain that originality is an endangered species at the multiplex. They need to spend some time with director Ang Lee

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Film
7:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Room 237: Symbolism of the Holocaust in horror movie "The Shining"

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Listen to Dr. Jeffrey Cocks' analysis of "The Shining"

Albion history professor Geoffrey Cocks is going to be in a documentary about director Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. The Shining is about a family staying in a haunted hotel, where evil spirits convince the father to murder his wife and son. I know what you’re thinking, what does a history professor have to do with a horror flick?

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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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