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Hobbies
12:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Willie Nelson memorabilia collector says he's been to about 225 concerts

Just a small part of the Willie Nelson collection in Chris Nelsen's home.
Credit Karen VandenBos

Go on an audio tour of Chris Nelsen's Willie Nelson collection

Kalamazoo resident Chris Nelsen is one of singer/songwriter Willie Nelson’s biggest fans. After following him and his music for over 30 years, the local man has an extensive collection of Willie Nelson memorabilia and stories of the times they’ve met. 

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Poetry
12:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Detroit-born poet laureate Philip Levine to read at WMU

What Work Is by Philip Levine

Philip Levine, the most recent poet laureate, is coming to Western Michigan University Friday. Levine was born in Detroit. Some of his most famous poems are about his time working for General Motors, a job he says he didn't like very much. 

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Author
12:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Local mystery novel takes place at Eloise Psychiatric Hospital in the early 1900s

Hear about Detroit Breakdown

Southwest Michigan author D.E. Johnson just released his third novel with St. Martin’s Publishing. It’s a follow up to The Detroit Electric Scheme and Motor City Shakedown. Detroit Breakdown follows protagonists Will Anderson and his girlfriend Elizabeth Hume into a mental institution of one hundred years ago. 

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Theatre
12:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Solve the mystery of Claire's past in WMU's comedy play Fuddy Meers

Credit WMU Theatre

A preview of the play

Western Michigan University students will perform the play Fuddy Meers starting Thursday. Fuddy Meers is about a middle aged woman named Claire who has a type of amnesia where she forgets everything that happened the night before.

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Politics
2:32 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Swing States Stories: Nevada

Chris Killian on the road in Nevada
Credit Chris Killian

The contest between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney dominates the news. But amid reports about gaffes and political tactics, is the campaign addressing issues that matter to real people? Kalamazoo independent journalist Chris Killian is on the road to find out during his Swing State Stories project. Over the next few weeks he’ll visit states where the race is close, beginning in Nevada.

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