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Early childhood expert Robert Needlman is a leading pediatrician, professor, and author. He's also the co-founder of Reach Out and Read, a literacy program that helps millions of children grow up loving books. And Needlman is a widely-sought speaker on early learning, literacy, and developmental-behavioral pediatrics.

“Overall, the United States doesn’t do as well as it should,” Needlman says. “The richest and most powerful country around, and we’re not even near the top of the list in terms of literacy.”

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(MPRN-Lansing) Some voters like to take “selfies” with their ballots on Election Day. But, in Michigan, that’s against the law. 

Trump Finds His Way To Michigan Again

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(MPRN-Novi) Donald Trump is coming back to Michigan Friday. The Republican presidential nominee is holding a rally at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. 

"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has moved to a 7-percentage-point lead in Michigan over Republican Donald Trump in a statewide poll conducted after the candidates’ first debate Monday night." (Detroit News)

"White prospective homeowners received better treatment and service from Battle Creek real estate agents than their black counterparts who were "better-qualified consumers," according to a fair housing investigation conducted last fiscal year." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI — If hazardous waste spills in eastern Kalamazoo County's Climax Township, they're on their own." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Jess Jiang has been a producer for NPR's Planet Money since 2010. She has produced countless episodes. A highlight was getting to drive a forklift, back hoe, and a 35-ton digger. For work!

Jess also worked on the team's T-shirt project, where she followed the start of the t-shirt's journey. She went to Mississippi to see how modern-day cotton is harvested and farmed, and also went to Indonesia to find out why the cotton is sent halfway around the world to be spun.

The FM-2 Wildcat shortly after it was lifted from the depths of Lake Michigan.
The Air Zoo

Three World War II era planes that were once at the bottom of Lake Michigan have found a home at the Air Zoo in Portage. It’s the only museum in the country that has been tasked with restoring planes for the Naval Aviation Museum. The Air Zoo has already restored one submerged plane and is working to revive two more. 

the Dance Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations

Western Michigan University will make ballet history. It will be the first college to dance a ballet so complex - that it’s only been performed by professional dancers. The ballet Lilac Garden was created by English choreographer Anthony Tudor in 1936. 

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On the verge of becoming as widely known in the U.S. as he is in France, Bertrand Chamayou will perform classics of Ravel and Schubert for the Fontana series on Saturday. He spoke with Cara Lieurance about how he had an instinctual feel for one, and learned, through study, to love the other. 


On WestSouthwest, Oceanographer Sylvia Earle speaks in Kalamazoo next week. And the late Daniel Berrigan will be remembered in Kalamazoo this week.

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For Sylvia Earle, a love of ocean came naturally at a young age, but she says it was life in the ocean has held her interest ever since. 

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Kalamazoo Peace House co-founder Jerry Berrigan says the Reverend Daniel Berrigan became more frail in his later years. But he says his uncle remained convinced that work for peace was necessary. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) It’s been a year since Governor Rick Snyder acknowledged Flint faces a drinking water crisis due to lead contamination. Snyder updated reporters Wednesday on what's better, and what isn’t. 

"Surrogates for Hillary Clinton’s Democratic presidential campaign are continuing to flock to Michigan. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is headed to Michigan on Saturday to stump for the former secretary of state in five cities." (Detroit News)

"MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — As excitement builds for the Central-Western game this weekend, local law enforcement and students alike are preparing for the thousands of extra people the fierce rivalry will bring to town." (MLive)


(MPRN-Lansing) Poor performing Detroit schools could be closing soon. Attorney General Bill Schuette issued an opinion clarifying a section of the school code Wednesday. 

"WASHINGTON — More than a year after skyrocketing lead levels in Flint became known nationally, an effort to secure federal funding to replace aging lead water pipe lines in the city took a major step forward on Wednesday as the U.S. House approved $170 million to address the public health crisis there." (Detroit Free Press)

The Stockholm Chamber Brass has been setting standards in brass playing since its formation in the mid 1980s. Although it started as a student side project, the group became serious about chamber brass very quickly, according to founding member and trombonist Jonas Bylund. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Bylund and fellow SCB player Tom Poulson share their perspectives on the world of brass music.

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Conductor Anne Harrigan visits Cara Lieurance to preview the season-opening concert by the Battle Creek Symphony. The featured soloist is flutist Amy Porter, who will perform the Trail Of Tears Concerto, written for her by American composer Michael Daugherty. They also discuss the revolutionary underpinnings of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, 'Eroica.'

"KALAMAZOO, MI - Western Michigan University continues to see a slight decline in overall student enrollment. The university on Tuesday, Sept. 27 reported enrollment for fall 2016 was down 1.3 percent from last fall. The headcount of 23,252 students is down 304 from the 23,556 students enrolled for the fall 2015 semester." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"The Binda Dyslexia Center has found a new home. The nonprofit organization, formerly at the now-defunct Miller College, has moved to Western Michigan University's Kendall Center in downtown Battle Creek." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. Senate, including Michigan's two members, upended votes on a short-term measure funding the government past Oct. 1 on Tuesday, objecting that it contained help for flood victims in Louisiana but failed to provide assurances that money to replace old lead water pipes in Flint would be forthcoming as well." (Detroit Free Press)

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(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature are at odds over how to pay for the Medicaid program. 


(MPRN-Lansing) Families of first responders in Michigan can expect to get expanded benefits soon. Governor Rick Snyder signed the Survivors Benefit Bill Tuesday. 

"Lansing — Either Republican Rep. Tom Leonard of DeWitt or Democratic Rep. Tim Greimel of Auburn Hills is likely to be the next speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, depending on whose respective political party wins control of the lower chamber in November." (Detroit News)

"LANSING — The City of Flint will stick with the Great Lakes Water Authority for another year — until October of 2017 — to give it time to construct a newly required stretch of pipeline and allow for testing of water Flint will treat from its new source, the Karegnondi Water Authority, officials said Tuesday." (Detroit Free Press)

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With the leaves changing color, a crispness to the air, and the beer turning darker, the time is ripe for another visit from The Brass Rail - Mike McMinn (cornet, trumpet), Roger Lynch (cornet, trumpet), Chris Garrett (horn) John Dickey (trombone) and Fritz MacDonald (tuba). Formed two years ago, they can be found regularly at the Old Dog Tavern, and Arcadia Ales, among other venues. They'll be at Bell's Brewery for the Kalamazoo Bach Festival's Bachtoberfest on September 29.

Wherever they go, the Brass Rail brings its trademark iPads filled with hundreds of arrangements for brass quintet. In WMUK's Takeda studio, they play a mix of swing, ragtime, classical, Tin Pan Alley, American folk - and as a nod to Oktoberfest, German polkas!

"Both Chelsea Clinton, Hillary Clinton's daughter, and Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine's wife, Anne Holton, will be campaigning in Michigan this week." (MLive)