Suzuki Anniversary Special

In celebration of its 40th anniversary year, the Suzuki Association of the Americas presents the Kaleidoscope Concert featuring performances by some of the finest Suzuki students from around the country. 

3:48 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Judge freezes lawsuits in Detroit bankruptcy case

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Rhoades says the ruling speeds along the case and saves taxpayer money.
Detroit- A bankruptcy judge has overruled objections to the city's bankruptcy filing, freezing several lawsuits filed against Detroit and will allow the bankruptcy case to proceed in federal court. U.S. District Judge Steven Rhodes also decided Wednesday that an automatic stay triggered by Detroit's Chapter 9 filing extends to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Gov.
Book Reviews
2:53 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

'My Lunches With Orson' Puts You At The Table With Welles

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If you asked me to name my favorite movie scene, I'd choose the one in Citizen Kane when newspaper owner Charles Foster Kane steals his rivals' best reporters, then throws a party in his own honor. As musicians literally sing his praises, we watch Kane dance with chorus girls wearing a look of radiant delight. It's a moment bursting with promise and cockiness and joie de vivre, made all the more exuberant because Kane's pleasure is so obviously shared by Welles himself.

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WMUK News
1:41 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Hitting the road to improve rural health

The mobile Professional Hearing Services clinic stops in Niles
Credit Maggie Kane / WMUK

It’s not easy for rural Michigan residents to access specialized health services. Clinics are often located in bigger cities, which can be a miles away, or even in a neighboring state. However, a mobile hearing aid clinic in southwest Michigan is experimenting with a way to solve the problem.

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Author Interviews
1:01 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

After WWII, Europe Was A 'Savage Continent' Of Devastation

In his latest book, Savage Continent, Keith Lowe takes a look at Europe in the years directly following World War II.
Picador

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 5:59 pm

In the introduction to his book, Savage Continent, Keith Lowe writes:

Imagine a world without institutions. No governments. No school or universities. No access to any information. No banks. Money no longer has any worth. There are no shops, because no one has anything to sell. Law and order are virtually non-existent because there is no police force and no judiciary. Men with weapons roam the streets taking what they want. Women of all classes and ages prostitute themselves for food and protection.

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NPR Story
11:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Jorge Ramos On Latinos And The Future Of U.S. Politics

Univision newscaster Jorge Ramos anchors Noticiero Univision, the top-ranked newscast on Spanish-language TV.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 2:16 pm

Jorge Ramos anchors the top-ranked newscast on Spanish-language TV, Noticiero Univision, alongside Maria Elena Salinas. Sometimes called "the Spanish-language Walter Cronkite," Ramos has been a vocal — and influential — proponent of an immigration overhaul. (In recent summers, Ramos' network Univision has topped the prime-time TV ratings for all networks in the U.S.

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NPR Story
11:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Immigration Path Too Slow To Follow The Rules?

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi is a legend, not just in his native Zimbabwe, but all over the world. He's 60 years old and he's now put out more albums than he's had birthdays. He joins us in studio for a very special performance chat. He'll talk about the tragedy that inspired his latest album and he'll play some songs for us, as well. That's in just a few minutes. But first, we want to continue this discussion about immigration.

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NPR Story
11:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

'Left Alone,' Oliver Mtukudzi Sees Music As Therapy

Liam Lynch Rock Paper Scissors

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 9:20 am

Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi will be 61 this year, and his latest album, Sarawoga, is his 61st.

It is also, perhaps, his most personal. Sarawoga, which means "left alone," is a poignant response to the death of his son Sam in 2010.

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Parallels
11:45 am
Wed July 24, 2013

The Radical Brazilian Priest Who Was Excommunicated

Roberto Francisco Daniel, widely known as Padre Beto, was excommunicated by the Catholic Church for his views on gay marriage and other hot-button issues. The former priest says the church must adapt to a changing world.
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Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 7:36 pm

His name is Roberto Francisco Daniel, but he goes by Padre Beto. He sports an ear clip, and a rosary around his neck that dips into an open-necked patterned shirt. In short, Padre Beto looks cooler than your typical priest.

His decision to become a Catholic priest came late, he says. He was 28. He'd been to college, worked, and he wasn't a virgin. He says he thinks that's why he has a different way of looking at church doctrine.

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Business
10:43 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Boeing Is Flying High With Latest Earnings

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

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NPR's business news starts with Boeing flying high.

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GREENE: The aircraft maker says its latest quarterly earnings rose a surprising 13 percent this quarter, despite all the troubles with the new 787 Dreamliner. Boeing said today revenues were up due to increased sales of its commercial jets, including Dreamliners and 737s.

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World Transplant Games
8:58 am
Wed July 24, 2013

WestSouthwest: Retired WMU professor competing in World Transplant Games

David Rozelle (center) at the World Transplant Games in Sweden in 2011
Credit Courtesy of David Rozelle

Interview with David Rozelle

    

Retired WMU Professor of Accountancy David Rozelle is "one of the lucky ones" thanks to a heart transplant. 

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Military Voices
8:56 am
Wed July 24, 2013

WestSouthwest: StoryCorps Founder David Isay

Colonel David Sutherland, WMUK General Manager Gordon Bolar and his wife Elly Bolar at the launch of Military Voices Initiative in December
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Interview with David Isay

    

Award winning public radio producer David Isay launched StoryCorps in 2003. The oral history project has since collected nearly 50,000 interviews. 

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7:20 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Bell's Brewery files lawsuit against Enbridge and developer over dredging plan

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Lawsuit says dredging will negatively impact brewery operations in Comstock Township
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  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI - Bell's Brewery has filed a lawsuit against Enbridge and the developer of Comstock Commerce Park over dredging plans that are part of the ongoing cleanup of the Kalamazoo River oil spill.
7:16 am
Wed July 24, 2013

WMU football picked to finish 5th in MAC West

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Media members who cover Mid-American Conference pick Northern Illinois to win West division, Ohio to win East
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  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
DETROIT -- Mid-American Conference media members did not set the bar very high for the Western Michigan University football team this season. The Broncos are coming off a 4-8 season and have a new first-year head coach in P.J.
Around the Nation
6:42 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Nine Months After Sandy, New Jersey's Seeing A Baby Boom

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

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6:35 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Report calls for basing teacher evaluations on trained observers, test scores

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Report for Governor Rick Snyder and lawmakers is part of changes to Michigan's teacher tenure law
A teacher's classroom practice, as well how much students learn during the year, would be the main components of a new teacher evaluation system being proposed for Michigan. The recommendation for the system came Wednesdaywhen the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness submitted its report to Gov.
6:20 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Report estimates Saugatuck and Douglas could save $500,000 through consolidation

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Citizens Research Council report finds savings would come from staff cuts
A combined Saugatuck-Douglas could save more than $500,000, a new report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan says. Critics dispute the numbers. The question of whether to consolidate will be on the Nov. 5 ballot. In the meantime, both cities are digging through the numbers of the report they commissioned.
World
6:17 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Biden Escapes Monkey Business On Trip To India

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Security for Joe Biden's trip to India is tight, but agents couldn't do much about some rowdy troublemakers during a stop at the Gandhi Memorial. About a dozen monkeys took over a tree above a statue where the vice president would be posing. The Wall Street Journal says they swung on branches and threw half-eaten mangoes to the ground. Photographers held their breath as Biden and his wife approached - luckily, no falling mangoes or other monkey business.

6:12 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Effort begins in Battle Creek to end discrimination against gays

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Group wants to collect 1,000 petition signatures before next City Commission meeting
About 40 people gathered Tuesday night at St. Thomas Episcopal Church to find a way to end employment and housing discrimination against non-heterosexuals. Currently, gay, lesbian and transgender people can be refused jobs, fired and discriminated against for housing if they are perceived to be or present themselves as outwardly gay.
6:07 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Village of Augusta votes to file lawsuit against Enbridge Energy

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Deadline this week with three year anniversary of pipeline rupture and massive oil spill on Kalamazoo River
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  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
AUGUSTA, MI - The village of Augusta, concerned about the future safety of its water supply, plans to file a lawsuit against Enbridge Inc. The three-year anniversary of the 2010 pipeline burst, which caused what has been called the worst and most costly oil spill in U.S.
NPR Story
4:51 am
Wed July 24, 2013

House To Vote On Defunding NSA Phone Surveillance

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

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The U.S. House of Representatives is taking up the issue of domestic spying. Lawmakers are expected to vote today on an amendment that would reign in the National Security Agency program that collects the phone records of millions of Americans. This would be the first vote on the matter since the scope of the NSA program was made public in a series of leaks. As NPR's Tamara Keith reports, at issue is an amendment to the defense appropriations bill.

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4:51 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Tucson Revives Mexican-American Studies Program

The Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) is resurrecting its Mexican-American studies program.
Matt York AP

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

Three years after it was banned by the state of Arizona, the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) is resurrecting its Mexican-American studies program due to a federal court order. The courses are now known as culturally-relevant classes and are set to begin in a couple of weeks, when the school year begins. And they hold the same potential for controversy.

The TUSD board's decision to bring back the ethnic studies program was a whole lot less contentious than its decision to end the Mexican-American studies classes three years ago.

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NPR Story
4:51 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Manning Trial Heads Into Closing Arguments

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Closing arguments in the Bradley Manning trial are scheduled for tomorrow. The Army private first class admitted to perpetrating the largest leak of classified data in U.S. history. That's when he sent secret government documents to Wikileaks in 2010. The U.S. government has charged Manning with 22 offenses. The most serious is aiding the enemy, and he could face life in prison if he's convicted.

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All Tech Considered
3:23 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Online Marketers Take Note Of Brains Wired For Rewards

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

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Sports
3:06 am
Wed July 24, 2013

'Beep Baseball' A Homerun With Blind Players

Ryan Strickland takes a practice swing. Even though most players are legally blind, batters, basemen and outfielders all wear blindfolds in Beep Baseball so that people who can see shadows, for example, don't have an advantage.
Jessica Robinson for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

The air smells like cut grass and barbecue at Friendship Park in north Spokane, Wash. And Bee Yang is up to bat. The outfielders get ready. Yang is known as a power hitter.

But this is not your usual baseball game. There's a twist: most of the athletes on the field are visually impaired. Players know where the ball is by listening for it. It's called Beep Baseball, named for the beeping sound the balls make.

Yang listens for the pitch.

He swings.

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Music News
3:05 am
Wed July 24, 2013

In Hollywood, The Actor Who Gives The Call To Prayer

"The bottom line is my Muslim friends have no idea what it's like to be an actor, and my actor friends have no idea what is it like to be a Muslim," Ben Youcef says.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 10:05 am

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Code Switch
3:04 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Being In The Minority Can Cost You And Your Company

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

The racial wage gap in the United States — the gap in salary between whites and blacks with similar levels of education and experience — is shaped by geography, according to new social science research.

The larger the city, the larger the racial wage gap, according to researchers Elizabeth Ananat, Shihe Fu and Stephen L. Ross, whose findings were recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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July 24th, 2013
12:01 am
Wed July 24, 2013

WSW: StoryCorps Military Voices and the World Transplant Games

WMUK General Manager Gordon Bolar speaking at the launch of the Military Voices Initiative in Washington D.C.
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WestSouthwest for July 24th, 2013

On this week's WestSouthwest, StoryCorps Founder David Isay discusses oral history. And retired Western Michigan University Professor David Rozelle prepares for the World Transplant Games. 

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Sweetness And Light
10:03 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

NCAA Should 'Bolster And Reinforce' African-American Players

Jaimie D. Travis iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:59 am

"And this is a long-term project: We need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys? And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement." President Obama

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