Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday evenings Tues-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with volunteer Dave Marlatt.

Email: cara.lieurance (at) wmich.edu

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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Alma Latina

Alma Latina has served Spanish-speaking listeners in southwest Michigan with music and community information for decades.  Produced by Martin Klemm in the WMUK studios, the show is hosted by Miguel (Mike) Ramirez.

Jack Perlstein

Jack Perlstein presents an engaging mix of classical music favorites midday throughout the week.

The Thistle & Shamrock

Created in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands by Fiona Ritchie, The Thistle & Shamrock explores evolving music from Celtic roots in Europe and North America. You'll hear well-established and newly emerging recording artists along with in-studio guests, all surveying familiar territory and leading you to more distant landscapes and genres.

Thistle is your weekly bridge between the established architects of Celtic roots music and the rising generation of musicians. Fiona is fascinated by the place where this music meets the world, so you can expect to hear her investigate its influences in World and contemporary music too. Beyond that, have no expectations in particular. Just wait and see where the music takes you.

WMUK's "Pure Drop"

WMUK's Cara Lieurance and volunteer host Dave Marlatt serve up traditional music from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.  Their collection of tunes goes back to immigrant recordings of the early 20th Century and spans new artists performing in the tradition.

Grassroots

Grassroots is two hours of acoustic music chosen and presented by Mark Sahlgren and Darcy Wilkin.  Centered on Bluegrass and traditional American songs, Grassroots also explores the work of contemporary singer/songwriters and instrumentalists.

All Things Considered

In-depth reporting and transformed the way listeners understand current events and view the world. Every weekday, hear two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special - sometimes quirky - features.

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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Local Authors
5:15 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Combat Veterans Writing Group to read in honor of Veteran's Day

Listen to the Combat Veterans' Writing Group

In the fall of 2009, Kalamazoo writer Margaret von Steinen started a Combat Veterans Writing Group that meets twice a month at the Portage District Library. The group will read from their work at the library Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in honor of Veteran’s Day.

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WMUK is owned and operated by Western Michigan University and broadcasts at an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts at 102.1 FM. We are a non-profit public radio station and charter member of National Public Radio (NPR) .

Klay Woodworth began his time with WMUK in 1990 as a classical music host and weekend operator.  Over the years, Klay took over the supervision of daily operations and was named Program Director for WMUK in 2000. Klay is an active musician and avid pedestrian.

Email: klayton.woodworth (at) wmuk.org     Phone: (269) 387 5725

Jack began working at WMUK as a WMU music student in 1973.  He was a member of the United States Army Field Band, Washington, DC from 1974 - 1977, and returned to WMUK as a producer/announcer in 1978. Jack was an announcer and programmer for WITF-TV/FM in Harrisburg, PA from 1983-1984. In 1984 he became Music Director of WWFM /WWNJ, The Classical Network, in Trenton, New Jersey. Jack returned to WMUK in 1999.

Book Arts
2:30 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Deep Wood Press the brings art back into printing literature

Samples of works from Deep Wood Press
Credit Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

Listen to Chad Pastotnik of Deep Wood Press

For 20 years, Chad Pastotnik has printed handmade books in Mancelona, Michigan. Pastotnik’s exhibit 20 Years of Deep Wood Press will be at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center through the end of this month. He uses a lot of natural fibers in his work, but one common ingredient is missing.

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Theatre
9:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

"Ruined" sheds light on sexual violence during civil war in the Congo

WMU students Tina Pinson, Marrisa Harrington and Eddie Coleman.
Credit WMU Theatre Dept.

A preview for WMU's production of "Ruined"

Western Michigan University theater students will perform the Pulitzer prize winning drama, Ruined Thursday night.

“The play takes place in the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of Congo," says Director Awoye Timpo. "And it’s all about the lives of the men and women who have been affected by the war that’s been going on there.”

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Local Authors
7:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Seven Thousand Ways to Listen

Author Mark Nepo

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Kalamazoo writer Mark Nepo is best known for The Book of Awakening, which was on the New York Times best seller list last year. Nepo's new book is called Seven Thousand Ways to Listen

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Fine Art
2:40 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Fear Into Fire: Reclaiming Black Male Identity Through the Art of Tattooing

One of the photos from the 'Fear Into Fire' exhibit.
Credit Shasta Bady

Hear about 'Fear Into Fire: Reclaiming Black Male Identity Through the Art of Tattooing.'

An art exhibit called Fear Into Fire: Reclaiming Black Male Identity Through the Art of Tattooing opens Friday at the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo. Fear Into Fire is curated by Nicole Harrison.

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Theatre
1:40 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Kalamazoo College performs Shakespeare's blood-soaked play 'Titus Andronicus'

A preview of Kalamazoo College's production of 'Titus Andronicus'

Titus Andronicus was Shakespeare’s first tragedy and by far his bloodiest. Ironically enough, the director for Kalamazoo College’s production of the play, Kevin Dodd, is also the director for Great Lakes Peace Jam—a peace promoting organization.

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Music
12:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Chanticleer's The Siren's Call: Music of temptation, desire, and journey

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Hear the on-air preview of Chanticleer

Renowned male chorus Chanticleer is coming to Kalamazoo’s Chenery Auditorium Friday at 8 p.m. to perform their program The Siren’s Call. Music director Jace Witting says the idea for The Siren’s Call came from the tale of the sirens in Greek mythology, but Chanticleer expanded the theme to include songs that reflect temptation, desire, and journey.

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Arts & More
12:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Fair-trade chocolate shop employs at-risk youth

Quinton Mitchell making Truffles at Confections With Convictions.
Credit Nancy Camden

Hear about Confections with Convictions

Nearly two years ago, a chocolate shop opened in Kalamazoo, called Confections With Convictions--convictions as in the criminal justice system. Dale Anderson employs at-risk young people, teaching them a craft while helping them to craft a better life. 

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Local Authors
12:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Woo-Woo: Becoming a Psychic at Fifty

Credit Janet Alm

Janet Alm talks about Woo-Woo and life as a psychic

 Janet Alm has written a book about her experience of becoming a psychic at the age of 50. For almost ten years now, the Mattawan resident has been a psychic medium and animal communicator. 

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Local History
12:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Haunted tales of Kalamazoo: A brief collection of ghost stories from local experts

The Gibson Guitar Factory in 1984
Credit Kalamazoo Public Library

Hear a few Kalamazoo ghost stories

Friday night at 6 p.m., the Kalamazoo Jaycees will take residents on a ghost tour through downtown Kalamazoo. Although the tour is mostly historical, it reminds us of just how many haunted tales the city holds. 

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Local Authors
12:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Hank the Hangar: A children's book that teaches kids how to stop bullying

Kathryn Lynn Seifert reading 'Hank the Hangar'
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The author talks about 'Hank the Hangar'

Kathryn Lynn Seifert wrote Hank the Hangar to teach kids who were being bullied how to stop the bullying.

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Local Events
12:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Kalamazoo attempts to break world record with most zombies dancing to Thriller

The 2011 Thrill the World event in Kalamazoo
Credit Thrill the World Kalamazoo

Hear about Thrill the World Kalamazoo

Around the world, thousands of people dressed as zombies will dance to Michael Jackson’s song Thriller on Saturday. Kalamazoo is participating in the attempt to set a world record for the most people dancing to the song at the same time. 

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Local Music
12:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Battle Creek group learns ukulele through jam sessions

Members of the Battle Creek Ukulele Group jam together at Your Local Yarn Shop in Battle Creek.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Hear about the Battle Creek Ukulele Group

Your Local Yarn Shop in Battle Creek isn’t usually open on Sundays. But every third Sunday of the month, the shop opens its doors for the Battle Creek Ukulele Group also known as B.U.G.S. 

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Culture
12:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

The Resilience Project breaks down age barriers

Barbara Jones pointing out the art kite she made with Cristina Bryant
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Hear from participants in the Resilience program

At Friendship Village, the dining hall is a place for seniors to relax and chat with their friends. But for the past few months, a handful of seniors had dinner with unlikely guests—Western Michigan University students. The Resilience Project pairs seniors with WMU Seita Scholars—college students who have aged out of foster care—and Kalamazoo Promise students for a cross-generational experience.

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Local Authors
12:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Graphic novel "Swallow Me Whole" by Nate Powell

Annie Kelley and Andy Fitzpatrick's review of 'Swallow Me Whole'

Nate Powell’s Swallow Me Whole won an Eisner award for best graphic novel. Powell’s artwork will be on display at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center until October 26th. WMUK’s graphic novel experts Annie Kelley and Andy Fitzpatrick of the Battle Creek Enquirer talked about Swallow Me Whole in this review:

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Politics
3:15 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Swing State Stories: Michigan

Felix Rosado saws wood at Detroit's WARM Training Center
Credit Chris Killian

We hear a lot about issues in the run up to next month’s presidential election. But the issues that the candidates are talking about aren’t necessarily the ones of most concern to everyday people. Independent journalist Chris Killian of Kalamazoo is in the midst of his Swing State Stories cross-country tour to find out what is on the minds of voters. He stopped recently in the Saugatuck-Douglas area on his way through Michigan.

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Theatre
12:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Swordplay in The Three Musketeers will keep you on your toes

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A preview of WMU Theatre's 'The Three Musketeers'

In the story of The Three Musketeers, a brash young man named D’Artagnan tries to prove himself worthy of becoming a musketeer. Yesterday was opening night for the Western Michigan University Theatre’s performance of The Three Musketeers.

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