Abbie Fentress Swanson joined Harvest Public Media in 2012 and is based at KBIA Radio in Columbia,

Marie Cusick is the WMHT/Capital Region reporter for the Innovation Trail and 'New York NOW.'

As a television reporter, Marie has covered energy and environmental issues from Wyoming to Pennsylvania.

Marie joins WMHT from her hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she reported for a cable TV news station. During her time there, she was the creator and host of a weekly series that covered local environmental issues.

Law
6:25 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight

Greg Taylor holds up his release papers after he was unanimously exonerated by a three-judge panel in Raleigh, N.C., in 2010. Taylor, who had been in prison since 1993 for murder, is now suing several people who worked at a crime lab, claiming their erroneous findings landed him in jail.
Shawn Rocco AP

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 7:06 pm

Three years ago, a report from the National Academy of Sciences exposed serious problems in the nation's forensic science community. It found not only a lack of peer-reviewed science in the field, but also insufficient oversight in crime laboratories.

Little has changed since that report came out, but concerns are growing as scandals keep surfacing at crime labs across the country.

Critical Errors

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Leila Fadel is NPR's international correspondent based in Cairo.

Before joining NPR, she covered the Middle East for The Washington Post. In her role as Cairo Bureau Chief she reported on a wave of revolts and their aftermaths in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria.

Prior to her position as Cairo Bureau Chief for the Post, she covered the Iraq war for nearly five years with Knight Ridder, McClatchy Newspapers and later the Washington Post. Her foreign coverage of the devastating human toll of the Iraq war earned her the George. R. Polk award in 2007.

Leila Fadel is a Lebanese-American journalist who speaks conversational Arabic and was raised in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

Renee Montagne is co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio news program in the U.S. She has hosted the newsmagazine since 2004, broadcasting from NPR West in Culver City, California, with co-host Steve Inskeep in NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Montagne is a familiar voice on NPR, having reported and hosted since the mid-1980s. She hosted All Things Considered with Robert Siegel for two years in the late 1980s, and previously worked for NPR's Science, National and Foreign desks.

Margot Adler is a NPR correspondent based in NPR's New York Bureau. Her reports can be heard regularly on All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

It's All Politics
5:42 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Democrats Poised To Pick Up Seats In Final House Tally

Two weeks after Election Day, the results are almost final. It appears the U.S. House of Representatives will be filled with 234 Republicans and 201 Democrats, though the outcome is not yet official in two states.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 7:00 pm

Two weeks after Election Day, it appears the partisan makeup of the new House of Representatives will be 234 Republicans and 201 Democrats, although the outcome is not yet official in two states.

One result that did become clear on Tuesday: Republican Rep. Allen West, a Tea Party favorite, conceded to Democrat Patrick Murphy in Florida.

Unresolved races remain in Louisiana and North Carolina.

A new district map forced two Republican incumbents to run against each other in Louisiana. They will meet in a runoff on Dec. 8.

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Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond
5:41 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Thousands Of Trees Gone, Ripped Out By Sandy

Ken Chaya created a map that charts every single tree in New York's Central Park. He stands next to one of the thousands of trees uprooted by Sandy.
Margot Adler NPR

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 6:14 pm

New York City lost almost 10,000 trees from the winds of Superstorm Sandy and the nor'easter that followed. That's far more trees lost in the city than in any other storm for which tree damage was recorded.

Walking through Central Park, Ken Chaya peers past a stone arch, observing the damage and uprooting of about 800 trees. He knows more about the park's trees than just about anybody else; he created a map that charts every single one of the roughly 20,000 trees.

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Israeli-Palestinian Coverage
5:01 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Fighting Continues In Gaza Amid Talk Of Cease-Fire

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 6:14 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour with growing talk of a cease fire in the fight between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, but at this point, it is still just talk. Officials in Israel and in Egypt, where negotiations are underway, say there is no agreement yet. In the meantime, the fighting has intensified, with more casualties on both sides.

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Around the Nation
7:41 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Customers Help Robbed Coffee Kiosk Recover

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Asia
7:35 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Chinese Grandfather Models Teen Girls' Clothes

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Leading with a great pair of legs helps to make it as a model. And apparently, being a 72-year-old granddad doesn't hurt. Liu Xianping advised his granddaughter on her fashion business and thoughts on mix and match, then he modeled the look. The photos went viral. Sales skyrocketed. Here's how to get the look. Pile on the layers and lace and his signature thigh-high red stockings. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
6:52 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Drought Hurts U.S. Grain Exporters, Market Share

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And now for today's business bottom line. Last summer's drought has brought bad news this fall - low crop yields, especially of corn; plus higher prices, and a prediction from the Department of Agriculture that corn exports will be at a 40-year low. The U.S. still is the world's biggest supplier of corn. But this year, American exporters won't be quite as dominant as usual, in the global corn market. From Missouri, Abbie Fentress Swanson reports on the impact this is having.

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Middle East
6:34 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Push For Diplomatic Solution In Gaza Ramps Up

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 9:51 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Even as talk grows louder about a possible truce, intense air assaults went back and forth over the Israeli and Gaza border today. More Palestinians were killed overnight, pushing the death toll for days of fighting to over 100 for Palestinians and three Israelis.

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Theatre
8:00 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

The play "Nuncrackers" continues the story of "Nunsense"

Credit Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Listen to a preview of "Nuncrackers"

In 1985, the musical comedy Nunsense began a ten year off-Broadway run. Several sequels later the Christmas musical Nuncrackers was born. A local production of the spoof opens Friday at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

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Film
1:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

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

Movie poster for Life of Pi

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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BBC World Service

Often acknowledged as the largest news-gathering organization in the world, the BBC World Service supports correspondents and gathers stories around the world.  WMUK dips into this stream of information several times during the week.

Morning Edition

Waking up is hard to do, but it’s easier with NPR’s Morning Edition.  Hosts Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep bring the day’s stories and news to radio listeners on the go. Morning Edition provides news in context, airs thoughtful ideas and commentary, and reviews important new music, books, and events in the arts.  All with voices and sounds that invite listeners to experience the stories.

Film
7:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

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

Movie poster for Room 237

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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Jazz at Lincoln Center

For twenty five years, Jazz at Lincoln Center has been a showcase for the art and soul of jazz -- through music, words, and spectacular live performances.

Bob Edwards Weekend

Bob Edwards, long an icon of public radio, brings his thought-provoking style, acerbic wit and delightful humor to interviews with a wide range of guests.  "Bob Edwards Weekend" is the best of Bob's programs produced through the week for Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Hailed as one of the best orchestras in the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra provides weekly concert broadcasts from Symphony Center in Chicago - hosted by Lisa Simeone.

Acoustic Café

Acoustic Café is two hours of contemporary acoustic music produced and hosted by Rob Reinhart in Ann Arbor.  Each week, listeners around the globe tune in to Acoustic Café to hear the latest from today's great songwriting talents. Along with the music, Rob features one artist or group each week with an in-depth studio interview and performance.  Acoustic Café is an independent media production of RDR Radio, LLC.

Jazz with Bob Parlocha

Legendary Jazz expert Bob Parlocha presents mainstream Jazz to keep WMUK listeners company overnight.

Cara Lieurance

Cara Lieurance presents classical music as a living art form.  Often joined in the studio by musicians and composers who are performing in southwest Michigan, Cara also features new recordings from the WMUK record library.

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

Movie poster for

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.

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