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Nov 20, 2012

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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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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.

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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 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.

Music and commentary from the archives of a great jazz host, Bob Parlocha.

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

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 musician Dave Marlatt.

Email: cara.lieurance (at) wmich.edu

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.

Swing State Stories: Final Thoughts

Nov 14, 2012
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.

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 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.

Contact email: grassrootsinfo (at) wmuk.org

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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.

Zarinah El-Amin Naeem helps Janet Clawson try out a few styles
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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. 

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.

About Us

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

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.

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

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.

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

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.”

Seven Thousand Ways to Listen

Nov 6, 2012

Audio Pending...

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

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

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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