Earlene McMichael

Morning Edition Host

  Earlene McMichael became WMUK's local host of NPR's Morning Edition in August 2012. A former, long-time Kalamazoo Gazette editor, reporter, and columnist, she was a news anchor at WHCU-FM when it was owned by Cornell University, her alma mater.


On Christmas Eve Day, WMUK's WestSouthwest public-affairs show presents an encore presentation of Gloria Steinem's expansive interview with Earlene McMichael, the radio station's Local Host of Morning Edition. It first aired in October in advance of the history-making feminist's lecture before a full house at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium on Nov. 6. This rebroadcast includes previously unaired segments. WestSouthwest airs Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., with a repeat at 3:30 p.m.

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Note: Updated to include Saturday's Arts & More audio, with songs.

Imagine giving up your dreams of a music career in the belief that your first two albums didn't sell well.  So, you work in hard manual labor jobs for the next nearly 30 years only to find out that, all along, while not a hit in America, your albums had made you a mega star in Australia and South Africa but you never see a dime. It happened to protest folk singer Sixto Rodriguez of Detroit. But a film about him has reversed his fortune. He performs Dec. 11 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre

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Hear the second installment of WMUK’s Earlene McMichael’s exclusive interview with history-making feminist Gloria Steinem that aired today (11/3). Steinem speaks at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6 at Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University. The talk is free and open to the public. The co-founder of the iconic Ms. Magazine is on tour for her new memoir, "My Life on the Road." 

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Philanthropist Peter Buffett says foundations sometimes try to solve the world's problems themselves rather than acting as facilitators of change -- that is, seeking answers outside their walls, especially from people already doing the work well. In a wide-ranging interview with WMUK's Earlene McMichael, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett adds that, when donors do give funds, it sometimes comes with too many restrictions on their grantees, a practice he calls "philanthropic colonialism." (Listen below to the interview, plus to a longer version.)

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Gender violence expert Jackson Katz says fear of what other men will think is why some fail to speak up against sexism or sexual abuse against women. To the contrary, it should be considered "an act of strength" and leadership to intervene, Katz says. On today's WestSouthwest, Katz talks about the effectiveness of what he calls the "bystander approach"  in a longer version of his interview with WMUK's Earlene McMichael that aired last week.