Rebecca Thiele

Environment/Technology Reporter, host of "Arts & More"

Rebecca Thiele became the Arts & More producer for WMUK in 2011. Rebecca also reports on issues related to the environment and technology in Southwest Michigan. She assists the station with social media practices and occasionally anchors during All Things Considered. She is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

​Twitter: @beckythiele

E-mail: rebecca [dot] thiele [at] wmich [dot] edu

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced grants to recycle scrap tires Tuesday. The $2.9 million grants will fund research on products that can be made from used tires - including a better form of asphalt for the state’s roads. 

West Main Park at the corner of Elm and West Main streets
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

West Main Park is at the corner of West Main and Elm in Kalamazoo — right across from Comensoli’s Italian restaurant. You can walk across it in about 30 seconds.

Arcadia Creek runs through it. There’s a bench, a few picnic tables, and that’s about it. It’s not a quiet spot, but it’s one of the oldest parks in Kalamazoo - founded just a few years after Bronson Park downtown. It's also the oldest city-owned park.

Retired MSU microbial ecologist Mike Klug scoops up a hand full of soil from his compost.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

How can we make sure everyone on Earth has enough to eat? It’s a question scientists have been pondering since the world population topped seven billion in 2011. It’s expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. 


Magician Ron Carnell of Colon regularly performs at the American Museum of Magic.
American Museum of Magic

Recently the American Museum of Magic in Marshall had a secret visitor - a famous illusionist. Museum Administrator Keli Hindenach says she’s not allowed to release the name of the magician. All she can say is that he’s from “outside the continental U.S.” 


Thomas Allen's "Bearing," 2012
Thomas Allen

Flip through some of today’s popular magazines and you’ll likely spot artist and freelance illustrator Thomas Allen’s work. He’s famous for making pop-up book like cutouts using thrift store novels - and then photographing them. He’ll teach a workshop at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts June 10th through June 12th.


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