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

Wendy Habermehl of Milwaukee looks into the magical treehouse at the Midwest Miniatures Museum in Hickory Corners
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

From dollhouses to bite-size toy soldiers, people have long had a fascination with tiny things. According to the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts, the tiny toys were used to teach boys war strategy and teach girls how to manage a household. Archeologists have even found miniatures in ancient Egyptian tombs. They were representations of what the person enjoyed in life.

WMUK visited the Midwest Miniatures Museum on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners. 

Sonia at the wheel of her Oldsmobile
Gloria Baker Feinstein

90-something Sonia Warshawski is a character. She’s less than five feet tall and drives a pink Buick with a large leopard print steering wheel. Warshawski is also one of the last living Holocaust survivors. She’s the subject of the award-winning documentary “Big Sonia” which will be shown at this year’s Southwest Michigan Jewish Film Festival

courtesy of Gifts or Creatures

When you walk along the shore of Lake Michigan, do you ever wonder who walked this same beach hundreds of years ago? Brandon Foote does. He and his wife Bethany make up the duo Gifts or Creatures which recently released a new album all about Michigan history, called "Fair Mitten: New Songs of the Historic Great Lakes Basin."

They’ll perform in Kalamazoo on Saturday, October 21 at Rootead at 7 p.m.

Sandhill cranes dance in a creek near Newark, Neb. (File photo, 2011)
AP Images/Nati Harnik

This weekend people will watch hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Sandhill cranes land at Big Marsh Lake - about 30 minutes northeast of Battle Creek. It’s the 23rd annual Sandhill Crane & Art Festival hosted by the Michigan Audubon Society. We talked with the society's education coordinator Lisa Cain:

The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health

We often hear about what climate change is doing to birds and trees, but you might wonder, "How does it affect me?" For one thing, it’s making us sick.