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

A wind farm in Idaho (file photo)
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DTE Energy is searching for wind power in less windy parts of the state. The utility has signed lease agreements for 22,000 acres in Branch County near the Indiana border. 

This crying clown is painted on velvet. Weyland Dowd says the colors really pop under an ultraviolet light.
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“Is it art?” It’s a question you’ve probably heard before, even if you don’t hang around in galleries. As part of Friday's Kalamazoo Art Hop, mysterious kitsch collector known as Weylan Dowd — who looks a lot like local artist Steve Curl — poses this question to viewers at his exhibit at Diekema-Hamann Architecture


NPR Music is once again hosting their Tiny Desk Contest. It's a competition where unsigned musicians from all over the U.S. send in a video of themselves performing at a desk. The winner will get to play at NPR's Tiny Desk in Washington D.C., go on a national tour, be featured on NPR's "Ask Me Another," and take part in other NPR events. 

On the set of "Bare"
Jason Nofs

Since January, Kalamazoo filmmaker Katherine Mumma has been hosting Unreeled, a film series at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. On April 12th, the KIA will show three of her short works.

Mumma’s career as a filmmaker started out like many others. She made videos with her childhood friends and years later attended film school in New York. Ultimately she decided New York wasn’t for her — but that wasn’t the end. 


John Tucci

Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes. They’re places where people like to swim, boat, and fish — and many people buy lakefront property to do just that. But Eurasian watermilfoil — an invasive aquatic plant — could change that and it’ll hurt more than just the people who own lake houses. 


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