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

courtesy of The Northern Fires

If there’s one thing that sets the Kalamazoo duo The Northern Fires apart, it’s the harmonies. In fact, that’s what drew musician and songwriter Noah Nigg to vocalist Laurie Laing - singer in the Celtic bands Belfast Gin and Laurie’s Fault. 

Ryan Sprague (left) and Kevin Finney (right) remove a pot used for boiling maple syrup. The syrup will be featured at the Intertribal Food Summit.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The 2nd annual Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit will take place at the Jijak Camp in Hopkins April 19-23. The summit is a chance to learn to grow and prepare Native American food - and get a few tastes too.

Kalamazoo's oldest church bell sits in the lobby of First Congregational Church, waiting to be restored.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

This is the oldest church bell in Kalamazoo. It was made in 1836 and brought here by ox cart - just a few years after the village that would become Kalamazoo was founded. 

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Dianne Carroll Burdick/Courtesy of Waterfront Film Festival

This summer the Waterfront Film Festival is opening a permanent place to show movies in Holland. The facility will have 200 seats for either a theater or classroom as well as office space for Waterfront staff.

The building on Columbia Avenue near downtown Holland used to be an auto-body shop. It was converted with the help of a Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs grant.

In The Dance of the Violin, Joshua makes a huge mistake at the beginning of his performance
illustrator Dusan Petricic

About ten years ago, renowned violinist Joshua Bell decided to do an experiment with the help of The Washington Post. Dressed casually, he walked into a busy subway station in Washington D.C. and started playing. Then, he waited. Would the music stop anyone in their tracks?