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.

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

Dianne Carroll Burdick/Courtesy of Waterfront Film Festival

This year’s Waterfront Film Festival in South Haven has been canceled. But movie fans can still see Waterfront films at Artprize in Grand Rapids this September during a new Artprize event called Artprize On Screen. This is Waterfront’s second move since it started in Saugatuck more than 16 years ago.

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to clean PCBs out of a 3-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River. It would remove contaminated soil and sediment from Morrow Dam near Comstock to the city of Plainwell. The EPA would also take more PCBs out of Portage Creek. 

The lab's humanoid robot JD
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Chad Edwards started the Communication and Social Robotics Lab at WMU with his wife and colleague Autumn. They have four robots in the lab.

Journeyman by Matt Weaver

Low-budget films are often the butt of jokes in today’s movie industry, but on May 15th, filmmakers from the Midwest and a few international artists will attempt to change that. 

A smelting demonstration at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies in 2013
WMU Medieval Institute

May 14th through May 17th, 3,000 medieval scholars from around the world will flood Western Michigan University’s campus for the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies.