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

Forester Ben Savoie looks closely at a dying cherry tree. The field he's standing in used to be farmland and very few species of plants are growing there.
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

Extreme temperatures are hard on plants. They’re not used to having frost one day and 60-degree temperatures the next. But just like people will huddle together for warmth, plant species have strength in numbers. New research suggests that biodiversity — or a good variety of plants and animals — is about as important as climate for a healthy ecosystem. 


For a while now, Bill Davis has been having trouble sleeping.

“I found myself waking up a lot at night and not necessarily always knowing why,” said the Western Michigan University associate professor of art.


Julia (Shannon Fleckenstein) and Treat (Paris Rutter) in Corinne J. Kawecki's play "The Days Are Shorter"
Laura Henderson

This weekend, Queer Theatre Kalamazoo will be the first to perform a brand new play called “The Days Are Shorter” by Chicago playwright Corinne J. Kawecki. It’s a surreal journey about a midlife crisis.


Many of us have that relative or friend that we no longer talk to. Maybe it was something they said. Maybe it was something we did. Maybe it had to do with politics. The characters in Dominique Morisseau’s play “Sunset Baby” have complex reasons for not talking to each other. Face Off Theatre will perform the play January 4-7 at the Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre in Kalamazoo’s Epic Center.


The artists of the South Haven Area Mural Project (Sh-amp) stand in front of their first completed mural at Rock 'N' Road Cycle. From left to right: Kayla Wyszynski-Ridley, Sam Dustin, and Kelly Gleeson.
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

Earlier this month, South Haven artists unveiled the first of many murals that are meant to help beautify the city. It’s part of a nonprofit that started last year called Sh-amp — South Haven Area Mural Project. 


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