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

Merze Tate receiving her doctorate from Western Michigan University
courtesy of Sonya Bernard Hollins

While many African Americans in the 1920s and 30s were fighting for basic rights, Western Michigan University alum Merze Tate was traveling the world and attending colleges like Oxford University.

Play rehearsal for Theatre Kalamazoo's New Play Festival. All of the plays are staged readings to allow for more revisions
Sarah West

This weekend Kalamazoo playwrights will share their latest work at the 5th Annual Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Festival.

Tracy Bell holding her bells made out of vintage silverware handles
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The e-commerce website Etsy—which specializes in handmade and vintage goods—has come a long way since it started in 2005. The site now has over one million shops. But not all artists are happy with how the company has grown.

Cast photo for 'The Whale'
courtesy of WMU Theatre

It’s safe to say you’ve probably never heard of a protagonist like Charlie in Samuel D. Hunter’s play The Whale. He’s a 650-pound online writing instructor with a tragic past. 

"Foundling" by Marion Starling Boyer
courtesy of RCVA

CORRECTION: The original version of this story said the reading in connection with the project was on February 9th. It's actually on February 19th at 5:30 p.m.

What do you think of when you think of home? That’s the question artists and writers were asked to answer in a new exhibit at Western Michigan University's Richmond Center for Visual Arts.

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