Rebecca Thiele

Announcer & Producer

Rebecca Thiele became the Arts & More producer for WMUK in 2011. Rebecca also 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.

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5:09 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

High purity heroin in Kalamazoo County leads to rise in overdoses

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A Kalamazoo Public Safety official says it is easy for addicts to overdose on the drug if they are not used to such a high concentration of heroin. An uptick in heroin addictions often leads to more robberies, larcenies, and retail fraud.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- High purity combined with rising heroin use have Kalamazoo-area law enforcement officials concerned. It was an overdose of heroin that killed Jayme Robert Earle, 26, the Richland man found dead inside his pickup truck in March in Kalamazoo's Stuart neighborhood, police said last week.
5:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Michigan Rep. wants to change sexual assault prosecutions in the military

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It would leave chain-of-command officers out of decisions with sentences of more than a year in confinement. Instead, those cases would be passed to military prosecutors. The goal of the legislation is to help victims of sexual assault in the military feel comfortable coming forward, knowing such crimes will be investigated.
WASHINGTON - Calling the widening controversy over sexual assaults in the military a "travesty," U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, Michigan's only member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, introduced legislation today that could reform how the Pentagon handles such crimes. Benishek's legislation - a companion piece to that being introduced in the Senate by Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
Theatre
10:34 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Into the Woods: What happens after you get what you want?

Rudi Goddard (left) as Cinderella and Julia Smucker (right) as Little Red Riding Hood
Credit Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College’s Festival Playhouse is kicking off their 50th anniversary Thursday with the musical Into the Woods. Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine is about what happens to the characters in Grimm’s fairy tales after the ‘happily ever after.’ 

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Theatre
8:36 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Crawlspace hosts the Kalamazoo Improv Festival

Dann Sytsma (left) and Brian Lam (right) doing some improvised theatre at WMUK.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

“It really isn’t just people jumping on a stage and trying to make you laugh. It really isn’t," says Dann Sytsma of Crawlspace Theater Productions. "It’s people on stage working together to create a story that’s never been told, that will never be told again. And they want you to experience that with them.”

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4:09 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Auto companies fall on Fortune 500 list, SW Michigan companies move up

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GM is now in seventh place instead of fifth. Ford Motor company was also moved down in rank on the Fortune 500 to tenth place. But Kellogg moved up 13 spots to number 192, and Stryker bumped up from 308 to 305.
Washington - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. retook top spot on the Fortune 500 rankings of largest U.S. companies from Exxon Mobil as two U.S. automakers fell. General Motors Co. slid from fifth to seventh. GM fell behind Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, which rose from seventh to fifth, and Apple Inc., which rose from 17th to sixth as its revenue jumped by 45 percent in 2012.

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