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Becky Staple dances at rehearsal for Early Music Michigan's performance of the works of Hildegard von Bingen at the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Around this time of year, Western Michigan University students leave campus for the summer - and about three thousand medieval scholars move in. The annual International Congress on Medieval Studies is popular with academics, but this year Western is trying something new to get regular folks involved.


An Indian fisherman prays to a partial solar eclipse seen in the sky over Bay of Bengal in Konark, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar, India, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.
AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout

On August 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse - the first one visible in the United States in almost 40 years. Tyler Nordgren is a physics and astronomy professor at the University of Redlands in California and has written a book on eclipses called Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets. He’ll give a talk about eclipses on Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m. during the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society’s Astronomy Day.


Imagine what you’d get if Google, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram were consolidated into one company.

Odds are, you’d wind up with something that looked very much like “The Circle,” the fictitious Internet giant that is on its way to world dominance in director James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of the Dave Eggers’ best seller. 


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.


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