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Local Music
12:18 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Jazz pianist and composer Ron Di Salvio talks about his career, new Christmas album

Ron Di Salvio photo from '24 Days of Christmas'
Credit Ron Di Salvio

Listen to the on-air cut of Ron Di Salvio

Local jazz pianist and composer Ron Di Salvio is a renaissance man. He teaches jazz at Kalamazoo College, runs his own heat treating business out of Homer, Michigan, and even made up his own shorthand called Deltadiatonics. Di Salvio taught himself piano, but before that he played accordion.

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Science Fiction
12:18 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Sci-Fi fans say sometimes short stories and anthologies tell it best

Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Hear about Wenger and Johnson's short Sci-Fi picks

Wenger: Short stories have always been the heart of Science Fiction. Sci-Fi is a genre of ideas and even though some novels and series span galaxies, ideas can often be shared best in short form. Some stories you just can't get over, like Ray Bradbury's The Sound of Thunder, when, while hunting dinosaurs in the distant past, a hunter steps off the trail onto a butterfly and changes everything. Or the haunting last line of Arthur C. Clarke's The Nine Billion Names of God, when a computer has calculated all the possible names of God and the programmer looks up and "overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out."

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Culture
10:57 am
Fri December 14, 2012

"Land of the Rising Sun" exhibits Japanese culture

South Haven Center for the Arts' Melissa Warner-Talcott holds up a basket of the cherry blossom origami they've made so far.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Hear about the "Land of the Rising Sun" exhibit

Every few years, the South Haven Center for the Arts has a cultural exhibit. This year, the center will turn into a little slice of Japan.

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Astronomy Events
3:26 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Watch or listen to the Geminid meteor shower Thursday and Friday night

A Geminid meteor shower
Credit Spaceweather.com

Kalamazoo Astronomical Society members Richard Bell and Mike Sinclair talk about the Geminid meteor shower

The meteor shower will peak on the nights of December 13th and 14th. Kalamazoo Astronomical Society President Richard Bell says the best time to start looking would be around 10pm until dawn. 

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Local Music
12:18 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Mandolin orchestra hearkens back to Kalamazoo's history of stringed instruments

The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra performing at the Kalamazoo Public Library downtown in 2008.
Credit The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra

Full interview with Jackie Zito and Miles Kusik of the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra

The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra will play Friday during the Art Hop at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. I talked with the group’s founding members Jackie Zito and Miles Kusik to find out a little bit more about the mandolin and its ties to Kalamazoo.

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