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Courtesy of Ken Arthur

The Pastor of Phoenix Community Church in Kalamazoo says he was taught that God was loving, but also was going to send non-believers to hell. Ken Arthur says that thinking caused to leave the church for a while.


Courtesy of Encore Magazine

For Labor Day we get you ready to go back to school with two previously aired segments. We hear from a journalism professor and two students about taking over a magazine. And we have a history lesson on ancient Rome. 


Earlene McMichael | WMUK

At a time when some community read programs have shut down, Kalamazoo Public Library Director Ann Rohrbaugh says her institution's Reading Together will be reaching its 15th milestone anniversary in March. She says picking books with potential for lively discussions, often around social issues, is its winning formula. This year's selection is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White," a book of essays about race relations. He'll speak in Kalamazoo on March 14.


Andrew Medichini, The Associated Press / AP

Western Michigan University History Professor Anise Strong says she wrote her new book on Roman history to “get beyond this idea that there are these rigid categories of good and bad women.” 


courtesy of Alexandria Osborne

A year after her divorce, Alexandria Osborne decided to take a Pfizer fellowship program in Tanzania in 2009. Little did she know that she would meet her second husband, move to his rural hometown, and start her own organization dedicated to the health and education of rural Tanzanians. Osborne has written a book on her journey called The Black Mzungu. She’ll give talks at two local libraries next week. 

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