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According to legend, actor and director Orson Welles scared more than just the pants off an anxious nation with his famous 1938  War of the Worlds radio broadcast. But a Michigan historian and author says the myth that the show led to The Night That Panicked America, as a later TV movie called it, is just that: a myth. 


How did that get it’s name? How is that a park? What’s the deal with Kalamazoo’s water? Over the last year we’ve fielded questions about what makes people curious in Southwest Michigan. 

Andy Robins, WMUK

For nearly 20 years, faculty and students from Western Michigan University have been digging at the site of Fort Saint Joseph in Niles. After 250 years, nothing of the fort is left standing above ground. 

Henry Winter / Temple B'nai Israel

A desire to preserve Reform Judaism in Kalamazoo has kept Temple B’nai Israel going even during times when fewer people attended, and when money was tight. 

Back in the 1940s, when men headed off to fight in World War II, Chicago Cubs owner Philip Wrigley created something totally new: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Teams stretched across the Midwest, from Racine, Wis., to Kalamazoo. At its peak, the league brought in almost one million fans per year. It also inspired the 1992 movie, “A League of Their Own”, best-known for the now-famous line, "There's no crying in baseball!"