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Dennis Cook / The Associated Press

During a graduate writing course at Western Michigan University, students were asked what they would do if they didn’t have to work, Tom Vance’s answer was “write a biography of Elliot Richardson.” 


Battle Creek City Hall - file photo
WMUK

Battle Creek Enquirer Government Reporter Jennifer Bowman was looking for an election related story when she came across the name Clare Briggs.


Jerry "Woody", Wikimedia Commons / Wikimedia Commons

Jeremy Sabella says the philosopher Reinhold Niebuhr is one of the few figures that liberals and conservatives both want to claim as one of their own.


Kalamazoo's oldest church bell sits in the lobby of First Congregational Church, waiting to be restored.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

This is the oldest church bell in Kalamazoo. It was made in 1836 and brought here by ox cart - just a few years after the village that would become Kalamazoo was founded. 


Writer Robert Weir at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama
Courtesy of Robert Weir

On WestSouthwest, we have a rebroadcast of an interview with Kalamazoo writer Robert Weir about a pilgrimage to key sites in the civil rights movement. 


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