Interviews with news makers and discussion of topics important to Southwest Michigan. Heard Wednesday mornings at 9:20. 


On WestSouthwest, a Grand Valley State University study on trends in philanthropy. And Bridge examines John Engler's record as governor on allegations that female prison inmates were sexually abused. 

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The face of philanthropy is getting younger. For the next few decades, Generation Xers and Millennials will be big donors--likely the largest in history. That's the prediction of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids in its new report about 11 giving trends.

Interim Michigan State University President John Engler was picked to guide MSU amid the fallout from a sexual abuse scandal. But a report in Bridge raises questions about how Engler handled allegations of sexual abuse against female inmates in state prisons when he served as Michigan’s governor.


On WestSouthwest, New Yorker Staff Writer David Denby on the Humanities and Demagoguery. And a Sociologist discusses gender discrimination and sexual harassment in higher education. 

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David Denby says if enough people in the United States had read Huckleberry Finn President Donald Trump wouldn’t have been taken seriously during his campaign. Denby, a staff writer for the New Yorker says he was thinking of the con men in Mark Twain’s classic. “Trump is a con artist.”