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WSW: Who Is ALICE?

Apr 10, 2017
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Matt Lynn says many people are one crisis away from having to make a choice between buying medicine for a child, paying their rent or a utility bill. The Director of Community Impact for the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region says those people fall into the category known as ALICE.


Kathy Willens / AP Photo

Actor Scott Turner Schofield says we live in a society that's in transition when it comes to different ways to express gender. The traditional, binary, male-female paradigm doesn't work for everyone. Schofield will take about the issue during this year's "Respecting Differences" event in Kalamazoo on Wednesday, April 12.


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. 


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Carl Bussema, who turns 93 in May, remembers things about Kalamazoo most of us only know as history.

Bussema, who grew up on G Avenue north of the city, studied at Central High School, now Chenery Auditorium. He worked a few months at the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company. His grandparents on one side farmed celery – and their native language was Dutch.

He also served in the army in Europe in the last year of World War II. At one point Bussema was assigned to the Netherlands, his grandparents’ homeland. 


WMUK

The CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities says he expects Congress to reject at least some of the cuts outlined in President Trump’s budget proposal. But Dan Hurley says those cuts could have a big impact on college access and affordability.


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