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Western Michigan University History Professor Mitch Kachun says his book is about Crispus Attucks, one of the men, killed at the Boston Massacre in 1770. But he says First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory also raises questions about who’s included in history, and who is ignored.


WMU Grad Watches Neutron Stars Collide

Nov 22, 2017
Jorge Saenz / AP Photo

A Western Michigan University graduate is helping astronomers record what happens when two neutron stars collide. Scientists have long believed that when two neutron stars crash into each other in a “kilonova,” they create gravity waves.

Why Is WMU's Marching Band So Big?

Nov 21, 2017
Greyson Steele / WMUK

For nearly a hundred years, Western Michigan University’s Bronco Marching Band has been a fixture on fall Saturdays in Kalamazoo. This year, though, there is a notable difference. The size of the band has swelled to 330 members, making it the largest in the Mid-American conference.


Earlene McMichael | WMUK

"Son, don't you ever forget the bridge that carried you across." Moses L. Walker recalls his mother often telling him that.

So Walker, a retired Borgess Medical Center executive who served multiple terms on the Kalamazoo City Commission and on many boards, says he always found ways to give back.

Now the Family Health Center in Kalamazoo has named the newest building at its headquarters after Walker. (Click icon to hear interview.)


Dr. Scott Boerma, director of bands at Western Michigan University, joins Cara Lieurance to share the highlights of this Sunday's joint concert by the University Concert Band and University Symphonic Band. Acclaimed composer David Maslanka, who died in August, will be remembered in a performance of his last work, a concerto for piano and winds, featuring Dr. Yu-Lien The. It was commissioned by a consortium of schools in the MAC conference, and has only been performed a handful of times. The University Symphonic Band's program is filled out with classic works by Bernstein, Holst, and Grainger.


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