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Arts & More
5:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Folk Duo Red Tail Ring Brings 'Old-Time Minded' Sound To Modern Music

Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo are a folk music duo that make up the group Red Tail Ring.
Credit Eana Agopian

As a musician, using your talent for someone else's benefit can be both rewarding and frustrating. You can get paid to perfect your craft, but you can't control how often you perform - or who will be listening. Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo had both hit those walls back in 2009.

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Arts & More
5:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Poet and Author Kevin Coval Makes Youth Poetry "Louder Than A Bomb"

Kevin Coval
Credit Courtesy of Louder Than A Bomb

Growing up during the era of 80's hip-hop, Kevin Coval had his eyes opened to a world of poetry he never knew existed by dissecting the lyrics of his favorite artists.

"I started writing because I wanted to rap, but I  realized very quickly that was not the best idea," he says. "Hip hop really opened me to a nontraditional canon of verse that was contemporary and working class and explored the spectrum of human experience as opposed to just talking about birchwood and roses."

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Station News
6:34 am
Fri June 13, 2014

WMUK Freelancer Nancy Camden Leaves For Wisconsin

Nancy Camden on location in Kalamazoo
Credit Brian Petersen

Radio and oral history producer Nancy Camden joined our arts and culture team in 2010 at age 60. Since then she's been creating sound rich audio features for our Arts & More program: mostly local history and human interest stories.

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Farming
10:20 am
Thu June 12, 2014

No Bees No Fruit: Why Bees Are Essential To Farmers

Ann Sharkey inspects her hive on WMUK correspondent Joan Donaldson's organic fruit farm
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Despite the media’s out-pouring of articles about “colony collapse disorder” and about how pesticides are killing off bees, visitors to my organic blueberry farm often have not connected the dots between bees and fruit. 

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Local History
3:30 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

19th Century Female Seminary Once Educated Michigan's Girls

Michigan Female Seminary postcard from the archives of Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Credit courtesy of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

The Michigan Female Seminary has been closed for more than a century, but at one time, it was one of the few places to send your daughter to continue her education in the 1800's. 

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