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Stories air Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:50 a.m., 9:50 a.m., 4:29 p.m., 5:44 p.m., and Saturdays after "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Theme music: "Like A Beginner Again" by Dan Barry of Seas of Jupiter

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Books
1:56 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Free little libraries gain popularity in Kalamazoo

Credit Ted Yoakum

At first glance, the little wooden boxes that have been popping in lawns across the city may look like giant mailboxes or birdhouses. However, they contain neither letters nor animals, but books. Known as Little Free Libraries, people are encouraged to take, and leave, books and magazines from the boxes’ shelves, with no strings attached. 

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Theatre
5:45 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

War correspondents try to lead a normal life in Civic play

Sheena Foster as Sarah recovering from the accident.
Credit Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Sarah and James have been a couple for about ten years. She is a photojournalist and he’s a foreign correspondent. They cover war, at times putting themselves in great danger to get the story. When a serious accident in Iraq leaves Sarah critically injured they return home so she can recover and to see if they can live a more normal life.


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Local Music
5:31 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Slim Gypsy Baggage: Making music with all they've got

Credit Slim Gypsy Baggage

Have you ever heard the expression, “Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth?” It means, when a bunch of people with differing opinions come together to work on a project, that project tends to fail. But in the case of the band Slim Gypsy Baggage, those different styles make for a pretty flavorful soup.

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Film
5:39 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Amour: A film about true devotion

You can see Amour at Western Michigan University’s Little Theatre. The first showing is Friday night at 7.

There’s a good reason why so many love stories end with the couple heading for the altar or happily running off together. That’s because falling in love is easy and staying in love can be very hard work -- especially if you spend 30 or 40 or 50 years with the same partner.

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Arts & More
5:34 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Silent film screening to feature live performance by famous klezmer musician

From 'The Yellow Ticket'
Credit Boston Jewish Music Festival

During this year’s Jewish Film Festival in Kalamazoo, movie-goers will get a chance to see the 1918 silent film, The Yellow Ticket. Most films in the festival will be shown at Celebration Cinema this weekend.

“It’s talking about a young Jewish woman who emigrates from Poland to Russia to study medicine, which is quite a progressive concept I think for a film that was made in the early 1900s,” says organizer Naomi Morse of the Jewish Federation of Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan.

During the screening, viewers will get to hear the film’s score performed live by famous klezmer musician Alicia Svigals and pianist Marilyn Lerner. Klezmer is a type of Jewish folk music that originated in Eastern Europe.

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