WestSouthwest

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

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WestSouthwest
12:26 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

WestSouthwest: Walking the Great Lakes

Loreen Niewenhuis has a close encounter with a wave
Credit Loreen Niewenhuis

What’s an author to do after writing about a thousand-mile walk around Lake Michigan? If you’re Loreen Niewenhuis of Battle Creek the answer is simple: hike another thousand miles around parts of the other lakes. Niewenhuis recently published a new book about that experience called A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk and it has received some national media attention.

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WestSouthwest
12:18 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

WestSouthwest: Helping Haiti's kids

ICC US National Director Keith Mumma with kids in Haiti
Credit International Child Care

The Caribbean nation of Haiti was once a port-of-call for cruise ships. These days it’s better known for poverty and disasters, both man-made and natural. But the country’s problems have roots that reach far back in its history.

In the mid-1960s a farm couple from Indiana visited Haiti during a holiday cruise and returned with a determination to help kids there. The faith-based Christian organization they founded, International Child Care, is now based in Kalamazoo.

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WestSouthwest
9:58 am
Tue August 27, 2013

WestSouthwest: Where you live affects your health

Dr. Adewale Troutman explains the health impacts of class, race and neighborhood for the first episode of the PBS series "Unnatural Causes"
Credit Unnatural Causes

Did you know that your zip code says a lot about your health? In fact, it is “the most important risk factor” in determining our wellness, according to Dr. Adewale Troutman, president of the American Public Health Association in Washington. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on health inequities.

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Fundraising
12:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

WestSouthwest: Book explores seeking major gifts

John Greenhoe
Credit WMUK

John Greenhoe has spent 15 years in fundraising, but never found a good book on identifying and qualifying major donors. So he decided to write one.

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Autism
12:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

WestSouthwest: A proposed farm for adults with autism

Tom, an Aacorn Farm participant beside a peg rack he helped create
Credit Courtesy of Cindy Semark

Cindy Semark says there aren't many options for adults, like her son, who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

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