Interviews with news makers and discussion of topics important to Southwest Michigan. Heard Monday and Thursday mornings at 9:30. With an afternoon rebroadcast both days at 3:30

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Most college students arrive at campus knowing few people at a time when they must also learn how to live on their own for the first time. For some, that can lead to depression--even suicide. That's why Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College is showing "The 'S' Word" documentary on Feb. 7.

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State Representative Jon Hoadley says survivors should be at center of the investigations of Michigan State University. The Kalamazoo Democrat says the goal should be to figure out the systemic failure that led to sexual abuse. 


On WestSouthwest, how does someone come to the attention of Immigration and Customers Enforcement agents? And a Kalamazoo woman who came out as a lesbian in the 1980's talks with her mom, about how it changed both their lives. 

Kalamazoo residents Erum and Seema Shah rallying for immigrant and Muslim rights at Bronson Park - file photo
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The Managing Attorney for the Kalamazoo-based Michigan Immigrant Rights Center says there are many ways to come to the attention of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Susan Reed says that includes applying for citizenship or a green card.

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When Dana Scott came out as a lesbian at the end of the 1980s, her life started to get better. She was 27 and had struggled for years pretending to be something she wasn’t.

“At some point I think I was trying to drink myself to death because I was so afraid and so unhappy,” she said.

After she came out, Dana’s mom Jeannie Scott stood by her side. But privately Jeannie took the news hard.