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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Western Michigan University Political Science Professor Susan Hoffman says public housing has a reputation problem. But she says it’s still an important tool for providing housing for low-income people.

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Matt Longjohn says he never thought about seeking political office until 2017. He says being asked to stay quiet on an issue of public health policy started the process that led to his campaign for Congress. 

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Note: We dust off this Jan. 19, 2015 WestSouthwest show in honor of yesterday's 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King.

Did you know Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in Kalamazoo? And just four months after his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.?

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Western Michigan University President Edward Montgomery says getting students in the door isn’t enough if they don’t eventually walk out with a diploma. He says when people feel they are part of a community, they’re more likely to succeed even after things go wrong. 

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Rachel Sykes says research shows that separating a child from their parent causes trauma. She says disrupting the connection point can have long-lasting effects. The Director of Children and Family Services for Samaritas Southwest in Kalamazoo says if that separation can be prevented it will help children in the long-term.