WestSouthwest

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

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Allied Paper landfill
8:10 am
Wed December 11, 2013

WestSouthwest: Cleaning up a Superfund site

Allied Paper Landfill - file photo
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WestSouthwest with Gary Wager and Bruce Merchant

As 2013 comes to an end, the future of the Allied Paper remains unclear. Many citizens are urging the  Environmental Protection Agency to approve a complete clean of PCB contamination. 

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Remembering Nelson Mandela
7:54 am
Wed December 11, 2013

WestSouthwest: Don Cooney on apartheid and meeting Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday in Soweto, South Africa
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WestSouthwest with Don Cooney on Nelson Mandela and apartheid

The world is remembering Nelson Mandela for his work to end apartheid in his native South Africa, and to unify the country after he became president in 1994. 

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Literacy
1:01 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

WestSouthwest: Reading Ambassador Walter Dean Myers

Button used to promote Myers's visit to the Kalamazoo Public Library
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WestSouthwest with Walter Dean Myers

Award-winning children's author Walter Dean Myers, 76, has met famous people in his lifetime, like Langston Hughes and James Baldwin. These days, the New York Times-best-selling writer is on a mission to meet children from low-income backgrounds. He's encouraging them to read as he travels across the country as the 2012 Ambassador for Young People's Literature. It's a role that brought Myers to Kalamazoo this summer. 

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Legacy costs
11:51 am
Tue December 3, 2013

WestSouthwest: Bridge Magazine looks at "Michigan's Broken Legacy"

Portage is one of the few cities in the state with no unfunded retiree pension or health care liabilities - file photo
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WestSouthwest with Bridge Magazine Contributor Ted Roelofs

Unfunded debt to pay for pensions and retiree health care costs is one of the major contributors to Detroit's bankruptcy filing. Other cities in Michigan could face similar problems. 

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Justin Amash
8:03 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

WestSouthwest: Mother Jones Magazine looks at Justin Amash and the Republican Party

Justin Amash-AP file photo
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WestSouthwest with Tim Murphy

    

Reporter Tim Murphy discusses his article Will GOP Rebel Justin Amash Bring Down the NSA - and His Own Party?

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