WMUK's WestSouthwest WestSouthwest features interviews with news makers and opinion leaders from WMUK 102.1 FM based at Western Michigan University. Archives are available at http://www.wmuk.org/topic/westsouthwest
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WestSouthwest features interviews with news makers and opinion leaders from WMUK 102.1 FM based at Western Michigan University. Archives are available at http://www.wmuk.org/topic/westsouthwest

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WSW: On The Ground In Kalamazoo's Vine Neighborhood

Kalamazoo resident Joetta Carr says the Southwest Michigan chapter of the Extinction Rebellion wants candidates for mayor and city commission to develop a climate policy for Kalamazoo. She says they are also working at the state level, and planning to go to the debates in Detroit for candidates running for the Democratic nomination for President. Carr was interviewed for a story in Southwest Michigan's Second Wave . It's part of the On the Ground Series telling stories from Kalamazoo's

WSW: Smithsonian's 'Changing America' Exhibit Opens in Grand Rapids

A new exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum allows visitors to revisit two major freedom movements in U.S. history. It's called "Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963," and will be on view through Oct. 13.

WSW: Searching For The Last Butterflies

Professor Nick Haddad says the rarest butterflies should be saved, because "People just should not be the cause of extinction." Haddad, who is also senior terrestrial ecologist at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners has written a new book about rare butterflies.

WSW: Immigration Policy, Economic And Human Costs (Rebroadcast)

Western Michigan University Economics Professor Susan Pozo says that when the debate over immigration heated up in 2016, it was important to hear from economists who had studied the issue. She says several of them came to the Western Michigan University campus during the 2016-17 academic year for the Economics Department's Werner Sichel Lecture series. Note : This interview was originally heard in January. Pozo is the editor of The Human and Economic Implications of Twenty-First Century

WSW: Mothers of Hope Marks 20th Year With Walk for Recovery

"Up with hope, down with dope! Hugs, not drugs!'" These chants will echo down a few Kalamazoo streets on July 27. It's part of the Walk for Recovery that Mothers of Hope is trying in its fight to help people with drug addiction as the grassroots nonprofit marks its 20th anniversary, says Co-Founder Gwen Lanier. She hopes like-minded allies will come out.

WSW: The United States' Long, Tense History With Iran

The U.S. and Iran have a long and fraught history, including the 1979 hostage crisis in Tehran. Dr. Michael Khaghany, a retired cardio thoracic surgeon in Kalamazoo, and native of Iran says Iranians don't trust the U.S. or British governments. He says that's because they helped orchestrate a coup against Prime Minster Mohammad Moassdegh in 1953.

WSW: Michigan's Role As A Leader On Great Lakes Issues

Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants Michigan to be a leader on Great Lakes issues in the region. Senior Correspondent for Detroit Public Television's Great Lakes Bureau Gary Wilson says that's a position the state has enjoyed in the past. Wilson interviewed Whitmer recently during a conference in Milwaukee of U.S. governors and Canadian premiers from the Great Lakes region. In the interview, they discussed regional leadership and a potential new pipeline in the Great Lakes.

WSW: From Bank Vaults To Basements, Book Will Explore "Hidden" History In Downtown Kalamazoo

For five years, the Hidden Kalamazoo tour offered a different take on the history of the city's downtown. It took people to storage areas, to basements and old apartments. They weren't traditional historic sites, but they offered clues about how life has changed over the last 150 years.

WSW: From Bank Vaults To Basements, Book Will Explore "Hidden" History In Downtown Kalamazoo

WSW: Looking For Big Science Ideas? Check Out WMU

After an internal competition at Western Michigan University, the best ideas were sent on to the National Science Foundation. WMU has three of the 33 nationwide entries in the NSF's 2026 Idea Machine. Those ideas include #WhyNotMe: Stem Diversity Drivers from Western's Vice President for Research, Terry Goss Kinzy, who is also Professor of Biological Sciences, and the Director of Research at WMU's Evaluation Center Lori Wingate. The STEM Teaching and Learning Incubator from Western Geography and

WSW: Big Issues Remain For LGBTQ Community, But Equality Michigan Director Says Barriers Are Falling

Equality Michigan Executive Director Erin Knott says 2020 will be an important election year for equality of LGBTQ people as well as other issues. She says it's important to mobilize people and talk about "issues that matter." Knott is also Kalamazoo's Vice Mayor, she was named Executive Director of Equality Michigan in May. Knott had been leading the LGBTQ advocacy organization since late last year on an interim basis.

WSW: Big Issues Remain For LGBTQ Community, But Equality Michigan Director Says Barriers Are Falling

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