Protesters in Kalamazoo after the death of George Floyd
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Series Asks: What Happens After the Protests?

Black and white people have protested in solidarity over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. But some Black residents wonder what happens when the demonstrations stop.

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BlackOut Day Comes To Kalamazoo

A grassroots, social-media-powered effort to highlight Black purchasing power has supporters in Southwest Michigan.

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Symphony Offers Lessons Online And More In Response To Pandemic

Anne Harrigan is the conductor of two orchestras, one in Billings, MT, and one in Battle Creek, MI. Both have had their seasons derailed by the pandemic. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Harrigan says she and the Battle Creek Symphony took two weeks to regroup when the shutdown began in Michigan. Then came a pivot: Harrigan and other orchestra musicians began offering free online music lessons to young people in the Battle Creek school system. Harrigan also created a series of videos featuring past performances, sharing them on Facebook and YouTube.

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A New Year, A New WMUK!

New programming, new look, and the launch of Classical WMUK in 2020.

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Former Kalamazoo County Commission Chair Julie Rogers says opponents are trying to smear her as she campaigns for a seat in the State House. Rogers says that’s the purpose of a letter that current chair Tracy Hall and Vice Chair Mike Seals recently sent to the Board.

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Anne Harrigan is the conductor of two orchestras, one in Billings, MT, and one in Battle Creek, MI. Both have had their seasons derailed by the pandemic.  In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Harrigan says she and the Battle Creek Symphony took two weeks to regroup when the shutdown began in Michigan.  Then came a pivot: Harrigan and other orchestra musicians began offering free online music lessons to young people in the Battle Creek school system. Harrigan also created a series of videos featuring past performances, sharing them on Facebook and YouTube.


detail of a black patrol car with a decal that looks like a blue, black and white version of the American flag, with the stars on the right
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University's Public Safety Department is taking controversial stickers off of its vehicles.

A close-up of rolled-up US bills in various denominations (the most obvious is a twenty)
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A grassroots, social-media-powered effort to highlight Black purchasing power has supporters in Southwest Michigan.

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The violin is a way of life for Barry Ross, the concertmaster emeritus of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and the founder of the Kalamazoo Philharmonia (formerly known as the Kalamazoo College and Community Orchestra). A generous soloist and collaborator, Ross has missed making music with colleagues and students during the Covid-19 shutdown. He wishes he could still put pencil marks on a young learner's music during a lesson. Playing duets online is hard, when the program allows only one player to "speak" at a time.


WMUK has been honored by the Public Media Journalists Association. A report by Sehvilla Mann on the sentencing of Jason Dalton won second place in spot news for PMJA’s Division C

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Two-Thousand-Twenty marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. A new-stained glass window has been installed at the Ladies Library Association building in downtown Kalamazoo celebrating the occasion.

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The Kalamazoo Public Schools are working on ways to open classrooms this fall as the COVID-19 crisis continues.

A man wearing a ball cap leans over the side of a boat and shows a handful of muck
Sehvilla Mann

The company that operates Morrow Dam near Comstock faces a state investigation for letting large amounts of sediment wash into the Kalamazoo River, endangering fish habitats and possibly kicking up contaminants, according to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.


Protesters in Kalamazoo after the death of George Floyd
Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Black and white people have protested in solidarity over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. But some Black residents wonder what happens when the demonstrations stop. 

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