Why's That?

Second Friday of the month at 6:44 am, 8:44 am and 5:44 pm

Why's That? explores the things in Southwest Michigan – people, places, names  – that spark your curiosity. We want to know what makes you wonder when you're out and about. 

Maybe it's a question you've had for years, or maybe it's just come up. Perhaps it rests on a subtle observation, like this one about ABC streets in Kalamazoo. Or maybe you just saw something, found it strange, and wanted to know more about it. That's what happened in "A Tiny Park with a Tragic Story."

From train signals to watersheds, from unusual houses to water hardness, we hope you'll let us know what in Southwest Michigan makes you ask "Why's That?" It could be the start of a great radio story.

A blue sign with white lettering that says "Kalamazoo," at the train station downtown.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Raven Britt was at a dinner party a couple of years ago, when of the other guests made a prediction. As we hear in this "Why's That?" story that first aired in February, Raven was telling him that she’d just moved to Kalamazoo.


A sidewalk closed sign is in the foreground. Behind it, a sidewalk with no visible problems.
Sehvilla Mann

Caitlyn Bodine works in Kalamazoo. When she moved into her office on Howard Street a few years ago, she noticed that the sidewalk around the corner on Crosstown Parkway was closed.

“And I just thought at the time that maybe the sidewalk was under construction, something must be going on. But now it’s been three years and the signs are still here!” she said.


"Why's That?" Digs Into Kalamazoo's Tunnels

Aug 8, 2019
A view of a vaulted brick tunnel with steam pipes and wires on the left side. The space is dimly lit by low-slung bulbs.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

When Jon Stradinger was in a medical ethics class, a fact about the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital, previously known as the State Hospital, got his attention.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

This story takes us to a spot that’s surprisingly secluded given that it’s in the City of Kalamazoo, a short walk from the popular Mayor’s Riverfront Park. You can get there if you walk southeast on the bike path, past the ballpark and up a spur trail into a stand of trees and bushes. In the middle of the overgrowth there's a circle of pillars.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

(This story orginially aired in October 2018.)  Mount Ever-Rest is different from Kalamazoo’s other cemeteries, and Jeff Sarnacki wants to know why.


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