Midday West Michigan

Movie Talk

Nov 10, 2017
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Ron Van Timmeren from Celebration! Cinama previews movies opening across west Michigan this weekend including Thank You for Your Service, Daddy's Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express.


In his new book Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century, author Hank Meijer explores the life of the Grand Rapids republican who passed away nearly 70 years ago.

Meijer shares with readers Vandenberg's political savvy and his ability to forge foreign policy with democrats creating NATO and the United Nations.

What can today's political leaders learn from Senator Vandenberg? Meijer explains it's about bipartisan engagement and an openness to a large number of groups.


Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan the story of a new approach for hope and healing individuals facing mental health challenges. Nonprofit Journey’s Dream hosted a fundraising event this past weekend at Chicago’s Soldier Field is raising awareness and dollars funding what it calls “a portal to a world of mental health solutions.” 

Journey’s Dream co-founders are Illinois resident and businessman Mark Hattas diagnosed with a mental illness and Mitzi Montague-Bauer, the mother of Journey Montague-Bauer.

Thor: Ragnarok opens to critical acclaim

Nov 3, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters, bringing the Marvel universe back to the big screen.  Plus, A Bad Moms Christmas and LBJ also open in western Michigan, along with a new slate of indie movies.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran and Eric Kuiper from Celebration Cinema.

Suburbicon starring Matt Damon opens in theaters

Oct 27, 2017

Suburbicon is a new movie directed by George Clooney that stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, from a script by the Coen brothers, opening today.  Also, the Saw movies return with Jigsaw.  That and more from WGVU and Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema.


WGVU is airing FRONTLINE's two-part series Putin's Revenge Wednesday, October 25th and Wednesday, November 1st @ 10 PM. We talk with writer and producer Mark Wiser about Putin's Revenge: Part 1.

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The retail giant Amazon is looking for a second home. That could mean thousands of jobs and a new economic anchor for a city. While cities like Denver and Atlanta are competing, leaders in some smaller cities think they have a shot - if only they can get Amazon's attention.

Marshall opens in theaters, telling the story of the early years of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice.  The Foreigner also opens, starring Jackie Chan and the horror flick Happy Death Day.  WGVU talks with Jenny Garone from Celebration Cinema


The Third Annual Conservative Clean Energy Summit was held in Washington D.C. October 5th. Keith den Hollander, head of the Christian Coalition of Michigan tells about the event.

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West Michigan employers tackle tech talent shortage and look for new ways to get a handle on health benefit costs.