Midday West Michigan

Frozen 2 is expected to dominate the movie box office this weekend, with film makers hoping to match the original with songs and family fun.  Crime drama 21 Bridges is also opening.  And Tom Hanks stars as Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.  WGVU talks with Ron VanTimmeren from Studio C about those pictures and what's opening over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Ford Versus Ferrari tops the weekend box office

Nov 18, 2019

Ford v.s. Ferrari topped the box office receipts at 31 million dollars. Charlie’s Angels bombed over the weekend with a weak 8 million dollars, coming in third in the listing. The Good Liar raked in over 5 million dollars at 7th place. WGVU talked with Ron Van Timmeran from Studio C about these movies and more on our weekly movie talk on Mid Day.

Jake Allen
Jake Allen Music

Michigan based singer songwriter Jake Allen is the next performer at WGVU's Pop Up Concert series.  It's Wednesday, Nov 20th at 7:00 at The Listening Room in downtown Grand Rapids.  Jake is a virtuoso finger picking guitar player and with a soothing voice.  His music crosses many genres, including rock and pop with an ambient sensibility.  WGVU has this feature interview.


On Tuesday, November 12th, WGVU Public Television presents FRONTLINE's Kids Caught in the Crackdown: exposing the traumatic stories of migrant children detained under Trump’s immigration policies. An investigation from directors Daffodil Altan and Andrés Cedil in collaboration with The Associated Press, Kids Caught in the Crackdown delves into the widespread consequences – and business – of the mass confinement of migrant children. WGVU talk with director Daffodil Altan.

Movie Talk

Nov 8, 2019
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Eric Kuiper from Studio C stops in previewing Doctor Sleep, Midway, Last Christmas, Playing with Fire and Jojo Rabbit.

Also, the documentary Strange Negotiations is showing at Studio Park Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th at 6pm. We talk with filmmaker Brandon Vedder.

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The Hal Galpert Trio has released a new concert album, The Zone: Live at the Yardbird Suite.

WGVU's Music Director Scott Vander Werf previews this innovative and melodic CD.

Internationally acclaimed Parasite opens in west Michigan

Nov 1, 2019
Neon Pictures

Parasite is the latest film from South Korean director Bong Joon Ho.  It’s garnering the best reviews of the year, generating Oscar buzz.  Parasite is opening in west Michigan in a limited run, along with wide releases Terminator: Dark Fate, the biographical Harriet, the family animated picture Arctic Dogs, and the crime drama Motherless Brooklyn. WGVU talks with Ron VanTimmeran from Studio C.

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MiBiz is taking a closer look at the impacts of Michigan's opioid crisis. More employers  are demanding health plan cost shopping tools. Also, local tourism groups are asking the governor and legislature to maintain Pure Michigan funding.


Tuesday, October 29th at 10pm, WGVU Public Television presents FRONTLINE's Fire in Paradise. This new documentary offers the inside story of the 2018 Camp Fire, its causes and the role that climate change played.

The Current War leads this week's movie releases

Oct 25, 2019

Seven movies are opening in Grand Rapids this week, including Western Stars, a Bruce Springsteen documentary, the independent film The Great Alaskan Race, the art house movie The Lighthouse, a horror flick Countdown, and the police thriller Black And Blue, plus the race for electricity in the historical drama The Current War. WGVU  breaks it all down with Ron Van Timmeran from Studio C.

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Revolution Farms

“We use 90 percent less water, 90 percent less land and about 95 percent less miles travelled if you think about the trucks that have to ship lettuce from the West Coast.”

I ask Revolution Farms CEO and Chairman in this one acre of greenhouse hydroponic growing, how much lettuce are you putting out compared to another acre of farmland?

“We are growing about 8,000 pounds of lettuce per week. So, if you do the math that’s about 400,000 pounds a year.”

Compare that to the average farm.


Zero Tolerance is the first of three FRONTLINE films this season examining central elements of the immigration crisis. Drawing on nearly 40 lengthy, on-camera interviews, the documentary describes how Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Jeff Sessions saw in the Trump candidacy a chance to roll back immigration — and how they have waged a war inside the White House to keep an unpredictable president on course. WGVU spoke with film producer, Gabrielle Schonder.


This week in movies is all about the sequels. Zombie Land 2: Double Tap, starring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg, opens ten years after the first installment. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, five years after the original, stars Angelina Jolie, back as the title character with Michele Pfeifer joining the cast. WGVU talks with Eric Kuiper from Studio C.


Hungarian born pianist Laszlo Gardony has a new solo live album La Marseillaise, on the Sunnyside label.  It's a collection of standards and improvisation that was recorded at the Berklee College of Music's Keys Fest.   

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University of Michigan economists make growth  forecasts for the remainder of the year and into 2020. We also look at recent manufacturing data and what it may be telling us.