Midday West Michigan

Gemini Man features more than one Will Smith

Oct 11, 2019

There’s more than one Will Smith in the new movie Gemini Man. Ron Van Timmeran from Studio C has seen the movie and talks with WGVU’s Scott Vander Werf about that and the latest version of The Addams Family, Lucy in the Sky, and Jexi, all opening this week.

St. Cecilia Music Center

Pianist Fred Hersch and guitarist Julian Lage are one of the current great partnerships in jazz. The duo will perform at St. Cecilia Music Center in downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday, Oct. 17th at 7:30pm.  WGVU spoke with both by telephone about the upcoming concert.


There are new films that are screening at the Indie Series at Studio C’s Woodland Theater.  WGVU talks to Eric Kuiper about the comedy GIVE ME LIBERTY, the brutally frank documentary taking place in Syria titled SAMA, and an Israeli film TEL AVIV ON FIRE, which is described as both a comedy and a drama.

Trane Of Thought celebrates John Coltrane

Oct 7, 2019
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The music of John Coltrane reverberates with saxophone players over 50 years after his death.  Two tenor players have released a live album celebrating the titan of the tenor.  Pat LaBarbera and his former student Kirk MacDonald have released Trane Of Thought, Live At The Rex, the latest in our New Music Showcase.

The Joker opens to rave reviews on Joaquin Phoenix

Oct 4, 2019

The Joker opens this week, to critical acclaim for both the film and the performance by lead actor Joaquin Phoenix. Ron Van Timmeran from Studio C had an opportunity to see the film, and talks with WGVU.

Same Day Delivery by Leslie Pintchik Trio Live

Oct 3, 2019

Pianist Leslie Pintchik has been a mainstay on the New York and east coast Jazz scenes since 2004.  She’s released a variety of studio albums.  Her new album is Same Day Delivery, our latest New Music Showcase.

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MiBiz Senior Writer Mark Sanchez discusses Michigan's e-cigarette flavor ban and its effects on vape manufacturers.

Also, Michigan recognizing demographic shifts in outdoor recreation and local healthcare proviers offering teletherapy service.


PBS FRONTLINE kicks off its 38th season Tuesday, October 1st @ 10 o’clock on WGVU Public Television with the premier of The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia airing on the eve of the anniversary of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

WGVU’s Patrick Center spoke with veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Martin Smith about his investigation into Mohammed bin Salman about his handling of dissent, and the murder of Khashoggi.

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Populism and isolationism are on the rise around the world. A New York Times best-selling author and historian recently visited Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.

Lynne Olson spoke with WGVU about the value of international alliances in 21st Century and its influence in foreign policy and politics.

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Mark Sanchez discusses legislation targeting surprise medical billing and delays impacting the Grand Rapids Whitewater project. Also, how an extended United Auto Workers strike could impact local auto parts suppliers.

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Abortion has moved to the forefront of national politics. Where lawmakers stand on the issue has become a litmus test when determining if someone is a Republican or Democrat. But it hasn't always been this way.

The Michigan Public Radio Network - as part of a joint project with and Michigan Campaign Finance Network - reports, the political shift started around 1980.


Tuesday, September 10th at 10pm, WGVU Public Television will air FRONTLINE: Flint’s Deadly Water exposing the unreported, true toll of the Flint water crisis — and how government officials failed to stop it.

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How is the Business Roundtable's revised corporate purpose statement being received by industry leaders and economists? Also, addressing the groundwater issues in Ottawa County and lack of affordable housing in Holland.  

Human Rights Ordinance passes in Grand Rapids

Aug 28, 2019

Joining me via phone in the WGVU News Room is Stacy Stout, Stacy is the Assistant to the City Manager of Grand Rapids, as Tuesday, the Grand Rapids City Commission voted unanimously to  approve the revised human rights ordinance. 

The ordinance, which was first introduced in April and has since been updated, makes it contrary to city policy for any person to deny an y individual the enjoyment of civil rights because of actual or perceived color, sexual orientation or any other protected class.

Movie Talk

Aug 23, 2019
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Ron VanTimmeren from Studio C stops by previewing The Peanut Butter Falcon, Angel Has Fallen, Ready or Not, Maiden and Overcomer.