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Earth Radio is a Grand Rapids musical collective of neo-soul with elements of jazz, r&b and rock.  They’re appearing in concert tonight at Bell’s Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo.  Earth Radio also has a new album Mother's Breath, with an active kickstarter campaign. 

WGVU talked with members of Earth Radio about the new album, the kickstarter campaign and upcoming shows.

Faith based Breakthough opens in west Michigan theaters

Apr 19, 2019

This week faith-based movie Breakthrough opens in theaters, based on the novel The Impossible by Joyce Smith, and based on a true story.  Disney Nature Penguins opens on the IMAX, from the filmmaking team of Bears and Chimpanzee.  And the musical drama Teen Spirit and the horror thriller The Curse Of La Llorona also are opening. WGVU’s Scott Vander Werf and Ron Van Timmeran from Studio C break it all down.


Monday, April 15, FRONTLINE, Independent Lens and VOCES present Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. The film examines the U.S. immigration system through the lens of a decorated Marine veteran and her fight to reunite her family, after her undocumented husband is deported. WGVU talks with filmmaker David Sutherland.

Hellboy opens to negative reviews

Apr 12, 2019

HELLBOY returns to the big screen this weekend, along with the fantasy-comedy LITTLE, the stop motion animated picture MISSING LINK and the romantic drama AFTER.

WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Studio C about those films and the latest in the film industry.

Singer songwriter Rachel Curtis is performing tomorrow night, Tuesday April 9th at Fountain St. Church at 6:30pm.  It’s the latest WGVU Pop Up Concert, with a performance and Q & A.  Curtis made waves in 2018 as a Michigan contestant on American Idol.  She also released “Senses” an E.P. of original songs.

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Nigerian born chef Tunde Wey is hosting a Culinary Conversations event at the Downtown Market. Using food to discuss heavy topics, Wey will focus on disparities in the food system, and racial disparities across the board. WGVU's Kayla Sosa sat down to chat with Wey on what his conversations revolve around, and why he chose this line of work. 

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Thomas Jefferson was one of the nation's founding fathers and was also a slave owner. DNA testing suggests he fathered children with slave, Sally Hemings.

Earlier this years, Grand Valley's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the university's Division of Inclusion and Equity hosted historians Annette Gordon-Reed, from Harvard University, and Peter S. Onuf, retired from the University of Virginia discussing Jefferson, Slavery, and the Moral Imagination.

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Understanding the cost and effort cleaning up Michigan's PFAS groundwater contamination. 

Jessie Ray & the Carolina Catfish are the artists for the March WGVU Pop Up Concert, Wednesday, March 13th at The Pyramid Scheme.  Doors open at 6:30 and the set begins at 7:00pm.  Jessie Ray & the Carolina Catfish are keeping the rock n’ roll beacon blazing with light.  WGVU talks with guitarist, singer and harmonica player Jessie Ray and drummer Brandon Dingo Hopp.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer proposes a 45-cent a gallon gas hike to fund road repairs and the legal questions for recreational marijuana entrepreneurs.

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Marcy Wheeler, a Grand Rapids-based independent journalist specializing in national security writing for emptywheel.net. She's has been following legal aspects of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling into the 2016 Presidential Election. We talk with her about that and what she learned from President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and his testimony to the House Oversight Committee. 

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The reintroduction of legislation could force downtown Grand Rapids residents to pay for city core services. Also, the growth of Association Health Plans and Grand Rapids SmartZone and Smart Garden propose a new contract.

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The nation observed President's Day Monday, February 18th. We talk with presidential historian and author H.W. Brands who recently visited Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies presenting Comedian-in-Chief: What Presidents' Humor Says About Them, and About Us.

Brands explores the importance of humor and likeability among American leaders beginning with the seriousness of President George Washington to President Donald Trump.

Sundance Film Festival broadens the conversation in equity

Feb 12, 2019

The 2019 Sundance Film  Festival was held January 23th through February 3rd.  Eric Kuiper from Studio C attended and spoke to WGVU.  He says the overriding theme was one of equity and broadening the conversation.


Tuesday, February 12th @ 10:00pm on WGVU Public Television, PBS FRONTLINE and the Wall Street Journal investigate and expose problematic government hired physicians working in Native American reservation hospitals.

WGVU talks with Wall Street Journal reporter and FRONTLINE correspondent Christopher Weaver about Predator on the Reservation.