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The Lego Movie 2 leads the pack in movies opening this weekend, quickly followed by the comedy What Men Want.  Action thriller Cold Pursuit and horror movie The Prodigy is also in theaters.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran and Eric Kuiper from Studio C about those movies and the latest slate of Indie Films.

The Go Rounds are performing at the next WGVU Pop Up Concert.  It's been rescheduled, due to weather, to Tuesday, February 19th at Fountain St. Church.  It’s an intimate concert performance, followed by a question and answer session.   WGVU has this feature interview with Graham Parsons and Mike Savina, two members of The Go Rounds, a west Michigan band that has an international following.

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A bi-partisan group of former Michigan legislators is pushing for a gas tax increase dedicated to state infrastructure improvements.

A Grand Valley State University economist forecasts a the year ahead with the potential for a shallow recession.

Miss Bala leads west Michigan movie releases

Feb 1, 2019

Miss Bala opens in theaters today, a Hollywood remake of a Mexican film of the same name.  Starring  Gina Rodriquez, Miss Bala is an action thriller in the world of the cross-border drug cartels.  Nicole Kidman stars in the crime drama Destroyer.  And the Oscar nominated documentary Free Solo is screening on Imax.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran from Studio C.

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National Weather Service meteorologist William Marino has more than 40 years of forecasting experience. WGVU asked him how does he characterizes the winter storm and the arctic cold associated with it.

Movie talk: Oscar nominations and latest movies

Jan 25, 2019

The Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday.  WGVU talks with Ron Van Timmeran about the Best Picture and Best Actor and Actress nominations with Ron Van Timmeran from Studio C.  They also talk about the new Matthew McConaughey and Ann Hathaway thriller SERENITY which opens today…

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Tuesday, January 22nd @ 10:00 on WGVU Public Television - PBS FRONTLINE and NPR investigate an aggressive lung disease impacting thousands of Appalachia coal miners. WGVU talks with NPR correspondent Howard Berkes about the documentary, Coal's Deadly Dust.

Hannah and the GravesTones perform this Wednesday, January 16th at The Pyramid Scheme.  It's the third in a series of WGVU Pop Up Concerts that are inspired by the NPR Tiny Desk Concerts.  The show begins at 6:30pm, with music and a question and answer session following.  WGVU's Scott Vander Werf spoke with Hannah Rose Graves about the event and her musical background.

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Manufacturers are  considering new drug policies following Michigan's legalization of recreational use marijuana. 

We also discuss how tariffs are impacting local businesses.

Movie Talk

Jan 4, 2019
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The drama/mystery Escape Room opens this weekend and we preview the Golden Globe Awards.

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The Grand Rapids Symphony's President, Peter Perez, has officially retired as of December 31st. Soon to take his place is Mary Tuuk. We talk with Tuuk about her vision for the symphony and how she was selected as its next President.

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In a recent interview the In an interview the former Chair of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan said that the stock market could still go higher but warns the bull market may be coming to an end and when it does advises investors to "run for cover."

So, what are the factors Greenspan is taking into account and is the U.S. economy at risk? WGVU asks Paul Isely, Associate Dean in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University what Greenspan is trying to tell us?

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Legislators in Lansing debate craft beverage industry bills. The impact company culture has on retaining and attracting talent. T'is the holiday and economic forecast season.

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Studies indicate Americans are increasingly lonely. Is that loneliness contributing to a growing political divide? There’s a centuries old prediction that this would be the case that begs to ask if our democracy at risk?

The search for political common ground has become a challenge for Americans. While it’s a frustrating challenge, Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University’s says we cannot avoid it.

The Crane Wives will perform at WGVU's Pop Up Concert

Dec 6, 2018

The Crane Wives are an indie rock band located in west Michigan. They’ve been making a reputation around the country with their albums and concerts. The Crane Wives are   vocalists and guitarists Emilee Petersmark and Kate Pillsbury, drummer Dan Rickabus and bass player Ben Zito.  Now they’ll perform at the second WGVU Pop Up Concert at Fountain St. Church next Tuesday, Dec. 11th at 6:30pm…

WGVU spoke with the band for this report…

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