Midday West Michigan

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Lawmakers are gathering in Lansing this week during the lame duck session focusing on paid sick leave and minimum wage bills. West Michigan auto suppliers are preparing for an anticipated industry slowdown. Metro Health Foundation capitalizing on U of M affiliation.

When Sam Luken, a 22 year old resident of Grand Rapids,  first heard about the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, she and her fellow Jewish Community at Temple B’nai Israel in Muskegon were getting ready to pray. 

“We were just about to say the Mourner’s Kaddish, which is the prayer for the dead and right before we were about to say that the news came out and somebody got an alert on their phone and we were able to pray for those people at that time, right before.” 

One of the common closing prayers for Mourner’s Kaddish is Oseh Shalom. 

Movie Talk

Nov 16, 2018
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Ron VanTimmeren from Studio C drops by previewing Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald, Instant Family, Widows, Boy Erased and A Private War.

Joe Locke, vibraphonist and composer
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Joe Locke has released a new CD called Subtle Disguise. The vibraphonist and composer has gathered seven musicians bringing his original compositions to life. The CD also includes two cover songs.

Jazz trumpeter Thomas Mariott releases "Romance Language"

Nov 14, 2018
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Thomas Mariott is one of the finest young trumpet players in jazz and contemporary music. His latest recording is Romance Language, a ballads album with a diverse set of compositions.

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A round table with area philanthropic leaders discuss changes and opportunities. What legalizing recreational marijuana means for businesses? Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services opens psychiatric urgent care center.

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West Michigan celebrates Veterans Day honoring the military men and women who served - and are currently serving - the country. 

One of those men was Muskegon's T-5 Corporal Clarence Zylman who served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Europe.

Saturday, November 10th his statue was unveiled in his hometown. If you're not familiar with Zylman he was the inspiration for the song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B."

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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.

Lady Ace Boogie performs at WGVU Pop Up Concert

Nov 8, 2018

WGVU Public Radio and NPR present the launch of a new pop-up concert series. In the intimate style of NPR’s “Tiny Desk” concerts, these pop up shows will showcase Michigan musicians.  The first artist to perform will be Lady Ace Boogie, on Tuesday, November 13th at The Pyramid Scheme.  Showtime is 6:30pm    WGVU has this conversation with one of the finest hip hop artists in Michigan.    

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WGVU's Decision 2018 interviews U.S. House of Representatives candidates running in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District; Republican Justin Amash, Democrat Cathy Albro and U.S. Taxpayers Party Ted Gerrard.

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WGVU interviews candidates running in the Michigan's 34th Senate District; Republican Jon Bumstead, Democrat Poppy Sias-Hernandez and Libertarian Max Rieske.

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WGVU interviews candidates running in the Michigan Senate's 29th District; Republican Chris Afendoulis, Democrat Winnie Brinks, Libertarian Bob VanNoller and Working Class party candidate Louis Palus.

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RICK STEVES SPECIAL “The Story of Fascism in Europe” – Airs Sunday, November 4 at 6 p.m.

In this one-hour special, Rick Steves travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe - taking millions of people with it. He traces fascism's history from its roots in the turbulent aftermath of World War I to the rise of charismatic leaders who manipulated that anger, and the totalitarian societies they built.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 27th. WGVU talks with Doug O’Brien, regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about the importance of the day and its history.

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George Nash is a historian of American conservatism and author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in American since 1945.

Recently, Nash visited Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies explaining in his keynote address American Conservatism and Populism in the Age of Trump.