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Raising awareness of racism

SHARE: Exploring Kalamazoo's history with racism in order to heal

Like much of America, Kalamazoo has a troubled past when it comes to race and that bleeds into its present and future. The Kalamazoo Summit on Racism will explore the stories of Kalamazoo's past as a springboard for conversation about race and racism and the impact that this history has on our community.


4 local spirit makers distill what's new in their businesses

Nationwide, the number of small distilleries grew from 92 in 2010 to more than 700 in 2014. That kind of growth is starting to be seen regionally as well. Jeremy Martin has an update on what’s the latest with local spirit makers and those who plan to distill their first batch soon.


Gloria Steinem packs Miller, sends crowd home inspired

Gloria Steinem's Kalamazoo visit brings back local memories and a reminder that her leadership in the feminist movement is still as relevant as ever.

People's Food Co-op

People's Food Co-op continues to transform the local food scene

Local food is a big deal in Kalamazoo. People's Food Co-op helped make it that way. The co-op celebrates 45 years in business this year.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Does equity begin when we ask why we do the inequitable?

With two standing ovations, Kalamazoo responded warmly to Ta-Nehisi Coates explanation of the importance of asking 'why' to things that perpetuate inequity. 


Students ready to find their voices as they learn of great writers

Laura Henderson is on a mission to find the future writers of America. Along the way, they'll learn about writers of many races and a measure of social justice.

Larry List

Vibrant Schools, Vibrant City: Will Grand Rapids invest in its future?

As the district rides the success of its Transformation Plan, Grand Rapids Public Schools is becoming an outlier among urban public school districts in Michigan, earning recognition for its efficiency and effectiveness. What lessons can other schools learn from Grand Rapids? And, come the November bond proposal vote, will the community step up to do what's best for the kids?

The artists: Sarah Mueller, Maleeha Elsadr, Jenna Para, Tamara Hirzel, and Abbie Nelson

Artists build their creative skills in new KIA program

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is giving artist a chance to hone their skills. The first five are already at work.

Planned Parenthood

The Planned Parenthood Attacks: When stigma and shame define women's healthcare

As legislators in the nation's capital scrap over the $500 million in federal funds that represents 40 percent of the monies that keep Planned Parenthood in business, local women talk about their gratitude for the variety of services they receive there. 

Chinook Salmon

Invasive or just non-native? Why Michigan loves Pacific salmon and fears sea lamprey

Michiganders are rightly on alert for invasive species. But not all non-native species are invasive. Here, we explore the benefits of some of Michigan's non-native species and how we distinguish if a newcomer to the ecosystem should be loved or feared.

Ash Borer

Can wasps save the ash tree? Native Americans are giving it a try

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi are fighting emerald ash borers the natural way and hope to preserve a part of their heritage in the process.

Scott Robbins stands among Michigan maples.

The surprising second life of a Michigan tree

In Michigan, we appreciate our trees for their beauty, and the shade and recreation they provide. But that's just part of their value. Here, we follow the surprising second life of a Michigan tree, from the day it's cut to its transformation into a wood product, and discover the big impact it has along the way.


Remembering 30 years of growing Bell's to the brewery it is today

Bell's is planning a 30th-anniversary party to top all parties. With at least 90 different brewers invited, beer lovers will have a chance to taste brews that may have never before come their way. Before the kegs are tapped, we have a look back at Bell's early days and a look at what lies ahead.

Paw Paw Brewing Co.

Paw Paw redevelopment brings together craft beer, trails, recreation area

The Village of Paw Paw bought some neglected land where businesses had moved out. With some work, trails and a recreation area could propel new business there. It's already attracted an expanded Paw Paw Brewing Co.

Open Roads

Big changes at Open Roads and some big shoes to fill

Open Roads' new home of its own keeps the program moving forward, opens new options.
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