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NPR political commentator Cokie Roberts says every member of Congress should read the book Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century for a lesson in leadership. Its author is Grand Rapids businessman Hank Meijer who spoke Wednesday night at a World Affairs Council of Western Michigan event.

Recently, WGVU spoke with Meijer about the book before a recording of West Michigan Week

“The week I sent it to the publisher earlier this year, the final draft, it felt like I was talking about a bygone era.”

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Wednesday, November 22nd at 10 PM on WGVU Public Television, FRONTLINE presents Poor Kids. This is the 2018 update on the three families living in poverty as told through the eyes of their children. WGVU spoke with the producer of Poor Kids.

In 2012 Frontline introduced audiences to three kids living in poverty. Have conditions changed five years later?

“Through this film you get to learn what their fears are what they worry about and that’s what I think is quite crushing is that you realize how much anxiety there is even in a nine year olds life.”

Movie Talk

Nov 10, 2017
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Ron Van Timmeren from Celebration! Cinama previews movies opening across west Michigan this weekend including Thank You for Your Service, Daddy's Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express.

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Wednesday, November 1st at 10 o’clock, only on WGVU Public Television, FRONTLINE presents Putin’s Revenge: Part 2. WGVU spoke with its writer and producer about how Russia weaponized intelligence and interfered in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

“Here’s a situation where Vladimir Putin knows he can’t confront the United States directly. He doesn’t have a military that would be capable of say, of military conflict with the United States.”

WGVU previews Jon Davis' "Happy Juice"

Jul 31, 2017
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New York pianist Jon Davis is a musicians’ musician. He has a new CD out paying tribute to the great jazz piano players of the 1960s and 70s, including Bill Evans. WGVU previews Happy Juice.

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Tomorrow at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia the USS Gerald R. Ford will be commissioned. The first of the new super class carrier is a $13 billion marvel that will officially be placed on active duty Saturday.

In Grand Rapids, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is hosting commissioning ceremony events.

“Well, it’s not every day that someone has an aircraft carrier named after them.”

That’s Joel Westphal, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library Deputy Director.

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Dr. Robin Connell is the 2017 Jazz Musician of the Year, presented by the West Michigan Jazz Society.  A banquet celebrating Dr. Connell is next Monday, May 15th at the Guest House in downtown Grand Rapids beginning at 6pm.   WGVU has this feature profile on Dr. Connell.  For more information on the banquet go to www.wmichjazz.org

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Apr 21, 2017
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More than a dozen new movies opening this weekend in theaters across West Michigan. Celebration!  Cinema's Ron Van Timmeren stops by previewing Disney's Born in China, Katherine Heigl in Unforgettable and true-life drama, Lost City of Z just to name a few.

Jimmie Stagger at WGVU's Local Blues Matters (Part I)

Apr 17, 2017

Local Blues Matters returns to Billy's Lounge for the 8th annual concert celebrating WGVU's blues programming. Big Boss Blues Band and Detroit's Queen of the Blues, Thornetta Davis, will be performing along with West Michigan's legend of the blues, Jimmie Stagger.

In part of his two part interview, WGVU's music director, Scott Vander Werf, talks with Stagger who has been performing the blues for over a half a century.

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WGVU talks with FRONTLINE correspondent Ramita Navai. In her documentary Iraq Uncovered she describes her dangerous and revealing journey inside the war-torn country she investigates allegations of abuse of Sunni Muslim civilians by powerful Shia militias. You can watch FRONTLINE: Iraq Uncovered by logging on at WGVU.org.

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