Kalamazoo’s Devastating Tornado, 30 Years Later With Blake Naftel and Chris Killian

On May 13, 1980, Kalamazoo faced an unprecedented F3 tornado that carved its way through the downtown central business district destroying everything in its path. The devastation resulted in several deaths and millions of dollars in damages to practically every downtown business.

Journalist Blake Naftel has been collecting video and other data on the tornado for more than a decade. The tornado served as the impetus for Naftel’s career aspirations and has resulted in a sprawling documentary project.

Naftel and fellow journalist Chris Killian stopped by the Nonchalant Café Hour to discuss the tragic events that took place 30-years ago on this day.

Click on the media player below to stream, download and share.

See a video web extra with Blake and Chris here
_____________________________________
Did you like this story? Please share it.
Bookmark and      Share
Follow the NCH Tweets, or become a fan on Facebook.
Connect-to-the-NCH

(Photo: RaGardner4 /Flickr)

Advertisements

Ben Lando from Iraq Oil Report Discusses Reporting in Iraq, Complex Energies Market

Journalist Ben Lando, the Iraq bureau chief of Iraq Oil Report, stopped by the Nonchalant Café Hour recently for a conversation about the challenges of covering the oil energies market in the heart of the Middle East.

Lando, a former general manager at WIDR FM during his studies at Western Michigan University, is also regularly featured in The Wall Street Journal and TIME reporting on events in Iraq including a moving first hand account of the recent Baghdad hotel bombings which he discusses during the interview with NCH host Steven Davy.

Click on the media player below to stream, download and share.

_____________________
Did you like this story? Please share it.
Bookmark and   Share
Follow the NCH Tweets, or become a fan on Facebook.

(Photo: Luodanli/Flickr)

USA Curling Nationals Set To Throw Rocks at Houses in Kalamazoo

Got your curling fix yet? Don’t worry, shortly after your Olympic fever subsides, Kalamazoo will host the 2010 USA Curling Nationals March 6–13 at Wings Stadium. Jason Hall, Kalamazoo Curling Club VP, stopped by the Nonchalant Café Hour recently to discuss the inner workings of curling and the growing popularity of curlers throwing rocks at houses.

Click on the media player below to stream, download and share with all of your Facebook pals.

Also check out Jason’s NCH Web Extra.

_____________________
Did you like this story? Please share it.
Bookmark and Share
Follow the NCH Tweets, or become a fan on Facebook.
Connect-to-the-NCH

Andru Bemis, a Modern Storyteller with Echoes of Folk Legends

Musician Andru Bemis is a traveling man. The South Haven, Mich.-based songwriter has experienced the richness of cultures in the far corners of North America and discovered the beauty of living simply. Bemis’ music is a reflection of his journeys and is crafted through the sounds of timeless folk stories.

Bemis spoke to the Nonchalant Café Hour Friday ahead of his show Sunday Jan. 24 at the Strutt for Bluegrass Brunch with Dave Boutette. Click on the media player below to listen to the conversation.

_____________________
Did you like this story? Please share it.
Bookmark and Share
Follow the NCH Tweets, or become a fan on Facebook.
Connect-to-the-NCH

Mark Duval Writes Without Limits, Explores Music Journey

Kalamazoo-based acoutic roots musician Mark Duval emerged onto the Michigan music scene around 2006. While he still considers himself new at the game, his songwriting speaks of thoughfulness, maturity and a sense of adventure.

Duval stopped by the Nonchalant Café Hour this week to discuss is latest musicial journey ahead of his show with his five-piece band Two Track Mind Saturday at Bell’s Brewery.

Click on the media player above to listen. (Note: if you are viewing this post from the NCH RSS feed, the media player may not show up. Please click on the link.)

_____________________
Did you like this story? Please share it.
Bookmark and Share
Follow the NCH Tweets, or become a fan on Facebook.
Connect-to-the-NCH

[NCH on the Street] Health Care and Climate Legislation: Will the Bills Pass?

US-Congress

by Steven Davy |Michigan State University| School of Journalism

Science is at the heart of two major pieces of legislation moving through the U.S. Congress. All summer long the news media have placed health care reform above the fold. Endless reports of the vitriolic town hall meetings are evidence of passion felt by people on both sides of the isle.

Congress has also been working on a major climate bill that would curb U.S. carbon emissions. The bill, no less controversial, calls for a cap and trade system on emissions.

However, with all the coverage of the health care debate some environmental groups have raised concerns that the climate legislation was moving too slow. Now, after passing the House, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) are expected to release global warming legislation.

What do you think? I went out on the street to find out.

Have your say, see poll after the video.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

 
Did you like this story?
Bookmark and Share
Follow the NCH tweets, become a fan
Connect-to-the-NCH

 

Arcadia Brewmaster Josh Davies Discusses Cereal Killer Gold Medal

by Steven Davy

Cereal Killer On this week’s KalamaBrew podcast on the Nonchalant Café Hour, bloggers Josh Smith and Anne Holcomb broadcasted live from Arcadia Brewing Co. in Battle Creek, Mich.

The conversation features an interview with Arcadia brewmaster Josh Davies who discusses his Cereal Killer English-style barleywine.

The barrel aged beer recently was awarded a gold medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival in Madison, Wis.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

 

Or stream/share the interview with Davies here:

 
 
 
 
Did you like this story?
Bookmark and Share
Connect-to-the-NCH