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Thu February 13, 2014
Michigan milkweed played a key role in WWII
Think about World War II and the ways Michigan helped the war effort: The Arsenal of Democracy, Rosie the Riveter, heavy bombers rolling off the assembly line at Willow Run.
Yes, the common weed found in the northwest Lower Peninsula went to war.
Gerry Wykes is a historian and freelance author/illustrator who recently wrote about milkweed for Mlive and Michigan History Magazine. He joined us today to explain how this weed helped in the war effort.
Listen to the full interview above.