WIAA Public NewsRoom Archive



Saturday Radio Diary (2008-09-27)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, the red canoe.


Raccoons and Bait PIles (2008-09-24)
A lot of hunters who would normally be putting out bait piles for deer about now cannot this year. Feeding deer has been banned in the lower peninsula in response to the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease near Grand Rapids. But deer aren't the only animals that feed on bait piles, raccoons do as well. In the last few decades the raccoon population has exploded.


Chronic Wasting Disease (2008-09-22)
Key Michigan lawmakers who head Natural Resource committees in the House and the Senate called on the Department of Natural Resources to lift a state-wide ban on baiting and feeding deer. That ban is in place because a deer from a private breeding farm in Kent County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. Interlochen Public Radio's Bob Allen spoke with Alan Crossley, a wildlife biologist who heads the CWD program for the Wisconsin DNR.


Permaculture (2008-09-22)
All this week, an expert in permaculture will be holding workshops in Traverse City. Dave Jacke, author of the Edible Forest Gardens series of books, is the guest of the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art and Natural Design, or ISLAND. Jacke is leading their ecological gardening workshops all this week.


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-09-20)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, In the clearing.


Carol Atkins (2008-09-19)
When Carol Atkins was a student at U of M in the 1940s she was told she couldn't study international business because, silly - you're a girl! Instead she stayed stateside, became a journalist, author, playwright, and an active member of the National Organization for Women since its earliest days. Today the Manistee woman's granddaughter is in business, working overseas. And next month - at age 85 - Carol Atkins will be inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.


The Cherry-Roubaix (2008-09-18)
High speed bicycle racing returns to Traverse City. The Cherry-Roubaix will be a criterium race taking cyclists down the old brick streets of the Old Town neighborhood and across the Boardman River. The Cherry-Roubaix will be run this Saturday afternoon.


James Gainforth (2008-09-18)
A Traverse City man convicted of murder more than 20 years ago should not get a new trial. That's the ruling of the state Court of Appeals, which upholds the 1985 conviction of James Gainforth. Gainforth claimed his attorney, Michael Haley, failed to properly represent him at his original trial. Interlochen Public Radio's Linda Stephan reports.


Artist Ed Lantzer (2008-09-17)
Interlochen Public Radio's Brad Aspey interviews artist Ed Lantzer about his work in Marquetry and the panels he has created that will be on display in Petoskey over the coming year


Bill McKibben (2008-09-17)
Author and climate change expert Bill McKibben spoke on September 7th at Lars Hockstad Auditorium to explain what we can do to reverse global warming.


Native Landscapes (2008-09-16)
It's estimated that urban and suburban landscapes now cover more than half the country. And, typically, plant life in those landscapes is designed to be insect-free. But a bug researcher is trying to convince backyard gardeners that a mix of native plants and insects actually is healthier because it provides food that supports a wide range of creatures. And some of those creatures, like certain songbirds, are in steep decline. Bob Allen reports.


Learning (2008-09-15)
It's back to (Sunday) school this month on Sacred Spaces. Join Rabbi Chava Bahle and Pastor Jeremy Williams for an intellectual look at faith. Can that really be done? What can learning teach us about the divine? And when do we set aside the intellect and choose to believe despite what our minds tell us?


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-09-13)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Pretty Stones.


Energy (2008-09-12)
As the CEO and co-owner of Crystal Mountain, Jim MacInnes figures there will be electricity enough to power his ski lifts in the years ahead. And he sees a decent supply of natural and propane gas to heat his lodges. But he's not sure his customers will be able to afford to get there. Jim MacInnes believes the scarcity of oil coupled with rising worldwide demand could eventually cripple the economy and we need to do more than pass legislative mandates.


Edible Grande Traverse (2008-09-12)
The fifth annual Epicurean Classic opened last night with a reception at NMC's Great Lakes Campus. There's a full slate of classes and tastings today and tomorrow. Among those attending will be Charlie Wunsch. He publishes Edible Grande Traverse - a magazine that focuses on seasonal local foods.


Epicurean Classic (2008-09-11)
Tonight, the fifth annual Epicurean Classic kicks-off with an opening reception in Traverse City. The event brings foodies face to face with some of their culinary heroes. One of the event's founders is Mark Dressler. And he eats food so when he and co-founder Matt Sutherland hatched the idea to bring a festival of food to Northern Michigan, it made perfect sense to start with cookbooks.


The Cook's House (2008-09-11)
Some of the local chefs presenting this week include the owners of the The Cook's House in Traverse City. On Friday morning, Eric Patterson and Jennifer Blakeslee will talk about getting inspiration at the Farmer's Market. The Cook's House uses local growers and producers as much as possible to offer a Seasonal New American menu. Chef Eric Patterson told producer Emily Bingham it's just what he always wanted.


Laundry Project (2008-09-11)
The Laundry Project kicked off for another school year. Volunteers provide snacks, soap, and quarters to anyone who asks, on select days at Laundromats around the area. But the woman behind this program is stepping aside. And while it's safe for at least another school year - some wonder how long the project will survive in Grand Traverse County without its champion. IPR's Linda Stephan visited the same program as it kicked off in Leelanau County last week, and she filed this report.


Poverty (2008-09-11)
Michigan Department of Human Services Director Ismael Ahmed is coming to Northern Michigan. He'll be attending a roundtable discussion at the Goodwill Inn in Traverse City. The focus of the roundtable is poverty.


Humanists (2008-09-10)
There's a new philosophical society in northern Michigan. The Grand Traverse Bay Humanists meet once a month on Tuesdays. Peter Payette spoke with two members of the group about their beliefs.


New Home for the Turkey Vulture (2008-09-09)
An update now to a story we reported last week. If you recall, Wings of Wonder, a raptor rehabilitation facility near Empire was looking for someone to drive a young turkey vulture up from Louisville, Kentucky. Well, after a long road-construction-delayed trip, the vulture has landed. And Rebecca Lessard of Wings of Wonder is thrilled to have her new resident home.


Library Firing (2008-09-08)
After a librarian in Ludington was fired for writing a book this summer, the head staffer on ethics at the American Library Association weighs in. Judith Krug says Sally Stern went wrong by making her characters recognizable in her community as real people who use the library.


Fall Mushrooms (2008-09-08)
In Northern Michigan, we often talk about the spring morel. But there are plenty of yummy fall mushrooms. IPR's Linda Stephan had a mouth-watering chat with Frannie Bluhm of the Grass River Natural Area.


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-09-06)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Anniversaries of the Heart.


Book Publishing (2008-09-05)
This summer a librarian in Ludington was fired for writing book. The book, which took a dim view of certain kinds library patrons, was self published. And the controversy helped her sell out all her copies. But most self-published books never make a blip on the cultural radar. Nevertheless nearly two hundred thousand books are self published every year in the U.S. and that number is expected to grow.


Interlochen Performing Arts Series (2008-09-05)
Derek Kwan, director of Interlochen's Concerts and Special Events, and IPR's Brad Aspey discuss and offer musical samples of highlights from the upcoming Interlochen Fall-Winter Performing Arts Series. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 5.


Baby's Breath (2008-09-05)
Over the last decade, Baby's Breath has run wild along the shore of Benzie and Leelanau Counties. It's been found as far south as Arcadia and as far north as Wilderness State Park. It's a sweet scented plant with an adorable name but it's become a scourge of area sand dunes. This summer, for the first time, a full-time crew worked to get it under control in Sleeping Bear Dunes. Bob Allen reports.


Great Lakes Compact (2008-09-04)
After ten years of negotiations, the Great Lakes states have agreed to a Compact that's supposed to prevent most diversions of water out of the Basin. Now Congress is close to ratifying it. But a few voices are still crying that the Compact in essence put Great Lakes water up for sale. We'll hear about those concerns and how realistic they are this week on Points North.


Chronic Wasting Disease (2008-09-03)
Late last month, Chronic Wasting Disease was discovered at a deer ranch in Kent County. It was the first time CWD was found in Michigan. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose. Till now, most cases of the disease have been in the western U.S. It has recently begun to spread to the Midwest.


Turkey Vulture (2008-09-03)
I received in the mail a catalog from a mail order pet store. But it didn't mention anything that Kirk Bettison might find useful. Bettison, along with his wife, are on their way south this week. They left their home in Copemish on Tuesday on their way to visit family in Tennessee. The trip came about when they heard an announcement here on IPR about Wings of Wonder looking for someone to help deliver a bird to Empire from Louisville, Kentucky. Not just any bird, a young turkey vulture.


WBNZ (2008-09-03)
Panther football returns to the airwaves in Benzie County. It's been years since local sports, or any local voice, has been broadcast on the county's only radio station, WBNZ. But now the station is getting back to its roots with the help of a retired minister from Arkansas. Interlochen Public Radio's Peter Payette Reports.


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-08-30)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Hanging On.


The New BNZ (2008-08-29)
Meet the man trying to revive community radio in Benzie County.


Trouble the Water (2008-08-29)
IPR's Brad Aspey talks with the doumentary's co-director Tia Lesson.


Petoskey Pointe (2008-08-27)
A massive development stalled in Petoskey has lost its general contractor - apparently to the Bahamas. Petoskey Pointe is intended to fill an entire downtown block with condos and a hotel - but it remains a giant hole in the ground. IPR's Linda Stephan talks with Chad Halcom of Crain's Detroit Business. He broke the contractor's story this week.


Bike Deaths (2008-08-25)
Another cyclist has died in northern Michigan after an accident with a car, this time in Emmett County. Peter Payette talked with bike shop honor, Christian Janssens, about the danger of riding your bike up north.


Tuition (2008-08-25)
Tuition rates keep rising, but real wages for a college grad have only edged up slightly over that last 40 years. College education is still a good deal, but only because wages of workers who haven't gone on after high school have plummeted. Enrollments are up - so is the debt load. Where are we headed?


School Loans (2008-08-25)
There's been a lot of talk lately about how the credit crunch may make it harder for some students to get college loans. But there's another issue: the ever-rising use of loans to pay for school. Most of today's students will bank on future earnings to pay for the bulk of their schooling. That wasn't true just a generation ago. Meanwhile, tuition rates are ever on the rise, and real wages - not so much. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-08-23)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Meat Eaters.


Grand Vision Survey (2008-08-22)
A survey released by The Grand Vision this week shows people in the Grand Traverse Region think life is good and expect it to remain good. The researcher says folks in the area are keenly aware of growth issues and open to strategies for controlling sprawl.


Interlochen Guitar Festival (2008-08-22)
IPR's Tim Burke talks with guitarist Andy McKee before the start of the Interlochen Guitar Festival. At one point, Andy had the #1, #2 and #3 rated videos of all time on Youtube.


St. Michael's Salvage (2008-08-20)
A two room schoolhouse built in Suttons Bay in the late 1800's will live on even though it's been torn down. It's been deconstructed board by board so the lumber can be reused on a property less than two miles away. The bell tower will become a bird observation lookout. And the rest of the timber will frame a writer's studio and a new house.


Dave Dempsey-Great Lakes for Sale (2008-08-19)
Congress is in the process of approving the Great Lakes Water Compact. It would prohibit most large scale diversions of water outside the Great Lakes Basin. Congress needs to approve the compact before it becomes binding on the Great Lakes states. Only one Congressman has voiced public concern about the compact.


19th Amendment (2008-08-18)
Today marks the 88th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. It gave women the right to vote. That milestone will be celebrated with a program tonight in Traverse City. The League of Women Voters is hosting a reception at the Park Place Hotel and then there will be a free showing of the film Iron Jawed Angels at the State Theatre.


ArtForms - August 2008 (2008-08-18)
An interview with guitarist John Wunsch about August's Interlochen Adult Guitar Festival. John talks about his approach to the guitar which includes Tai Chi and meditation. Brad also talks with author Glenn Kurtz whose book Practicing tells the story of his quitting the guitar in his 20s and returning to it with a new passion. Also, Irish-American singer/songwriter Cathie Ryan. And contributing producer Linnaea Malcarek profiles area band Breathe Owl Breathe.


Energy Policy (2008-08-15)
Michigan's new energy policy has sputtered this week as lawmaker left for recess without sending a bill to the governor. The state's two big utilities seem poised to get what they want, protection from competition. Environmentalists say lawmakers made Swiss cheese out of the mandate for more clean energy.


Library Diaries (2008-08-15)
A librarian has been fired in Ludington for writing and publishing a book. Sally Stern worked at the public library 15 years before publishing The Library Diaries under a pen name - Ann Miketa


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-08-15)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Pilgrim Haven.


Boardman River Nature Center (2008-08-15)
The Grand Traverse Conservation District is cutting the ribbon on its new Boardman River nature center. The center is a 7-thousand square foot building built along the Boardman River, on Cass Street near the Sabin Pond Trailhead. The center was built with an eye towards conservation and green building techniques.


TV Merger (2008-08-15)
By the end of this month, the management of Traverse City's ABC television affiliate hopes to move the station out of downtown and out to Leelanau County, along M-72, to the current home of 7&4 the local NBC affiliate. The two stations are managed by Barrington Broadcasting Group - based in Chicago.


Shipping Wine (2008-08-11)
Mixed news for Michigan's small wineries coming out of a federal Court of Appeals Thursday. The case challenges Indiana's direct-shipping law. An Old Mission winery, Chateau Grand Traverse, is a party in this latest challenge. IPR's Linda Stephan spoke with the winery's Ed O'Keefe Jr. about the recent decision.


Type-E Botulism (2008-08-11)
The state Department of Natural Resources announced Friday this year's first confirmed cases of Type-E Botulism in Shorebirds along Lake Michigan. There've been large-scale die-offs in recent years in Northwest Lower Michigan, especially near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The first cases this year are in the Ludington area, Mason County - 35 dead birds confirmed to have had the disease. IPR's Linda Stephan talks with D-N-R Biologist Tom Cooley.


To The Movies (2008-08-09)
In honor of this year's film festival in Traverse City - Sacred Spaces heads to the movies! From the evil that always lurks, to the redemption we're searching for... Join Rabbi Chava Bahle and Pastor Jeremy Williams for Sacred Spaces: Northern Michigan's Faith Magazine on Interlochen Public Radio.


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-08-09)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Ramona Park.


Invasive Species (2008-08-08)
Michigan's inland lakes share some of the same problems as the Great Lakes, like invasive species. But they also have their own special issues, like toxic algae. And there are continuing battles over what kind of public access to these waters ought to be available. We'll hear from the president of one of the most active lake associations in the state, from Glen Lake. Also a D-N-R official and a water researcher add their voices to a conversation about inland waters.


Standardized Achievement Tests (2008-08-08)
High school juniors posted modest improvements in the state's standardized achievement test. The state Department of Education says the improvements in the Michigan Merit Exam came in the areas of reading, writing, and science. There was a slight drop in students who scored proficient in social studies. The scores are important to schools in order to comply with No Child Left Behind. Peter Payette spoke with a director of a school in Manistee that is struggling to meet the requirements.


Invasive Species (2008-08-08)
Michigan's inland lakes share some of the same problems as the Great Lakes, like invasive species. But they also have their own special issues, like toxic algae. And there are continuing battles over what kind of public access to these waters ought to be available. We'll hear from the president of one of the most active lake associations in the state, from Glen Lake. Also a D-N-R official and a water researcher add their voices to a conversation about inland waters.


Invasive Species (2008-08-08)
Michigan's inland lakes share some of the same problems as the Great Lakes, like invasive species. But they also have their own special issues, like toxic algae. And there are continuing battles over what kind of public access to these waters ought to be available. We'll hear from the president of one of the most active lake associations in the state, from Glen Lake. Also a D-N-R official and a water researcher add their voices to a conversation about inland waters.


Grand Traverse County Sheriff Race (2008-08-04)
The primary race for sheriff in Grand Traverse County could be close this year. The sheriff's department has been in the news lately after a police sniper shot a man dead in Interlochen and an inmate hung herself in the County jail. The incumbent Scott Fewins wants a third four-year term but is being challenged by a department veteran, Tom Bensley. There's also a candidate with no law enforcement experience, Brian Weese. Whoever wins next week's primary will run unopposed in November.


Traverse City Film Festival (2008-08-04)
"Saturday All-Star Comedy Panel". Guests are: Larry Charles, Michael Moore, John Lyons, Sabina Guzzanti, and Michael Schroeder.


Traverse City Film Festival Panel (2008-08-04)
"Saturday All-Star Comedy Panel" Larry Charles ("Religulous"), Sabina Guzzanti, John Lyons, special guests


Traverse City Film Festival Panel (2008-08-04)
"The Phil Donahue Show, Live in Traverse City!" Phil Donahue with guests Michael Moore and Stanley Donen


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-08-04)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Bad Day.


Traverse City Film Festival Panel (2008-08-04)
"I Worked with Michael Moore and Lived to Make This Movie" Carl Deal ("Trouble the Water"), Tia Lessin ("Trouble the Water"), Jason Pollock ("The Youngest Candidate"), Gini Reticker ("Pray the Devil Back to Hell")


Benzie County Sheriff Forum (2008-08-01)
League of Women Voters Forum held on July 30 in Homestead Twp. Hall, featuring candidates for Benzie County Sheriff and Prosecutor.


TC Film Festival Panel (2008-08-01)
"Who Are These Terrorists and Why Do They Make Movies." Daniel Evans ("War, Love, God & Madness"), Laura J. Winter ("Baghdad High"), Christopher Trumbo ("Trumbo"), Ellen Spiro ("Body of War"), John Walter ("Theater of War"), Adriane Giebel ("Theater of War").


Lawsuit against Record Eagle (2008-08-01)
Just before an election that could cost him his seat as Grand Traverse County Sheriff Scott Fewins is going public with a lawsuit against the local newspaper. Fewins quietly sued the Traverse City Record-Eagle for defamation back in April. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Traverse City Film Festival - Body of War (2008-07-31)
Comments by Michael Moore and a portion of the film's trailer.


Travese City Film Festival - Religulous (2008-07-31)
Michael Moore comments about the film and we hear some of the film's trailer.


Traverse City Film Festival - Theater of War (2008-07-31)
An interview with the director of the film Theater of War, John Walter.


Traverse City Film Festival - Hamlet 2 (2008-07-31)
Comments from Michael Moore and the film's trailer.


Traverse City Film Festival - Trumbo (2008-07-31)
Comments by Michael Moore and the movie's trailer.


Cherry Harvest (2008-07-31)
Fruit growers across Michigan braced against freezing temperatures in late spring that killed a lot of fruit in the bud. Now what's left of the tart cherry crop has been whipped by summer winds and rains. But, as Interlochen Public Radio's Bob Allen reports, the damage has been fickle.


Dune Grass Festival (2008-07-31)
One of the bands performing this week at the Dune Grass Festival is Breathe Owl Breathe. The local group has come out with their fourth album, called "Ghost Glacier." Producer Linnaea Melcarek sat down with songwriter and guitarist Micah Middaugh and cellist Andrea Moreno-Beals following a recent gig in East Jordan, which happens to be Micah's home town. Andrea told Linnaea how she used Micah's lyrics to shape her cello melodies on a song called "Boat."


Great Lakes Interstate Compact (2008-07-31)
A leader on Great Lakes issues in the House, Bart Stupak, says he's not ready to give his approval to an interstate compact that aims to prevent large scale diversions of water.


Dunegrass Festival (2008-07-31)
What started as a smallish gathering of folk and bluegrass musicians in the village of Empire sixteen years ago has now expanded to attract several thousand people. And it features an array of music styles, including top name acts such as Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens and Del McCoury. This week on Points North we'll hear from the producer of Dunegrass. Also on the show, an update on the saga to identify what could be an historic French shipwreck in Lake Michigan, dating to the late 1600's.


TC Film Festival Panel (2008-07-31)
"Front and Vine: Showing Movies at the State, Making Movies in Michigan" Rich Brauer, Russ Collins, Sean Fine, Christine Lahti ("Yonkers Joe"), Gretchen Mol, Michael Moore, Janet Lockwood of the Michigan Film Office, Andrea Nix-Fine, special guests


Traverse City Film Festival (2008-07-30)
There's some hype at this week's Traverse City Film Festival about new state tax incentives for filmmakers. Michigan's tax credits are - for now - the most generous in the nation. And insiders say Hollywood is taking notice. Interlochen Public Radio's Linda Stephan reports.


Peshawbestown Election (2008-07-29)
Tribal judges in Peshawbestown will decide whether to toss out election results for the highest seat in the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The lawsuit is over the Election Board's handling of an election complaint against Derek Bailey - who challenged incumbent Tribal Chairman Bob Kewaygoshkum. The Election Board admits the complaint wasn't handled well. But officials say there's no proof the election was affected. IPR's Peter Payette attended the hearing.


July (2008-07-28)
This month on Michigan Writers, Barbara Siepker will be discussing her book Historic Cottages of Glen Lake, painter Gene Rantz with be talking about his Leelanau landscapes and radio host Ron Jolly will tell us about his Northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula Almanacs. Join Hosts Ann-Bardens McClellen and Aaron Stander for Michigan Writers Radio on the Air.


Migrant Education (2008-07-28)
There are still a few more days of school this summer for about 200 students in Northern Michigan - these are children of migrant farm workers who come to the area for harvest. Numbers at school are up this year. But the season didn't start out that way. IPR's Linda Stephan talks with Jean Franco. She coordinates Migrant Education for a five-county region.


Road Crisis (2008-07-24)
A report released yesterday in Traverse City says the state's road system is in crisis. It says state road agencies will have to double what they spend on repairs just to keep even. And if nothing changes then soon the state will lose nearly a billion dollars a year in available federal funds. Bob Allen reports.


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-07-24)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Clare de lune.


Listening to the River (2008-07-24)
Hear the radio stories of students involved in Listening to the River, an educational project that helps young people explore their local watershed and tell about it with sounds, pictures and video. On this program, learn ways to know if a stream is healthy. Learn about birds in Michigan that mimic other birds, and maybe humans. Also, daydreaming on the Boardman River and, how are those trees growing in the middle of the stream?


Tourism & Gas Prices (2008-07-24)
With gas prices well over the four-dollar mark this summer, a flagging regional economy, and low consumer confidence, area tourism leaders were bracing for a slow summer tourism season this year. But so far - things are looking up once again in both Traverse City and Petoskey. IPR's Linda Stephan chats with Mike Norton with the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Grand Traverse Region Resignations (2008-07-23)
Two major influences on the Grand Traverse Region have announced their resignations. Ann Reed will step down as publisher and president of the Traverse City Record-Eagle. And Tom Menzel is leaving the National Cherry Festival. To talk about the changes - IPR's Linda Stephan is joined by Luke Haase of the Traverse City Business News.


Northport School Board (2008-07-23)
In Northport, a member of the local school board has taken the extraordinary step of suing his own school, and now voters are being asked to boot Alan Woods from office August 5th. Hundreds of petitioners say that by suing the district he helps to run, Woods has violated his office. Woods counters he's not asking for money. He wants a proper education for his autistic son. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-07-21)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Beautiful Family.


Healthcare Costs (2008-07-21)
As the economy in Michigan continues to falter - the health care sector continues to grow. Consumers don't, after all, tend to dial back their spending on healthcare when times get rough. But hospitals say that doesn't mean all is well, and there are a growing number of people in Northern Michigan who can't afford the healthcare they receive. IPR's Linda Stephan talks with Ed Carlson, the Chief Financial Officer for Munson Healthcare in Traverse City.


Sparkling Wines (2008-07-18)
Thirty-five years ago, Larry Mawby planted the second vineyard in northern Michigan. And since then he's devoted himself to sparkling wines. His focus on the bubbly has paid off in recent years. One wine critic named his Talismon one of the forty best wines in the country. Also on this edition of Points North, the opponents of a radio chip ID on every Michigan cow go to court. We'll hear a response from the state's Department of Agriculture.


Artforms - July 2008 (2008-07-15)
Artforms will chronicle this area's thriving world of the arts with interviews, features, sound-portraits and more. The first episode will explore the Dennos Museum's rare Edward Weston print, a copy of which recently sold at Sotheby's for $1.6 million dollars. We'll interview Mika Perrine, the Interlochen Creative Writing Department's newest faculty member. We'll also talk to Mike Camp of popular local band Rusty Blaides.


Matthew Kinne (2008-07-14)
Tonight at the Opera House in Traverse City, local filmmaker Matthew Kinne is premiering his new film: Don't Give Up the Ship: A boy and his boat. IPR's Brad Aspey say down with Kinne to talk about the new short. He asked if there was a film that made Kinne want to drop everything and devote himself to movies.


June (2008-07-11)
This month on Michigan Writers on the Air : Fleta Brown will be reading some of her Up North in Michigan poems and journalist Mardi Link will be talking about her soon-to-be-released true crime book, When Evil Came to Good Hart. Join Ann Bardens-McClellan and Aaron Stander for Michigan Writers on the Air.


May (2008-07-11)
This month on Michigan Writers on the Air : host Aaron Stander will talk with Dave Richey about his writing about the great outdoors, radio writer, producer and director George Zarr and Michigan poet Theresa Scullen. Ann Bardens-McClellan is off this month.


Hoopercise (2008-07-10)
Cherry Festival Hula-Hooping: Hula-hooping is making a comeback in a big way and, as it turns out, Traverse City is a hotspot for the recent resurgence. Donning a hula-hoop of her own, producer Emily Bingham reports on the hooping fitness craze and its place in the National Cherry Festival parades.


Bed Races (2008-07-10)
Tonight, Traverse City's Front Street will be the site of the annual Planters Go Nuts Bed Race at the National Cherry Festival. Over the last decade, one team has captured more checkered flags than any other. The team from Brick Wheels bike shop has 9 first places, and a couple of seconds. I stopped by the shop yesterday to check out the preparations for tonight's race. Tim Brick, the shop's owner and manager of the bed race team was just getting around to putting the bed together.


Mainstreet America (2008-07-10)
Tonight in Munising, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission will be updated on a proposal to build a theme park near Grayling. The developers of Mainstreet America project they can attract 1.8 million visitors every year. Opponents say the whole thing is ludicrous. The state has been asked to sell 1,800 acres of state land for the project. But first the Department of Natural Resources wants to know who's willing to pay for it. Interlochen Public Radio's Peter Payette reports.


Sacred Journeys (2008-07-09)
For the dog days of July - Sacred Spaces takes a vacation. (We're not too holy for all that). Join us as we talk about the ancient tradition of the pilgrimage. We journey to Spain, church camp, even a southeast Michigan deli. Take a mental escape with Rabbi Chava Bahle and Pastor Jeremy Williams on Sacred Spaces: Northern Michigan's faith magazine on Interlochen Public Radio.


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-07-07)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Clearing in the East.


Stone Skipping (2008-07-04)
Later today the best stone skipper in the world will be defending his title. The 45th annual Stone Skipping Tournament starts this morning on Mackinac Island on the beach near the Iroquois Hotel. The event is sanctioned by the MISS&GC - that's the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerpplunking Club a branch of the Unicorn Hunters Of Lake Superior State University. Eric Steiner will be providing the play by play account of the action a role he's filled for more than a decade.


Time Myth (2008-07-03)
A sculpture proposed for Traverse City's waterfront may shift to another location at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. A group of downtown business owners has backed away from the project after what they see as insurmountable opposition from the media and the public. Interlochen Public Radio's Bob Allen reports.


Time Myth (2008-07-03)
A sculpture proposed for Traverse City's waterfront may shift to another location at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. A group of downtown business owners has backed away from the project after what they see as insurmountable opposition from the media and the public. Interlochen Public Radio's Bob Allen reports.


Time Myth (2008-07-03)
A sculpture proposed for Traverse City's waterfront may shift to another location at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. A group of downtown business owners has backed away from the project after what they see as insurmountable opposition from the media and the public. Interlochen Publice Radio's Bob Allen reports.


Boardman River Dams (2008-07-02)
The debate about what to do with dams on the Boardman River heated up this week. The owner of an engineering company thinks he can make money generating electricity from the dams. Traverse City Light and Power officials said they couldn't do it. And that was the main reason they shut down the hydro plants. Now, there are a lot of sharp questions being wielded on both sides. Interlochen Public Radio's Bob Allen reports.


Holiday Meal for Homeless (2008-07-02)
Gene Fox's life revolves around helping others. He knows most if not all of the people who are homeless in the Traverse City area. For the past five years Gene has hosted holiday picnics during the summer. This Fourth of July is shaping up to be the biggest picnic yet; moving from Gene's backyard to the Grand Traverse Civic Center. It will also be Gene's last as organizer. Interlochen Public Radio's Tom Kramer reports.


Saturday radio diary (2008-06-28)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Fixing the House.


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-06-24)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Puddle Water


Edward Weston Print (2008-06-24)
Recently, Sotheby'sauction house sold a rare print by American photographer Edward Weston. The print,a nude study from 1925,sold for more than a million and a half dollars. It was believed that only three of these prints existed in the world. Once the story of the sale hit the media, the director of Traverse City's Dennos Museum realized there was a fourth print. That print just happened to be in the Dennos Museum's permanent collection. Interlochen Public Radio's Brad Aspey reports.


Manistee Forum (2008-06-23)
Hear the positions and ideas of five candidates running to represent Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason Counties in the Michigan House of Representatives. Janice McCraner, Mike McManus, Ray Franz, and Greg Ferguson are all seeking the Republican nomination, the winner will face Democrat Dan Scripps in the general election in November. Sponsored by the Manistee County League of Women Voters. Moderator was Glenn Zaring, public information director for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.


Traverse Magazine (2008-06-20)
This week on Points North we'll talk with Deb Wyatt Fellows, publisher of Traverse Northern Michigan's Magazine. Fellows founded the magazine almost thirty years ago. It's become a touchstone for the culture, beauty and aesthetics of the place generally known as Up North. Earlier this year her publishing company stepped onto the World Wide Web with the launch of its portal, mynorth.com


Jen Sygit (2008-06-20)
Interlochen Public Radio's Brad Aspey recently talked with Jen Sygit,singer & songwriter who will perform this Sunday at 7 p.m. at the black cat concert series in Charlevoix. This is Sygit's song Marshall Street from her second album titled leaving Marshall Street. Brad began the conversation by asking her to remember her very first concerts.


Winery Dispute (2008-06-19)
A winery on Old Mission is suing the region's only vodka distillery. Chateau Grand Traverse filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to stop Grand Traverse Distillery from using its name. Peter Payette spoke with Cari Noga.


Indegent Defense Report (2008-06-18)
Circuit Court Judge Tom Power says he wasn't surprised by yesterday's indegent defense report. The study said Michigan's legal services to poor people are inadequate and reminiscent of problems 75 years old. Power's Circuit Court hears cases in Antrim, Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties. Grand Traverse is one of the counties studied in the report. Power says the defense attorneys his court hires do excellent work the report notwithstanding.


The Weakest Link (2008-06-17)
On Sacred Spaces: Northern Michigan's faith magazine, it's the body versus the mind. Which is the weakest link? Can the mind cause physical illness? Does the body repress the mind? We'll here from a Christian Scientist, a yoga instructor, and from the Salvation Army - which has a long tradition of feeding the soul through the stomach. Join Rabbi Chava Bahle and Pastor Jeremy Williams.


White Feather Wellness Project (2008-06-17)
A man who retired after years as a substance abuse counselor has a vision to serve youth who are struggling with addiction. The White Feather Wellness Project is an effort to create a treatment program based on Native American teachings but open to young people of all backgrounds. And the plan is to re-use buildings at a former state prison camp as a place of healing. Interlochen Public Radio's Bob Allen reports.


White Feather Wellness Project (2008-06-17)
A man who retired after years as a substance abuse counselor has a vision to serve youth who are struggling with addiction. The White Feather Wellness Project is an effort to create a treatment program based on Native American teachings but open to young people of all backgrounds. And the plan is to re-use buildings at a former state prison camp as a place of healing. Interlochen Public Radio's Bob Allen reports.


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-06-14)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, A Rolled-up Newspaper.


American Indians and education (2008-06-13)
Matthew Fletcher's new book tells the story of a boy named Niko, as he grows up in a fictional Northern Michigan Indian Tribe - the Lake Matchimanitou Band. The book reads like a novel - but it's written by a legal scholar. And its narratives are designed to highlight the struggles of modern Indians in American schools. Linda Stephan hosts.


Karaoke's Back! (2008-06-11)
Lil Bo's brought back karaoke last month. The weekly event was cancelled but customers clamored for its return. Sarah Payette tried to convince IPR that this event should be covered. So we sent her out with a recorder.


Saturday radio diary (2008-06-07)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Looking forward.


Vintage Baseball (2008-06-06)
Once upon a time, there were baseball clubs from Benton Harbor to Boyne City. Even Fort Mackinac fielded a team in the 19th Century. Many of the clubs in Michigan have been recreated, including the Hartwick Pines Swampers and the Ludington Mariners. We'll hear about vintage baseball in Michigan. And Bill Anderson tells us about some his 15,000 photographs of the Detroit Tigers. This week on Points North.


Smart Commute (2008-06-04)
This is smart commute week in Traverse City. For more than a decade, commuters have been encouraged to find a better way to get to work these days the price of gas may be encouragement enough. Missy Luyk is with TART Trails in Traverse City. The group is encouraging alternatives to traditional transportation during the 14th smart commute week in Traverse City. Interlochen Public Radio's Tom Kramer reports.


Saturday radio diary (2008-05-31)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, In my car.


Orchard Freeze (2008-05-30)
Fruit growers are beginning to figure out how much damage has been done to orchards from a hard freeze overnight Tuesday. Temperatures were reported below freezing for several hours in many places. Interlochen Public Radio's Bob Allen reports.


Dancin' Dogg Golf (2008-05-30)
The Bottom Line in Michigan is somebody needs to create some new jobs. Today, the holy grail of economic development: high-tech innovation. In the 21st century, every city hopes to become home to the next high-tech business that revolutionizes some industry. The reality is the innovators tend to congregate in a few major cities. But Peter Payette caught up with a software designer in Traverse City who sees a big opportunity with a game that's centuries old.


Michigan's Bottomline (2008-05-30)
The Bottom Line in Michigan is somebody needs to create some new jobs. What will we produce in the future? Cereal bars? The cogs of the U.S. war machine? Bottled water? Windmills? What about cars? From Manistee to Evart to Traverse City to Detroit we'll meet entrepreneurs and hear about plans to rebuild Michigan's economy.


Bailey (2008-05-30)
A number of voters and candidates for office for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians are challenging the 2008 election results. The most serious charge was filed in Tribal Court. Peter Payette spoke with Derek Bailey who is accusing the Election Board of slandering him the day before the vote.


Small Wind (2008-05-29)
The Bottom Line in Michigan is somebody needs to create some new jobs. This week we're meeting people doing this or trying, and examining some of the industries that show promise for the future. Today, we spotlight the energy sector. Governor Granholm wants Michigan to recruit entrepreneurs and manufacturers in growing alternative markets - such as wind power. But to make money on wind - you have to build towers. It means muddling though local zoning. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Manistee Business (2008-05-28)
The City of Manistee has used its deep water port on Lake Michigan to support manufacturing for more than a hundred years. In the last few decades those jobs have been declining. Some people are adjusting by moving into service industries. But residents want to hold onto their industrial heritage while attracting tourists and entrepreneurs. So they're rebuilding their infrastructure for both old and new business. Interlochen Public Radio's Bob Allen reports.


Michigan Water (2008-05-28)
This week on Interlochen Public Radio we're meeting people who are examining some of the industries that show promise for the future. Michigan's vast water supplies have always been a big plus for industry - manufacturing takes a lot of water. But more and more-water is becoming the product. Interlochen Public Radio's Linda Stephan reports.


Saturday radio diary (2008-05-24)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Lost things.


Traverse City Film Festival & Madonna (2008-05-23)
Michael Moore is making an announcement about this summer's Traverse City Film Festival. The announcement is about an upcoming visit by a pretty well-known entertainment figure - Madonna. IPR's Brad Aspey reports.


Elder Abuse (2008-05-21)
Three people in Northwest Michigan are being charged by the state Attorney General because it's believed they have stolen money from an elderly family member. Mike Cox is investigating another 27 cases, as he steps up enforcement of the crime in 16 Northwest Michigan counties. But even as the A-G targets elder abuse - Mary Marois says the state has cut back on social workers in Northern Michigan that help victims. IPR's Linda Stephan talks with Marois.


Ride of Silence (2008-05-21)
This Wednesday night, bicycles around the world will glide through city streets without making a sound. The annual Ride of Silence began in Dallas in 2003. The ride is a memorial to cyclists who have been killed doing what they loved. Since it began, the idea has grown to include rides in 270 cities in 15 countries on six continents. Fred Schaafsma is a member of the Cherry Capital Cycling Club. He's organizing this year's Ride of Silence in Traverse City.


Beach Bums (2008-05-21)
The Traverse City Beach Bums open their third season this Wednesday night (May 21st) at home against the Midwest Sliders. The Beach Bums are coming off of a 46 and 50 season last year ending 22 games behind The Windy City Thunderbolts in the Central Division. The Thunderbolts wound up winning the league championship. IPR's Tom Kramer talks with Tim Perry who is the host of the Tim Perry's Frontier League Talk Show.


Meijer (2008-05-20)
Michigan's Attorney General says there will be no criminal probe of Meijer employees for campaign finance violations. But Grand Traverse Prosecutor, Al Schneider, says he'll continue to push for an investigation. He says the law is on his side, he just needs to find someone to interpret it correctly. Schneider says it's the first time in Michigan's history a prosecutor has been told not to pursue crimes that may have been committed in his county.


Saturday radio diary (2008-05-17)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Nancy's kitchen.


Meijer (2008-05-16)
The Secretary of State has announced an agreement with the Meijer Corporation - civil penalties for violating the state Campaign Finance Act in two recent Acme Township elections. It wages the maximum fines allowed under state law - 190-thousand dollars. But according to the state Attorney General's office - it also bars any criminal campaign finance investigations of Meijer executives. Interlochen Public Radio's Linda Stephan reports.


Saturday radio diary (2008-05-10)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, She looks radius.


Sleeping Bear Dunes (2008-05-09)
Ten years ago the National Park Service was going to let most of the buildings in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore molder. That is rot into the ground. These days the park service is talking about restoring as many as four out of every five buildings. And the new management plan designates four areas where experiencing history is the main activity. This week on Points North, the history of Sleeping Bear. And we'll hear about other changes in the management of the lakeshore.


Nebraska Recruits (2008-05-08)
We've heard rumors for years that workers are leaving the state, and Wednesday at the Cadillac Michigan Works office, a small town in Nebraska was doing it's best to lure workers there. Members of the Columbus, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce say living in their town is a lot like living in Cadillac - only the jobs are coming, not going. IPR's Linda Stephan stopped by the event - and she nearly left with a job herself!


Interlochen Presents - April 2008 (2008-05-05)
A panel discussion with members of the Martha Graham Dance Co., Alan Hovhaness' 1964 Interlochen visit, Tim Burke interviews Bob Mintzer and Michael Mittelstaedt and the Future of Cinema Festival


Interlochen Presents - April 2008 (2008-05-05)
Interlochen Presents - A panel discussion with members of the Martha Graham Dance Co., Alan Hovhaness and a 1964 visit to Interlochen, Tim Burke interviews Bob Mintzer and Michael Mittelstaedt on the Future of Cinema Festival


Interlochen Presents - April 2008 (2008-05-05)
Interlochen Presents - April 2008 - A panel discussion with members of the Martha Graham Dance Co., a performance and talk with Alan Hovhaness who visited Interlochen in the 60s, an interview with jazz saxophonist Bob Mintzer and Michael Mittelstaedt who talks about the Future Of Cinema Festival


Saturday Radio Diary (2008-05-03)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Shirt cardboard.


Energy Reform (2008-05-02)
Mike Sawruk says Michigan is oil rich. To get at that oil will require some technological innovation. And his company wants Michigan to make the process of leasing oil and gas rights less cumbersome. Conservationists say it's easy enough already and the numerous wells across northern Michigan prove it. But these issues have been overshadowed by debates in Lansing about renewable mandates and market regulations.


I Am What I Believe (2008-05-01)
Inspired by the popular This I Believe NPR essay series, students from around the globe studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy offer their own moving thoughts I Am What I Believe on Interlochen Public Radio.


Author Michael Perry (2008-04-28)
IPR's Brad Aspey interviews Michael Perry: author of "Population: 485" and "Truck: a Love Story"


Pete's Place (2008-04-28)
Last Friday on Morning Edition - IPR reported a series of stories of people trying to help Northern Michigan's growing population of homeless youth. Several listeners have commented on the stories. Norvilla Bennett brought an error to our attention. She's with the Third Level Crisis Center in Traverse City - which runs the youth wing of the local homeless shelter. She says the youth section does not enforce the shelter's rules by denying services. IPR's Linda Stephan spoke with Bennett.


Valerie Hemingway (2008-04-28)
Tonight in Traverse City, Valerie Hemingway will speak about her former boss and mentor Ernest Hemingway. Valerie, who eventually married Ernest Hemingway's son Gregory, says her initial meeting with the nobel winning writer was completely unexpected and serendipitous. It was the late 1950's and she was a 19 year old reporter living in Madrid when she was assigned to interview the visiting American author. Tom Kramer reports.


Wine Summit (2008-04-28)
Northern Michigan wineries will be making the case that their wines deserve the attention of retailers, restaurants and distributors across the state. The 2nd annual Northern Michigan Wine Summit is taking place today. Linda Jones is Director of the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council. She says with wine now being produced in all 50 states, the popularity of wines from smaller wineries continues to increase. Tom Kramer reports.


Saturday radio diary (2008-04-26)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Taking turns.


April (2008-04-25)
Host Ann Bardens-McClellan and guest host Fleda Brown are joined by the Beach Bards to read poems by well-known poets. The poems were requested by our listeners. We invite you to listen and see if you have a favorite among the favorites.


Youth Homelessness (2008-04-25)
Homelessness among teens and young adults in the Grand Traverse Region is on the rise. In Traverse City - public school officials say there are about 40 or 50 students in each of the district's three high schools who are known to be homeless. Meet some of the people who have tried to make a difference - and with mixed success. In the next half hour, you'll hear the voices of a teacher, and outreach worker, and a stay-at-home mom. Bob Allen and Linda Stephan tell their stories.


Pigeon River Country (2008-04-25)
This week on Points North we'll talk with Dale Clarke Franz, author of 'Pigeon River Country.' The Pigeon River Country State Forest is the largest piece of undeveloped land in Lower Michigan; the only state forest with its own advisory board. It was at the center of one of the Michigan's longest running environmental controversies over oil and gas drilling.


Interlochen's Summer Arts Festival (2008-04-21)
The announcement of this summer's line-up of the Interlochen Summer Arts Festival is something a lot of people look forward to. The World Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Capitol Steps, The Manhattan Transfer and The Canadian Brass will be returning. Wayne Newton, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Blake Shelton are coming. IPR's Tom Kramer spoke with Derek Kwan, Director of Interlochen Presents, the man in charge of putting the annual summer concert series together.


Saturday radio diary (2008-04-19)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Waiting for Park Place.


Water Model (2008-04-18)
State lawmakers say they're close to passing a new way of managing water use. The rules would affect mostly businesses, farmers and cities that pump large quantities out of the ground or from a river. And those usres would face greater scrutiny as their withdrawals begin to affect fish populations. But some critics think the state's prize trout streams ought to be protected from any impacts. Bob Allen reports.


Great Lakes Water Wars (2008-04-18)
This week on Points North noted author Peter Annin will talk about water diversions. His book, The Great Lakes Water Wars , details the mounting pressure on one of the world's largest sources of fresh water. Efforts are underway right now by the surrounding Great Lakes States to pass a new scheme governing how the water will be used in the coming decades. And he'll tell us how it's going.


Music and Memory Loss (2008-04-16)
Researchers say music can help people with memory loss. For years now the residents of Bay Bluffs in Emmet County have enjoyed music therapy for free. The Medical Care facility is home to Betty Chaney, an 89 year old pianist, who can play a song after hearing it. Producer Matt Kinne visited Betty and her son Chris.


Meijer (2008-04-16)
Last Friday Circuit Court Judge Philip Rogers dismissed a probe against Meijer brought by Grand Traverse County. The county prosecutor will appeal, but he also figures he has at least two other options that would keep the case in the county. Meijer has admitted it likely broke campaign finance law in two recent Acme Township elections. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Universal Health Care (2008-04-16)
Supporters of universal health care in Michigan say their proposal will be on the November ballot. Meetings were held in Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties this week. The petitioners say if healthcare dollars were spent more wisely we'd already have enough to cover the uninsured. Peter Payette Reports.


Saturday radio diary (2008-04-12)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, The god in you.


Are you buying? (2008-04-11)
We hear doom and gloom in national reports on the economy - especially in housing and construction. In Northern Michigan, too, the newspapers are loaded with foreclosure notices. But some business leaders say all these reports are just getting us down. The Governor calls it an inferiority complex. Are you buying? The case for looking to the bright side this week on Points North.


Kennecott (2008-04-10)
Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company has been given permits to open a nickel sulfide mine in Marquette. Kennecott is owned by Rio Tinto, also the owner of the largest copper mine in the world, Kennecott Utah Copper. An investigative piece recently published in the Salt Lake Tribune says for years, executives at Kennecott knew their tailings pond was not built to withstand a major earthquake. Rather than warn the nearby residents of Magna Utah, the company set about quietly fixing the probelm.


King Corn (2008-04-10)
Over 400 people packed into the State Theater in Traverse City to see a documentary about corn. The film takes a critical look at how a staple crop has become a feedstock for cheap foods that have little nutritional value. Seven or eight local corn farmers wanted to make sure they weren't being portrayed as the bad guys. So they went to the show to defend their livelihood. But, as Bob Allen reports, they ended up agreeing with the film as much as they disagreed.


The Hollywood Librarian (2008-04-10)
A new film is looking to close the book on those bun-wearing shushing stereotype librarians of the past. The Hollywood Librarian will be shown at the Interlochen Center for the Arts this Sunday and at the Traverse Area District Library next Wednesday. The film's director is Ann Seidl . And, yes, she's a librarian. Her film, The Hollywood Librarian will be shown this Sunday night at 6 here on the Interlochen campus and again next Wednesday night at 7 at the Traverse Area District Library.


Suffering (2008-04-09)
It's been a long Northern Michigan winter. As spring approaches, we wonder if there is any purpose for those dark, muddy, icky times in our lives. What's the meaning of suffering? Join Rabbi Chava Bahle and Pastor Jeremy Williams for Sacred Spaces: Northern Michigan's Faith Magazine on Interlochen Public Radio.


Possible land buys at Sleeping Bear (2008-04-09)
A Washington-based non-profit group is calling on Congress to allocate money for the expansion of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The park service has the opportunity to buy up to seven properties from sellers who may be willing now. IPR's Linda Stephan talks with Tom Ulrich, Assistant Superintendent at the park, about features of lands the park may be able to buy.


Saturday radio diary (2008-04-05)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Eating the brownie.


March (2008-03-31)
The guest on Michigan Writers on the Air for March is celebrated writer Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness and other books; and Catherine Turnbull, one of the winners of the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press Competition. Her chapbook is "The Chocolatier Speaks to His Wife."


Vodka up north (2008-03-29)
Traverse City is home to the state's only vodka distillery, and in its first year of production the Grand Traverse Distillery has already started building a name for itself in the industry. Matt Kinne stopped by their facilities in Traverse City to meet the owner of one of the region's newest agri-businesses.


Saturday radio diary (2008-03-29)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, What's an apron?


Cougar Tracks (2008-03-28)
Debate about the presence of cougars in Michigan has raged between wildlife officials and the public for years. That's led the DNR to form a cougar team. They've taken training out West in identifying the animal's characteristics. Earlier this month state biolgists say they had the first real chance to their training to the test. Bob Allen reports.


Changing Need in Northern Michigan (2008-03-28)
For almost 40 years, it's been Mary Marois' job to know the local face of poverty and child abuse. She retired this month - at a time when jobs are scarce, but heating bills and foreclosure rates are soaring. And with the rise of a new drug, Crystal Meth, some cases of child abuse and neglect are worse than social workers have ever seen before. Until this month, Mary Marois ran the state Department of Human Services offices in Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties.


Teens and the Grand Vision (2008-03-26)
Leaders of a regional land use and transportation study called the Grand Vision are trying to get more input from teenagers. They've hosted a couple workshops at area high schools, and 22-year-old Bill Schramm from Traverse City has launched a website on a popular social networking tool: myspace/grandvision. IPR's Linda Stephan asks Bill Schramm why he thinks teens are so important to the planning process.


Club Keno (2008-03-24)
A long-standing dispute between the state and Indian Bands in Petoskey and Manistee has been settled. Under the new agreement, the state will get less of a share in slot machine profits at the tribes' casinos. The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Petoskey, and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Manistee had stopped payments to the state all together after Michigan started the lottery game: Club Keno. IPR's Linda Stephan talked with Glenn Zaring from the Little River Band.


The Grand Vision (2008-03-24)
This week, The Grand Vision gets down to choices. Do you want better bus service or better roads? Or should we raise taxes and do both? This week Points North, imagining what the Grand Traverse Region should look like in the future. Also we'll talk with Joel Kotkin, author of The City: A Global History. He says the suburbs are where the excitement will be in the future.


Saturday radio diary (2008-03-22)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, What Galileo knew.


Boffo Box Office for State (2008-03-21)
The State Theater is doing boffo box office. It's owned and operated by the Traverse City Film Festival. Festival officials didn't know if the public's appetite for art films would sustain through the winter months. But since the theater opened in mid November they've sold over 50,000 tickets. And gross revenues in the first three months exceeded what they expected to do for the year. Film Festival founder Micheal Moore told Bob Allen the results are beyond their wildest dreams.


Math Curriculum (2008-03-20)
Traverse City Area Public Schools is a step closer to teaching just one high school math curriculum. The district started offering two curriculums after a shift over to a new, pilot math program years ago - called CORE-plus - upset parents in the district. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Traverse City Light & Power (2008-03-18)
The Board of Traverse City Light & Power last week called for Director Richard Smith's resignation, and Friday was his last day on the job. The board had already placed Smith on a 90 day suspension after he deliberately bumped a newspaper owner in Leelanau County during a heated discussion over a new electric substation. IPR's Linda Stephan asked the public utility's chairman - John Welch - why the board felt Smith's conduct required his resignation


Transportation Workshop (2008-03-17)
This week the Grand Vision is holding a transportation workshop. Participants will have to deal with price tags for choosing things like calmer streets, wider roads, bike paths and bus lines. The results will be folded into a blueprint for how the area expects to grow over the next few decades. Transportation planner Kurt Schulte told IPR's Bob Allen he'll feed all the information into a state computer model to focus the Grand Vision.


March 2008 (2008-03-17)
The Traverse City area is getting some national attention for its fishing. And how do you travel across the wintery north? Dogsled? Ice Breaker?


Saturday radio diary (2008-03-15)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Compost Bucket.


Michigan Farming (2008-03-14)
You may think of Michigan primarily as the auto state. Or a tourist Mecca for freshwater beaches, lakes and dunes. But farming? Yet Agriculture consistently ranks in the top three job producers in the state. And the variety of crops grown here is listed as second only to California. The Ag sector faces a number of challenges: food safety, water withdrawals and migrant labor among them. This week on Points North, a wide ranging conversation with Michigan's Ag Director.


Marketing Order (2008-03-12)
A federal marketing order is drawing some fire from Michigan cherry farmers. Growers vote this month whether to renew the order for another five years. The industry is trying to move cherries into new product lines in the face of declining demand. And some think the order is too restrictive. Bob Allen reports.


Michigan Merit Exam (2008-03-10)
Tomorrow juniors in high schools across the state will take the Michigan Merit Exam. The MME largely determines whether a school is making adequate progress in the eyes of the federal government. Those that do not, face the consequences established under No Child Left Behind. Peter Payette visited an alternative school in Manistee that is turning the test into a matter of school pride this year.


Saturday radio diary (2008-03-08)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Food for thought.


Jail Consultant- Q & A (2008-03-07)
Five years ago, national jail consultant David Bennett analyzed the Grand Traverse County jail and the county's criminal justice system. Bennett made a number of suggestions to deal with an overcrowding problem looking ahead twenty-five years. This week, he came back with a follow-up report to show county officials what's working and how they can still make changes to improve the system. Meanwhile he notes the jail continues to skim along just under the level of an overcrowding emergency.


Wine Choices (2008-03-07)
You're lucky if you have five of six different companies to choose from in the soup and cereal isles of the local grocery store. But - in the wine isle - you'll find hundreds of choices. Some say - that's not enough. And now that out-of-state wineries can ship directly to Michigan customers, retailers want to be able to do the same Is it about choice finding that rare Burgundy, or avoiding distributors, and perhaps even state taxes?


Belonging (2008-03-03)
Why, psychologically and spiritually, does belonging to a group seem to matter: To connect, to be part of something larger than ourselves, even to admit our failings? Rabbi Chava Bahle and Pastor Jeremy Williams explore the need to belong. Sacred Spaces: Northern Michigan's Faith Magazine on Interlochen Public Radio.


Saturday radio diary (2008-03-01)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Having my cake.


Roads (2008-02-29)
Winter is tearing up pavement in northern Michigan and draining the budgets of road commissions, leaving little to fix roads in the spring. People tend to expect nice roads without thinking much about the cost. The costs are high and mounting as the price materials like salt, diesel fuel and asphalt go up. Can we afford the road system we have? What if another 20,000 people move to northern Michigan.


Vowel Shift (2008-02-29)
In Michigan - the way we pronounce some of our vowels is shifting. Something called the Northern Cities Vowel Shift is taking over the way we talk. It's a way of pronouncing words that didn't exist 75 years ago. It's spreading from Michigan's cities out to the countryside, and north to the Mackinac Bridge. As Interlochen Public Radio's Linda Stephan reports, if you don't have this new dialect - you daughter likely will.


Hydro Option (2008-02-29)
A company that buys and reconditions industrial machinery wants to restart hydroelectric dams on the Boardman River. As Bob Allen reports, those doing a detailed study of the dams now have a real proposal to weigh as one of their options.


February (2008-02-28)
The February edition of Michigan Writers on the Air features Leigh Fairey, one of the winners of the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press Competition. Her chapbook is entitled "Dangerous Exuberance." Anne-Marie Oomen reads a story from her book, "Pulling Down the Barn." Also, Dan Gerber reads some of his poems from his new book, "A Primer on Parallel Lives."


Saturday radio diary (2008-02-23)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Staying warm.


Rejectamenta/Broadband (2008-02-22)
What kind of a food system grinds up sick and dying cows and feeds the meat to school children? Was it merely an isolated incident caused one rogue slaughterhouse? Or does it reveal a disturbed view of food and nutrition? This week on Points North we'll talk with people rethinking what goes on in the school cafeteria. Also, how lack of broadband service up north is a problem more people are aiming to fix.


City Debates Public Art (2008-02-20)
It's back to the drawing board for those who want to put a piece of public art in downtown Traverse City. Last night, a group of business owners brought their proposal to the city commission. Their first choice was to put a steel beam sculpture called "Time Myth" at a prominent waterfront location. But city commissioners say they will heed public outcry against putting the piece in the Open Space. Bob Allen reports.


Dialects (2008-02-18)
Accents aren't just for Yoopers. For decades now Michigan's cities have succumbed to a pretty significant vowel shift, and it's been spreading. On Points North this week we'll talk about Michigan accents with a linguist who says dialects are not good or bad. Even so, listening to some Michiganders feels to him something like nails running down a chalkboard


Saturday radio diary (2008-02-16)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Safe from love.


Bay Harbor Cleanup (2008-02-15)
Three years ago the E-P-A ordered CMS Energy to clean up cement dust contaminating groundwater near Petosky. Just recently the agency gave the OK to put millions of gallons of the contaminated water in a deep well near the town of Alba. Area residents say that's just shifting a problem that originated at the high-end Bay Harbor Resort. And some also say it gives CMS a way to avoid cleaning up the mess. Bob Allen reports.


School Closings Redux (2008-02-12)
The Traverse City School Board last night voted to stick with a decision made last summer to close three elementary schools. Over the months, parents from the affected schools have continued to question that choice. And last fall voters elected two new members to the school board. Bob Allen reports.


Mining Plans (2008-02-12)
State environmental officials have given their approvals for a controversial mine near Marquette. Conservation groups are appealing those decisions. And some wonder if the state is giving away valuable mineral rights. The Kennecott Company signed a lease for those rights with the state over twenty years ago. As Bob Allen reports, the agreement would cost the company more today.


Charge for wine tastings? (2008-02-12)
This Wednesday, the state Agriculture Commission may recommend changing the state law to allow wineries to charge customers for tastings. It's Commissioner Don Coe who plans to champion the change. He owns Sutton's Bay's Black Star Farms. Coe argues this could keep people from getting intoxicated on wine tours. He speaks with IPR's Linda Stephan.


Saturday radio diary (2008-02-09)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Precious Possession.


Robert Dale Parker (2008-02-08)
We talk with Robert Dale Parker about his new book, The Sound the Stars Make Rushing through the Sky: The Writings of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft. Schoolcraft is believed to have been the first Native American literary writer but her work was overshadowed by her husband, the Indian agent Henry Schoolcraft. Parker's anthology is the first complete collection of her poems and traditional stories and it includes a biographical account of her life and work.


Youth Politics (2008-02-08)
Young voters are turning out in huge numbers during the presidential nomination process. Peter Payette spoke with Interlochen students about the primary.


Meijer (2008-02-06)
Meijer officials say the company's own investigation shows it likely violated the law by interfering in two recent Acme Township elections. IPR's Linda Stephan has more. *Correction: Treasurer Bill Boltres has not resigned.


Saturday radio diary (2008-02-02)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, The resource box.


May (2008-02-01)
We talk to Jeff Hass about his father's radio program and his musical tribute to his father, Karl Hass and to George Zarr, radio writer, producer, editor and teacher.


January (2008-02-01)
This month we will talk with Tim Bazzett, from Reed City, about his books of memoir and his new biography of Bill Porteous and Holly Wren Spaulding, one of the winners of the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press competition.


Saturday radio diary (2008-01-26)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Adagio for Strings.


Animal ID (2008-01-25)
A rule in Michigan that every cow needs a radio chip ID tag has some small farmers up in arms. The issue has galvanized a group of farmers and activists who say the regulations are unnecessary and just another way to make farming difficult for the little guy. Supporters of the rule say it's simply a way to keep a close eye on disease and respond to outbreaks. How many rules are we willing to submit to be safe?


Cold Weather = Good Ice (2008-01-25)
At leat one family in Northern Michigan is happy to see the recent cold snap.


Animal ID (2008-01-25)
A rule in Michigan that every cow needs a radio chip ID tag has some small farmers up in arms. The issue has galvanized a group of farmers and activists who say the regulations are unnecessary and just another way to make farming difficult for the little guy. Supporters of the rule say it's simply a way to keep a close eye on disease and respond to outbreaks. How many rules are we willing to submit to be safe?


Animal ID (2008-01-25)
A government program to require electronic ID tags for farm animals is causing a flap among small farmers. Some who raise and sell beef to their neighbors say the tags are an unwelcome and unnecessary intrusion into their business. Others say the tags are no big deal. And they think the program will improve safety of the food supply. Bob Allen reports.


Animal ID (2008-01-25)
A rule in Michigan that every cow needs a radio chip ID tag has some small farmers up in arms. The issue has galvanized a group of farmers and activists who say the regulations are unnecessary and just another way to make farming difficult for the little guy. Supporters of the rule say it's simply a way to keep a close eye on disease and respond to outbreaks. How many rules are we willing to submit to be safe?


Interlochen Shooting (2008-01-25)
A Traverse City attorney says a civil rights lawsuit against Grand Traverse County is highly likely. Grant Parsons represents the brother of Craig Carlson. The 49-year-old Interlochen man was killed by a police sniper after an all-night standoff at Carlson's home. IPR's Linda Stephan has been following this story, she talks with Tom Kramer.


Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Traverse (2008-01-23)
In late 2005 - the Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Traverse shuttered its Traverse City building because of financial woes. Its now back up and running - thanks to a series of local and national grant awards - and thanks to some major restructuring. IPR's Linda Stephan stopped by the club recently and talked with Director Pat Lewellan.


November (2008-01-21)
Glenn Ruggles, writer, historian and one of the the founding fathers of the International Fudge Festival and Fleda Brown, new Michigan resident and poet laureate of Delaware.


December (2008-01-21)
Rose Hollander, writer and publisher of the self-help book, Saving the Family Cottage and poet Jack Ridl.


Water Compact Pt. II (2008-01-18)
This is an extension of the discussion during the program on 1-18-08.


Water Compact (2008-01-18)
A regional agreement to protect Great Lakes water awaits ratification in 6 legislatures, including Michigan. But disagreements over how to measure damage to streams and regulate water bottlers have stalled progress. Protecting Michigan's water, this week on Points North.


Prosecutor Slams Record Eagle (2008-01-16)
Special Prosecutor says newspapers coverage of police actions related to Craig Carlson's death was distorted.


January 2008 (2008-01-14)
On this episode of Nature's Call, we'll try to keep ourselves busy... and warm. We'll try our hand at snoboarding, talk iceboating and talk with the state's oldest dog sledder.


Eagle Rock (2008-01-14)
An interview about the significance of Eagle Rock at the site of a proposed mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community considers it to be a sacred site. The mining plan would destroy part of the rock outcropping.


Saturday radio diary (2008-01-12)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Sour Dish Cloth.


Michigan's Primary (2008-01-11)
The early presidential primary is critical in the race for the Republican nomination. Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and John McCain are running within the margin of error. So for a week anyway, Michigan's best interests will get national attention. But most of the top democrats boycotted and are not on the ballot. Many supporters of those candidates plan to vote uncommitted.


Uncommitted Voters (2008-01-11)
Democrats that want to support Barak Obama or John Edwards next Tuesday have an unusual option. They can vote uncommitted. But there's no guarantee that will mean support for their man. Bob Allen caught up with one longtime party member who plans to make her vote count.


Who's Right? (2008-01-07)
On Sacred Spaces: Northern Michigan's Faith Magazine on Interlochen Public Radio. A couple questions, and all sorts of answers. Rabbi Chava Bahle and Pastor Jeremy Williams do their best to tackle the elephant in the room for any interfaith discussion: Who's Right?


Saturday radio diary (2008-01-05)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Carrying the baggage.


Adoption (2008-01-04)
Everybody knows adopting a newborn baby within the United States is difficult, protracted and costly. Everybody knows that, the trouble is, it's not exactly true. And that's a problem for the agencies that match families with mothers who want to give up their babies. Perceptions about open adoption also why your neighbor is a lot less likely to adopt a child from Guatemala as of Tuesday


Saturday radio diary (2007-12-29)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Ungodly hour.


Saturday radio diary (2007-12-22)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Putting up the Creche.


Mental health agency reviews handling of Interlochen man (2007-12-20)
Mental health officials say crisis workers responded properly when deputies called them about an Interlochen man who one week later was killed by the bullet of a police sniper. IPR's Linda Stephan talks with Greg Paffhouse at Northern Lakes Community Mental Health.


Saturday radio diary (2007-12-15)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Unfinished stories.


Copwatch (2007-12-14)
At the start, the website gtcopwatch.org was flooded with anonymous criticisms of local police. Today many of the site's regulars seem to be local cops. Recently, discussion on the site turned to frustration not with cops, but with the newspaper. And a person claiming to be a cop posted threats against the staff of the Traverse City Record-Eagle. IPR's Linda Stephan has more.


Buying Local Commercially (2007-12-14)
Charlevoix native breaks the barriers between small farms and commercial food distribution.


Public Art Causes Flap (2007-12-14)
Some downtown Traverse City business owners think the city could become more of a showcase for public art. And they say an outdoor sculpture being offered as a gift is a perfect opportunity to move in that direction. But they want to put the piece in a public park on the waterfront. And, as Bob Allen reports, critics consider that to be like sacred ground.


Giving Businesses (2007-12-14)
What if you could invest your money, get a good return, and help one or more of your favorite causes? Some local business owners say they've found ways to use philanthropy to turn a profit. Whether it's a retirement fund, or a start-up business Bumping up the bottom line with benevolence IPR's Linda Stephan has more.


Cherry Festival (2007-12-10)
The National Cherry Festival says it won't live beyond next summer if it keeps doing business the way it has been. This week, the festival's director went before the Traverse City Commission to ask for support. Even though the festival brings hundreds of thousands of people into the city for a week each summer, its value is not assumed. This week on Points North, we'll ask why not. And who should do what to keep it alive?


December 2007 (2007-12-10)
In this episode of Nature's Call, we'll look at the relationship between nature and art - with the help of some of the artists who call Northern Michigan home.


Saturday radio diary (2007-12-08)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Surprise!


Peace In (2007-12-04)
Traverse City joins a handful of other cities in the state to support peace. Last night, the city commission narrowly approved a resolution to create a U.S. Department of Peace and Non-Violence. As Bob Allen reports, the approval was surprising.


Police Sniper (2007-12-03)
This month a police sniper shot and killed an Interlochen man. All call the death a tragedy. Some wonder if it had to happen. Others say, you point a gun at police you can expect to get shot. We'll talk with Grand Traverse County Sheriff Scott Fewins on use of force.


Sacred Pause (2007-12-03)
As we kick off another frenetic holiday season - Join Rabbi Chava Bahle and Pastor Jeremy Williams for a little Sacred Pause. Hear how local Wicca followers celebrate the solstice; talk with a Quaker about finding time to listen to that still small voice. And in a time when darkness and excessive holiday drinking can cause depression for some, we'll talk with an area physician about ways to stay happy and healthy.


Saturday radio diary (2007-12-01)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Buckle Boots.


Helen Tanner (2007-11-30)
One of the key witnesses for Michigan tribes in the treaty litigation was Helen Hornbeck Tanner. For half a century, Helen has been studying Native American history and helping tribes involved in disputes. Now she is creating a research collection at the Darcy Library in Beulah.


Metropolitan Opera (2007-11-29)
Filmmaker and State Theatre impresario Michael Moore announces a season of closed-circuit presentations of Metropolitan Opera performances. In this interview with IPR's Brad Aspey, Michael discusses this coming opera season and what it takes to make film showings the best they can be.


Saturday radio diary (2007-11-24)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Picking bread for Thanksgiving.


Cherry Festival Broken (2007-11-16)
An advisory panel to the National Cherry Festival says the current business model is unsustainable. The panel says the situation is urgent. Peter Payette spoke with a member of the panel, Luke Haase.


Members Health (2007-11-14)
A Traverse City family practice is the first in the region to by-pass the health insurance industry. They're taking an approach called retainer or concierge medicine. Critics think it sets up health care for those who can afford to pay extra for better access. But the local doctors in Members Health say it's the only way they can control what kind of care they give. Bob Allen reports.


Saturday radio diary (2007-11-10)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Cloud on the horizon.


Barefoot Tango (2007-11-09)
A new tango band in Traverse City carries on the tradition of The Great Astor.


Grand Traverse Band (2007-11-09)
More than 18,000 children and teens live in Michigan's child welfare system. Officials in Lansing say there are too many kids who have been taken from their homes to live in the care of strangers. In Leelanau County social workers with the local Indian tribe say they had almost 40 kids in state care a decade ago - but not anymore. What the Grand Traverse Band is doing right And what native traditions of family life can teach us about helping struggling families stick together


Interlochen Presents - November 6, 2007 (2007-11-09)
This episode celebrates French week with Susan-Snyder Nunn and Mike Nunn demonstrating Poulenc's setting of "Babar," conductor Matt Hazelwood discussing Berlioz' "Symphonie Fantastique," Joe Maddy conducting music by Deems Taylor and more.


November 2007 (2007-11-09)
This time on Nature's Call we'll meet three people who have turned something they loved to do in their spare time into something they love to do for a living - all of the jobs get them outside.


Clean Coal (2007-11-08)
The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year carbon dioxide can be regulated as a pollutant. It's one of the main greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. And coal burning power plants produce most of the CO2. In Michigan, utilities say they can't meet growing demand for electricity unless they build more coal plants. But they also tout new technology that uses clean coal . Critics say there's no such thing. We'll be talking about clean coal on Points North.


Traverse City Elections (2007-11-07)
Traverse City voters shook up their city commission in yesterday's election. They chose a trio of candidates who ran on a promise of listening to residents. And who challenge what they call the same old approach of city politics. Bob Allen reports.


Giving (2007-11-06)
Rabbi Chava Bahle and Pastor Jeremy Williams talk giving this month. Why do religious people so often feel compelled to help people, and what can they really accomplish? Hear from a Traverse City man who throws parties in his back yard for street people. And hear from a Muslim who says alms giving is best when it's done simply from one person to another, not through organizations.


Saturday radio diary (2007-11-03)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, What you don't say.


TCAPS Election Special (2007-11-02)
Peter Payette talks with each of the seven candidates for Traverse City's board of education.


Saturday radio diary (2007-10-27)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Closer to the fire.


Candidates for City Commission (2007-10-26)
Challengers for seats on the Traverse City commission say the current members are out of touch with the citizenry. Their evidence: last year by a 7 to 3 margin voters rejected the parking deck the commission approved nearly unanimously. But the incumbents say they've organized all kinds of public initiatives to decide matters like the fate of the zoo, the waterfront and now the city budget. What does it take to listen to a city of less than 15,000 people?


October (2007-10-26)
Joseph Millar a poet from Oregon who worked with students recently at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. His books are Overtime, and Fortune. Also Stephanie Mills - a Northern Michigan writer and ecologist.


Traverse City Commission (2007-10-25)
Forum with Candidates for City Commission sponsored by the League of Women Voters.


TCAPS Candidates (2007-10-24)
Six of the seven candidates for TCAPS Board of Education participated in a forum by the League of Women Voters. Peter Payette reports.


TCAPS Forum (2007-10-24)
Listen to the entire candidates forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.


Development in the GT Region: A student documentary (2007-10-23)
A student documentary on the how development has affected the Grand Traverse Region. The show was put together this summer by interns at the Land Information Access Association in Traverse City.


Saturday radio diary (2007-10-20)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Looking back.


Indian Treaty Meeting (2007-10-19)
Less than ten people showed up last night to talk about the state's recent agreement with northern Michigan Indian tribes over hunting and fishing rights. Most of them listened respectfully to the DNR's presentation. But, as Bob Allen reports, there still were faint echoes of bitter dissent that polarized Indian and white sportsmen twenty-five years ago.


School Board Election (2007-10-19)
Discontent with the Traverse City school board has spawned a field of seven candidates for two open seats. The more critical hopefuls accuse the district of being reactive and ignoring what families want or think. One candidate even called the current board a bunch of clowns. We'll talk with board members Fred Tank and David Barr about the election and what's ahead for the new board.


The Grand Vision Workshop (2007-10-18)
Bob Allen talks with Peter Payette about the first workshop held in Traverse City.


Vision Workshop (2007-10-18)
Last night was the first of six workshops for the Grand Vision. It's a two-year effort to reach consensus on where the next 100,000 people expected to move to the region will live and work...what that will mean for area roads and whether a by-pass will be part of the plan. Over 400 people showed up to talk about it. Bob Allen spoke with a few who would have to translate a vision into specific projects.


Grand Vision (2007-10-17)
Bob Allen talks with a lead planner in the million dollar effort to plan for growth in the Traverse area.


October 2007 (2007-10-15)
We're going to the birds. Bob Butz leads us onto the two tracks of Benzie County in search of woodcock and grouse. Chef and owner of LaBecasse, Guillaume Hazael-Massieux, shows us what to do with that woodcock. Fred Tank, Power Island's ranger for the last 20 years or so, takes us on a tour of the island as he prepares to close up shop for the winter. We go to southern Kalkaska County where some very special kids are embarking on the hunt of a lifetime at Deer Tracks Ranch.


Animal IDs (2007-10-15)
Michigan has become a battleground state in the debate over electronic ID tags for farm animals.


October 2007 (2007-10-15)
We're going to the birds. Bob Butz leads us onto the two tracks of Benzie County in search of woodcock and grouse. Chef and owner of LaBecasse, Guillaume Hazael-Massieux, shows us what to do with that woodcock. Fred Tank, Power Island's ranger for the last 20 years, takes us on a tour of the island as he prepares to close up shop for the winter. We go to southern Kalkaska County where some very special kids are embarking on the hunt of a lifetime at Deer Tracks Ranch.


Saturday radio diary (2007-10-13)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Giving things away.


Prison (2007-10-12)
Optimistic plans to reform state government in order to reign in spending tend to focus on prisons. Michigan's corrections department is the largest program in the state and it accounts for close to a third of the public workforce. But talk of reform has gone nowhere and our prison system is expected to get bigger and costlier. We'll hear the alternatives this week on Points North.


Cycle of Invasives (2007-10-12)
Massive growth of algae is making a comeback in the Great Lakes. Researchers have known for a while that exotic mussels are the cause. And people begin to notice when stinky clumps of green and brown stuff die and wash up on their beaches. As Bob Allen reports, those same invasive species also may open a pathway for a deadly toxin to kill thousands of shorebirds.


Forgiveness (2007-10-09)
What is forgiveness? How do we get it? How do we give it? Co-hosts Pastor Jeremy Williams and Rabbi Chava Bahle explore the often confusing world of the Catholic Rite of Confession. They talk with a psychologist for a secular perspective on forgiveness as healing. And they visit with a Munson Hospice Chaplain about the need for forgiveness at death's door.


Saturday radio diary (2007-10-06)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Mom will be back.


E. coli in Grand Traverse Bay (2007-10-05)
E. coli shut down public beachfronts a few times this summer. How serious is the problem and how viable are the solutions?


Saturday radio diary (2007-09-29)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Don't catch me!


WEB EXTRA -- Native elders talk of Holy Childhood (2007-09-28)
While visiting Harbor Springs, reporting on the demolition of Holy Childhood School, IPR's Linda Stephan asked elders of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians to share stories of Holy Childhood School. We've posted several semi-raw interviews from elders who spoke with her but whose voices didn't make the original story. We strongly recommend first listening to the news report on Holy Chilhood School that aired September 28th.


Keeping the history of Holy Childhood (2007-09-28)
A Michigan historic site in Harbor Springs is expected to be demolished next month despite a last-minute effort to save the building. The controversy threatened relations with the local Catholic parish and Native Americans. Instead the new building will reflect the Indian Boarding School was there. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Treaty Rights (2007-09-26)
Five Northern Michigan Indian tribes will continue to hunt, fish and gather on public lands and waterways mostly under their own rules. Their cliam extends back to the Treaty of 1836. Four years ago, the state argued those rights had been extinguished long ago. But today state officials announced a settlement with the tribes. Bob Allen reports.


Saturday radio diary (2007-09-22)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Flowers blooming.


Remembering Mike Vanderberg (2007-09-21)
Empire's most wild and eccentric citizen passed away this summer. If something fun happened in the village its likely Mike had a hand in it.


Creativity in the 21st century (2007-09-21)
A discussion about the value of the arts in business and society. Jeff Kimpton is President of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Daniel Pink is Author of A Whole New Mind.


Traffic Study (2007-09-21)
A major traffic study started years ago in the Traverse area. But it bogged down because some people said it was focused too much on cars and roads and not enough on how those things affect where people live and work. Now a new community vision project will consider all those things. And, as Bob Allen reports, it's possible with technology that hasn't been seen before in northern Michigan.


Creativity in the 21st century (2007-09-21)
A discussion about the value of the arts in business and society. Jeff Kimpton is President of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Daniel Pink is Author of A Whole New Mind.


Impacts of Casinos (2007-09-18)
Researcher James Hill talks about the impacts casinos have had on their neighbors, socially and economically, since first authorized in 1993. Also indigenous law professor Matthew Fletcher explains how the power has tipped heavily in favor of the states when negotiating casino compacts.


Saturday radio diary (2007-09-15)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Not in our backyard.


September 2007 (2007-09-10)
This time: Two-wheeling around Northern Michigan. We're talking about the TART trails, Brickheads and Segways. Plus an update on what's been found on the bottom of Grand Traverse Bay.


Saturday radio diary (2007-09-08)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Blame me.


New Beach Grooming Rules (2007-09-07)
New rules take effect this fall for beach grooming on the Great Lakes shoreline. And again there are special allowances for Grand Traverse and Saginaw bays. Property owners will need a permit if they move any sand with a machine. As Bob Allen reports, the DEQ will allow the grooming even though their own study shows it harms an important part of the ecosystem.


Lake Ann squabbles over public beach (2007-09-07)
Tuesday voters in Lake Ann will head to the polls to elect their Village Council. It's a small election that usually generates little interest. Not true this year. Plans for a new public beach have divided the community, and there's a full roster of candidates hoping to oust the entire Village Council. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Lake Ann squabbles over public beach (2007-09-07)
Tuesday voters in Lake Ann will head to the polls to elect their Village Council. It's a small election that usually generates little interest. Not true this year. Plans for a new public beach have divided the community, and there's a full roster of candidates hoping to oust the entire Village Council. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


World Languages (2007-09-07)
This fall two classrooms of pre-schoolers in Traverse City will be instructed in Chinese half the day. That kind of immersion in a foreign language is rare in our schools even though we talk a lot about preparing students for a global society. At best we manage to expose our kids to other languages. Could we do more? If so what languages? Suttons Bay is developing a high school curriculum to teach anishnaabemowin, the Native American language spoken in the Great Lakes region.


Saturday radio diary (2007-09-01)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Back to school.


Foster Care (2007-08-31)
A recent Detroit Free Press Editorial reads: No one is irreplaceable, but Marianne Udow will be a tough act to follow. Friday is Udow's last day on the job as the head of the state Department of Human Services. Despite a foster care system plagued by a couple high-profile deaths and a class-action lawsuit, Udow has been praised for her push to reform the system that acts as mom and dad to 18,000 youngsters in Michigan. She joins us on Points North, this week.


Buildings (2007-08-31)
A new occasional weekend program on faith in Northern Michigan. This month's show is dedicated to understanding sacred spaces in a literal sense. Take a spiritual walk with Pastor Jeremy Williams and Rabbi Chava Bahle through a Leelanau County labyrinth. Peak inside a synagogue in Traverse City that hasn't changed much in 120 years! It seems there's no bounds to what spaces we can consider sacred - from dense woodlands, to a high-arched cathedral.


Ohio Lawmakers Balk at Compact (2007-08-31)
Some key Ohio lawmakers are balking at passing the Great Lakes Water Compact. The legislatures of all eight Great Lakes states have to approve it before it takes effect. Legal analysts say existing law to stop diversions is vulnerable to challege. And if it's struck down there would be no protection for the lakes. Lawmakers from the region met to talk about the Compact in Traverse City last weekend. Bob Allen reports.


Paleo Joe Comes to TC (2007-08-28)
Paleontologist and Author Paleo Joe brings fossils, skulls, teeth and the mystique of dinosaurs to the Grand Traverse Heritage Center.


New Transportation Study (2007-08-27)
A team of consultants was in Traverse City this week to lay out a $1.3 million study of land use and traffic. They say where roads go has a lot to do with where people live and work. A local committee spent nearly two years hashing out the right approach to take. Now they've hired this team of national experts for a two year effort. Their job will be to look at potential impacts from growth in the Grand Traverse area over the next fifty years. Bob Allen reports.


August (2007-08-27)
Steve Amick, author of THE LAKE, THE RIVER AND THE OTHER LAKE, a wonderful book about Northern Michigan, well-written and funny. Also Anne Stanton and Bob Downes will talk about the Northern Express and Anne's investigative reporting.


Saturday radio diary (2007-08-25)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Nothing I can do.


State issues burning ban (2007-08-17)
Governor Granholm has banned outdoor fires on or near state land in Michigan. The state is experiencing drought and extreme fire conditions. National Forest officials have extended the ban to their lands as well. They call forests and grasslands tinder boxes. For more details on the ban, IPR's Linda Stephan spoke Friday with Carol Nilsson of the Huron-Manistee National Forest.


Saturday radio diary (2007-08-17)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, More forks.


The Big Question (2007-08-17)
NASA Researcher Michael Foerster says we are close to knowing whether there is life elsewhere in the universe.


Destination Michigan (2007-08-17)
What should be done about Michigan's heavy reliance on itself for visitors?


Michigan tribes meet with US Attorney General (2007-08-15)
In light of recent reports on the lack of federal enforcement of rape and domestic violence cases in Indian Country across the U-S, IPR's Linda Stephan asked Matthew Fletcher to explain how enforcement issues are particular to tribal lands.


Saturday radio diary (2007-08-14)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Matching Ottoman


Native Americans in the Great Lakes (2007-08-13)
John Bailey explains why an ancient rock carving in Grand Traverse Bay could bolster his view of the origins of Native Americans living in the Great Lakes.


Rare Find in GT Bay (2007-08-10)
An underwater archaeologist has found what could be proof that man hunted mastadons in Michigan 11 thousand years ago.


Alpena Brown Trout fate uncertain (2007-08-10)
Communities often build a sense of identity by connecting with their surroundings. In Alpena -- it's the Brown Trout. The Brown brings in millions of dollars each year for local businesses -- such as hotels and charter captains. But the fish is also not native to Thunder Bay. And keeping it around is pricey for taxpayers. IPR's Linda Stephan has the story.


Kiters Defend Access (2007-08-10)
The Michigan Supreme Court says anyone can walk along the beaches of the Great Lakes below the ordinary high water mark. But can you set up your kiteboard there?


The Fever of 57 (2007-08-06)
Producer Eric Reid talks about the new documentary about the launch of Sputnik in October, 1957


Free Press in Public Schools (2007-08-06)
Is the high school newspaper an uncensored forum? Should it be?


Lavender (2007-08-06)
Andy Norman says lavender is widely grown at the 45th parallel all around the world and could be a good crop for Michigan farmers and artisans. Just watch out for those cold snaps.


Saturday radio diary (2007-08-04)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Singing over obstacles.


Beach Access (2007-08-03)
Do good fences make good neighbors? Some folks in northern Manistee County are wondering that. This Friday on Morning Edition Bob Allen takes us to Pierport where some beachgoers think their neighbor has taken extreme measures to keep them from using a public road end to enjoy Lake Michigan. The law is murky on the subject.


Film Fest Panel (2007-08-02)
Directors and writers discuss the importance of humor in troubled times. Michael Moore, the founder of the festival. Larry Charles, director of Borat and a writer for Seinfeld. Rebecca Reynolds, writer who lives in Leland and co-wrote the HBO special Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl. Gretchan Mol stars in two films showing at the festival this week, The Ten and Trainwreck. Tod Williams, director of Trainwreck.


Saturday radio diary (2007-07-28)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Stolen glance.


Kristin Place (2007-07-27)
Concern about a bed and breakfast on Burt Lake pit neighbor against neighbor and wound up in court. Dick and Phyllis Kristin moved out for the summer so they could rent their place after the courts said they couldn't rent a room.


Nimrod Nation (2007-07-27)
Brett Morgen talks about his documentary series Nimrod Nation. It will be shown, in part, at the Traverse City Film Festival as will his other film, Chicago 10.


Who Can Sue? (2007-07-27)
Michigan's Supreme Court says environmental lawsuits can only be filed by people who can show direct harm. Environmentalists say anyone should be able to sue since everyone is hurt by degraded ecosystems.


July (2007-07-25)
Marie Hanis, author of The Rustic Gourmet: Earthy Elegance from the Woods of Northern Michigan and Matt Sutherland , author of the Savor Michigan Cookbook: Michigan's Finest Restaurants, their Recipes & Histories. Also poet, critic and NEA head Dana Gioia visits Interlochen.


Board Closes Three (2007-07-24)
The TCAPS school board votes 4-3 to close Bertha Vos, Glenn Loomis and Norris. The majority shows little reticence about accepting the recommendation.


Saturday radio diary (2007-07-21)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Qualified for the Job.


Circle of Blue (2007-07-20)
Carl Ganter talks about his media project Circle of Blue. It's devoted to helping everyone better understand freshwater shortages around the globe.


Shipwreck Hunting (2007-07-20)
Jerry Volgeneu tells of the men who dangerously search for wrecks in the deep waters of the Great Lakes.


July 2007 (2007-07-17)
We're spending some time on the water for this edition of Nature's Call, from Tallships to racing canoes and classic wooden rowboats.


Glen Lake boat washing (2007-07-14)
Empire and Glen Arbor townships have both passed laws requiring boaters to wash their boats before putting them into local waters -- to keep out foreign invaders. But some state officials don't like the new laws, and they may make it impossible for locals to enforce them. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Saturday radio diary (2007-07-14)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Missing my gloves.


Colonial Water Birds (2007-07-13)
Francie Cuthbert talks about the birds she's studying around the upper Great Lakes.


Sweet Cherries May Rot (2007-07-13)
Jim Bardenhagen talks about problems growers will have after a major buyer of sweet cherries, Sensient, says it is not in the market this year.


Eagle Nest (2007-07-13)
Over forty years ago, wildlife scientists first noticed a decline in bald eagle numbers. Over the decades, they've continued to monitor the recovery of the bird and the environment in which it lives. And, in Michigan, they've produced one of the oldest wildlife data bases in the world. Bob Allen takes us to an eagle's nest as researchers gather samples from young birds.


Thirdeye Goes Bye-Bye (2007-07-13)
Jason Glover says his magazine will be done soon. He reflects on the three-year run.


Saturday radio diary (2007-07-02)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Love of language.


Intermediate Schools Have Cash (2007-07-02)
While many K-12 school districts in Michigan are going broke, the Intermediate School Districts have nice reserves. And it's starting to cause friction.


Phil Power (2007-06-29)
The founder of The Center for Michigan talks about his ideas for reforming state government and Michigan's economy.


Becky Reynolds (2007-06-29)
Leland resident talks about her latest comedy special for HBO, Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl.


New Fishing Rules (2007-06-29)
New fishing rules took effect in Michigan this week. Anglers will have to show the bait they're using is certified disease-free if they're fishing in uninfected waters. The DNR wants to try to slow the spread of a deadly virus that has the potential to kill massive numbers of fish. Bob Allen reports.


TCAPS Closing (2007-06-29)
Heidi Schramski talks about the prospect of Norris Elementary being closed.


Saturday radio diary (2007-06-23)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Knowing her name.


TCAPS Closings (2007-06-22)
Parents from Glenn Loomis, Central Grade and Cherry Knoll talk about the prospect of being shutdown.


Renewable Power (2007-06-22)
This week a legislative committee in Lansing took up a bill to require power companies to supply a certain amount of renewable energy. Where would that energy come from?


Physicians Close Doors to Medicaid (2007-06-22)
As Michigan's economy falters and jobs disappear, the number of people losing health care spikes. Medicaid covers some needs for low income people. But it pays providers about half of their cost to treat patients. When the governor threatened to cut Medicaid this year some doctors sent a message to Lansing. They said they would drop all their Medicaid patients if the cuts went through. And even practices whose mission is to serve those in poverty are closing their doors to new patients.


Free Clinic (2007-06-21)
The Poverty Reduction Initiative estimates there are over 13,000 people living in poverty in the five county Grand Traverse Region. That's about 8% of the population. In response to a survey, those in poverty say health care is where they need more help. And health problems are singled out as the main reason for not being able to hold a job. Local programs like a free clinic fill some of the gap. But the need for service is outpacing what's available.


Wexford Landfill Suit (2007-06-19)
Homeowners near the Wexford County landfill want to expand their lawsuit. They've been seeking compensation from the county because the landfill has polluted their wells and damaged their property. Now they also want to make sure the groundwater is cleaned up. Bob Allen reports.


Ruling harms consumers, activists say (2007-06-19)
Consumer Advocates are decrying a state Supreme Court decision this month they say eviscerates consumer protections in Michigan. The ruling exempts licensed homebuilders from the state Consumer Protection Act, and it appears to exempt every other regulated industry as well. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Saturday radio diary (2007-06-18)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Being bossy.


TCAPS Closings (2007-06-15)
Bob Cooney explains why he believes the decision to close his family's school was made years ago.


Judiasm Up North (2007-06-15)
Rabbi Chava Bahle talks about intercultural Judiasm. Members of Congregation Beth El reflect on 120 years in Traverse City.


Submerged Logs in Boardman (2007-06-14)
Old growth logs submerged under the Boardman River for a hundred years could be worth a lot of money. That's according to a consultant for propery owners on Boardman Pond. And it's a new argument for not draining water from the pond. As Bob Allen reports, county officials are not exactly convinced.


Biologist says wasps not likely to control Emerald Ash Borer (2007-06-13)
A biologist of Grand Valley State University calls efforts to save the state's Ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer a big waste of money. Officials want to release wasps from China to prey on the borer. IPR's Linda Stephan talks with Jim Dunn.


June 2007 (2007-06-12)
This time on Nature's Call, exploring the Boardman River. We'll hike along the river on the North Country Trail, talk with a world famous bamboo flyrod maker and hear what the future of this blue-ribbon trout stream could look like.


Officials say Chinese wasps may save state's Ash trees (2007-06-12)
Scientists may have found a way to control the destructive Emerald Ash Borer. They've found three parasitic wasps from China that prey only on the Emerald Ash Borer.


Sicko/Suicide (2007-06-08)
Michael Moore talks about his new film. It premieres in ther U.S. in Bellaire. also we talk about dealing with suicide.


Saturday radio diary (2007-06-07)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, No such thing.


Saturday radio diary (2007-06-02)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Coloring in the lines.


Offshore Lights Need Owners (2007-05-31)
The state and lighthouse preservation community have been wrangling for years over the terms for taking abandoned offshore lighthouses from the Coast Guard and preserving them. The interminable debate can't help the already difficult challenge of restoring lights in the middle of the lakes.


Security at Palisades (2007-05-25)
Esquire writer Tom Junod talks about his article Mercenary. It's about the former head of security at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, William Clark. Clark claimed he had assassinated people all over the world for the government but virtually nothing he said was true.


Security at Palisades (2007-05-25)
Esquire writer Tom Junod talks about his article Mercenary. It's about the former head of security at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, William Clark. Clark claimed he had assassinated people all over the world for the government but virtually nothing he said was true.


Security at Palisades (2007-05-25)
Esquire writer Tom Junod talks about his article Mercenary. It's about the former head of security at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, William Clark. Clark claimed he had assassinated people all over the world for the government but virtually nothing he said was true.


Security at Palisades (2007-05-25)
Esquire writer Tom Junod talks about his article Mercenary. It's about the former head of security at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, William Clark. Clark claimed he had assassinated people all over the world for the government but virtually nothing he said was true.


Saturday radio diary (2007-05-25)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Change of attitude.


Closing Schools (2007-05-22)
Traverse City's school board has approved a process to pick which elementary schools will be closed. The district is preparing to close as many as three. Board members approved the plan even as they expressed concern that it was ambiguous. Peter Payette reports.


April (2007-05-22)
The annual poetry celebration show with the Beach Bards


May 2007 (2007-05-21)
On this episode of Nature's Call, we'll be on the hunt for the elusive morel mushroom. From the woods near Boyne City to the kitchen of Trattoria Stella in Traverse City.


Michigan's Budget Woes (2007-05-18)
The State of Michigan can't seem to get its act together as the deficit grows deeper. One pundit likened the leaders of state government to the three stooges going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Today on Points North we'll talk with Representatives Gary McDowell and Howard Walker about the politics in Lansing. Also the news deficit in Lansing. And we'll hear about developer Bill Clous's effort to rewrite Grand Traverse County's storm water ordinance.


Fire experts watch Huron Forest (2007-05-18)
Right now there's a 50-thousand acre fire burning in Northern Minnesota. And this spring a prescribed burn in the Upper Peninsula's Baraga County burned out of control. Officials have also been watching the Jack Pines of the Huron National Forest of Northeast Lower Peninsula. They say that forest is as volatile as any place in the country. And as Interlochen Public Radio's Linda Stephan reports, it may be in for another major burn.


Wisconsin town requests diversion (2007-05-16)
Eight states and two Canadian provinces are in the process of ratifying an agreement designed to protect the waters of the Great Lakes from threats like diversion. Only Minnesota has fully adopted the Great Lakes Compact. But already the region's resolve to work as one is being tested, by the Wisconsin town of New Berlin. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Saturday radio diary (2007-05-12)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Waiting.


Saturday radio diary (2007-05-05)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today,Trouble sleeping.


The Internet Up North (2007-05-04)
We'll talk with Andy McFarlane about his websites leelanau.com and Absolute Michigan. And with Keith Schneider from the Michigan Land Use Institute about the web and public interest. Also we check in with Don Coe about continuing problems securing seasonal labor in Michigan.


Sleeping Bear Plan (2007-05-04)
Park managers are using public comment to help shape a plan for the future of Sleeping Bear Dunes. They held hearings this week in Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties. As Bob Allen reports, some of those with the strongest comments live within park boundaries.


Bay Harbor proposes dump site in Antrim (2007-05-04)
Contaminated water from a former cement plant - now the town of Bay Harbor - may end up in a deep injection well in rural Antrim County. About a mile of shoreline near Bay Harbor is off limits to swimmers. It's been polluted by kiln dust - with high P-H levels and relatively high levels of arsenic and mercury. And the question becomes: where should that polluted water end up? Interlochen Public Radio's Linda Stephan reports.


Saturday radio diary (2007-04-28)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Done my crying.


Farms near Grocery Stores (2007-04-27)
Farm markets still account for a tiny fraction of the food we eat. The Michigan-based WK Kellogg Foundation says for sustainable agriculture to be something more than a drop in the bucket, it'll have to be linked to grocery stores. Small farms are seldom able to meet the demands of a modern day grocer. But when they do it can be lucrative for everyone. Hear Kellogg's vision to grow sustainable farming. Also we'll hear about an effort to keep down the price of farmland in Leelanau County.


Cultured Veggies Available (2007-04-27)
Another handcrafted specialty food has made it to market in Northern Michigan. It's an example of a small but growing movement to bring local food to local people. As Bob Allen reports, a Leelanau County couple is using a time-honored method of fermenting vegetables.


Photographer Bill Eppridge (2007-04-26)
The Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey is presenting an exhibit of photographs by Bill Eppridge. The exhibit is titled "The Beatles: Backstage and Behind the Scenes."


Photographer Bill Eppridge (2007-04-26)
The Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey is presenting an exhibit of photographs by Bill Eppridge. The exhibit is titled "The Beatles: Backstage and Behind the Scenes."


Earth Day Special (2007-04-23)
Linda Weintraub talks about the role of ecology in the work of five artists. Program was recorded in Corson Auditorium on 4/19/07.


Saturday radio diary (2007-04-21)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. For Earth Day, The tree.


Bees and Cell Phones (2007-04-20)
Can cellular phones really be connected to the current colony collapse disorder affecting honeybees in the U.S. and Europe?


Area nonprofits to feel state pinch (2007-04-20)
Temperatures may be getting warmer, but need in Northern Michigan for help with heat and electric bills is not letting up. Social service agencies say every year toward the end of winter people come looking for help with massive bills. This year, with rising costs and fewer jobs, the bills are bigger than ever, the number of people in need overwhelming. To top it all off, starting today the state will no longer help with these bills. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Area nonprofits to feel state pinch (2007-04-20)
Temperatures may be getting warmer, but need in Northern Michigan for help with heat and electric bills is not letting up. Social service agencies say every year toward the end of winter people come looking for help with massive bills. This year, with rising costs and fewer jobs, the bills are bigger than ever, the number of people in need overwhelming. To top it all off, starting today the state will no longer help with these bills. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Boardman Damn study complicated by lowering water levels (2007-04-20)
Work is continuing for a study of three dams on the Boardman River. But it's being complicated because one of the dams is a public safety threat. And the Department of Environmental Quality wants the pond behind the dam lowered by 17 feet. But as Bob Allen reports, that means the study is dealing with effects on the ground, not just on computer screens.


Area nonprofits to feel state pinch (2007-04-20)
Temperatures may be getting warmer, but need in Northern Michigan for help with heat and electric bills is not letting up. Social service agencies say every year toward the end of winter people come looking for help with massive bills. This year, with rising costs and fewer jobs, the bills are bigger than ever, the number of people in need overwhelming. To top it all off, starting today the state will no longer help with these bills. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


National Cherry Festival (2007-04-20)
Tom Menzel talks about how he's trying to restructure and reposition the festival. Also on the show Ken Homa talks about what may happen to Goodwill's transition house in Traverse City when The Whiting Hotel is sold. And Amanda Danielson talks about the respect left for cigars among food and wine connoisseurs.


Couple tries again to recover money lost in local scam (2007-04-19)
A Northern Michigan couple who lost money in an investment scheme is suing the former employer of Margaret Zimmerman. Zimmerman is behind bars over a scheme that authorities say bilked more than a million dollars from Traverse area seniors. As IPR's Linda Stephan reports, the couple has been trying to recover their money for years.


Mental Health: Breaking the silence (2007-04-18)
About one-in-five Americans will suffer from some form of mental illness in their lifetime, from depression to schizophrenia. But many people who could use counseling or another form of therapy will never ask for it. Part of the problem is that mental illness - has traditionally been shrouded in secrecy. This week on Points North, people in recovery break the silence and speak out about what it's like to have a mental illness, and what it takes to recover.


April 2007 (2007-04-17)
Thanks for checking out this premiere episode of Nature's Call. This month, we'll wander from a Leelanau County swamp to the banks of the Boardman River and to a sugar shack on the Old Mission Peninsula.


Learning Science Part II (2007-04-14)
Governments are NOT the only critics of the traditional science curriculum. Today IPR's Linda Stephan heads back to the science labs - where environmentalists claim there's more to good science education than test scores.


Saturday radio diary (2007-04-14)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, The button.


Foster system pulls out of settlement talks (2007-04-14)
State officials announced this week they've cut off settlement talks with a New York-based organization suing Michigan's foster care system. IPR's Linda Stephan spoke with Department of Human Services Director Marrianne Udow Friday about the lawsuit. She says DHS can't afford the demands of a settlement.


February (2007-04-13)
We will talk to nationally known poet Pattiann Rogers and listen to her read some of her work and we will also be talking to jazz musician and music educator Bill Sears.


March (2007-04-13)
Meet the two winners of the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press competition, Duncan Sprattmoran and Todd Mercer


Learning Science (2007-04-06)
Local school districts are under pressure from Michigan, and the federal government, to do a better job educating students - especially in math and science. Officials say employers are looking for people who can apply math and science in many different contexts. But some say increased pressure to perform on tests - coupled with new state curriculum mandates - can dampen innovation - especially when a district is doing well. From the science classroom - here's IPR's Linda Stephan.


Depressed Moms (2007-04-02)
Mental Health was not mentioned in a study of daycare released this week by the National Institutes of Health. But writer Cari Noga thinks it should have been.


Saturday radio diary (2007-03-31)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, Culinary traditions.


Student campaign targets mental illness (2007-03-30)
A few years ago students in Suttons Bay created an anti-smoking campaign that ended up on billboards all over the state. Now a few students have taken on another project - mental illness. But unlike smoking, mental illness is not well understood, and before the students could start planning their campaign, they had to get rid of their faulty stereotypes. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


America's Global MIlitary Base Structure (2007-03-29)
Rick Straus examines America's world-wide network of military bases and asks whether it remains appropriate to the times and the threats to our security and that of our alies.


Understanding Anti-Americanism (2007-03-29)
Americans have difficulty trying to understand why our effort to bring democracy to Iraq is not welcomed by large majorities among the Arabs in the Middle East. Commentator Rick Straus helps to clarify some of the reasons.


Trust Land Opponents (2007-03-28)
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians are applying to put 145 acres into federal trust near their Turtle Creek casino. They want to diversify their economic base by developing a retail shopping center. But people in two townships spoke against the proposal Monday night. They say it doesn't match their vision for how the area ought to develop. Bob Allen reports.


Great Lakes Fishery (2007-03-26)
Fisheries biologists talk about the dwindling prey fish populations, resurgence of perch and lamprey, overall declines in the productivity of the lakes and other invaders from round goby to alewife.


Saturday radio diary (2007-03-24)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. Today, lifesavers.


Honeybee Die Off (2007-03-23)
Millions of honeybees across the country are dying. Entire hives or colonies of bees are collapsing. Scientists say it's some new threat. And they're scrambling to find answers. As Bob Allen reports, bees are crucial in pollinating billions of dollars worth of crops every spring.


Saturday radio diary (2007-03-17)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. For Today, It's not like the picture.


State prisons may forbid smoking (2007-03-16)
Michigan corrections officials may soon ban prisoners from smoking. The state Corrections Department was way over budget last year. Now - officials are looking for ways to cut back. IPR's Linda Stephan talked with department spokesman Russ Marlan about the different ways the prison system is hoping to control the rising costs of prisoner healthcare.


Whither Traverse City (2007-03-16)
A study of Traverse City's economy confirms the city is doing very well. But it warns the downtown is the victim of its own success and is a tough place to start a retail business.


Leak at Boardman dam latest wrinkle in local controversy (2007-03-16)
A leak at the Boardman Dam is forced Grand Traverse County to lower the level of Keystone Pond. It will remain there as officials deside whether to remove the dam, and drain the pond behind it. IPR's Bob Allen reports.


New efforts fight teen suicide in Wexford and Missaukee counties (2007-03-15)
Starting as early as next month - mental health officials in Wexford and Missaukee counties are rolling out new programs designed to prevent teen suicide. Across the state - suicide rates have held pretty steady for years. But in Wexford and Missaukee last school year -there was a dramatic spike teen suicide.


TCTV2 budget cuts, township pulls funds (2007-03-15)
Starting this summer, Acme residents will no longer be allowed to contribute programs to community access television - TC-TV2. Township officials have voted to stop funding the station until they see significant improvements in how it's run. Long Lake Township may follow suit. Officials there are deadlocked over whether to pay next year's bill. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Saturday radio diary (2007-03-10)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. For Today, Cat sense.


Future of TC Schools (2007-03-09)
Nobody likes to close schools. But Traverse City is talking about closing as many as three. It's one part of a recommendation being drafted by a long-range planning committee. Hear what the recommendations are based on and where it's headed.


Bees MIA/TC Kids Thinning (2007-03-07)
Understanding Colony Collapse Disorder and tamping down obesity in children.


Detection=Protection (2007-03-05)
Plenty of people claim to see cougars, but there's little evidence proving the animals exist out there in any great number.


Saturday radio diary (2007-03-03)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. For Today, Customer service.


Acme Recall (2007-02-23)
A couple of years ago, voters in Acme Township ousted the entire Board of Trustees in a regular election. There was a prevailing feeling then that township officials were too cozy with developers in planning a major shopping center. Now a group of disgruntled voters feels the new Board is obstructing a proposed Meijer sperstore. And they're trying to recall them in a special election next week. Bob Allen reports.


TCAPS Montessori (2007-02-23)
Five years ago Traverse City's Public Montessori School launched with a few dozen students. Next year enrollment could clear 400. Why is this so popular and what does it say about the future of education in the region?


Gifted or Smart? (2007-02-23)
Over-crowding at Central Grade School in Traverse City has brought attention to the magnet programs there, not all of it positive. Six classrooms at Central are used by children from around the district deemed talented and gifted. It's a popular program among the families in it. But some people are questioning the necessity of a separate school for 150 smart kids. Peter Payette reports.


US Could Learn Something from Genghis Khan (2007-02-21)
Should Genghis Khan's takeover of Iraq more than 700 years ago be a model for America's foreign policy of today?


County Rejects Smoking Ban (2007-02-21)
Grand Traverse County Board members yesterday rejected a proposal for a county-wide smoking ban. Traverse City officials are pursuing such an ordinance for workplaces except for bars and restaurants. They say smoking is a health and safety issue. But, as Bob Allen reports, a majority of county officails don't see it that way.


Saturday radio diary (2007-02-17)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. For Today, Vicks Vaporub.


Power of the Purse (2007-02-16)
The Michigan legislature votes next month on a plan to increase the cost of licenses sold to Michigan hunters and fisherman. To head off a 10 million dollar budget shortfall in the DNR's conservation budget, license fees could as much as double this coming year. Commentator Bob Butz wonders where this money is going and, worse, what it says about the power of those managing Michigan's natural resources.


A Conversation with John Dobson (2007-02-16)
Called the Pied Piper of astronomy, John Dobson is visitng Traverse City to share his thoughts on the world, and universe, around us.


Federal ruling's impact on Michigan tribes, unions (2007-02-16)
A federal Appeals Court ruled recently that tribal-run casinos are businesses like any other, and they have to bargain with unions. Tribes have long held that they should have the right to set their own laws governing unions. As Interlochen Public Radio's Linda Stephan tells us, the ruling could influence ongoing labor disputes here in Michigan, in both Mt. Pleasant, and Sault Ste. Marie.


Mental health center offers art show (2007-02-14)
The Benzie Drop-in Center wraps up its first juried art exhibit this week in Frankfort. It's not a typical art gallery - it's a gathering place for people in the county with some form of mental illness - from depression and bipolar disorder, to schizophrenia. But the center director says it's the right space for this exhibit, which focuses on mental illness. IPR's Linda Stephan stopped by the center Monday to take a look at the show.


Mental health center offers art show (2007-02-14)
The Benzie Drop-in Center wraps up its first juried art exhibit this week in Frankfort. It's not a typical art gallery - it's a gathering place for people in the county with some form of mental illness - from depression and bipolar disorder, to schizophrenia. But the center director says it's the right space for this exhibit, which focuses on mental illness. IPR's Linda Stephan stopped by the center Monday to take a look at the show.


What's Public Access Worth? (2007-02-13)
Discussion about the future of TCTV2. Also the future of talented and gifted education in Traverse City.


Saturday radio diary (2007-02-10)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. For Today, Making room.


January (2007-02-10)
Dominic Sondy author of Saigon Shuffle a Viet Nam memoir and poet Florie Alandt talks about her book Eyes of Clear Skys: Memories of WWII


Parents to renew push for traditional math in Traverse City (2007-02-09)
A parents group in Traverse City will meet this month to gather petitions for big changes in the public school math curriculum. Traverse City Area Public Schools was one of the first to start using a new and contentious curriculum in the late 90s. IPR's Linda Stephan reports.


Saturday radio diary (2007-02-03)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. For Today, Practical nursing.


Environmentalists voice concerns about new water withdrawals law (2007-02-02)
The state Department of Environmental Quality is expected to issue a final approval soon for a bottling company to pump water at a site near Evart. Some Environmental groups have voiced strong concerns over the plan. But all parties seem to agree state officials have no choice but to approve it. Interlochen Public Radio's Linda Stephan has the story.


HPV Vaccine (2007-02-02)
Medical research has produced a vaccine that can prevent cervical cancer. It acts against the human papillomavirus that is transmitted by sexual contact. Lawmakers in Michigan are proposing the vaccine be given to girls entering 6th grade. Parents would have the option to refuse it for their children. But some still feel the government is intruding too far into family decisions. A discussion on Points North.


TCAPS Planning (2007-02-02)
Traverse City forum finds strong support for moving 6th grade to the middle schools and 9th grade to the high schools. Participants also favor closing one or two elementary buildings.


U of M Study Locates Parking Deck on Garland (2007-02-01)
Traverse City officials are mulling over a revised proposal for a parking deck on West Front Street. The city has been wrangling over a deck there for more than a year. But a study commissioned by the city suggests building a parking deck at a different location on the west side of town, near the bay. Peter Payette Reports.


Broke Schools (2007-01-30)
Michigan's school aid fund is short at least 300 million. Is structural reform on the horizon? Also interviews about a peregrine falcon perching on the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City and the idea of man-made whitewater on the Boardman River.


Saturday radio diary (2007-01-27)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. For Today, How luck finds me.


DEQ expected to rule on withdrawals for water bottling plant (2007-01-26)
State Department of Environmental Quality officials say they're scrambling to meet Monday's deadline for a final decision on the impacts of water withdrawals at a site near Evart.


Foreclosure auctions (2007-01-26)
Leaders in real estate say the local housing market is expected to remain flat. And the list of foreclosures continues to grow. One of the first steps in a foreclosure is an auction at the county courthouse. There can be some good deals there - but they're coupled with some pretty big risks. IPR's Linda Stephan stopped by a recent auction - and she met a woman who was ready to take that risk.


Benzie's Public Watchdog (2007-01-26)
Eric Vandussen has made an avocation of keeping track of Benzie County Government, especially its law enforcement.


Cherry Climate Research (2007-01-26)
An international study is underway to look at how cherry growres might adapt to changes in climate. Researchers were in northern Michigan this week to talk with growers. They're seeing similar weather changes in both the U.S. and Europe. Warm spikes during winter are making trees more susceptible to damage. Bob Allen reports.


Consultants seek more input on bayfront (2007-01-25)
Traverse City is inching closer to a new design for the downtown bay front. An Ann Arbor firm has been hired to mold student designs drawn last year into a workable plan, to shape how the waterfront will look 50 years from now. Before that's done the consultants plan at least two more public input meetings. IPR's Linda Stephan spoke this week with Doug Denison - a Vice President at the firm JJR. The Ann Arbor man graduated from Traverse City High School in the 70s.


Meijer Rebuffed in Court (2007-01-19)
Circuit Court Judge sides with Acme Township over conditions set for Meijers store.


National Cherry Campaign (2007-01-19)
Five years ago a spring freeze wiped out most of the Michigan tart cherry crop. Since then, growers have been struggling to regain lost markets. Last year, they overwhelmingly agreed to fund their first national marketing campaign. It rolls out with a publicity blitz in New York City next month. Bob Allen reports.


Saturday radio diary (2007-01-13)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. For Today, When its hard to listen...


Property flipping (2007-01-13)
There are a few people who make a living off foreclosed properties by fixing them up and selling again quickly. But Linda Stephan caught up with one property flipper who says this market -- flooded with foreclosures -- has even been bad for his business. The Suttons Bay man has even considered going back to the suit world.


Local students to perform MLK Suite (2007-01-12)
Peter Payette talks with three high school students who will perform a Jeff Haas composition in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday in Traverse City.


Small Town Character (2007-01-12)
After President Gerald Ford's death, he was remembered for his small town character. And everyone knew what we meant. In northern Michigan the same phrase is increasingly used to describe how we want our cities and towns to look and feel. But here concise definitions are hard to come by. What is small town character? And what does it need to be guarded against?


Cougar in the Neighborhood (2007-01-12)
Wildlife biologists say cougars gradually are moving from the Mountain West into Midwestern states. Usually the big cats avoid people. But in one neighborhood north of Traverse City residents say they've spotted a cougar six times in the last two years. And they're worried because the animal appears to be a little too comfortable around them. Bob Allen reports.


Saturday radio diary (2007-01-06)
Hear musings from Traverse City Author Karen Anderson Saturdays on Weekend Edition. For Today, Clean hair.