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Demand to kill cormorants grows in Great Lakes

There are renewed calls to kill cormorants in the Great Lakes. There are far fewer of these migratory birds left in the region after years of lethal control. But anglers and some congressmen say there are still too many and they eat too many fish. Conflict with these waterbirds is longstanding in coastal communtities where fishing is important and the birds nest by the hundreds or even thousands. In 2004, there were almost 1,800 double-crested cormorant nests on Goose Island, a strip of land...

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The Minnesota Orchestra will play one of its most important gigs of the year this month — at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto, South Africa. In doing so, it will become the first major U.S. orchestra to visit that city. The performance is part of a year of celebrations recognizing the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth. It makes sense for the orchestra to play in the community central to the freedom struggle which brought down apartheid.

Voices of the Boardman River: Hank Bailey

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Naina Rao

Ottawa Indians have been in Northern Michigan for centuries. They witnessed the Ottoway River become the Boardman River when it was renamed by settlers.

When a series of dams was proposed for the river, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians was against it. So when word got out that the city might remove the dams, the tribe jumped at the opportunity to help.

But things didn’t go as smoothly as they expected.

The 2018-2019 school year is just around the corner, and Kids Commute is getting ready to come back with an a new season of episodes to go with it! Come and say hello to your Kids Commute Production Team, Kate Botello and Tony Bero, at Friday Night Live in downtown Traverse City this week. We'll have a table near City Opera House, and will be giving away free kazoos - and a lesson to go with them!

Drop by our table Friday night, August 17th, from 5:30 - 9:00pm. The new season of Kids Commute launches Tuesday, September 4 at 7:40am.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died. She was 76.

Reports of Franklin's declining health began early Monday, with family members confirming that the singer was gravely ill and hospitalized in Detroit.

Jason McKinney

  Jason McKinney is a pianist, oboist, harpist and composer. He is also the founder of the local chamber ensemble Manitou Winds.

 

McKinney recently visited IPR’s Studio A to play some music and talk about the upcoming Manitou Winds concert. He played two excerpts from his own arrangement of O'Carolan's Symphony (George Brabazon and Planxty Burke) and an arrangement of the lullaby "Seoithín Seo Hó."

 

Listen to the entire performance and interview below.

 

Tad Davis

On a sunny summer morning, Jim Munoz is on his charter boat, the Carol Dee. It's a 31-foot Tiara that Jim calls "the pride of the Great Lakes." Jim is wearing a fishing hat – one of those bucket hats that he’s got clipped up on each side. 

He's in his late 70s and has been fishing lake trout and salmon out of Leland for over 40 years. In the summer, he fishes every single day.

“I can’t view this as work,” Jim says. “It is hard physically because of the pace that we keep through the summer.

In Studio A With the Telegraph Quartet

Aug 15, 2018

The Telegraph Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The group was formed in 2013 and was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumberg Chamber Music Award. The Telegraph Quartet has a new CD coming out next month.

They perform and coach chamber music at Interlochen Center for the Arts this week. The Telegraph Quartet visited IPR's Studio A with music by Beethoven, Dvořák and Weinberg. Listen below.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s variations based on original melodies, variations based on medieval music and variations a composer wrote in tribute to a friend. Listen to the entire episode below.

Max Johnston

Traverse City will rely entirely on renewable energy by the year 2040, according to Traverse City Light & Power. TCL&P’s board of directors approved the energy plan at their meeting Tuesday night.

Executive Director Tim Arends says all the city’s non-renewable energy contracts will expire by 2040.

“We’re feeling pretty assured that by then, based on comments from Consumers Energy and DTE that the coal plants we’ve invested in will be shuttered,” Arends said. “The thought is to replace those contracts with renewable energy.”

Larry Nassar’s attempt to have a new judge consider his appeal in Ingham County has been denied. Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

Nassar is working through the appeals process – and he wants to be resentenced. But first he wants a different judge to consider his request for a new sentence. Nassar says Judge Rosemarie Aquilina was not fair and impartial when she sentenced him to up to 175 years in prison.

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