National Writers Series: An evening with John U. Bacon

Dec 8, 2018
Halle Meyers

John U. Bacon is a journalist, commentator and educator, and he’s written books on sports and business. His latest book tells the tale of a historical event that isn’t as well-known as it probably should be: the great Halifax Explosion. In 1917, a French ship carrying volatile explosives was hit by another ship in the harbor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The resulting fire caused the ship to explode, which resulted in a disaster killing and injuring thousands.  John U.

Thanks to listeners in Manistee, Cadillac, Petoskey, Interlochen and many other places for your requests this week. See the complete list of requests below.

1. Gustav Holst, Hammersmith; Eugene Corporon/North Texas Wind Ensemble

2. Leroy Anderson, Christmas Festival; Frederick Fennell/Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra

3. Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is Our God; James Litton/American Boy Choir

4. Leon Boellmann, Suite Gothique; Carlo Curley

5. Sandy Smith, Santa Claus-trophobia; Philip McCann/Sellers Engineering Band

National Writers Series: An evening with Richard Clarke

Dec 7, 2018
Halle Meyers

Over his long career in public service, Richard Clarke has been an adviser to presidents Reagan, Clinton, and both Bushes. His 2004 memoir Against All Enemies was critical of multiple administrations for their lax approach toward counter-terrorism before and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and of the Bush administration’s decision to wage war in Iraq. Richard has also written four fictional thrillers.

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For his multimedia tribute to jazz pioneer and war hero James Reese Europe, Jason Moran doesn't wear his usual performance attire. His wife, the musician Alicia Hall Moran, had some ideas for a more meaningful costume.

"She told me I needed to experience the same weight and pressure Europe and his soldier musicians did when they performed in uniform overseas," says Moran.

Essay: Better Than

Dec 7, 2018

No one used the term “sex education” when I was growing up; in fact, no one used the word “sex.” Whatever information we gathered about this mystery was from glimpses and whispers, from eavesdropping on adults and gossiping with peers.

Welcome to the final day of Erik Satie Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

We hope you've enjoyed this week with the delightfully loony French composer, Erik Satie.

Today, we'll answer our Quizlet, and hear a mini "hunting" piece that Satie wrote...for a crustacean!

KC 259
"Embryon Desséchés  - Popophthalma" ("Dessicated [dried-out] Embryos")
Alexandre Tharaud, pianist

Here's today's Kids Commute:

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’ll look at American dances, folk songs, hymns, and music for an American president. Listen to the episode below.

Episode playlist
Robert Russell Bennett, Suite of Old American Dances
World Youth Symphony Band
Frederick Fennell, conductor
Summer 2004

William Billings, Hopkington, When Jesus Wept and I Am the Rose of Sharon
Interlochen Arts Academy Chorale
Gregg Smith, conductor
May 1977

Grand Traverse County

Noelle Moeggenberg has been appointed Grand Traverse County Prosecutor. Thirteenth Circuit Court Judges Thomas Power and Kevin Elsenheimer announced the selection Thursday.

Moeggenberg takes over for County Prosecutor Bob Cooney, who was elected 86th district court judge this November.

Moeggenberg has worked in the prosecutors office for the last 20 years – most recently as Chief Assistant Prosecutor.

On this edition of Michigan Writers on the Air:  

Lynne Rae Perkins reads from her new children’s book, Secret Sisters of the Salty Shore.

Historian and educator David Harris will share the story of a writing project that spans more than 40 years, Reasoning with Democratic Values.

Anne-Marie Oomen discusses her latest editing project for Wayne State University Press, Elemental: A Collection of Michigan Creative Nonfiction.

Fleda Brown provides an audio essay on poet James Lenfestey.



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