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Michigan is losing birthing hospitals, parents and kids pay the price

It’s getting harder to find hospitals where women can give birth in Michigan. The number of hospitals with obstetrics care has dropped significantly over the past four decades, and rural areas have been hit the hardest.

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Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton) introduced a bill to legalize stun guns last week. She says it would give women more options for self defense.

"I carry a firearm with me for self-protection, but a lot of women ... aren't comfortable doing that," Hoitenga said.

Unlike tasers stun guns don't fire projectiles and are meant for close proximity.

If the bill passes anyone in the state over 21 could use and possess a stun gun for self-defense. It has been referred to the State House Judiciary Committee.

Stun guns are legal in Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.

Metropolitan Opera 1/19/2019: Pelléas et Mélisande

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PLEASE NOTE: this week's broadcast begins at 12:30 p.m. 

Dave Mertz reaches for a spoonful of chili during The Downtown Chili Cook-Off at the Park Place Hotel.
Dan Wanschura

Last Saturday, nearly 1,600 hungry people stopped by the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City. It was the 28th annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off and this year visitors tasted 20 different varieties from local restaurants. 

Amanda Sewell

TianQi Peng is a sophomore at Interlochen Arts Academy. She studies piano with TJ Lymenstull.

TianQi (Angel) recently visited IPR's Studio A, where she performed music by Beethoven and Chopin.

Besides the beautiful apparition of Venus and Jupiter in the morning sky this week, the thing that will undoubtedly be most talked about is the coming Total Eclipse of the Moon, which will be visible across the United States, reaching maximum totality in the midnight hour of the eastern time zone.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says automotive innovation goes hand-in-hand with Michigan’s efforts to fix its roads. 

KC 271 - "The Spider's Feast" Part Two! Today, a butterfly gets caught in the web. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Appu Shaji, 2008

Welcome back to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! This week, we’re listening to highlights from Albert Roussel’s ballet, “The Spider’s Feast”, written in 1912. Listen to the story develop and after the music, you’ll get a hint at the answer to this week’s Quizlet.

In yesterday’s show, we heard the music that accompanies our garden spider as it builds its web to catch a tasty meal. Today’s show is bad news for butterflies, or rather, one butterfly in particular. Our spider’s web has worked! Listen to the music of a butterfly gracefully flying, then struggling as it realizes it’s stuck in the web.

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"The Spider's Feast"
Albert Roussel
Rotislav Dubsinsky

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Petr Kratochvil

Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR.

8 p.m. performances 1/14/19 through 1/17/19

Jan 14, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 8 p.m. - New York Philharmonic

  • Ravel: Suite from Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose)
  • Barber: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14 (Gil Shaham, violin)
  • Bartok: The Wooden Prince (Complete) (David Robertson, conductor)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 8 p.m. - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Happy Monday, Kids Commuters! It’s a whole new week and a whole new theme for Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. We’re really going to “bug” you this week because this week’s theme is Spider Snack Week! We’ll be listening to highlights from a creepy crawly ballet composed by French composer Albert Roussel titled, “Le Festin de l'araignée”, or “The Spider’s Feast”.

Roussel shrinks us down to bug size so we can watch a day in the life of a spider in a garden, spinning its web, waiting for something tasty to climb into its web. Unfortunately, we won’t have time to hear the entire ballet, but lucky for you, the Kids Commute team has chosen the best parts for you to digest. In today’s show, we’ll hear music that illustrates the spider spinning its web and watching some ants dragging a rose petal. And we wouldn’t dream of forgetting to give you a new quizlet - text us the correct answer and we’ll send you a Kids Commute prize pack!

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The Spider's Feast
Albert Roussel
Rotislav Dubinsky/BBC Philharmonic

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