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Republicans power through controversial lame duck legislation

Republicans in the state Legislature are trying to increase their power and limit the powers of statewide offices that – come January – will flip to Democrats.

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Pipeline safety board meets for final time

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The board assembled to advise Governor Rick Snyder on pipeline safety in the state of Michigan held its last public meeting Monday. 

The group of environmental and government advisors was created to minimize risks on nearly 400 pipeline-water crossings in the state of Michigan. The board’s most important role was advising the Governor on Line 5, the controversial oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.

Welcome to Day Two of Orff Week with special guest Lynne Tobin on IPR's Kids Commute!

Orff instruments are special musical instruments created just for kids by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman in what they called "Schulwerk." You may be familiar with Orff instruments - you use a lot of them in elementary school music classrooms.

Lynne Tobin is a cellist and music teacher. She'll tell us all about the Orff method and play some of the neat music that goes with it - all of it performed by elementary-aged kids.

Important note, Kids Commuters - this Friday night, December 14th, is Interlochen's "Sounds of the Season" holiday concert. Instead of a Quizlet this week, you can enter to win the opportunity to play the clapper onstage with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Choir during Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride!" The prize includes your star turn and tickets for a couple of your family members to join you at the sold-out concert. Kids Commuter Gwyneth won it last year - will it be you this year? Text the word "sleigh" to 231-237-7482 to be entered in a drawing to win! We'll draw the name and notify the winner on Thursday at noon, so make sure you've got your Friday night clear!

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Today on Stateside, Representative-elect for Michigan's 8th District Elissa Slotkin tells us why she joined 45 fellow freshman House Democrats and signed a letter pushing for change from party leaders. Plus, the president of a coalition of Great Lakes mayors weighs in on the Great Lakes Compact Council's recent announcement that it will change how it reviews water withdrawals. 

Lucy and the sky: this week on The Storyteller's Night Sky

Dec 10, 2018

The Geminid Meteor Shower peaks overnight Thursday, just as Comet Wirtanen is hurtling our way, the closest comet of the last century. 

At the same time, the planet Saturn, ancient guardian of the past, is following the Sun over the western horizon at the end of the day; while Jupiter, who bears the promise of the future, is sweeping into the morning sky at dawn.

8 p.m. performances 12/10/18 through 12/13/18

Dec 10, 2018

Happy Monday, Kids Commuters, and welcome to a new week of episodes!

This week, we're learning about Orff instruments - special musical instruments created just for kids by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman in what they called "Schulwerk." You may be familiar with Orff instruments - you use a lot of them in elementary school music classrooms!

Our special guest is cellist and music teacher, Lynne Tobin. She'll tell us all about the Orff method and play some of the neat music that goes with it!

Important note, Kids Commuters - this Friday night, December 14th, is Interlochen's "Sounds of the Season" holiday concert. Instead of a Quizlet this week, you can enter to win the opportunity to play the clapper onstage with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Choir during Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride!" The prize includes your star turn and tickets for a couple of your family members to join you at the sold-out concert. Kids Commuter Gwyneth won it last year - will it be you this year? Text the word "sleigh" to 231-237-7482 to be entered in a drawing to win! We'll draw the name and notify the winner on Thursday at noon, so make sure you've got your Friday night clear!

Here's today's Kids Commute:


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.

This You Should Know: Cheryl

Dec 7, 2018

Imagine not always being able to recognize the faces of the people in your life.

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