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William G. Milliken, Michigan's longest serving governor, is dead at 97

William G. Milliken, who led the state from 1969 to 1983, died on Friday at the age of 97. He was sometimes referred to as Michigan's "gentleman" governor. He is widely remembered as a gracious person, who treated everyone with respect. And he was known for his devotion to the kind of bipartisan leadership that has become increasingly rare in today's divisive political atmosphere. His former policy advisor Bill Rustem described the beliefs that drove Milliken's public life: "The importance of...

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This week marks the anniversary of the death of Tycho Brahe, on October 24 in 1601, the Danish astronomer whose dying wish to his assistant, Johannes Kepler, was something Kepler couldn’t fulfill.

Music by Request playlist for October 19, 2019

Oct 19, 2019
Georgetown University Library

This week's playlist featured music of Margaret Bonds, Louise Shropshire and Florence Price. 

BENTLEY HISTORICAL LIBRARY

William G. Milliken, who led the state from 1969 to 1983, died on Friday at the age of 97. He was sometimes referred to as Michigan's "gentleman" governor.

 

He is widely remembered as a gracious person, who treated everyone with respect. And he was known for his devotion to the kind of bipartisan leadership that has become increasingly rare in today's divisive political atmosphere.

His former policy advisor Bill Rustem described the beliefs that drove Milliken's public life:

New state house legislation would require the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to give residents a five business day notice before conducting aerial sprays. 

The legislation is in response to the state’s use of aerial sprays to kill mosquitoes in an effort to keep Eastern Equine Encephalitis from spreading across Michigan. 

The state has reported five people have died from the virus. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces the new policy change at the Greater Lansing Food Bank.
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Michigan lawmakers want to make it easier for people to apply for public assistance.

Licensed mental health counselors in Michigan will be allowed to continue diagnosing and treating patients under a bill adopted Thursday by the state Senate. The bill is now in its way to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her to sign or veto.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

After weeks of tense meetings, bad blood and tumult on the Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education, the district has a new — albeit interim — Superintendent in Jim Pavelka. He held a short meeting with reporters Friday morning.

Pavelka said School Board President Sue Kelly reached out to him Thursday afternoon, shortly before a board meeting in which previous Superintendent Ann Cardon formally resigned.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’re focusing on the fugue. We’ll hear fugues by composers from Bach to Bright to Weinberger. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Essay: Morning Despair

Oct 18, 2019

On some mornings, I roll out of bed wondering why bother?  Everything seems useless or scary or overwhelming.  Maybe I should just give it up and pull the covers over my head.  “Existential despair,” a counselor called it once.  Anxiety about the purpose of life.

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab

 

This week on Points North, we follow harmful algal blooms to Six Mile Lake and talk to a Traverse City Record-Eagle reporter about septic tank issues. 

 

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