Eric Calabro, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Points North: Outwitting invasives

In some inland lakes invasive plants grow so thick, motor boats get stuck and you can’t fish or swim.

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Today's playlist featured Folk Suite No. 2 by William Grant Still. His career as a composer was comprised of many "firsts." His Symphony No.1  was premiered by Howard Hanson and the Rochester Philharmonic, the first symphony performed by an African-American composer.  In 1936 he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the first African-American to conduct a major symphony orchestra in the United States. The New York City Opera performed his Troubled island, the first opera by an African-American composer. 

Cadenza with Nazani Cassidy: September 25, 2020

Sep 25, 2020

Nazani Cassidy, a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, hosts an hour of contemporary music.  Listen this Friday during the 5 o'clock hour.

Aleksandr Karjaka

Composer, percussionist, producer, drummer and studio musician Clara Warnaar is featured on this week's program.

A 2009 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Warnaar is now based in New York City and has a multifaceted career. 

Essay: Condensing

Sep 25, 2020

In 2003, I was writing a weekly column for the Traverse City Record-Eagle when I received a call from Peter Payette, the news director for Interlochen Public Radio.  He complimented my work and said, “I think your columns could be adapted for radio.”  Was I interested?

  I was very interested.  I knew a lot about newspapers but almost nothing about radio.  The invitation to share my ideas in my own voice was appealing—and also daunting.  What Peter didn’t tell me was that my 700-word columns would need to be shortened to 200 words in order to fit between the NPR news stories.

Linda Stephan / Interlochen Public Radio

Voting by absentee ballot began Thursday in Michigan.

Absentee ballots were put in the mail to people who requested them. Registered voters can also stop by clerks’ offices to fill out their ballots.

Eric Calabro, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy


In some inland lakes invasive plants grow so thick, motor boats get stuck and you can’t fish or swim. 

Today on Stateside, Cornelius Fredrick died after being pinned down by staff members at the residential youth facility where he lived. A Michigan Radio investigation found that there were plenty of warning signs about the facility—and the private company that ran it—in the years leading up to the 16-year-old's death. Plus, the Detroit auto show is being pushed back until the fall of 2021. We'll talk about what that means for the city's economy. 

Screenshot of the MI Safe Start Map on Sept. 24


Cases of COVID-19 in the Traverse City region have been declining this week and the percent of positive tests has also been decreasing.




But public health officials repeat the same refrain: don’t let your guard down. The pandemic is far from over and the upcoming flu season, in-person classes resuming and the cold pushing people in-doors — where risk is higher — remain top of mind.


Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose makes music while he's making his rounds.

Each week, he records a video of himself playing a different instrument in a new location on Interlochen's campus.

Watch this week's video below. Do you know where at Interlochen Kevin is, or what instrument he's playing?

If you know, email us at classicalipr@interlochen.org and you could win a CD!


Sep 24, 2020
By Source, Fair use: Wikipedia entry

  This week on GAMEPLAY: we explore beloved music from one of the most successful fantasy role-playing games of all time: The Elder Scrolls V: SKYRIM!

Millions of gamers have gotten pleasantly lost in this rich wintry world since 2011, with its deep story and detailed history, politics, and mythology that are easily comparable to Game of Thrones or the Lord of the Rings.

This week’s full episode and playlist are available below.


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