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Grand Traverse Bay and inland lakes across Michigan, like Lake Leelanau and Torch Lake, will be ice-free by the end of the century if carbon emissions continue at current levels. 



Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

Ron Clous, vice chair of the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, showed off a rifle as a constituent voiced concerns about guns during a virtual meeting Wednesday.

Interlochen Public Radio


When COVID-19 surged in the Upper Peninsula in the early winter months, it had a disproportionate impact on first responders, health care and frontline workers and children, according to a recent report.

TC Dance Project summer season going outdoors

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Dance recitals will soon happen outdoors in more northern Michigan Communities. The TC Dance Project is getting a mobile stage after receiving a $33,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.


Co-Founder of the TC Dance Project, Jennifer Lott, spoke with IPR’s Kendra Carr about the start of their moving theatre project and adapting their performances in the face of a pandemic. 

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose - who plays dozens of musical instruments - offers us a challenge.

Kevin plays a mystery instrument...somewhere on the Interlochen campus.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing?

Send the right answer in an e-mail to, and if you're right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played the tenor sax at Sawmill Gate!

Where's Kevin? This week's video is posted below.

Composed by Jeffrey Cobb and with text by Laura Knight Cobb, "The Lesson of the Lark" celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and women's right to vote.

The piece received its world premiere performance online last month. 

This week on Kids Commute, we'll hear Scott Joplin's (almost) lost opera, "Treemonisha!"

Follow along Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m., or listen any time at the links below. We'll have a new Quizlet for you this week, too!

Our cast this week:

Gunther Schuller conducts the Houston Grand Opera and Chorus.

MONISHA: Betty Allen
NED: Willard White
TREEMONISHA: Carmen Balthrop
LUCY: Cora Johnson
REMUS: Curtis Rayam

Outdoors: Unconsidered trifles

Jan 20, 2021
The Urban Nature Enthusiast

In Shakespeare’s "A Winter’s Tale," Autolycus is a rogue, "a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles."

Autolycus was a thief.

Noticing that some birds often snap up unconsidered trifles, British ornithologists, remembering their Shakespeare, called the behavior "autolycism."

Credit Courtesy of Katie Workman

This is the second story in our series, “Our Lives Have Changed” about how the COVID-19 pandemic has re-shaped life in northern Michigan.

Even before COVID-19 spread through Michigan, 30-year-old Ludington resident Katie Workman and her husband, Mike, were looking for someone to watch their kids.




Listen now: Hygge

Jan 19, 2021

"Hygge" is the Danish word for a lifestyle concept that embraces coziness, warmth and familiarity. 

Interlochen Public Radio has created an on-demand playlist of classical music that evokes the concept of hygge.

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Join Classical IPR every weeknight at 10 p.m. for an hour of Repose. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m. See this week's weeknight playlists below.

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Timothy Crane - Sylvan Grove

Joe Bongiorno - First Love

Kim Robertson - Flamorgan's Aire

Wind Machine - Journey Home

Helen Jane Long - Embers

Secret Garden - Adagio

Mars meets Uranus during the first quarter Moon on Wednesday, January 20th, and though we usually describe the planets in relation to the zodiac, I want to talk about the stars lying beneath them right now, which are those of Cetus, the whale, a seemingly unremarkable patch of sky that is related by ancient astrology to impulses arising from the collective unconscious, impulses that are either of great insight, or of chaos.

Music by Request for January 16, 2021

Jan 16, 2021

Classical IPR listeners shared patriotic selections on this week's program, along with pieces from musicals, opera excerpts and folk songs.

Requests included music by Judith Weir, Aaron Copland, Antonín Dvořák, Dobrinka Tabakova and Gaetano Donizetti.


Requesters also asked for specific performances by Canadian Brass, Susan Graham, 2Cellos and Sissel Kyrkjebø.

Morgan Springer

A former jail administrator in Grand Traverse County is headed to prison after receiving a minimum of 16-months in jail for embezzlement and neglect of duty. 

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At a lock and dam site in the suburbs of Chicago, there’s a plan to build a set of booby traps to keep invasive carp from reaching the Great Lakes. 


It would involve a barrier of bubbles, an electric field, underwater speakers, and a price tag of over $800 million dollars. 



Essay: Finding Oak Street

Jan 15, 2021

It was a useless day.  Or, more accurately, it was a day on which I was feeling useless.  Questioning my value, my purpose.   No matter where I turned, nothing turned up.  No redeeming virtues, no significant contributions.  My life seemed like a series of wrong decisions and wasted effort. 

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Founded in 1993, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation seeks to help people in many ways.

The Foundation not only offers grants to support those who need medical and dental care, but it also regularly awards scholarships to music students.

The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Scholarship has supported dozens of Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy students over the past two decades. 

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Welcome to Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!

This week, we’re listening to music by French composer Camille Saint-Saens written in order to cheer himself up after a terrible concert tour in Germany.

Kids Commute host Kate Botello narrates the performance by the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra conducted by Leslie Dunner. We've got a new Quizlet for you this week, too!

Tune in Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m. or listen any time at the links below.

Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata

Jan 14, 2021
Marty Sohl / Met Opera

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s La Traviata, an encore broadcast from last year.

Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak starred as the iconic heroine Violetta, who gives up her life as a courtesan to pursue an enduring love. Tenor Dmytro Popov was the impulsive Alfredo, and baritone Quinn Kelsey sang Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s moralistic father.

Karel Mark Chichon led the Met Orchestra and Chorus in this performance of Verdi’s intimate and heart-rending tragedy.

Each week, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose hangs out somewhere on the Interlochen campus, playing one of the dozens of musical instruments in his bag of tricks.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing? Answer correctly in an e-mail to, and we'll send you a prize!

Last week, Kevin played the Chinese hulusi. He says he was in, "a certain stairwell in TJ that can resonate with specific pitches at various locations."

Where's Kevin this week? Watch the video, below!

Music Spotlight 3 was originally an online concert presented by Interlochen Arts Academy music students this fall. 

On Classical IPR in Concert this week, we'll share their performances! 

The program features brass ensembles, mixed chamber and more. 

Due to COVID-19, a creative approach is necessary for artists to find ways to make music together safely - and our young artists rose to the challenge!

All our performances were in safe, socially-distanced settings.

Recordings in this broadcast were engineered by Michael Culler.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services


Phones ringing non-stop. Websites crashing. Appointment slots filled within hours. Eligible teachers, front line workers, and senior citizens in northern Michigan all want to know when they can get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Outdoors: Monocular vision

Jan 13, 2021

In the European sculpture wing of most art museums, one is confronted with a bewildering assortment of mythological gods and goddesses.

I can usually recognize the Roman god of doors and transitions, Janus, because he has two heads, one looking forward and one looking back.

To see both forward and backward, a double face would be necessary.

Human eyes, located on the very front of face, produce what is known as binocular vision.

On Wednesday, January 21, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the second hour of the program (during the 11 a.m. hour on Classical IPR) to hear the Pacifica Quartet in a recent recital given in Corson Auditorium.

The quartet played Felix Mendelssohn's String Quartet no. 3 (op. 44, no. 1) in D major.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

Sleeping Bear Inn exterior
Balancing Environment and Rehabilitation

A historic Inn located on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will begin renovations in anticipation of a reopening next summer.


The Sleeping Bear Inn was built in the mid-1860’s and closed to the public in the 1970’s.