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Taylor Wizner

Five years ago, hops were in high demand in Michigan, and more and more farmers started experimenting with the crop. 

However, as beer tastes changed and breweries went looking for the next new thing, many northern Michigan hop farmers have been unable to make ends meet. This year, more than a dozen hop fields throughout the region sit idle as their owners wait for prices to rise or decide to close farms for good.

Players from the Traverse City Pit Spitters celebrate winning the 2019 Northwoods League championship on August 16th, in Traverse City.
Traverse City Pit Spitters

It’s going to be hard to top the season that the Traverse City Pit Spitters had in 2019. Besides winning the Northwoods League title, the team set a new league record with an 18-game winning streak. Looking ahead, general manager Mickey Graham thinks 2020 will be even better.

 


The school year is about to begin in Michigan without contracts between many districts and teachers. That’s because the state Legislature has not adopted a K-12 schools budget to let school boards and teachers unions know how much money they’ll have to work with.

The state attorney general’s new policy about faith-based adoption agencies will be up for debate in federal court.

Classical IPR in Concert: Harlem Quartet 2019

Aug 21, 2019

The Harlem Quartet was founded in 2006 by the Sphinx Organization. Their mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers.

The Harlem Quartet recently performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts. This week on Classical IPR in Concert, you can hear that program.

Tune in this Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon, or listen below at any time.

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The embattled director of the Michigan Civil Rights Department has taken a leave of absence. That’s after Agustin Arbulu resisted calls for him to resign amid findings of misconduct and the Michigan Civil Rights Commission refused to fire him.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are asking a federal judge to toss a challenge the state’s new redistricting law.

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Traverse City nurses in the maternity ward at Munson Medical Center sent a letter to administration expressing dismay with recent schedule changes to their shifts.

Violinist Yesong Sophie Lee is just fifteen years old, and she's already a rising star.

She has won first prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Junior Violin Competition, and she's been a soloist with orchestras including the Seattle Symphony, the London Philharmonia and the Detroit Symphony. She has also appeared on From the Top.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer toured an elementary school in Flint Monday to call attention to the fact that schools have started their academic year, but they don’t know how much financial support to expect from the state.

Noelle Riley

A resolution supporting Enbridge Energy’s proposed tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac will appear before the Grand Traverse County Commissioners Wednesday morning, and it’s almost identical to what three Upper Peninsula counties already passed.

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 Repose airs every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m. See this week's weeknight playlists below.

 

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Follow the Moon as it wanes through the midnight sky this week, and you’ll arrive at the site of a significant celestial event that has occupied and astonished astronomers for centuries.

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This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a weekly program featuring performances from all over the state.

Great Lakes Concerts is produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

Music By Request playlist for August 17, 2019

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Music by Request for August 17 2019

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Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

A federal judge has ruled against the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in a lawsuit to affirm its reservation boundaries.

Michigan State Police

The rescue efforts for a missing boater on Grand Traverse Bay have come to an end.

Officials are now searching for the body of Northport resident Terry Eugene Warren, 57, who went missing Wednesday afternoon after leaving Northport Marina in choppy waters.

Police say they believe he was the sole occupant of the boat and fell overboard. His empty boat beached on shore about two hours after he left the marina. 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lifetime Health Advisory

The first statewide study of PFAS in Michigan’s public water supply came out today.

PFAS are toxic chemicals that can be found in things like firefighting foam, food packaging and other consumer products. They can cause cancer and other health problems.

Approximately 7.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents had their drinking water tested for PFAS.

In Studio A with William Short and Katherine Jordan

Aug 16, 2019

William Short and Katherine Jordan are Interlochen Arts Camp faculty members, professional musicians and music educators. The two married in 2015.

Jordan and Short visited IPR’s Studio A to perform music of Carl Nielsen and talk about balancing two busy careers in a marriage. Hear the entire performance and interview below.

 

Brock Morman engineered this edition of Studio A. Monica Yost provided production assistance.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music for band, orchestra and wind quintet inspired by folk songs and styles from Scotland, England, Spain, Cuba, and the United States.

Listen to the entire episode below.  

Essay: White privilege

Aug 16, 2019

When I was growing up in Grand Rapids in the 1950s, my mother had a “cleaning lady” named Gladys, a soft-spoken colored woman who helped with housework.  I liked Gladys, especially when she made my lunch and cut the sandwiches diagonally.

I hadn’t learned about slavery in America yet and might not have connected that knowledge to Gladys.  But I noticed that when my mother drove her home at the end of the day, Gladys sat in the back seat.  And somehow I knew that was wrong, without knowing how I knew.

A 61-year-old Ionia man will receive $1.3 million from the state.

In 1986, David Gavitt was sentenced to life without parole for three counts of felony murder and one count of arson. But the University of Michigan Innocence Clinic stepped in around 2011. It argued that much of the arson investigation science used against Gavitt at his trial had since been discredited. A court agreed and ordered Gavitt’s release.

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Interlochen Public Radio is proud to welcome Noelle Riley as our next news director. She brings a wealth of editorial experience, a passion for journalism and a strong sense of how to lead a newsroom. 

Formerly the editor of Craig Daily Press in Colorado, Riley led the newspaper to winning numerous awards including overall editorial excellence three times in four years. IPR’s executive director Peter Payette says her high aspirations are what public radio needs.

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A new nonprofit is training citizen scientists to collect data on fish in the Great Lakes, which could be a game changer for research in the region and help prevent the establishment of invasive species.


This Friday, August 16, join your Kids Commute team (Kate Botello and Tony Bero) at Friday Night Live in Traverse City! 

Kate and Tony will be handing out Kids Commute kazoos and giving lessons on how to play them! Think you already know? You might be surprised...

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