Happy Halloween, Kids Commuters! It's SPOOKY WEEK!

This week, we're going on a musical mystery treasure hunt for the ancient "Dies Irae" - a Latin chant meaning "Day of Wrath" that shows up in lots of music as a hint of gloom and doom.

We'll have a spooky Quizlet, too!

Congratulations to:

Field Guide: Can woolly bears tell the winter?

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Cheryl Bartz

The National Weather Service says there will be more precipitation than usual this winter, but it can’t say whether it will be a warm or cold winter.


Some people look to nature to predict the winter. That includes looking at the woolly bear caterpillar.


Wooly bears are easy to find this time of year and Cheryl Bartz from our Red Pine Radio group sussed out whether they can predict the weather.




Philip Hutchinson, provided by Terri Wilkerson

A group of tribal citizens and activists have uncovered a potential cultural site at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac from close to 10,000 years ago — the end of the last Ice Age. Researchers say it could be a major archeological find.


But the site is in a precarious place. It straddles Line 5, the oil and gas pipeline, where oil company Enbridge wants to build an underwater tunnel.



Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services is lowering the number of people allowed at indoor gatherings and sending the Traverse City region back to Phase 4 of the MISafeStart Plan. The move comes as the state sees record-high COVID cases.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we get in the Halloween spirit with "Phantasms of a Fevered Imagination." This production of the Old Town Playhouse features classic works of spooky literature, with music by Dr. Cynthia Van Maanen.

Tune in Friday night at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon, or listen any time at the link below!

"Phantasms of a Fevered Imagination" at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records a new video of himself in a different location.

Watch this week's video below - a special spooky edition for Halloween! Do you know where Kevin is? Send us an email at - we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin was playing the guitar at Penn Hall!

This week's video is below - good luck!

GAMEPLAY: Breath of the Wild

Oct 29, 2020
By Source, Fair use: Wikipedia entry

  On GAMEPLAY this week, we’re going to explore the innovative, spacious, and eclectic soundtrack to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a 2017 game release whose original score pays homage to themes from 30 years of series history, while taking the sound of the Zelda franchise in a fresh, new direction.

With regular firearm season starting November 15th, the DNR reports a 17% increase in the number of deer hunting licenses sold so far this year.
David Kenyon / Michigan DNR

There’s been a surge in the number of deer hunting licenses sold in 2020, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. It likely coincides with an overall increase in outdoor recreation during the pandemic.

With regular firearm season starting November 15th, the DNR reports a 17% increase in the number of deer hunting licenses sold so far this year.

Outdoors: Into the Woods

Oct 28, 2020

Halloween is the perfect time to listen to a recording of the musical "Into the Woods."

"You go into the woods / where nothing is clear / where witches, ghosts and wolves appear / into the woods and through the fear / you have to take the journey."

When his fairytale characters go "into the woods," Stephen Sondheim is using the lyrics as a metaphor for a dangerous quest required to make wishes come true.

Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

The race for northern Michigan’s 104th district could decide which party controls the state house.

Air Station Traverse City



About twenty homes with private wells in the Pine Grove neighborhood in Traverse City, just north of Cherry Capital Airport, could have unsafe drinking water. 

Lexi Krupp


Donning face masks that read “FishPass,” tribal leaders, federal representatives, and city officials planted shovels into the earth above the Union Street Dam in Traverse City on Saturday. 

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A lawsuit is challenging the rules ordered by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for partisan poll challengers on Election Day. The complaint filed with the Michigan Court of Claims says distancing and face covering directives will make it too difficult for poll challengers to see what’s going on as voters are checked in at voting sites.

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Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR.

With a Blue Moon at Halloween, followed by a Friday the 13th next month and a Total Solar Eclipse after that, it’s time to take a look at cultural superstitions in relation to the stars.

Featured on today's program was Charles Gounod's Funeral March for a Marionette.  The work gained popularity in the United States during the 1960's as the theme music for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents.  

1.     Paul Dukas, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Jean Fournet

2.     Sir Edward Elgar, Land of Hope and Glory, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Barry Wordsworth

3.     Camille Saint-Saens, arr. Franz Liszt/Vladimir Horowitz, Danse Macabre, Yuga Wang

This program features music that is "petite," "little," "miniature," "small" and, of course, "kleine."

Hear decades of student musicians from Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy perform music of Mozart, Gonoud, Turina, Bach, Haydn and Debussy. 

Essay: Losing My Grandfather

Oct 23, 2020

When I was about fourteen, my grandfather started acting oddly.  He would call my mother to report a strange woman in the house, wondering where his wife had gone.  She wasn’t gone, of course; he just didn’t recognize her.

So my mother would invite her father to our house, then tell him that the strange woman had left and his wife was waiting for him.  I remember watching my grandfather climbing the porch steps to embrace Belle, weeping for joy at her return.  But a few days later, it would start all over again.

Hey Kids Commuters!

You might be noticing lots of campaign advertisements as we head toward the election. Using catchy songs and slogans - and throwing side-eye to your opponents - has been a common campaign tactic throughout history.

This week on Kids Commute, we'll hear catchy campaign songs composed for Presidential candidates from George Washington to Lyndon Johnson.

We'll have an American historical Quizlet for you too!

Congrats to our Quizlet Aces this week:

The cut at this site is called shelter wood. About half the tree canopy was left after harvest. The forest floor was later turned up with construction equipment to allow more seeds to germinate.
Peter Payette / Interlochen Public Radio


Young trees have a tough time growing in many northern Michigan forests. That might sound strange since our region is full of trees, but many hardwood species can’t produce seedlings faster than deer can eat them. On this episode of Points North, hear about an idea to solve this problem that might sound counterintuitive: more aggressive logging.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

The Grand Traverse County jail has had problems for years. Now the captain who ran it faces multiple felony charges. Residents have demanded changes from Sheriff Tom Bensley, who oversees the county jail and is up for re-election against reform candidate Greg Hall.

Halloween is fast approaching, and we have a special playlist for the spooky season.

Classical IPR has curated an eerie playlist to get you in the Halloween mood, or to play in the background for your trick-or-treaters. 

From classic horror movie themes to avant-garde weirdness, we've got all kinds of creepy cuts to chill your bones! Some of these tunes might be too scary for radio!

Listen on demand below.

On Friday, October 23, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the 10 a.m. hour of the program on Classical IPR to hear guitarist Nicholas Goluses play a Fantasie by Fernando Sor in a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

Every week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records a new video of himself in a different location.

Watch this week's video below. Do you know where Kevin is or what instrument he's playing? Send us an email at - we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin was playing the sopranino recorder at the Upton-Morley Pavilion.

This week's video is below - good luck!


Oct 22, 2020
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  When you think of jazz, you might think of big band swing in a ballroom, or enjoying a live combo in a candlelit club with a nice cocktail.


But what about jazz... in a videogame?


This week on GAMEPLAY, we’ll take a look at three very different but equally irresistible jazz-influenced game soundtracks.