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Up North Lowdown, Ep. 4: Storms and sculptures

This week: Author Bonnie Garmus tells us about her wildly successful debut novel. Also, the Gaylord tornado in May 2022 was a wake-up call about storm warnings. We hear how a network of spotters is trying to improve the system. Plus, the legacy of a late Interlochen sculptor.

Author Bonnie Garmus comes to Traverse City on May 9 to tell the National Writers Series all about "Lessons in Chemistry."

Her book has been optioned into an Apple TV+ series, set to debut this fall. In this week's episode, we have a good chat about making it big your first time out, Julia Child, and having hope in busy times.

IPR's Michael Livingston tells us all about a network of storm spotters who have made it their mission to improve warning times for severe weather. A year ago, a deadly tornado hit Gaylord, and drove home the importance of having human eyes monitoring the weather.

And we chat with reporter Tyler Thompson about the legacy of Doug Gruizenga, whose enormous aluminum sculptures were a landmark outside his studio in Interlochen. He died last year, but the sculptures — now owned by Green Lake Township — will live on.

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Ed Ronco is IPR's news director.
Max Copeland is the local weekday host of All Things Considered on Interlochen Public Radio and the producer of The Up North Lowdown, IPR’s weekly news podcast.