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Up North Lowdown, Ep. 6: The mystery piano

This week: A conversation with Chasten Buttigieg about growing up — and coming out — in northern Michigan, a piano mysteriously appears in Petoskey, and Stateside host April Baer pays us a visit.

The newest addition to the music scene in Petoskey is a Grinnell Bros. upright piano someone placed in a pedestrian tunnel.


Nobody seems to know. But people are dropping by to play, the city is figuring out what to do with it, and the whole thing has jump started a conversation about public art.

In this episode, we hear about that (and hear the piano itself), as well as a conversation with author and teacher Chasten Buttigieg, who has adapted his memoir for young adults.

And we catch up for a moment with Michigan Radio's April Baer, host of Stateside, about what she's learned by traveling around the state and helping people tell their stories.

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.