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Up North Lowdown, Ep. 29: Down to the river

Left: Northwestern Michigan College student Liam Tank samples a liter of water from the Boardman-Ottaway River. (Photo: Ellie Katz/IPR News)
Top right: Scott Kromer rides his John Deere tractor before giving a guided hay ride on Oct. 12, at Knaebe's Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm near Rogers City. (Photo: Michael Livingston/IPR News)
Bottom right: The families of Donald Crouch and James Earl Jones pose with statues of their relatives. (Photo: Tyler Thompson/IPR News)

This week: Microplastics, mentorship and the proper way to say "mmmunchy."

 Up North Lowdown - Interlochen Public Radio, NPR Network

dWe'll start this week's episode with a story from Ellie Katz about students in a Northwestern Michigan College class who are looking for microplastics.

While it's well-known that microplastics are in many bodies of water, the leader of the project says there hasn't been a good study of the Boardman-Ottaway watershed. They're hoping to build baseline data to help with future studies.

Then we're off to Manistee County, for the dedication of statues in honor of James Earl Jones and his former teacher, Donald Crouch.

We told you about this project a few weeks ago. In this episode, you'll hear from people at the unveiling.

And we'll wrap up with a few moments at an apple orchard, a roundup of the week's headlines, and a little trumpet music. Thanks for listening!

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.