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Up North Lowdown, Ep. 36: Court, crude and composers

Come for the updates on two serious stories. Stay for the joyful (and mischievous) chat with famed composer Jerry Bilik.

 Up North Lowdown - Interlochen Public Radio, NPR Network

In an Antrim County courtroom on Thursday, two men were sentenced for roles in the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

And we break down a recent decision to advance the controversial Line 5 tunnel project beneath the Straits of Mackinac, after a crucial — but not final — approval on Dec. 1.

Both are stories you should hear.

But we think you also need to hear from Jerry Bilik this week. In a conversation with IPR's music director, Amanda Sewell, Bilik talks about how his teenage hormones led him to a career in composing. At age 90, he's still at it.

A joyful and entertaining interview, amid a serious week in the news.

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.
Ed Ronco is IPR's news director.