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Up North Lowdown: 50 years of cosmic awe

Left: Bob Moler has spent 50 years talking about astronomy on Interlochen Public Radio. (Photo: Tyler Thompson/IPR News.) Top right: First Lady Jill Biden speaks to visitors of King Orchards in Antrim County. She visited northern Michigan July 3 to open a new campaign office in Traverse City. President Joe Biden visited the farm in a campaign stop in 2020. (Photo: Lauren Rice/WCMU and Traverse City Record-Eagle) Middle right: The Cheboygan Hospice House is located at 722 South Street. The facility is now open under new managment and accepting patients and hiring staff. (Photo: Michael Livingston/IPR News)
Left: Bob Moler has spent 50 years talking about astronomy on Interlochen Public Radio. (Photo: Tyler Thompson/IPR News.)
Top right: First Lady Jill Biden speaks to visitors of King Orchards in Antrim County. She visited northern Michigan July 3 to open a new campaign office in Traverse City. President Joe Biden visited the farm in a campaign stop in 2020. (Photo: Lauren Rice/WCMU and Traverse City Record-Eagle)
Middle right: The Cheboygan Hospice House is located at 722 South Street. The facility is now open under new managment and accepting patients and hiring staff. (Photo: Michael Livingston/IPR News)

This week: Bob Moler has helped IPR listeners perceive the cosmos for 50 years. He talks about turning his teenage curiosity into a lifelong passion for astronomy.

Plus, we hear a story about efforts to maintain residential hospice centers in Cheboygan and the Little Traverse Bay area. And a quick look back at First Lady Jill Biden's visit to northern Michigan, which came as her husband faced pressure to step away from his reelection efforts.

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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.