Stateside: Doctors call for return to school; a pandemic Nutcracker; Christmas tree business booming

Dec 8, 2020
Originally published on December 9, 2020 12:57 pm

Today on Stateside, a group of Ann Arbor physicians is calling for in-person schooling for the district’s younger students. We speak with a doctor about why he thinks the benefits outweigh the risks. Plus, as holiday traditions are put on hold, a performance of the Nutcracker moves online. And, Christmas tree sales are booming as people look for a slice of normal in 2020. 

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Ann Arbor physicians call for a return to in-person learning for elementary students

  • Dr. Omkar Karthikeyan is an Ann Arbor pediatrician.

Interlochen Arts Academy adapts annual Nutcracker performance for the pandemic


  • Joseph Morrissey is the director of dance at Interlochen Arts Academy.
  • Ava Blain is a dance student at Interlochen Arts Academy.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Christmas tree sales boom as Michiganders seek some holiday joy for a tough year

  • Amy Start is the executive director of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association.
  • Scott Powell is the nursery manager at Dutchman Tree Farms in Manton.
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