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Points North

Points North, Ep. 14: Seniority on the road

Max Johnston
Interlochen Public Radio
Ted Beiderwieden drives to Interlochen Public Radio on most weekdays to volunteer for the classical music station.

This week on Points North, elderly drivers in Grand Traverse County get in car accidents at a higher rate than most other Michigan counties. We explore the challenges of giving up the keys.


Finding the middle road between freedom and safety for older drivers

Credit Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio
Interlochen Public Radio

There are more than 1.2 million drivers over the age of 65 in Michigan, and statistically they are safe on the road. But a county in northern Michigan has one of the highest rates of car accidents for senior citizens.

Hear about the debate over when to give up the keys.


New USGS data shows how much of Michigan is forested, urban and more

Credit USGS
The U.S. Geological Survey just released the latest version of the National Land Cover Database.

Every few years, the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners release an updated version of the “National Land Cover Database." It shows how land coverage has changed, including forests, development and agriculture. The latest data describes land cover in 2016.

Learn how coverage has changed in Michigan.


We want to hear from you:

A recent report from the United Nations found that more than one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. 

How far do you think people should go to protect animals and plants? Should we do more to protect species? Should we let things play out? Or are conservation efforts getting in the way of your livelihood?

Call us with a comment at 231-276-4444, email a voice memo to ipr@interlochen.org or comment below.

Morgan Springer is a contributing editor and producer at Interlochen Public Radio. She previously worked for the New England News Collaborative as the host/producer of NEXT, the weekly show which aired on six public radio station in the region.