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Up North Lowdown

Each week, you’ll hear sound-rich stories from northern Michigan, interviews with journalists and newsmakers, and a look at some of the other things making news in our state — all in about 15 minutes. Get the Up North Lowdown, from Interlochen Public Radio.

  • This week: Saving whitefish and what microplastics do to minnows — both important species for the Great Lakes. Also, art and cults. (Two different stories, to be clear.)
  • Are northern Michigan winters always going to be this warm? Ski areas and others are making changes to adapt. Plus: Microplastics, college scuffles, and the headlines.
  • This week: A historic verdict, what a permitting debacle could mean for biodigesters, low pay for child care workers, and we visit with a sculptor in Leelanau County.
  • History has some difficult things to tell us. This week on the Up North Lowdown, two stories about how we remember, heal, and pass our history on to others.
  • This week: Northern Michigan needs housing, but adding it is complicated. And Senate hopefuls weigh in on the environment. Plus, some love for the Lions.
  • This week: Churches look to solar power, and musician Dana Falconberry tells us about how art helped her through cancer treatments.
  • Michigan's Supreme Court hears all about regulating large animal farms. And this year's first big snowfall shows up just in time for a big birthday.