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Drug Enforcement
4:50 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Money Woes Hamper Drug Enforcement, Prevention In Benzie County

Credit Sarah Esper

Recent deaths in Benzie County from drug overdoses have left the community stunned.

The sheriff has been trying to track down the sources of those drugs. A suspect was arraigned just this week on charges related to an overdose back in February. But the drug community is notoriously tight-lipped and getting at the biggest pushers is a real challenge for law enforcement – especially under the tight budget constraints of Benzie County.

Even In Beulah

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Drug Enforcement
3:54 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Law Enforcement Officials: Clean Out The Medicine Cabinet

People with unused and expired medications can get rid of them through police and sheriff’s departments across the state Saturday. It’s an effort to rid medicine cabinets of expired and unwanted medications that are at risk of being abused or stolen.

Enforcement officials across northern Michigan say drugs are a growing problem, especially prescription opiates and the related street drug heroin.

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The New Jazz Archive
2:08 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Jazz and Comedy

A lot of people probably don't think of jazz as all that funny. But there's more than one way to get a laugh out of all things jazz. In this hour, we’ll talk with stand-up comic Jeff Cesario about how his former life as a jazz musician helps make him a better comedian. And we’ll bring in our jazz historian Lewis Porter to talk about jazz’s vaudeville roots and how jazz lost its sense of humor in the 1950s. That plus a look at jazz prankster Dizzy Gillespie and plenty of  jazz guaranteed to make you smile, are all coming up in this episode of The New Jazz Archive.

Writers & Writing
1:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Michigan Writers on the Air - April 2014

Ann Marie Oomen

Anne-Marie Oomen reflects on coming to literacy in the third grade and her duel careers as a writer and educator. Then she reads from her forthcoming memoir, Love, Sex, and 4-H.

Peter Payette provides a primer on the art of audio storytelling. After a quick survey of the hardware and software requirements, he gets to the bones of writing, recording, and producing memorable stories.  Featured in this segment are audio essays by Emily K. Bright and Nancy Bazilchuk. 

Fleda Brown reads from and comments on the work of contemporary American poet, Maxine Kuman.

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The Environment Report
7:56 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Students celebrate Earth Day by planting sequoia clones

Thousands of cuttings from ancient redwoods grow in a mist chamber at Archangel Ancient Tree Archive in Copemish, Michigan.
Sara Hoover Interlochen Public Radio

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 3:47 pm

Students in northern Michigan are planting clones of ancient sequoias today.

There's a grove of sequoias along the shores of Lake Michigan on the site of a former Morton Salt factory.

Sequoia trees are not native to Michigan, but this grove has grown in Manistee for more than 65 years when they were brought here from the West Coast. Now, those trees are going to take another trip, or their clones will.

Students who attend Interlochen Arts Academy are planting them on campus along Green Lake. The clones are from Archangel Ancient Tree Archive.

David Milarch is the group's co-founder. He says they’re planting clones of redwoods around the world today.

“Ninety-six percent of all of our redwoods have been cut down, butchered and sold,” Milarch says.

Here's a look at how the group collects genetic material from these old growth trees:

Both the Interlochen Center for the Arts and nearby Interlochen State Park have lost many trees recently due to disease and bug infestation.

Head park ranger Chris Stark has mixed feelings about the planting. He'd prefer to plant native varieties, such as the white pine.

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Year-Round School
5:40 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Northern Michigan School District Could Switch To Year-Round Calendar

Credit Baldwin Community Schools

Summer vacation would be cut in half for students in Baldwin under a proposal for year-round school. Other breaks would be longer, however, amounting to the same number of school days in a year.

Baldwin Community Schools could make the switch next fall.

Superintendent Stiles Simmons says kids forget too much over the summer, especially math.

“That’s what we found here in Baldwin,” he says. “Our students are losing well over a month of knowledge and skills in the area of math due to the summer vacation.”

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Around Michigan & State Government
5:37 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Lester Graham's upcoming documentary, "Growing up in Poverty and Pollution"

Brianna Allgood gets a checkup on her asthma.

Children growing up in poverty face huge challenges. One challenge that might not come to the top of the mind, though, is pollution.

As part of Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, reporter Lester Graham spent the past three months exploring the problem.

His documentary, "Growing up in Poverty and Pollution," will air tomorrow at 3 p.m. on Michigan Radio.

Lester joined us today to talk about his project.

*Listen to the audio above.

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Historic Preservation
4:33 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Deal Nixes New Hotel On Mackinac Island

This walkway between the Arnold dock and Main Street will not be overshadowed by a new hotel under a deal signed this week.
Credit Peter Payette

The view of Mackinac Island’s oldest ferry terminal has been protected. Island officials worked out a compromise this week with a developer who wanted to build a new hotel in front of the Arnold Transit dock. It looks like a victory for supporters of new historic protections on Mackinac Island.

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Affirmative Action
5:23 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 8:02 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Lee Bollinger, a former president at the University of Michigan, about Tuesday's ruling. Bollinger was president during two earlier landmark affirmative action cases.

4:17 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

What can Finnish moths tell us about climate change?

Mark Hunter

Today marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. Many consider April 22, 1970 to be the birth of the modern environmental movement.

At that time, Earth Day organizers had an advantage: The environmental problems were highly visible, tangible problems that people came up against in their daily lives, such as toxic effluent from factories spilled into streams and rivers. Kids couldn't swim in lakes and rivers because they were too polluted.  Parks and highways were strewn with trash and air pollution made people sick.

You could draw a direct connection between these problems and the need for environmental action to improve the quality of life for everyone.

Many of today's biggest environmental concerns seem more abstract even though they are perhaps even more threatening than the burning river in Cleveland. Global warming is one example.

That's why a study by our next guest caught our eye. He found that what is happening to moths in Finnish Lapland suggests that we're underestimating the impacts of climate change because much of the harm is hidden from view.

Mark Hunter is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan, and he joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

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