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Classical Playlists
1:10 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

PLAY NOW: Road Trip!

Take this playlist with you on your next Road Trip! IPR's Kate Botello has put together nearly 4 hours of music for you to take over the river and through the woods.

Taking a road trip? Change your playlist! We're thinking about you out on those snowy roads for your holiday travels. It's exciting and stressful, we know. What soundtrack can be both calming and stimulating? What could add new color to the landscapes outside your car window?  Kate Botello has put together nearly 4 hours of music designed to surprise and invigorate your road trip. Great for the Classical music fan, or if you're just willing to give Classical a try. Best of all, there's no interruption when you leave our coverage area. You just need your smart phone and the free music sharing app Spotify.

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Vocational Education
11:58 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Aging workforce has employers hunting for the next generation of skilled tradesmen

With tours of local businesses, Michigan Works is attempting to connect high school students with careers in the skilled trades.
Credit Aaron Selbig

As Michigan continues to dig its way out of an economic recession, employers are looking for workers. But in skilled trades like construction and manufacturing, the next generation of workers has yet to come forward.

“Now it’s a situation where the economy’s turned around, there’s a lot of building going on and there’s more work than there is workers,” said Chris Webb, general manager of Team Bob’s Plumbing and Heating in Traverse City.

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6:44 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Whooping cough spreads

Whooping cough has now spread to Kingsley public schools, while Grand Traverse County has confirmed 34 cases.

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5:32 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

A few surprises might await new members of Congress as they move to Washington

U.S. Capitol Building

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 11:02 am

Freshman year in Congress isn't that different from freshman year in college.

Michigan has five new "rookie representatives-elect" that now have to worry about making new friends, finding a place to live, and even taking part in a freshman orientation before they can begin their work.

We talked to Sheryl Gay Stolberg, author of the New York Times piece After Victory Laps, Settling In As Rookies, about what new Congressional members go through during the transition to Washington.

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The Environment Report
3:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Great Lakes invaders go digital

UW-Madison sophomore Alex Idarraga carefully feeds a paper sheet holding a delicate dried plant into a light box. He is photographing the specimen for an online database of Great Lakes invasive species.
David Tenenbaum UW-Madison News

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:16 am

More than 2,500 species of plants, fish and mollusks will be invading the internet soon.

It’s an effort by more than 20 museums and universities around the Great Lakes region (including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Central Michigan University). They’re teaming up to digitize their collections of species that are not native to the Great Lakes.

Ken Cameron directs the Wisconsin State Herbarium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he’s leading the project. He and his collaborators will be pulling fish and mollusks out of jars and taking dried plants out of drawers, taking photos of them, and uploading them to the online collection along with data about the species. He and his colleagues around the region will be doing this for 1.73 million specimens.

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