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Metropolitan Opera
9:19 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Erin Morley as Olympia and Vittorio Grigolo in the title role of Offenbach's "Les Contes d’Hoffmann."
Credit Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, starring Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who is singing his first Met performances of the title role. Baritone Thomas Hampson adds a new role to his extensive repertory as the Four Villains who interfere with Hoffmann’s courtship of four women: the mechanical doll Olympia, sung by soprano Erin Morley; the frail singer Antonia and the self-absorbed diva Stella, both portrayed by soprano Hibla Gerzmava; and the Venetian courtesan Giulietta, sung by mezzo-soprano Christine Rice.

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Stateside
5:27 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

How historic Glen Haven became a ghost town

Former Glen Haven Canning Company building.

Ghost towns don't only belong to the Old West. You can find them scattered all over Michigan, including Glen Haven, located in the Leelanau Peninsula right inside the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Marie Scott is a park ranger in the area. She says the town began before the civil war as a stop for steamers to pick up wood for fuel. As the traffic picked up, it grew from only a dock to a fully functioning town.

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The Environment Report
3:15 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

What will Michigan's energy future look like?

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 12:37 pm

In his State of the State address this week, Governor Snyder said we need a long-term energy policy.

“It needs to be an adaptable policy, because of the lack of federal policy and the challenges of a global marketplace," he said. "We need to focus on important things such as eliminating energy waste, and the conversion from coal to natural gas—an asset of the state of Michigan—and renewables."

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Northern Michigan Elections & Government
2:06 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Northern Michigan's freshmen lawmakers learn the 'intricate stuff' of Lansing

Rep. Lee Chatfield and Rep. Triston Cole

A new session began for state lawmakers last week. 

The newest members of the state House of Representatives and Senate from northern Michigan are settling into new offices and hiring staff, among many other things.

Right now they’re learning about new jobs and about the challenges of getting anything done in Lansing.


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Writers & Writing
11:16 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Michigan Writers on the Air - January 2015

The rapidly changing publishing world—Jerry Dennis, Glen Wolff, and Gail Dennis will explain why they have started their own publishing house, Big Maple Press.

Award winning poet, francine j. harris, reads from her bestselling book, allegiance

Fleda Brown provides an audio essay on one of America’s most beloved poets, Mary Oliver.

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