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Endangered Species
1:05 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

DNR: Federal ruling limits options for wolf management

Credit Larry McGahey / USFWS Headquarters

State wildlife officials say they’re disappointed in a court decision that restores federal endangered species protections to the gray wolf in Michigan and other Great Lakes states.

A federal judge ruled Friday that the wolf was improperly removed from the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species list. State wildlife officials say the decision not only blocks future wolf hunt seasons in Michigan, it denies farmers and dog owners the ability to kill wolves that threaten pets and livestock.

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Games & Humor
12:07 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Listen: The Not-So-True Story Of Santa's Naughty-Or-Nice Division

Photo Illustration by NPR

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 3:20 pm

You can listen to our special audio holiday card here.

Santa sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake ... but how does he do it? Sure, the elves lend a hand — but, as it turns out, hours of surveillance video make the job a lot easier.

This year, we present an audio Christmas card to share the real* story on how the North Pole decides who's naughty or nice.

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Arts at Interlochen
12:05 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Sounds of the Season

  Interlochen Arts Academy Symphonic Band and Choir join forces for a concert full of thrilling music for the holidays.  There's plenty here that will move and inspire you, and room for some fun, too! Hosted by IPR's Kate Botello.

Listen online, or at 4:00PM on Christmas Day on Classical IPR. Find our complete lineup of holiday favorites here.

Arts at Interlochen
10:49 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Interlochen poet francine j. harris wins NEA fellowship, talks poetry as 'conversation'

Credit francine j. harris

Award-winning poet francine j. harris says her writing life began in high school, when she started a kind of conversation with her best friend.

Harris says one day her friend asked if she could read a poem she'd written – something she had never done before.

"And it was so weird because I didn't recognize her in it," Harris says.

But it made Harris want to write. She says she called her friend the next day and read her something that she wrote.

"We started doing this back and forth."

Listen to Harris read  "The Fat of the Fog Hovers Over," which she says she wrote about Traverse City.

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1:02 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Long drives continue for most northern Michigan veterans, despite new VA health program

Credit Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center

Veterans in northern Michigan often have to drive a long way to see their doctors. That’s because official VA hospitals are mostly downstate, like the one in Saginaw.

Congress passed legislation over the summer that was meant to change that temporarily. It pays for more local, private care options for those enrolled in health plans through the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

But in Michigan, most veterans don’t qualify under the rules.

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