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Irredeemable, episode 3: Tortured choice

(Editor’s note: we recommend you listen to the story.) In March 2001, Fred Williams left his friend Tanya Davis’ house to get groceries. He was 17 and living on the west side of Detroit. Fred says he weighed two options before he left.

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Lake Superior is cold, deep and clear. But it’s no longer the clearest of the Great Lakes.

Lakes Michigan and Huron have gotten clearer, bumping Lake Superior to number three.

Scientists have been able to figure how much clearer by using satellite imagery.

Legislation to nix Driver Responsibility Fees is moving through the state Legislature.

The fees require drivers to pay to get their driver’s license back after getting too many points on their license or committing certain driving offenses.

There’s already a law to phase out the fees completely in 2019. But lawmakers say that’s not soon enough. They want the fee to be gone by October of next year. And they want people that haven’t paid their fees to be forgiven.

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world! 

The music throughout the week will feature children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

Today, we'll hear a beautiful Zulu love song performed by the Children of Agape Choir of South Africa.

Thursday, October 12, 2017, Ep. 28
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Children of Agape Choir of South Africa

 

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Anne Bara

This Sunday afternoon, Encore Winds is presenting a concert called The Spirit of the Land. The concert will feature clarinetist Anne Bara in the Concertino by Carl Maria von Weber. Anne Bara visited Studio A to play some music and discuss the upcoming concert. She was joined by her colleagues from the NEO Trio, pianist and harpist Jason McKinney and flutist Sam Clark.

Steve Carmody, Michigan Radio

A bill in the state Legislature would change how schools teach sex education. The new curriculum would focus on “changing the culture” around sexual assault.
 
“Under the current system, my daughter will be taught where not to walk, what not to wear, where not to leave her drink, while my sons will never be taught not to be perpetrators,” said bill sponsor, state Senator Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing).
 

Welcome to Day Three of Young Voices Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!  

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world.

The music throughout the week will feature children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

Today, we'll travel to Austria to hear the Vienna Boys' Choir perform the, "Chit-Chat" Polka by Johann Strauss II.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Ep. 27
The Tritsch-Tratsch (Chit-Chat) Polka
Vienna Boys' Choir

 

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Lakeland Correctional Facility

 

(Editor’s Note: We recommend you listen to this story.)

Mark Smith was 17 when he shot and killed another teenager. He got the mandatory sentence – life without parole. But that didn’t mean Mark stopped living life.

Twenty years into his incarceration, Mark started corresponding with a straight-laced, Canadian woman named Dawn Dietrich. 

The Michigan Supreme Court has awarded more than three million dollars in grants to circuit courts across the state.

It’s to help pay for the Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program, an intense probation supervision program in the state. The program is for high-risk, felony offenders who have a history of violating the rules of their probation. It offers specialized and structured help so they can finish their probation successfully – and stay out of trouble.

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