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Low pay, strict regulations cause 'critical' child care shortage

Child care is hard to find in northern Michigan. Parents face year-long waiting lists to find someone to take care of their infants while they’re at work, and some are resorting to illegal providers they find on Facebook or Craigslist.

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Manistee Building a Bridge to Hollywood

May 5, 2009

<p>Michigan's generous tax credit for Hollywood has attracted a handful of major movie productions to the state. But Michigan has little in the way of studio facilities to offer filmakers. But some towns are catching up and Manistee is out in front of everybody.</p>

Points North "The Grand Vision"

May 1, 2009

<p>This week, the Grand Vision makes the first big pitch to government officials throughout the region to get on board.  The participation of local governments is crucial and there are many.   If they don’t buy in, the million-dollar vision for the Grand Traverse region will be a vapor.  On Points North we’ll consider why it’s tough to make plans for the future in Michigan communities.   Also, before Timothy McVeigh, before Ted Kaczynski there was Andrew Kehoe from Bath, Michigan, modern America’s first suicide bomber and mass murderer.</p>

Points North "The Grand Vision"

May 1, 2009

<p>This week, the Grand Vision makes the first big pitch to government officials throughout the region to get on board.  The participation of local governments is crucial and there are many.   If they don’t buy in, the million-dollar vision for the Grand Traverse region will be a vapor.  On Points North we’ll consider why it’s tough to make plans for the future in Michigan communities.   Also, before Timothy McVeigh, before Ted Kaczynski there was Andrew Kehoe from Bath, Michigan, modern America’s first suicide bomber and mass murderer.</p>

IPR News: Baldwin Cafeteria

Apr 30, 2009

This week IPR has taken a peak at Baldwin from inside the classroom. Even in good times, unemployment is consistently high in Lake County, as is illiteracy, and poverty. But this is also a community with a rich sense of identity tied to a special history – as a once-booming vacation spot for wealthy Black Americans. Listen in to the high school cafeteria, a racially diverse place with a bit of an inferiority complex, and a whole lot of school pride.

IPR News: Baldwin Early Education

Apr 30, 2009

Times are tough all over Michigan, but times always seem to be tough in Lake County. This week IPR travels to Baldwin, to a community school where nearly all the students are poor, and one-in-five adults in the community have no high school diploma. The dream in Baldwin is to make the school district the exception: a school that’s both high poverty, and high performing. There are no silver bullets – just high hopes, and well-researched trial and error. IPR’s Linda Stephan produced this report.

IPR News: Baldwin Adult Education

Apr 30, 2009

Times are tough all over Michigan, but times always seem to be tough in Lake County. This week on Interlochen Public Radio we travel to Baldwin, a community with literacy rates estimated to rival Detroit. In Lake, the number of people in poverty mirrors the number of people who don’t have a 12th grade education. IPR’s Linda Stephan starts the series by visiting a group of adults determined to rise above those statistics. They’re going back to school.

Michigan Writers on the Air: April 2009

Apr 27, 2009

<p>Can you imagine the pain and anxiety caused by having two teenage children run away for months or years at a time? This week on Michigan Writers, Debra Gwartney will read from and talk about her bestselling new book: <em>Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters</em>. On a lighter note, we will celebrate National Poetry Month with Fleda Brown, Anne-Marie Oomen, Doug Stanton, and Jenny Robertson.</p>

Michigan Writers on the Air: April 2009

Apr 27, 2009

<p>Can you imagine the pain and anxiety caused by having two teenage children run away for months or years at a time? This week on Michigan Writers, Debra Gwartney will read from and talk about her bestselling new book: <em>Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters</em>. On a lighter note, we will celebrate National Poetry Month with Fleda Brown, Anne-Marie Oomen, Doug Stanton, and Jenny Robertson.</p>

Skeptics Emerge Over ArtPrize Competition

Apr 24, 2009

<p>It was announced yesterday that downtown Grand Rapids will host an annual competitive art fair called "ArtPrize." </p> <p>ArtPrize will turn 3 square miles of downtown Grand Rapids into an art gallery this fall. It will award the winner a quarter of a million dollars. The public will decide the winners by texting on their cell phones or by voting online. Not all artists like the rules and voting method for the new competition, including Northern Michigan Artist Richard Kooyman, who spoke with IPR's Brad Aspey.</p>

Points North: "Boardman River"

Apr 24, 2009

<p>The Boardman River is one of Michigan's most popular fishing spots. But the watershed has for decades been shaped by the presence of three aging dams. Now Traverse City and Grand Traverse County have decided to remove the dams. One of the big debates will be over what kind of fish should live in it. Also on the show today, we'll revisit last week's discussion about problems with Michigan's child protection system. The head of a family services agency will answer the critics.</p>

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