David Cassleman

Morning Edition Host, Reporter

David Cassleman is a reporter and Morning Edition host for IPR News Radio. He got his start in public radio at WDET in Detroit, and joined Interlochen Public Radio in June 2014. He’s a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Leland Public School isn't afraid of breaking necks or slitting throats, they're performing Sondheim’s dark, Victorian musical Sweeney Todd. Hear why they didn't shy away from the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Plus, who said vinyl is dead? Hear why it’s making a comeback. Also in this episode, we hear from Joshua Davis as he tells us about one of his favorite green rooms.


Peter Payette

On Tuesday, Michigan voters decide whether to raise taxes in the state to pay for roads and bridges. A 'yes' vote on Proposal 1 would raise more than $2 billion in new taxes in 2016.

A 'no' vote would send legislators back to the drawing board.

But while most people in Michigan agree the state needs more money for roads, they aren’t likely to vote yes next week. And the result could be more frustration with state government.


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Many adoptions in Michigan are handled by private agencies – and many of those agencies are religiously affiliated, such as Catholic Charities. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would give these agencies the right to deny service to couples based on its own religious beliefs.

Supporters say the bill would protect these agencies' first amendment rights. But critics say the bill would lead to discrimination against same-sex couples.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Welcome to the Green Room, a weekly arts journal from Interlochen Public Radio. Listen below to this week's episode about the arts, artists and performance.


U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

Lake Michigan is dotted with shipwrecks, and many of them lay in a stretch of water off the coast of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore called the Manitou Passage. The U.S. Coast Guard recently released photographs showing what some of these shipwrecks look like from a helicopter.

Shipwreck hunter and author Ross Richardson says some of the wrecks photographed may have been previously undiscovered.


Automobile insurance rates are expensive in Michigan. The state regularly places in the top ten for highest rates in the country.

But Republicans in Lansing say they have an answer that could lead to lower premiums. The state Senate passed a bill last week that would overhaul Michigan's no-fault insurance system by targeting the way insurers deal with healthcare providers, among other changes.

Rick Pluta, the capitol bureau chief of the Michigan Public Radio Network, explains how the plan would work:


Joffrey Ballet

Welcome to the Green Room, a weekly arts journal from Interlochen Public Radio. Listen below to this week's episode about the arts, artists and performance.


Aaron Selbig

Affordable housing is hard to find up north. If you want a vacation rental for a week, it's not too difficult to find one. But it can be tough to find an apartment or house to rent in the long term, especially if you're lower or middle-income.

And, of course, affordable is a relative term.

Wayne Erreca

Welcome to the Green Room on Interlochen Public Radio, our new weekly arts journal. Join us to hear about the arts, artists, and performance.

Why is it called the Green Room?

A green room is a space where performers hang out between the dressing room and the stage. It's a place to relax, that usually has a couch and some snacks. So think of the Green Room on Interlochen Public Radio as your backstage pass into the world of the arts each week.

Researchers in Traverse City will check a small stream for E. coli this summer.

Mitchell Creek tested positive for high levels of the bacteria in 2009, when scientists with Michigan State University monitored eight sites along the waterway.

Peter Payette

Next month, Michigan voters will decide whether to boost funding for the state’s roads by more than $1 billion.

Decaying roads have dominated headlines in Michigan for more than year, but polling data shows Proposal 1 is likely headed for failure.

An Epic MRA poll from last week showed it trailing among likely voters by a margin of two-to-one.

We hear from Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network about why the measure is unpopular and what alternatives may exist.

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Not even five months after winning a third term, the Michigan republican has made plans to run for a fourth.

“I’m happy to serve the people of northern Michigan if they’ll have me," Benishek told IPR News on Tuesday. "And I’ve decided that I’m going to try to stay a little longer.”

Benishek had made a pledge in 2010 in favor of term limits – saying he supported "a three-term limit on members of Congress."

Faculty at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City will soon begin negotiating contracts through a union. 75 percent of the faculty voted ‘yes’ to join the Michigan Education Association – the state's largest teachers' union.

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Michael Thurber – composer, musician and Interlochen alum – experiments with music. He bends genre, pushing beyond conventional notions of classical music. Oh, and he's a YouTube star.

This week, Thurber will do something he's never done before– debut a piece he's written for a full orchestra. And he'll do it at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, using Interlochen students, and recorded live by NPR's From The Top.


David Cassleman

Children with autism often have trouble speaking – and some never learn to talk. So that means other ways of communication are key for many with an autism spectrum disorder.

“Body language, gestures, pictures” – they are all options according to Christian Denice. He’s a dance choreographer from California debuting a completely original piece at the Interlochen Center for the Arts this weekend.

It’s a piece inspired by the work his mother does with autistic children in California, and he's dedicating the performances to one young woman in particular.


Phil Myers, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

The small population of Michigan rattlesnakes could be sick, according to new research.

Scientists have found snake fungal disease among eastern Massasauga rattlesnakes at three sites in the state, including one near Grayling.

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Monday morning’s low temperatures created a weather event in northern Michigan that you’re more likely to see in the Arctic Circle.

Pillars of light filled the sky early in the morning from a phenomenon called diamond dust. It’s a cloud formation made from ice crystals. 

Linda Stephan

A Traverse City-based program that helps victims of child abuse will expand into another county.

The Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center will partner with the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office and Frankfort Police Department.

David Cassleman

The Beach Boys hit “409” is testament to a time when car culture was king in the United States – only in America could you write a song about an automobile engine.

Now some worry that the age of car culture is ending.

But one of the biggest employers in Traverse City says business is still strong in the world of collector and classic cars. 


  Weather is likely to be especially dangerous overnight in the Grand Traverse Bay region. Grand Traverse Emergency Management asks people to avoid driving or going out unprotected, especially after midnight tonight through mid-Saturday morning.

If there's no other choice, they say to plan ahead layer your clothes and place a small emergency kit, including extra clothes, hats, gloves and blankets in your car.

Snow and winds are expected to intensify overnight, says Andy Sullivan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord.

Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival

Kids can tell a pretty funny joke when given the chance – and they'll have a microphone and an audience this weekend in Traverse City.

Last year the State Theatre hosted a joke contest – just for kids – during the Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival.

The comedy festival returns this weekend, and this year’s kids' joke contest is on Saturday at 2 pm.

Meg Weichman of the Traverse City Film Festival says it was her favorite event from last year's fest.

David Cassleman

Forests in Michigan are under threat – that’s what the state wrote in the report it published last week. There are diseases to worry about and invasive species like the ubiquitous emerald ash borer.

The state and federal governments spend millions in Michigan each year trying to contain these threats. 

But that effort is complicated because most forest land in the state is privately owned.


Traverse City is one of the nation’s most vibrant arts communities, according to new research from Southern Methodist University.

The study ranked the northern Michigan community as number 20 in the nation among small and mid-sized cities.

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.


National Writers Series

A best-selling thriller writer is one of the authors coming to Traverse City during this season’s National Writers Series.

Harlan Coben will appear at the Traverse City Opera House in July. He's one of five writers that the National Writers Series has announced are coming in 2015.

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