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.
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.
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.
This week on the Green Room: A group of young poets are learning from the pain of rejection; plus, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has a massive sculpture exhibit opening at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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:
Rick Pluta explains a Senate bill that would reform Michigan's no-fault insurance system.
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.
Welcome to the Green Room on Interlochen Public Radio, our new weekly arts journal. Join us to hear about the arts, artists, and performance.
This week we hear how an international soccer rivalry led to a culinary showdown in Traverse City. We also talk with a female Cyrano de Bergerac.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Thurber speaks with IPR's David Cassleman.
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.