Peter Payette

News Director

Peter Payette is the News Director at Interlochen Public Radio, the broadcast service owned and operated by the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He manages the news department, has hosted its weekly program Points North, and reports on a wide range of issues critical to the culture and economy of northern Michigan. His work has been featured on NPR and Michigan Radio and in Traverse Magazine. He teaches radio storytelling to students at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He is also working on a book about the use of aquaculture to manage Great Lakes fisheries, particularly the use of salmon from the Pacific Ocean to create a sport fishery in the 1960s.

Peter loves telling stories about northern Michigan and hopes he never has to move away. He has vacationed in Benzie County his entire life. His wife Sarah is his biggest fan. They have three children, Isabelle, Amelia and Emmet, and live happily in Traverse City's Kid's Creek Neighborhood. 

Some of his favorite stories have been about the ongoing search for the wreck of the first schooner to sail the upper Great Lakes, or the prospects for obscure fish in the lakes, and any story that requires some knowledge of the past to understand what is happening today.

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Theatre
9:51 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Extreme Happiness coming to New York

Playwright Francis Ya-Chu Cowhig taught an intermester course at Interlochen this January. Her play "The World of Extreme Happiness" opens in New York in February.
Credit Chris Hintz

The Chinese economy and its rapid expansion is a wonder of the modern world. But its ugly side drives the story in Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s new play.

"The World of Extreme Happiness" opens in New York next month. It’s a dark comedy about the hopes of rural migrants in China whose dreams look rather American.

The hero of the drama, 19-year old Sunny, works as a janitor and wants a promotion. She meets an older worker who explains the power of positive thinking.

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Road Improvements
3:41 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Franz hosts meetings about tax proposal

State Representative Ray Franz held another informational meeting today about the higher sales tax proposed for Michigan.

Franz says voters are being told it will provide more money for roads and bridges, which is true, but he says the higher tax would increase spending in many other areas.

“It adds another $300 million for schools. It adds another $95 million dollars for local government,” Franz says. “Those are all not roads and bridges.”

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Michigan Energy & Environment
1:25 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Companies allowed to secretly drill test wells in Michigan

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 4:09 pm

Residents of northern Michigan got a surprise last summer. They found out some drilling for oil and gas can be done confidentially. That unnerved some people in Emmet County, who now want their local government to do something about it.

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The Environment Report
12:25 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

MSU researchers test way to avoid frost damage in orchards

The cherry blossoms on the right were delayed using a sprayer to keep the buds cool.
Michigan State University

Spring came early in Michigan three years ago — very early — and fruit crops were later wiped out by frost. That has some researchers in Lansing asking if there's a way to delay the spring bloom in a warm year.

It's no secret what cause a cherry or apple blossom to come out in the spring — warmth. So if you want to slow down that process you just spray cold water on the tree.

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Climate Change
4:55 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Researchers have an idea to avoid frost damage in orchards

The cherry blossoms on the right were delayed using a sprayer to keep the buds cool.
Credit Michigan State University

Spring of 2012 came quite early in Michigan and fruit crops were wiped out by frost. That event spurred some researchers in Lansing to ask if there’s a way to delay the spring bloom in a warm year. There is a way and with new technology it might even be affordable for fruit growers.

It’s no secret what causes a cherry or apple blossom to come out in the spring: heat. So if you want to delay that event, you spray cold water on the tree.

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