Northern Michigan Arts & Culture

Northern Michigan is a place with incredible natural beauty and varied landscapes. It is also home to the Interlochen Center for the Arts and several other longstanding cultural institutions. Little wonder the region has been so attractive to artists and musicians of all types. Here we bring you those stories. 


6:13 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Don Julin and Billy Strings hit the road

Billy Strings and Don Julin.

If you haven't heard of Don Julin and Billy Strings, then you probably haven't been hanging around Traverse City. 

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9:35 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Morning fun with homelessness

In 2008 a guy nicknamed Tuna worked for the WKLT morning show “Omelette & Friends”. His real name is Daniel Scott Delater.

Delater was an intern for the station, and he willingly took part in various pranks. He ran around the neighborhood wearing a Speedo. He had paintballs shot at him. And he went through a carwash in the back of a pickup truck.

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National Writers Series
10:21 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Brian Castner and Brian Turner

On this program from the National Writers Series, Benjamin Busch talks with Brian Castner and Brian Turner. Brian Castner's book, "The Long Walk," draws on his experience as the commander of an explosive disposal unit in Iraq. Poet and professor Brian Turner's memoir, "My Life As a Foreign Country," retraces his time at war, from pre-deployment, to combat, homecoming, and its aftermath. Castner and Turner talk with former U.S. Marine Corps officer and actor Benjamin Busch, author of the memoir "Dust to Dust."

5:14 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

New book challenges idea that red meat is bad for you

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 3:42 pm

You’ve no doubt heard that eating red meat is not healthy, or that beef production is a big contributor to greenhouse gases. It’s been suggested often that we’d all be better off if we reduced or eliminated beef from our diet.

A new book challenges much of what we’ve been told about raising cattle, and consuming dairy and beef. Defending Beef: the Case for Sustainable Meat Production was written by Nicolette Hahn Niman,  an environmental lawyer and a vegetarian-turned-cattle-rancher. 

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