Points North Points North is a ten-minute weekly show from Interlochen Public Radio where we explore northern Michigan through the news, people and places. The show connects you with life in the region through carefully crafted journalism and sound-rich storytelling.
Points North

Points North

From Interlochen Public Radio

Points North is a ten-minute weekly show from Interlochen Public Radio where we explore northern Michigan through the news, people and places. The show connects you with life in the region through carefully crafted journalism and sound-rich storytelling.

Most Recent Episodes

Connecting to Indigenous ancestors by preserving bulrush weaving

Every spring, Wasson Dillard goes looking for bulrush – a long fragile plant that grows in the wetlands of northern Michigan. She teaches other Indigenous people to harvest, dry and weave the bulrush into mats and baskets, preserving the tradition for future generations.

The creature that took control of the Great Lakes

John Janssen remembers the moment he realized Lake Michigan was about to change.

First came the mice. Then, Lyme disease.

Early in his career, Phil Myers was teaching an ecology course at a research station just south of the Mackinac Bridge, near Pellston.

Points North: Finding the hemlock killer

Last month, a bug the size of a fleck of pepper was found in a hemlock tree in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Points North: Where are all the martens?

There was a plan to release hundreds of pine martens — a slender, furry predator native to the Upper Midwest — in Michigan's lower peninsula over several years.

Points North: A multi-million-dollar fisheries project is suddenly on hold

A years-long effort to build an experimental fish ladder on the Boardman River in Traverse City is in jeopardy. That's all because of a man who decided to sue the city to protect a place he loves.

Points North: A multi-million-dollar fisheries project is suddenly on hold

Points North: Michigan's apolitical conservation legacy

A century ago, Michigan decided politics was not useful for protecting the state's forests, water and wildlife. A commission was set up to manage natural resources without much influence from elected officials.

Points North: Should future plans for Line 5 consider climate change?

The plan to dig a nearly four-mile tunnel underneath the Straits of Mackinac and replace the Line 5 oil and gas pipelines continues to move forward.

Points North: Should future plans for Line 5 consider climate change?

Points North: Winter recreation on a warming planet

Warmer winter temperatures are causing snow totals in many areas around the Great Lakes to drop dramatically. Scientists say a warmer climate means cold and snowy winters will likely become more and more unreliable.

Points North: Winter ice will become a memory on many Michigan lakes

Grand Traverse Bay and inland lakes across Michigan, like Lake Leelanau and Torch Lake, will be ice-free by the end of the century if carbon emissions continue at current levels.

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