65 episodes

Points North is an award-winning podcast about the land, water, and inhabitants of the Great Lakes.

Through narrative, sound-rich journalism that is deeply rooted in a sense of place, each episode entertains, informs, and surprises listeners everywhere.

Points North Interlochen Public Radio

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    • 5.0 • 148 Ratings

Points North is an award-winning podcast about the land, water, and inhabitants of the Great Lakes.

Through narrative, sound-rich journalism that is deeply rooted in a sense of place, each episode entertains, informs, and surprises listeners everywhere.

    Presenting Out There: Too Good To Be True?

    Presenting Out There: Too Good To Be True?

    Donna Martino stuck a photograph from the newspaper of a handsome kayaker on her fridge. A few months later, Donna matched with the guy on a dating website, and they decided to go out. This story is about what happens when two strangers take a chance on each other.

    • 24 min
    More Than a Filet of Fish

    More Than a Filet of Fish

    Iceland has figured out how to use almost 100% of every fish caught – not just the filet. By making things like durable leather, beauty products, and skin graft bandages, it’s increased the value of an Atlantic cod from about $15 to over $5,000. Can this approach help the struggling Great Lakes fishery?

    • 16 min
    The Quest for Kiyi

    The Quest for Kiyi

    Small, silvery fish called kiyi used to roam the deep, cold waters of nearly every Great Lake. Remnant populations still exist in Lake Superior, and scientists are wondering: Can we find them? And bring them back to the other Great Lakes?

    CREDITS:
    Producer: Ellie Katz
    Host: Dan Wanschura
    Editor: Morgan Springer
    Additional Editing: Dan Wanschura, Peter Payette, Michael Livingston
    Music: Dozer as a Young Man, Cases to Rest, Cherie’s Polvo, The Crisper, Taoudella, by Blue Dot Sessions
    Sound: Underwater_HullCreaking by OhNoBones, underwater ambience by akemov

    For more stories from around the Great Lakes, visit our website at www.pointsnorthpodcast.org

    • 11 min
    Not Always the Apex Predator

    Not Always the Apex Predator

    When hunter Ben Karasch sees something move out of the corner of his eye, he assumes it’s a deer. But as Karasch gets a better look, he realizes it’s not a deer, it’s a cougar. And it’s slowly creeping towards him.

    • 13 min
    Olympic Dream Takes a U.P. Village

    Olympic Dream Takes a U.P. Village

    When U.P. snowboarder Nick Baumgartner lost in a qualifying round at the 2022 Olympics, he broke down on national TV. It was his fourth Olympics, he’d never medaled, and he was 40 years old. He might not get another shot at a medal. But then he got some news.

    • 19 min
    The Legend of Heike's Tombs

    The Legend of Heike's Tombs

    In the mid-1900’s, a man moves to northern Michigan to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. He starts having religious visions and builds big stone monuments to commemorate them. That’s where the story starts to get twisted.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

BW_av ,

Excellent podcast

A range of interesting stories. Well produced. Thank you for the stories of this beautiful region.

Chickadee1031958 ,

Fantastic podcast~!

This is very possibly my favorite podcast~! The stories are well produced & compelling. Thank you & keep up the great work!

Whittbass ,

Left Ohio…

… when I was 9; due to rampant layoffs within the American automotive manufacturing industry in the 80’s. Although I left many friends and family behind; Ohio has always been on my mind. Education and professional aspirations have provided me opportunity to live in different countries around the world; and to purchase a home in Ohio. Currently; my family and I live on the other side of the planet. During every evening dog walk I listen to Points North and feel longing to return to the Great Lakes area. The subject matter of your podcast resonates a deep quality and concern and desire to understand the history of people and the ecology of a region that I took for granted as a child. thank you so much for bringing a peace of our history into the listening scape and providing us all an opportunity to learn about this very diverse and amazing region.

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