Ben Thorp


Ben grew up listening to WCMU and has become an obsessive of podcasts, radio, and the home life of Ira Glass. Ben joined WCMU in December, 2015 as a general assignment reporter. Since then, Ben has won multiple statewide awards for his reporting efforts, and had several stories aired nationally on NPR's 'Morning Edition' and 'All Things Considered.'

Ben is a native of Petoskey, and graduated from Michigan State University in 2014.

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United Soybean Board

A new study on the impact corporate funding on public trust in research may have broad implications for the future of research funding.

The study, based at Michigan State University, found that corporate backing of research could completely undermine the perceived credibility of that research, particularly in research looking at health risks.

John Besley is the lead author on the study. He said the study focused on research where people perceive a greater risk.

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A shipwreck along the shores of Ludington State Park  has left park workers and volunteers scrambling to get the shore as debris-free as possible before the summer.

The 76 foot pleasure boat ran aground after taking on water on April 15th. After a week the ship collapsed under heavy waves during a storm on April 21st.

Jim Gallie is with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He said Coast Guard and local staff have been involved in cleanup efforts.

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A case against the state of Michigan will determine whether tax dollars can be used to support private schools.

At stake is a two-and-a-half million dollar allocation in the state budget.

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A civil rights groups filed suit filed against the Michigan Secretary of State last week.

The suit argues it is unconstitutional to suspend the licenses of drivers who can’t afford to pay their fines.

Phil Telfeyan is the Executive Director of  Washington DC based, Equal Justice Under Law, which filed the suit.

He said the state routinely adds on late fees and fines and eventually suspends the license of someone who can’t pay.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

A new proposal from the Michigan Department of Resources has gotten pushback from recreational fishers who say it could endanger walleye populations in the Great Lakes.

The proposal makes broad changes to Michigan commercial fishing licences updating things from fees and fines to regulations.

The part of the proposal getting pushback is a provision to allow commercial fishers to take walleye out of the Great Lakes.