New WEMU Features

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the economy. We explore the driving force behind one of state's strongest cultural hubs.
Every Monday morning, the director of the CivCity Initiative and David Fair uncover the various ways residents can become more engaged in Washtenaw County.
We introduce you to some of the unique things that comprise who we are as a community and yet, you may not be at all familiar with them.
The City of Ann Arbor

Hundreds of people gathered in Ann Arbor Sunday to show solidarity with the victims and counterprotesters of Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor was among those in attendance and spoke about it to 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry.


The August primaries are over and the focus shifts to November. That is only a part of the conversation between David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative in the weekly WEMU feature, "Civic Matters." 


Michigan Ladder Company

This week, we launch what will be an occasional series that will introduce you to some of the people, places, and things that help comprise who we are as a community.  These are parts of our community that, in some way, are making a difference, and yet, you may not be at all familiar with them.  That’s why this feature series is called “Hidden in Plain Sight.”

Today, we take you to Michigan Ladder Company.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan spent time with the folks at the Ypsilanti factory that makes products found everywhere from Washtenaw County, to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, to the White House


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Marijuana legalization could be on the 2018 ballot.  But people in law enforcement have concerns about potential consequences.


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A man who appeared to be protesting Saturday with a group of self-proclaimed fascists is accused of killing a woman and injuring multiple others by driving his car into a crowd of marchers in Charlottesville, Va.

Linda Yohn, Music Director for WEMU was named 2017 National Jazz Presenter of the Year by JazzWeek magazine at their annual summit in San Jose, CA, Thursday, August 10.

Grand Rapids
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A report says troubles at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans are largely resolved.


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This week, Art and Soul is about the visual arts in our community.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, vice president of strategic initiatives for the Ann Arbor Art Center and Olivia Guterson. Guterson is a recruiting coordinator for Duo Security in Ann Arbor and also an artist painting a mural in the company's newest location the historic Allmendinger Building on First Street in Ann Arbor.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about all of the films hitting the big screen this weekend.  Plus, Russ talks about an upcoming event starring Michigan-born, B-movie legend, Bruce Campbell!


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President Trump is expected to deploy about 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan and try to tighten expectations on its government and that of neighboring Pakistan, senior U.S. officials tell NPR.

Trump is scheduled to deliver a speech on Monday night outside Washington in which he announces his decision, which follows months of deliberation with top U.S. commanders, political advisers and even enlisted veterans of the nearly 16-year war.

Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe returned home to Harare on Sunday after being granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa, where she is accused of assaulting a young model with an extension cord.

South Africa's foreign minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, signed the notice granting diplomatic immunity, saying she was "acting in the interest" of South Africa in recognizing "the immunities and privileges" of Mugabe.

You probably know the feeling: Sometimes while you're riding through empty city streets at night, wind whipping past as the lamps thread your path forward, it can feel as if the very road is opening up before you.

Here's a feeling you probably don't know: the road literally opening up before you.

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