Lisa Wozniak
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The 1,4 Dioxane plume emanating from the old Gelman Sciences facility in Scio Township is moving slowly moving towards the Huron River and, if left unchecked, could be dangerous to Ann Arbor's drinking water.  In this month's edition of "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak speaks to Mitch Adelman from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality about what is being done to contain this hazardous situation.


As I wrap up 30 years of jazz radio at WEMU, what strikes me most about this job is the relationships:  with staff members, musicians and you.  A way to celebrate those relationships is to share the studio and time.  That is why I am inviting area musicians to be a “guest DJ” for an hour.  You will learn much about your favorite musicians as they share stories of the music and musicians that inspired them.  Case in point – today’s talk with saxophonist and flutist Doug Horn. 

The Lunch Room

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local food expert and writer Jessica Webster as they talk about the vibrant restaurant scene in Washtenaw County.  This week, they are joined by a special guest, the co-owner of The Lunch Room and the recently opened Detroit Street Filling Station in Ann Arbor, Joel Panozzo.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion sits down with Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins to talk about the movie business and all of the flicks you can check out at your local movie house this weekend.


Lisa Barry

There have been several recent racist incidents on local university campuses and in Ann Arbor.  That, combined with all the troubling news across the country and around the world, made Eastern Michigan University professor Lolita Cummings-Carson decide she wanted to get students involved in performing random acts of kindness to combat evil with good.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry visited her EMU classroom and joined students as they walked around campus looking for ways to share something positive.


Dick Gaskill

Dick Gaskill has been taking pictures of the University of Michigan football team and marching band since 1953 when he was a student and worked for the Michigan Daily.  He has only missed one home game in Ann Arbor in 62 years.

He talks about his many memories and photography experiences with 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry.


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Each week, WEMU is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.  Today, we meet local sculptor and Eastern Michigan University graduate Elize Jekabsen. 


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Back in August of 2017, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners agreed, in principle, to sell a county-owned parcel of land in Ann Arbor for a development to be known as, "Verdian at County Farm."  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks to Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith about how this project will affect Washtenaw County's overall sustainability.


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You may not know it but, when it comes to publishing,  Washtenaw County is one of the biggest and most impactful communities in the country.  A prime example is Thomson-Shore, Inc. in Dexter.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich of The Arts Alliance catch up with the President of the creative publishing house, Kevin Spall. 


EMU Eagles / Eastern Michigan University

From EMUEagles.com: The Eastern Michigan University football team battled hard, but ultimately fell in a 24-20 defeat to the University of Kentucky Saturday evening, Sept. 30, at Kroger Field. EMU and UK were deadlocked at 14 going into the half, but the Eagles were unable to overcome second half miscues in the four-point loss. 

Eastern's (2-2, 0-1 MAC) defense carried the day for the fourth consecutive game, limiting UK's (4-1, 1-1 SEC) offense to 228 yards of total offense, including just 53 on the ground. The Eagles actually out-gained the Wildcats by a final tally of 312-228.

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