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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.
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Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy. In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU will explore the people, places and things that serve as the driving force behind one of Michigan's strongest cultural hubs.


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State agencies have weighed in on the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline.


Primary elections day is Tuesday and there are five communities in Washtenaw County headed to the polls. However, turnout is only expected to be in the 12-13 percent range. In this week's edition of "Civic Matters" WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative discuss a variety of issues, including what appears to be a decline in civic engagement. 


A great musician never forgets the early life lessons that shaped them.  Chris Collins, Artistic Director of The Detroit Jazz Festival has never forgotten and now carries on the Detroit jazz tradition of teaching and mentoring the next generations of jazz musicians.  Chris talked with me this morning about what mentoring and creating music with aspiring players means to him.  


WEMU Expands Local Content On Weekdays 

Aug 4, 2017

WEMU is pleased to announce that starting Monday, August 6th, NPR's Morning Edition will be heard for an extra hour each day on the WEMU airwaves.  David Fair will anchor the additional hour of coverage from 9:00 am to 10:00 am with a focus on an expansion of local content.  "Civic Matters" with Mary Morgan will be heard Monday at 9:50 am. Tuesdays at 9:50 am a new feature with Deb Polich, "creative:impact," will explore how the creative industry helps keep our community moving forward. On Wednesday sat 9:50 am you'll get updates on our partnership with Concentrate Media's "On the Ground" project currently underway in Ypsilanti.  Thursday at 9:50 am will feature a replay of our long-time feature, "Cinema Chat".  And "Art and Soul" with Lisa Barry will be replayed Friday mornings at 9:50 am while we work on developing a feature focused on issues important to our community.

There's an emblematic photograph of Herbie Hancock on the back cover of his album Sunlight, which he began recording 40 years ago this month. He's depicted against a red backdrop with a Sennheiser vocoder headset on his cranium, which is bowed in deep focus.

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Michigan would generate 50% of its electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2035 and greatly reduce energy waste under legislation under consideration in Lansing.  The package of bills aims to reduce energy costs, create jobs and build upon recently enacted energy laws.  In this month’s edition on “1st Friday Focus on the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair discusses the issues with the Government Affairs Director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Charlotte Jameson and with 52nd District State Representative Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township), who is a co-sponsor of the house bills. 


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A forward-thinking housing project in Ann Arbor is closer to reality.  The Board of Commissioners this week agreed, in principle, to sell a county-owned parcel of land on Platt Rd. for a development to be known as, "Verdian at County Farm."   WEMU's David Fair delves inside the project with the the driving force behind the project, Matt Grocoff, principal at Thrive Collaborative. 

Eastern Michigan University

To promote diversity and inclusion, Eastern Michigan University is installing new lightpost banners with a specific message on campus and around the City of Ypsilanti.


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One person is dead and at least one other injured after a van rammed into two separate bus shelters in the French port city of Marseille. Authorities say they are not treating the incident as terrorism.

The vehicle hit people waiting at the bus stops a few blocks apart along the city's scenic waterfront.

A police source tells Reuters that the driver has been taken into custody. The 35-year-old suspect has psychological issues and is known to authorities for petty crimes, the source says.

An international air-sea rescue has been launched in waters off Singapore for 10 missing U.S. sailors after a collision between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker.

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