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"Me too."

Just two words are being used on social media as a way for women--and some men--to share that they've been sexually harassed or assaulted.  It's a national conversation that began following the growing number of complaints of sexual harassment or abuse against Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Barbara Niess-May, the executive director of Safe House Center, which provides support for women who've been abused, about the discussion in Washtenaw County.


From October 11th-14th, Americans for the Arts held its Executive Leadership Forum in Toledo, Ohio.  Arts organizations from around the country were represented to discuss successes and challenges in furthering the creative industries.  Get an inside look as to what lessons were learned and can be put to use in Ann Arbor and southeast Michigan.  Deb Polich is President and CEO of the Arts Alliance, WEMU's partner in "creative:impact," and she shares her experiences at the forum with our own David Fair. 


Amazon
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The retail giant Amazon is looking for a second home.  And that could mean thousands of jobs, and a new economic anchor for a city.  But cities like Denver and Atlanta are competing, but as we hear from Rick Pluta, leaders in some smaller cities think they have a shot – if only they can get Amazon’s attention.


Kristy Etue
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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s close to a final decision on what disciplinary action – if any – will be taken against the leader of the Michigan State Police over a controversial Facebook post. 

New Partnership To Work Toward A Cleaner Lake Erie

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Lake Erie
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A new partnership has a plan to keep Lake Erie clean.  The MI CLEAR group is made up of farmers, conservationists, environmental leaders, and more.  Those groups are teaming up with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.


Health Care
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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s concerned that President Trump’s decision to end subsidies that help low-income families pay for health insurance could make rates unaffordable.


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Governor Rick Snyder was joined by representatives from 15 Michigan colleges and universities today at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township.  They gathered to make an announcement.


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor.  Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.


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Nicola’s Books presents CNN’s Van Jones on Tuesday, October 17th at 7:30 PM at the Rogel Ballroom at the Michigan Union.  Tickets must be purchased for this event.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to him in advance of his local appearance.


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There is no doubt that Washtenaw County has many historic and beautiful buildings.  But have you ever wondered who helps keep those structures looking the way they do?  As part of our "Hidden in Plain Sight" series, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan interviewed workers who do just that.


Athletics / Eastern Michigan University

From EMUEagles.com: he Eastern Michigan University football team dropped another heartbreaking one-possession contest, this time by one point, 28-27, to Army West Point Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14, at Michie Stadium. The Eagles scored with less than a minute left to go down one, but the two-point conversion was stopped just an inch short to deal EMU its fourth straight close loss of the season.

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A controversial trip taken to China by City of Ypsilanti officials has placed a dark cloud over a potential $300 million project they're considering from a foreign investor. 

 


Huron River Watershed Council

You may drive by it, kayak or fish in it, but have you ever thought about how much the Huron River is worth to the local economy?  A new report has been released that puts a price tag on that and 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Elizabeth Riggs, deputy director of the Huron River Watershed Council about the new findings.


Today would have been the great pianist Art Tatum's 108th birthday.  WEMU celebrated his birth in 1909 with Dr. Imelda Hunt, author Does A Genius? - A Tribute To Art Tatum.  Dr. Hunt is a new faculty member of the Department of Africology and African Studies at Eastern Michigan University.  She brings a deep understanding of African-Americans in the midwest including her hometown of Toledo, Ohio -  also Art Tatum's hometown.  Dr. Hunt's research revealed Art Tatum's neighborhood, the legendary department stores, dance halls, and nightclubs where he performed and details about his loving and supportive family.   Dr. Hunt also shared how the experience of listening to Art Tatum's brilliant music inspired her to write many poems, two of which she shared in conversation.  Enjoy the genius of Art Tatum and a heartfelt appreciation from Dr. Imelda Hunt.

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Several thousand women are gathering Saturday, October 14th in Ypsilanti to try and set a new Guinness Book of World Record for the most Rosie The Riveters in one place since World War II.

The original Rosie the Riveter worked at the Willow Run Aircraft Factory, building B-24 bombers for the Air Force.  A new world record of the most Rosie the Riveters in one place is being attempted Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center this Saturday.

89.1’s Lisa Barry speaks with 94-year-old Georgia Labunes of Ann Arbor, one of the real-life Rosies attempting to break the record.


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This week, Art and Soul is about the visual arts in Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry speaks with Omari Rush, executive director of Culture Source.  They talk about arts events in Washtenaw County and the shape of the arts in Southeastern Michigan.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about all of the new and returning films coming to theaters this weekend.  Plus, there's a huge update on the State Theatre renovation project!


Lisa Barry

Anne Dickerson is a professor and director of research for the Older Adult Driver Initiative at East Carolina University and spoke about the safety and planning necessary for older and aging drivers at Eastern Michigan University.

She talked with 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry about how we can keep older adults on the road as long as possible and how to keep them safe.


The City of Ypsilanti

Metro Times reporter Tom Perkins has been closely following the proposed international development for Ypsilanti's Water Street property.  He talks about a recent Ypsilanti City Council hearing on the controversy surrounding who paid for a trip by four city officials who recently went to China.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with Perkins about where things stand and what comes next.


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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, they talk about Ypsilanti's progress in improving and expanding its public housing system.


Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor has always championed public transportation, due to its benefits for the environment.  But certain standards still must be met.   In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Eli Cooper, Transportation Manager for the City of Ann Arbor, about an environmental assessment report on a proposed train depot for Ann Arbor.


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In this week's "creative: impact," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Arts Alliance president Deb Polich sit down with Aileen Rohwer, who is executive director of Great Lakes Performing Artists Associatesa nonprofit agency that represents artists and venues in the Great Lakes region.


SEEUS / Eastern Michigan University

SEEUS (Students Eyes and Ears for University Safety) provided more than 13,000 escorted trips in and around Eastern Michigan University's campus last year.  Patrick Campion sits down with Sergeant Joe Torres from EMU's Department of Public Safety along with Vonzeka "Zeke" Lipscomb, student SEEUS supervisor, to talk about how SEEUS works, what services they provide on campus, and how you can take advantage of their offerings.  


Athletics / Eastern Michigan University

From EMUEagles.com: For the third consecutive week, the Eastern Michigan University football team dropped a game by a single possession as it fell to Mid-American Conference West Division rival the University of Toledo, 20-15, Saturday afternoon, Oct. 7, inside the Glass Bowl. The Eagles (2-3, 0-2 MAC) had the ball down five with a minute to play, but a Rockets' (4-1, 1-0 MAC) interception sealed the five-point defeat.

Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor.  Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.


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