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Linda Yohn
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To Be Or Not To Bop by Dizzy Gillespie may be the definitive treatise on the life of the legendary trumpeter and the evolution of the jazz form of “Be-bop”.  While Dizzy’s book is essential jazz literature, the new volume Music Is Forever:  Dizzy Gillespie, The Jazz Legend, And Me by Detroiter Dave Usher is a crucial companion to Dizzy Gillespie’s story.

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You’re listening to WEMU right now, but the music, news, and information you’re hearing brings value to your life even when you’re not listening. 

 

Consider your favorite new books and recipes and how you work to improve your local community.  So much of our everyday lives are connected to stories and conversations we hear on WEMU. 

 

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If you gave $150 or more to WEMU this spring, your admission for two is a bonus premium and your name is on the guest list for the Blues Barbecue Thursday, June 11th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. outside at the EMU Convocation Center (In the atrium in case of rain). 

Live  music from Madcat's Midnight Blues Journey, a great barbecue menu that includes ribs, chicken, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, and lots of vegetarian options, plus a cash bar. (Iced tea, lemonade and water are available with the BBQ buffet.)

WEMU is hosting our Jazz  Brunch featuring the trio of Dobbins, Krahnke, and Weed with live music, great food and an awesome view. Don’t forget to bring your friends and family to this special Sunday Brunch!

A gift of $250 gets you entrance for two (plus entrance to our annual Blues Barbecue).

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You probably know that we are in the middle of the Spring Pledge Drive as you've been listening to WEMU this week. This morning, there's approximately $25,000 to raise by 7 pm today keep our weekend pledge free and uninterrupted.  Your gift will help us reach the halfway point of our $100,000 goal. 

 

Mlive reports that eight protesters were arrested during the University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon of the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary, known as BAMN, violently rushed through a table of barricades with chants of "open it up or we'll shut it down."

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It's fundraising time at WEMU and we are asking you to rise to the challenge and help shrink WEMU's pledge drive.  Our goal this spring is $200,000 and here's the deal.  As soon as we reach the midpoint of $100,000 we will stop fundraising until Monday morning.   Just stop entirely.

Courtesy Huron River Watershed Council

The Huron River Watershed Council is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. David Fair talks with Executive Director Laura Rubin about the past, present and future of the organization in this week's 'Issues of the Environment.' 


Clark Terry, Marcus Belgrave
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When NEA Jazz Master, trumpeter Clark Terry passed away on February 21st, 2015, the jazz world was in mourning.  The mourning did not last long however, as tributes to Terry’s ebullient personality, musical mastery and generous nature as a mentor and jazz educator sprang from all around the globe.  I called trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, Detroit’s senior jazz statesman for his thoughts on Clark Terry’s jazz genius.  


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How would you like to help jump start WEMU’s spring pledge drive and see a really great show too?

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents held a special meeting today to announce Kim Schatzel, provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University, will serve as interim president while Eastern conducts a national search for the successor to President Susan Martin. Provost Schatzel will begin her role following President Martin’s announced final day of July 7, 2015.

Rain Garden
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Rain gardens can help reduce the risk of flooding, in an eco-friendly manner.

State lawmakers could rethink how much and what kind of information schools are required to report to the state.

Schools must report financial, academic, and other information. But school groups often complain the number of mandated reports diverts too much time and too many resources away from classroom instruction.

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Even though there are no "teams" from Michigan playing in tonight's  NCAA championship game , the Ann Arbor area will be represented. WEMU's Lisa Barry recently sat down with local, Emmy-winning singer-songwriter David Barrett, to talk about how he connects with the NCAA Championship.

Energy Policy is front and center at the Michigan Capitol, with competing proposals under consideration. Where are we, and where are we headed? Lisa Wozniak seeks answers to those questions from Valerie Bader, the Executive Director for the Michigan Agency for Energy. Listen below. 


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Another week, another edition of 'Cinema Chat' with David Fair and Russ Collins! 


WASHINGTON (AP) — An artist’s foundation is donating $2.5 million as an endowment to expand jazz programming at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The museum will announce Tuesday that artist LeRoy Neiman’s foundation is donating the funds, as well as Neiman’s painting “Big Band.” The colorful, large-scale painting features 18 famous jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

Susan Martin
Eastern Michigan University

In a surprise announcement at a public University Strategic Plan and Financial Update session, Eastern Michigan University President, Susan Martin, stated she will step down, on July 7, 2015, and return to teaching. WEMU's David Fair has a complete interview with President Martin.


Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s open to the idea of the state taking over debt from Detroit Public Schools (DPS).

A long-awaited report released this week by the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren recommended the move. It urges the state to assume hundreds of millions of dollars in DPS debt.

  

Susan Martin
Eastern Michigan University

Dr. Susan Martin is the first-ever female President at Eastern Michigan University. On July 7th, the seventh anniversary of assuming the Presidency, Martin will step away from the job.


Michigan families could lose their cash assistance if one or more of their children persistently miss school. That’s under a bill approved by the state House on Thursday.

The Michigan Department of Human Services (MDHS) already cuts off welfare payments due to child truancy. House Bill 4041 would put that policy into state law.

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The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival is underway and advocates for the arts hit Washington to fight for greater federal support. Those are just a few of the topics highlighted in this week's 'Cinema Chat' with David Fair and Russ Collins. 


Of course there's more than 8 reasons, but here's a fun list of some great things you can find in and around Ypsilanti, from our friends at Visit Ypsi.

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission hopes to help local governments draft non-discrimination laws.

The commission has released a model civil rights ordinance communities can use as a template for their own laws.

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