Noelle Bowman

While the repeated use of cloth bags makes them a better choice for the environment, the free throwaway bags at checkout are hard to resist.  Is this really a problem?  In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores why the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is looking into a reusable bag ordinance.

mmm... pie

With the holidays upon us, efforts to eat healthfully become more difficult with all the goodies offered at special dinners and parties.  

Joybox Express
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Earlier this week, drummer Pete Siers and boogie-woogie piano hero Mr. B joined Linda in the WEMU studios to talk about Pete's new record, Flea Circus ahead of their CD release concert Saturday at The Ark, their special friendship and life in general. 

Michigan Theater
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It's a holiday weekend, and there are plenty of movie options for you to choose from! Hitting the theater with family or friends is nice after the Thanksgiving festivities. Sometimes catching a click is the perfect answer when you've had too much of family and friends! Either way, Russ Collins and David Fair cover your options for the extended weekend in WEMU's 'Cinema Chat.' 

Gretchen Driskell
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Removing barriers to citizen science in the name of more and better data about Michigan waterways and watersheds. That's the aim of a bill introduced by Representative Gretchen Driskell. The Saline Democrat says the measure will remove bureaucratic red tape and expensive permitting fees from data collection in our watersheds.

Visit Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Area Convention And Visitors Bureau

The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau needs your help to increase regional tourism. 

Michigan Craft Beer
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While the food takes center stage during Thanksgiving, no meal is truly complete without the right beverage. WEMU's Amanda LeClaire spoke with a local beer geek about how to find the right brew for the holiday.

Michigan Supreme Court

National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families.    

Lisa Barry spoke with state Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack about the court's involvement in educating the public about the adoption process.

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3.6 million Americans are expected to fly this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Ann Arbor District Library

The oldest and smallest branch of the Ann Arbor District Library will closed Friday and won't reopen until next summer for an expansion and renovations.

Public Domain


Prisoner advocates say inmates at the Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti are living in overcrowded conditions.

Lisa Barry

Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre is premiering a new show Called "Why Not Me? A Sammy Davis Jr. Story" starring Sean Blake.  The one man show written by Tim Rhoze runs November 24-December 19, 2015. 

Straight from its critically acclaimed sold-out run in Chicago, the show reveals the man inside the entertainer who became known as "Mr. Wonderful," the greatest entertainer of his time.

89.1 WEMU is pleased to partner with StoryCorps and to announce The Great Thanksgiving ListenOn Thanksgiving weekend, teachers and high school students across the country will use the StoryCorps App to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend, and you can become a part of this project!


A dialogue on institutional racism was held Thursday at Eastern Michigan University. Around two hundred students filled the auditorium at McKenny Hall to take part in the discussion. All Things Considered host Lisa Barry spoke with WEMU reporter Amanda LeClaire about what happened at the event.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

The Washtenaw Metro SWAT team was called to Ypsilanti Township today after a gunman with mental health issues barricaded himself at his house. 

Eastern Michigan University


One week after members of the Black Student Union and other students at Eastern Michigan University walked out of class in a protest against racism on college campuses, officials are holding a forum on the issue at McKenny Hall.

89.1 WEMU and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman. Join us for a 5:01 celebration of music featuring Ann Arbor jazz legend and bassist Ron Brooks for his annual holiday 5:01 Jazz show at Rush Street and a kick off to our 50th Anniversary!

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Should you walk or drive through Ypsilanti, you may come across some new artwork. The murals were created by some of the area's young people to send messages about immigration and African-American History.  We spent time with the artists and has their story in this special feature.

Rick Snyder
Wikipedia Media Commons /

Governor Rick Snyder was the first governor in the nation to speak out on refugees following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut.  And he may have come to regret it as he tries to clarify his position vis a vis what a lot of the nation’s other Republican governors are saying about refugees and immigration.  Rick Pluta explains.

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Some out-state school officials have offered an idea they say would win their support for a plan to rescue Detroit Public Schools.   Jake Neher reports.

Michigan Theater /

Besides some of the big football games involving Michigan teams this weekend, there are plenty of other entertainment options, movies among them. In this week's 'Cinema Chat,' Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins talks with David Fair about what films are available to you.

David Zinn
Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Art comes in many forms.  Some hangs on museum walls to be viewed for centuries. Some is duplicated or turned into posters…and some is sold at auction to collectors.  Then there’s a local artist who creates “unique public art” NOT intended to last long.

  We visited with David Zinn  recently as he created one of those amazing pieces of art-with chalk! 

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Officials in Washtenaw County say they’re prepared for a potential emergency in light of an attack on Washington D.C. threatened by international militants.



Ann Arbor Educational Foundation

Ann Arbor Public Schools got a big gift from the Ann Arbor Educational Foundation. 

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Ann Arbor state Representative Jeff Irwin is pushing measures at the State Capitol to protect the Great Lakes. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment,'  Irwin tells David Fair about his efforts to move an oil pipeline from under the Straits of Mackinac and to better legislate the production, and unintentional disposal, of microbeads into our water system.