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Eastern Michigan University entered into an agreement with Academic Partnerships last November to market "online only" degree programs.  Since then, the contract and its possible ramifications on the students and teaching staff at EMU have become the source of a large amount of scrutiny.  The issues raised by faculty and lecturers' unions on campus (and at the center of an ongoing arbitration) have recently garnered national attention as they embark on an ad campaign geared towards a "pause" in the agreement.  WEMU will offer ongoing coverage of the issue and revealed, this morning, that we are working on a comprehensive "special report" on the matter.


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On this week’s "Art & Soul - The Art of Well Being," 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks to Paulette Grotrian, local mindfulness teacher and one of the founders of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness.

Grotrian talks about the qualities and attitudes of mindfulness, including patience, letting go, acceptance, non-striving, non-judgment, trust, beginner’s mind, compassion, generosity, and gratitude.


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The Ann Arbor Summer Festival Board of Trustees has announced that Mike Michelon has been appointed as the new Executive Director, effective immediately.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to him about his new position and what lies ahead for the Summer Festival.


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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the new flicks you can check out this weekend.  Plus, get the latest update on the State Theatre's upcoming grand reopening!


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One of the busiest stretches of freeway outside of Metro Detroit is US-23 north of Ann Arbor.  Work on a new "Flex Route" to ease some of that congestion has been underway for a year and finally opened for limited use on Wednesday.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson Kari Arend who gives an update on the progress of the Flex Route opening.


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On this week's "On the Ground Ypsi," Patrick Campion leads a discussion on the potential impact the American Center for Mobility could have on Ypsilanti Township's West Willow Neighborhood.  Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media and Alex Thomas, a West Willow resident, join him to talk about the past, present, and possible future of the neighborhood that sits just outside the ongoing construction at the ACM.


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Usually when medications expire, people pour them down the drain and flush them down the toilet.  But studies have shown that trace elements of those medications end up in our drinking water.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Environmental Program Supervisor Jeff Krcmarik about the safest and healthiest ways to dispose of prescription drugs.


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Ann Arbor Police just wrapped up a special 5-month enforcement of pedestrian crosswalk safety in the city.

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'Tis the season, as they say.  Thanksgiving is around the corner and just a little further down the road we hit the holiday season.  The festive spirit is already growing and you've likely seen that reflected in the windows of a growing number of business is Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County and parts of southeast Michigan.  Much of what you see is the work of a group of local artists that call themselves, the Novemberistas.  Mary Thiefels is owner and founder of TreeTown Murals in Ann Arbor and, whether you know it or not, you've driven by her outdoor murals for years!  In this week's edition of WEMU's "creative:impact," Mary shares the story of the Novemberistas, and more. 


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A Washtenaw County church is taking steps to improve its security measures after a gunman killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
 


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State officials say they’re growing increasingly frustrated as Enbridge Energy reports new spots where Line Five has exposed metal.  Line Five runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Huron and Michigan.


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A new face will grace the walls of the State Capitol


Catch a brief wrap-up of the November 7th elections, a look ahead to the release of a public survey on policing and community relations in Ann Arbor and important information on how to safely dispose of your home toxics.   It's all a part of the conversation between WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan on this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 


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The Ann Arbor area is often noted for academia and art, football, and food, but did you know it’s also home to a tortilla factory?

As part of our “Hidden In Plain Sight” series, 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to Pittsfield Township just outside of Ann Arbor where tasty tortillas and chips are made from one simple ingredient.


After a year of construction on US-23, the Flex Route project between Ann Arbor and Brighton is expected to open this week. 

 


Lawmakers Step In On School Mascot Issue

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Democrats in Lansing want to make schools get rid of mascots that may be considered racially insensitive. 


  #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, ##GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

To wrap up our 40 Years of Jazz celebration, WEMU is inviting area musicians and jazz fans to come in the studio and be a Guest DJ.  Today’s guest was drummer Sean Dobbins.  Sean remembers years ago when his main musical mentor, trumpeter, and teacher Louis Smith told Sean to listen to WEMU to hear more of the music he wanted to play.  WEMU has been a big part of Sean’s life and Sean has been a big player in our sound and programming for years.  

Winter Art Tour

On this week’s "Art & Soul," 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to Omari Rush, the executive director of CultureSource, and Cara Rosaen, the lead organizer of the Winter Art Tour, which is happening the weekend of December 8-10 in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

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The Michigan State Senate voted to allow those who obtain enhanced concealed pistol licenses to carry them in places that are normally considered no-gun zones, such as schools and churches.  The vote was 25-12.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry speaks with one of the Senators who voted no on the measure, Rebekah Warren.


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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the new films you can catch on the silver screen this weekend.


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The mayors of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti shared updates on their cities during an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber gathering Wednesday.

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Creating a more effective way of utilizing the sheriff's office in the larger countywide effort to deal with mental illness.  That is a more attainable goal following passage of the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and Public Safety millage on Tuesday.  Sheriff Jerry Clayton joined 89.1 WEMU's David Fair for a look ahead. 


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Wednesday morning seemed just a bit brighter for Scott Menzel.  The WISD Superintendent headed to work knowing a vast majority of voters, in the nine public school districts in Washtenaw County, renewed support for a tax levy to support special education services. 


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Each week, WEMU's Patrick Campion is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.  Today, they look at the good works, successes and ongoing challenges at Eastern Michigan University's Autism Collaborative Center


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