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"Our best musicians in the jazz tradition were radical imaginers," Samora Pinderhughes says. A pianist and composer in his mid-20s, he has asserted his connection to that lineage with The Transformations Suite, an earnest and ambitious new work combining music, words and visuals.

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This week, host Jeremy Baldwin welcomes singer/songwriter Danny Kroha to the WEMU studios for a live interview and performance live starting at 4pm this Saturday.

Ypsilanti March
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When the Women’s March on Washington was announced, a pair of Ypsilanti women decided they needed to make a call for unity here at home.  One black, one white, and both pregnant and worried what kind of world their children would be born to.  Desirae Simmons and Mariah Zeisberg made the call to the community to join them, and the event was born.  One of the respondents was Erica Cavell.  Erica took on the role as a member of the steering committee for the Ypsilanti March.  She joined WEMU’s David Fair this morning to talk more about it.


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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and many of his Republican colleagues are, again, pushing an agenda that would include de-funding Planned Parenthood.  The effort is nothing new, but now there is a new, and unpredictable, president assuming power. 89-1 WEMU’s David Fair looks into the situation with the President of Planned Parenthood of Michigan, Lori Carpentier.  


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Hundreds of thousands are expected to attend Saturday’s Women’s March in Washington D.C.  The gathered are calling for equality and equity for all Americans with an end to discrimination in all its forms.  Former Ypsilanti Mayor Cheryl Farmer set out for the nation's capital early this morning and made time to talk with WEMU’s David Fair. 


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As President-elect Donald Trump prepares for his inauguration, the City of Ypsilanti is also getting ready for his administration and is taking action.  


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Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a brief against the American Bar Association.  A discrimination case was filed last month in the United States Supreme Court.


Michigan House of Representatives
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It’s looking like “prevailing wage” will be an issue in the Legislature’s new session.  It deals with pay rates for construction workers on publicly funded projects.  And, it’s an issue that divides Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders. 


Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education

This week on Art and Soul, I talk to Kristen Ervin and Dr. Rita Benn of the Michigan Collaborative of Mindfullness In Education organization, better known as MC4ME.

We discuss the meaning behind mindfulness and how it can help young students, as well as adults.


Take Your Instrument
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There is a unique musical ensemble in Ann Arbor comprised of amateur musicians who all work and/or study in the science and medical fields.  I spoke to two members of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan Theater spokesperson Amanda Bynum about the movie business and all the films coming to the big screen this weekend.


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Hundreds of Washtenaw County residents will make their way to our nation's capital this weekend to patrticipate in the national Women's March for human rights.  Even more will march and rally here at home.


Bottled Water
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A new audit shows a state department is not in compliance with regulations on bottled water inspections. 

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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Sam Arons,Strategic Negotiator for Datacenter Energy at Google, about the tech giant's plans to operate completely on renewable energy sources by the end of 2017.


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A student conduct hearing was held on Tuesday for one of the 15 Eastern Michigan University students identified as having participated in a peaceful sit-in at the Student Center last fall.  The protest was spawned by  racist graffiti discovered on campus. 


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Governor Rick Snyder delivered his seventh State of the State address last night.  


Rick Snyder
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Ten million people.  Governor Rick Snyder has set a goal of getting Michigan’s population above that number before the next US Census.  It was part of the governor’s seventh State of the State address delivered Tuesday night at the state Capitol.


Flint Water
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a legal brief supporting a group of Flint pastors suing the state over the city’s drinking water crisis.  Schuette’s position puts him at odds with Governor Rick Snyder.  


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As Governor Rick Snyder prepares to deliver his seventh State of the State address, a potential candidate to replace him has called for ethics rules that would align Michigan with what the federal government requires.


Debbie Stabenow
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With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration just days away, some Michigan Congress members are speaking out about his latest Twitter feud. 


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200 people participated in a Martin Luther King, Jr. march hosted by Ypsilanti Community High School students.  The event took place after students expressed racial and immigration concerns when Donald Trump was elected president last November. 


Lisa Barry

Susan Fecteau has lived in Ann Arbor since the mid 70's when she came to town to attend the University of Michigan.  She has lived there ever since and has raised a family of four children and has had several careers from carpenter to real estate broker.

It was just over a year ago she became increasingly upset with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's handling of the Flint water crisis and started leaving him chalk messages outside his Ann Arbor condominium.  I went with her for a recent visit as she left him another message.


Humane Society of Huron Valley

The Humane Society of Huron Valley has rescued 21 cats from a property in Ypsilanti Township.

Ypsi Alloy Studio

On this week's Art & Soul, I talk with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center about the upcoming "Emergent Effect" exhibition taking place this month.

We speak with Elize Jekabson of Ypsi Alloy Studios, which is partnering with the Ann Arbor Art Center on the exhibition.


Michigan Medicine

You've heard the advice: Never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear.  Yet using Q-tips is still a common practice for a lot of people.

Michigan Medicine's General Internal Medicine Dr. David Stutz was one of the authors of a new set of guidelines put out by the American Academy of Otolaryngology that advises against the use of Q-tips for earwax removal.  I spoke with him and he shared his advice for overall ear care

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