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Ever notice the volume level of music being played at a local restaurant or coffee shop?  There's an effort underway in Ann Arbor to reduce that noise level and make the city a quieter and more peaceful place. 


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Lansing’s lawmakers won’t return to the Capitol until next week.  But they’ve already got big plans for 2018.


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At the November climate talks in Bonn, Germany, an initiative called “America’s Pledge” put forth a commitment by U.S. states, cities, companies, and colleges to achieve the carbon cuts agreed to by the U.S. in Paris in 2015, despite Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement.  But if the U.S. doesn’t pursue federal-level policies to reign in carbon emissions, can global efforts succeed, in light of the world’s highly interdependent economies?  In this installment of WEMU’s The Green Room, Barbara Lucas explores this dilemma, with a focus on the US and Canada.


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The end of a calendar year is typically a time of deep personal reflection for a lot of people.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to a local psychologist about the mentally healthiest way to look back but keep moving forward into the New Year.


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The 2017 holiday season is over, so what's going to happen to all of that holiday waste?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Christine Chessler-Stull, Outreach & Zero Waste Coordinator for Recycle Ann Arbor, to discuss reducing, reusing, and recycling during the holidays, particularly how to recycle or dispose of difficult items like bubble wrap, batteries, and electronics, following the gift-giving season.


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2017 was a special year for the University of Michigan--it was the school's 200th birthday!

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talked to the director of the Michigan bicentennial celebration, Gary Krenz, about the yearlong celebration which just recently wrapped up.


Debbie Dingell

It's Christmas!  And as much as times have changed, it's the holiday traditions that many people celebrate today.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry shares what that means to local Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.


Jenn McKee

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts in our area.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local arts journalist and blogger at A2 Arts Addict Jenn McKee as they look back at some of the performing arts highlights from the past year and talk about upcoming performance events.


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Families of detained Iraqis facing deportation are waiting on word from a federal judge in Detroit.  They’re hoping the detainees will be released while they wait for their immigration cases to be re-opened.


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A fight between school employees and the state ended today – in favor of the employees.


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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Dr. Gillian Miller, Senior Scientist for HealthyStuff.org, to discuss avoiding toxic chemicals or environmentally hazardous substances when shopping for gifts.  


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Nine cities and counties from across Michigan are taking drug companies to court.  From the Upper Peninsula to Detroit, they are trying to recover many millions of dollars in costs related to the opioid crisis


At the end of this month, the UM Museum of Natural History will close its doors.  The contents are being packed up at the Ruthven Museums Building and will be moved to the schools new Biological Science Building.  Listen as the director of the museum, Amy Harris, discusses the process of moving, the plans for a staggered opening and the impact the new facility will provide students and the public. 


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A couple hundred volunteers showed up at the state Bureau of Elections Monday.  They dropped off petitions to get a redistricting overhaul on the November ballot.  


Ann Arbor City Council meets tonight for the final time in 2017.  Looking ahead to 2018, there are a lot of major issues to contend with and some significant goals and aspirations.  Look ahead to the new year in Ann Arbor with WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative in this week's edition of "Civic Matters."


Linda Yohn: A Final Word

Dec 18, 2017
Linda Yohn Retired
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Spending 30 years in one job is becoming more rare. 30-years at one place in the broadcasting industry is almost unheard of. Today, Linda Yohn wraps up her three decades at 89.1 WEMU and prepares to write the next chapter in an extraordinary life. Following an on-air tribute, WEMU's Lisa Barry sat down with Linda for a last interview, and a final word, as she moves into retirement. 


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Monday, December 18th, 2017. It's the final day Linda Yohn serves up the jazz to an appreciative audience. After 30-years as music director and jazz host, Linda Yohn is stepping away from the microphone and into retirement.  The goal of a broadcaster is to create moments. Moments that connect with the audience as a whole and, in a very real way, with each individual tuning in. As 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair reports, for decades now, Linda Yohn has done exactly that. 


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As the year comes to a close and holiday vacations get underway, state lawmakers have already wrapped up for the year.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke to a local state senator looking back and looking ahead for the New Year.


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Faculty and lecturers at Eastern Michigan University held a rally this morning to protest, what they're calling, a violation of their labor union contract.


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As we walk around college campuses in Washtenaw County, most of us usually just pay attention to what we see above ground.  But, have you ever thought about what lies beneath?  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan wondered about that and, what he found underground at Eastern Michigan University is a series of steam tunnels. 


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The state starts accepting applications today for medical marijuana licenses. 


Legislature Backtracks On Detroit Veterans’ Home

Dec 15, 2017
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A new veterans’ home may not go in Detroit as originally planned. 


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A medical school dean who supervised a Michigan State University sports doctor convicted of sexually abusing patients is stepping down. 


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It's the calm after the storm as far as local snowfall and treacherous driving is concerned.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with the director of operations for the Washtenaw Road Commission about efforts to clear county roads.


WSG Gallery

On this week’s Art & Soul: The Visual Arts, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Culture Source’s Omari Rush speak with Valerie Mann, who runs the WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor, and is the co-founder of Salt Valley Arts in Saline.


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