Tara Vales

Michigan US Senator Gary Peters has been riding motorcycles since he was a teenager.

This week, he has been on a cross-state motorcycle tour of Michigan visiting 26 counties over 5 days and making 12 stops for official business.

I spoke with him about his journey...

Dr. James Smith became president of Eastern Michigan University on July 1.  As the Fall 2016 semester approaches, he has many issues to address in his first academic year in office.  WEMU's David Fair speaks to President Smith about his plans for EMU's future.

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The extra-long Labor Day weekend is coming, so get one last trip to the movies in before school starts.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the films heading to the big screen this holiday weekend.

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State Republican leaders were hoping to hear yesterday whether a federal appeals court would review Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting

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Michigan has a new state park, and it's mostly in Washtenaw County.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Douglas Koop, executive director of the Legacy Land Conservancy, about the creation Michigan's 103rd state park and its first-of-its-kind partnership with the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Department.

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One of the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department K-9 officers is getting some extra protection.

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Test scores are improving for Michigan students.  That’s the Michigan Department of Education’s message on the results of a statewide test.  

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A group that wants to legalize marijuana in Michigan is going back to court. 

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Earlier this Month vocalist Roberta Gambarini visited Detroit to be the judge for Detroit Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and appear at The Dirty Dog Jazz Café.  She also visited WEMU to share her Italian and international jazz life story as well as her admiration for jazz masters such as Hank Jones and Jimmy Heath.  She also brought her most recent CD “Connecting Spirits”.

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Classes begin next Tuesday, September 6th in the Ann Arbor Public School District.

There are more than 17,000 students in the district making it the sixth largest district in the state.

I spoke with Dr. Jeanice Swift, who, this year, begins her fourth year as Ann Arbor's public school superintendent.

Laura Bien

The Ypsilanti District Library has launched a new African-American Oral History Archive.  The audio is being taken from old cassette tapes.


Thousands of area commuters will soon get back into their driving routines with the re-opening of another local freeway after months of construction.

In our previous 18-installments on the Ann Arbor area’s 1, 4 dioxane plume, we’ve heard from citizens, scientists, and government officials; both locally and from other dioxane sites around the country. Meanwhile, requests for interviews with the “Responsible Party”—Gelman Sciences, Pall Corporation or Danaher, are all met with silence.  In this episode of “The Green Room,” we learn, that wasn’t always the case. 

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State lawmakers are trying to increase the availability of healthy foods in Michigan.   

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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has emerged as one of the top campaign surrogates for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.  Granholm has been a Clinton supporter since her first presidential run in 2008.  Now, she’s been named a co-chair of the Clinton transition team.  Granholm spoke with Michigan Public Radio’s state Capitol bureau chief, Rick Pluta, about her responsibilities and the presidential campaign.

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A federal appeals court took aim Thursday at Michigan’s sex offender registry law.  The court ruled on a narrow legal issue but suggested the law may be unconstitutional.

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On this week's Art & Soul, Lisa Barry and Jenn McKee are joined by the conductor of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Arie Lipsky, and talk about the symphony's upcoming season which begins Saturday September 10th at Hill Auditorium.

The Symphony will begin its performance with the Shostakovich Festive Overture, which will include a rarely-heard optional brass ensemble played by area high school students from Huron, Pioneer, and Skyline.

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August can still bring hot and wet weather, so why not spend it in a nice, cool movie theater?  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the films heading to the big screen this weekend.

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is happening this coming Friday through Sunday in Riverside Park and includes a wide range of activities from historic building tours to the annual duck drop.

Former Ypsilanti Mayor and festival committee member Cheryl Farmer explains the festival began in the late 70's...

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More local government leaders are feeling insecure about their fiscal health than in years past.  A new study shows the first decline in feelings about fiscal health since the end of the Great Recession in 2010. 

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Small businesses are a priority.  That’s the message Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is sending to Michigan voters.  Clinton released a plan for small businesses Tuesday. 

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Ypsilanti Community Schools superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson is entering his sophomore season in the position and says he's looking forward to raising his batting average.  

That means making some positive changes and continuing the momentum they have so far and approving student achievement and overall morale.

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The high cost of a "higher education" may not be paying off, according to a Washington, D.C. non-partisan think tank.  This is especially true for Michigan colleges.

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A vacant Ypsilanti Community Schools building will serve as temporary home for more than 400 displaced students from Allen Elementary in the Ann Arbor School District. 

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If you ever wanted to serve on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, now may be your chance to get on the board quickly.