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40 years ago, WEMU made the decision to establish jazz as our primary musical focus and we are proud of that – but we cannot hold a candle to Ron Brooks 50 years of jazz dedication.  In the 1960s, bassist Ron Brooks fell in love with the music and began his association with pianist Bob James.  Although he maintained a second career over the years, many recognize Ron Brooks as the dean of Ann Arbor jazz musicians.  Musicians such as Sean Dobbins, Randy Napoleon, Rick Roe and Ben Jansson credit Ron’s stewardship at The Bird Of Paradise Jazz Club as the foundation of their careers.  WEMU is very proud to present Ron Brooks again for our traditional December – holiday – Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz show. 

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During the last few days, we've brought you short stories on the different ways Washtenaw County residents celebrate Thanksgiving.  We end our series with a story on non-traditional food.  

 


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For years, the Meals on Wheels organizations in Washtenaw County have provided hot meals to those in need on Thanksgiving Day.  And this year will not be an exception.  


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As part of the Thanksgiving celebration, churches in Washtenaw County are opening their doors to help feed the public.  With this story, we continue with our series on how different people celebrate the holiday in our county.
 


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It is the season of gratitude.  WEMU thanks you for your support – especially for your generous support for jazz on 89.1 for 40 years.  WEMU also thanks the musicians of Southeastern Michigan and Northwest Ohio for their gifts of talent and time performing for WEMU over the years.  Today we said thanks to the leading lady of jazz in Toledo, Ohio – Ramona Collins.  She was today’s Guest DJ in our 40 Years of Jazz Celebration. 

WEMU’s Guest DJ talks just get better and better.  Today’s chat and musical choices came from bassist Patrick Prouty who took his time becoming a better player and is now respected as one the best all-round bassists and musical educators in Southeastern Michigan.  Pat’s visit dovetailed perfectly with the Thanksgiving holiday.  He expressed warm gratitude for his many teachers and musical mentors.  Our hour included the premiere of Summer Of ’17, the beautiful new CD by Patrick Prouty featuring pianist Mark Braun – better known as Mr. B. – and drummer, Detroiter Julian VanSlyke. 

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The University of Michigan Board of Regents held a rare public meeting last night where University president Dr. Mark Schlissel announced they would begin talks to allow white supremacist Richard Spencer to speak on campus.


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The state plans to release the official rules to get a license to grow, sell, or transport medical marijuana next week. 


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The pressure is building on Congressman John Conyers as Michigan Democrats joined the call for a House Ethics Committee investigation.  The committee announced it will look into allegations of sexual harassment and using taxpayer money to cover it up.


Lisa Barry

Thanksgiving is typically a time when family and friends get together, but not everyone is fortunate enough to have that experience.

An Ypsilanti restaurant is offering free Thanksgiving dinners Thursday as a way of giving back to the community.

City of Ann Arbor

The need to consider a voluntary water use restriction in the City of Ann Arbor has passed.


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When people think about Thanksgiving, among the first words that comes to mind is: Turkey! Not everyone, however, partakes. All this week, 89.1 WEMU is exploring some of the different ways the holiday is being celebrated in Washtenaw County. Today, we look at a restaurant that is offering up an alternative feast. 


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Michigan is one big step closer to voting on marijuana legalization.  An initiative turned in its signatures to get on the 2018 ballot Monday.


There is a lot going on in the week ahead. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, Cyber Monday and, on November 28th, Giving Tuesday.  WEMU's David Fair discusses the difference philanthropy and participation in these events can make to the area with Deb Polich, President and CEO of The Arts Alliance. 


Hannah Baiardi
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If you want to know where jazz is going today, you must check in with the next generation of musicians who are taking it in new directions.  One such musician is pianist, vocalist, lyricist, and composer Hannah Baiardi.  Hannah is in her fifth year of studying jazz and improvisational music at The University of Michigan with the esteemed professional music faculty including Ellen Rowe, Benny Green and Dennis Wilson.  Hannah has taken full advantage of the opportunities at UM.  That means she was able to record in the outstanding studios of The Duderstadt Center.  

Ann Arbor City Council meets and will continue discussion on the controversial Broadway development proposal and there are opportunities to volunteer during Thanksgiving week.  Those are some of the topics covered by WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 


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During the next few days we'll bring you a series of short stories on the different ways people celebrate Thanksgiving in Washtenaw County.  We start off by focusing on international students at Eastern Michigan University, who will not be going home for the holiday. 
 


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A downturn in the economy would quickly drain the state’s “rainy day” savings.  That’s the determination of an independent analysis.


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A teen was recently attacked in Muskegon County.  Officials say it was because he’s gay.  Now some prosecutors and lawmakers are calling on the legislature to expand the state’s hate crimes law


Marijuana
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Michigan is about to be one step closer to voting on marijuana legalization in 2018. 


City of Ypsilanti

Time has run out for completing an agreement to move forward on a proposed development for Ypsilanti's Water Street property.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry reports a top Ypsilanti city official is saying the proposed International Village development will not take place.


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.


Ann Arbor Summer Festival

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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