David Fair

News Director

Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.

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Michigan Theater
Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

It's a holiday weekend, and there are plenty of movie options for you to choose from! Hitting the theater with family or friends is nice after the Thanksgiving festivities. Sometimes catching a click is the perfect answer when you've had too much of family and friends! Either way, Russ Collins and David Fair cover your options for the extended weekend in WEMU's 'Cinema Chat.' 

Gretchen Driskell
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

Removing barriers to citizen science in the name of more and better data about Michigan waterways and watersheds. That's the aim of a bill introduced by Representative Gretchen Driskell. The Saline Democrat says the measure will remove bureaucratic red tape and expensive permitting fees from data collection in our watersheds.

Michigan Theater / www.michtheater.org

Besides some of the big football games involving Michigan teams this weekend, there are plenty of other entertainment options, movies among them. In this week's 'Cinema Chat,' Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins talks with David Fair about what films are available to you.

Jeff Irwin / www.statehousedems.com

Ann Arbor state Representative Jeff Irwin is pushing measures at the State Capitol to protect the Great Lakes. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment,'  Irwin tells David Fair about his efforts to move an oil pipeline from under the Straits of Mackinac and to better legislate the production, and unintentional disposal, of microbeads into our water system. 

Michigan Theater / www.michtheater.org

Another star turn for Meryl Streep, amazing documentaries and an Angelie Jolie/Brad Pitt film with blockbuster designs. It's all part of this weeks edition of Cinema Chat with David Fair and Michigan Theater CEO and Executive Director Russ Collins. 

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Could it happen here? The City of Flint's water supply has caused elevated lead levels in children in that area. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment' David Fair talks with Washtenaw County Public Health's Medical Director, Alice Penrose, about the safety of the water in this area, and the dangers of lead from other sources. 


Voters in Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward head to the polls next Tuesday to elect either an incumbent or former ward representative. Independent Jane Lumm is seeking a third consecutive term on city council. She is challenged by Democrat Sally Hart Peterson who served on council from 2012 to 2014. We caught up with both to discuss their visions for Ann Arbor and allow them to tell you why they deserve your vote. 

Mary Ferguson

Now’s the time of year a few Snowy owls might arrive in Michigan, if we’re lucky.  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores a few of Michigan’s owls:  the dangers they face, and why we should care.

Michigan Theater

New movie openings, special  screenings, ongoing film series, a movie star appearance in Ann Arbor and Hollywood news. It's all here for you on "Cinema Chat' this week with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater CEO and Executive Director, Russ Collins. 


The Allen Creek Greenway in Ann Arbor is coming. A budget allocation from Ann Arbor City Council earlier this year has the ball rolling. Where are we now? How quickly is the project moving?    In this week's 'Issues of the Environment," David Fair  seeks those answers in a conversation with the President of the Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy, Joe O'Neil. 

Michigan Theater / www.michtheater.org

With all of the movies being released, it's a movie trailer commanding the nations attention. In this week's "Cinema Chat,'   David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director/CEO Russ Collins discuss the force of the phenomenon and preview this week's movie releases. 

Volkswagen Clean Diesel
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A Senior Fellow at the International Council on Clean Transportation in Ann Arbor knows exactly how Volkswagen got caught cheating emissions testing. John German, and his colleagues, commissioned the study that led to Volkswagen being caught. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment' Mr. German explains how it all happened, and what will happen next. 


A Hollywood movie star makes her way to Ann Arbor to celebrate the release of a new book. Who? Find out in WEMU's weekly feature "Cinema Chat!"   David Fair will also talk with Michigan Theater Program Director Ruth Lednicer about all the movies available to you this weekend. 

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On football Saturday's in Ann Arbor, some 110,000 people make their way into Michigan Stadium. When the cheers have faded and the crowd gone home, the big job of cleaning up the 'Big House' begins. This week, we take a look at how U-M deals with the big mess. 


Great new movies are opening downtown this week and there are some great special screenings available, we well. Get the details in this week's edition of 'Cinema Chat' with David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins.  

Lost Voices, Black Lives Matter
Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU / Eastern Michigan University

Football fans around the country been cheering on and celebrating the student athletes, each cheering on their own team. 

But, the thing that we all have in common is a heavy heart  from yet another deadly school shooting, the latest of which took place in Oregon. Today we'd like to introduce you to two Eastern Michigan University students who have brought positive national attention to the school by sending out an impassioned, important, and highly emotional message.

89.1 WEMU's 50th Anniversary celebration continues tonight. A live taping of the news quiz show, 'Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!'  takes place at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. As a little preview, and a little treat for those without tickets to the sold-out show, David Fair hosted  WWDTM host Peter Sagal on-air this morning. Hear the conversation below. 



Hollywood news, local movie news, movie previews and some special events. It's all here in this week's 'Cinema  Chat' with David Fair and Russ Collins. 

Solar Ypsi Logo
Courtesy Photo / solarypsi.org

Proposals in Lansing would alter existing net-metering laws. Envireonmentalists and proponents of expanded use of renewable energies believe if the measures become law, it will set back gains being made in solar energy growth. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," David Fair talks with Solar Ypsi founder Dave Strenski about the local implications. 

Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Whether honeybees or native bees, local or global—bees are in trouble.  And since nearly a hundred of our crops are pollinated by them, their trouble is our trouble! What can we do?  In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas talks with a few of the many people in our local area working to save bees.

Electronic Vehicle Recharges
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Maybe you've been noticing what I've been seeing out on the roadways. And that's more electric vehicles and hybrids. Perhaps, I shouldn't be too surprised. After all, this is a community that embraces those kind of things. Still, I wondered if there was evidence to back up my rather passive observation. So, what is the future of  EV's and our transportation future? This week, we talk to Climate and Energy Program Director of the Ecology Center, Charles Griffith to find out.


Get a preview of this week's movie offerings in the area with the latest edition of Cinema Chat. Additionally, we cover Hollywood news and the latest on the film festival circuit. 

Pollinating bee
Wikimedia Commons

The Homegrown Festival takes place in Ann Arbor on Saturday, September 12th. Homegrown Festival volunteer Tina Stephen tells us about the theme of this year's event- the importance of pollinators in sustainable food production.


The Hip-Hop Caucus brings its Act on Climate national bus tour to Dearborn today. In this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment, Hip Hop Caucus President, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, joins Lisa Wozniak to discuss the activist movement and its goals. 


Michigan Theater / www.michtheater.org

Some terrific art films are opening in town this weekend, some classics return to the big screen and Robert Redford debuts his new movie at the multiplex. Find out about all of that and more in this weeks "Cinema Chat' with David Fair and Russ Collins.