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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Community Events
6:18 am
Thu July 4, 2013

4th of July Events

Have fun and stay safe!

  It is Independence Day and, as usual, the occasion will be marked with family and friends get-togethers, barbecues and some local parades!

At 10 a.m. this morning, the 23rd Annual Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July parade gets underway. The parade begins at the corner of South State Street and East William Street. Included in the procession will be a contingent from WEMU, so make sure to look for us, and wave!  The Ann Arbor event also has a bike decorating contest for children. That gets underway at 9:30  this morning. Once decorated, the kids may ride their bikes in the parade.

In Ypsilanti, the 84th Annual Independence day parade gets underway at 11 a.m.. It will begin at the corner of Oakwood and Cross Streets, and the procession will make its way through Depot town before ending at Rice Street. The Ypsilanti event is Michigan's longest running Independence Day parade.

In Whitmore Lake, the parade begins at 10 this morning. The route begins on the corner of Barker Road and Main Street.

And, if you are looking for a good BBQ, but don't want to host it yourself, the Sons of American Legion Post 31 will take care of you! the public is invited to to stop by Post 31 at 1700 Ridge Road beginning at 11 a.m. this morning. The group will put on a feast of grilled chicken, coleslaw and baked beans. Also included in the nine-dollar price tag is a bag of chips and a roll. 

The Capitol Steps, Live at Hill Auditorium , tonight at  5  p.m. and 8 p.m. in Ann Arbor at The Ann Arbor Summer Festival - tickets here

Looking for something else to do today? Check out the WEMU datebook for more information!

Arts
8:48 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Cinema Chat: Hollywood News, The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2

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Hollywood news and movie talk.

   In this holiday edition of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Director Russ Collins discuss movies available over the Independence  Day holiday weekend.  Find out what kind of reviews "The Lone Ranger" is getting, and whether or not the animated "Despicable Me 2" holds up to the original. First, Russ offers up some news out of Hollywood on pending films based on two literary classics!

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Environment
8:28 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an illness caused by a spirochete bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi). This disease is transmitted to people and animals primarily by the bite of the tick, Ixodes scapularis.

Two Washtenaw County residents have contracted Lyme disease so far this year. Issues of the Environment explores how to avoid contracting the affliction.

 It is peak season for the ticks that carry Lyme Disease. In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Erik Foster. Erick is Medical Entomologist with the Michigan Department of Community Health's communicable Disease Division. They discuss how to protect yourself from contracting Lyme Disease, what to look for if you suspect you've come in contact with an infected Tick, and how climate change may increase the areas where the ticks are found.

Arts
9:14 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Cinema Chat: Magic Mike, Cinderella, Much Ado About Nothing and White House Down

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Movie news and previews with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins.

In this week's installment of Cinema chat, WEMU's Daiv Fair and Russ Collins discuss some Hollywood news, including Channing Tatum possibly directing his first film. it would be the sequel to "Magic Mike."  An update of Cinderella is in the works. Dave and Russ also cover a number of movies opening this weekend including Joss Whedon's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"  and the action-thriller "White House Down."

Environment
8:58 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Pall Life Sciences Remediation

Remediation continues on Dioxane Plume that spread from the former Gelman Sciences property in Scio Township. Now, current property owners Pall Life Sciences is leaving, but there is still a great deal of remediation work to be done.

Pall Life Sciences is  leaving the Ann Arbor area this summer, prompting many to become concerned about the company's commitment to ongoing remediation of 1-4, Dioxane contamination. 

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Arts
9:22 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Cinema Chat: Frances Ha, Before Midnight, Man of Steel and More!

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Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins paid his weekly visit with David Fair for this week's installment of Cinema Chat, and began the conversation discussing the return of one of the University of Michigan's most successful exports to Hollywood.

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Arts
9:19 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia Film Festival Special Edition

The 2nd annual Cinetopia Film Festival kicked off in Ann Arbor Thursday night and will run right through the weekend. With so much to cover, a second installment of Cinema Chat this week seemed appropriate and needed! In this bonus edition, WEMU's David Fair is joined by Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins and Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum. Additionally, there is a special appearance by Richmond Arquette! Richmond is the co-star of the film, "This is Martin Bonner."  The film will be shown twice at Cinetopia, the first of which is 9:30 tonight. 

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Environment
8:02 am
Fri June 7, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment: The Great Lakes and Michigan Waterways

  On the first Friday of every month, WEMU sets aside 20-minutes to thoroughly discuss an issue of environmental importance.  WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director co-host the segment, and this week the guest is Ann Arbor's own Lana Pollack. Lana has served as State Senator, President of the Michigan environmental Council and is currently the U-S Chair of the International Joint Commission, as appointed by President Barack Obama.

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Arts
8:28 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Cinetopia Film Festival

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In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat" David fair, Russ Collins and Amanda Bynum discuss the 2nd annual Cinetopia Film festival, which kicks off tonight. 

It’s Here!  Cinetopia 2013

45 films (including two free films at a Rooftop Theater on top of the Maynard Street Parking Structure) will be shown.  Over 30 filmmakers are in town – directors, cinematographers, producers and stars. And Cinetopia will take place in both Ann Arbor and Detroit.

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Environment
11:59 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Issues of the Environment: The Greening of Ann Arbors Municipal Golf Courses

Leslie Park Golf Couse is owned and operated by the City of Ann Arbor
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In this week's installment of "Issues of the Environment", WEMU's David Fair talks with Scott Spooner about the the environmental initiatives underway at the public golf courses in Ann Arbor. Mr. Spooner is the Superintendent of Golf Courses for the City of Ann Arbor.

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Weather
8:29 am
Fri May 31, 2013

West Side of Ann Arbor Hit With Power Outage

It may take until late afternoon for DTE energy to restore power to roughly 800 customers on the west side of Ann Arbor. The estimated time of restoration is 4pm this afternoon. That outage forced closure of Abbott Elementary School this morning.  Additionally, A downed tree is blocking traffic at Dexter Road and Ironwood Drive. The roads are closed at that intersection until further notice. Detour signs are posted. An isolated power outage in Ypsilanti this morning forced closure of Ypsilanti Middle School.

Environment
7:44 am
Fri May 31, 2013

The Green Room: Volunteers Help Preserve Balance and Quality in Area Waterways

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The Green Room

Clean Water sustains life. And, clean water is dependent on a healthy watershed. Measuring the health of these watersheds is not just the job of scientists, As Barbara Lucas discovers in this months installment of WEMU's "The Green Room",  it also takes a virtual army of citizen volunteers.  

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Movies and more
9:16 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia Approaches, Transforming Loss

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In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat", WEMU's David Fair finds out more about the rapidly approaching "Cinetopia Film Festival" and talks with Julie Stotler of The Kite Network.  the Kite Network is sponsoring tonight's Michigan Theater showing of the documentary, "Transforming Loss", but only after recognizing Russ Collins birthday!

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Environment
9:07 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor's PACE Program

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In this week's installment of "Issues of the Environment" WEMU's David Fair talks with the Clean Energy Coalition's Rebecca Filbey. Rebecca is the Program Supervisor for the City of Ann Arbor's Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE program

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Environment
9:07 am
Fri May 24, 2013

March Against Monsanto comes to Ann Arbor

The March Against Monsanto will be held May 25

Downtown Ann Arbor, on Saturday, will be the site of a protest march and rally. The "March Against Monsanto" will begin at 1 pm on the University of Michigan central campus Diag, and proceed to Hanover Square Park for the rally.  On "Morning Edition" today, WEMU's David Fair caught up with the woman who organized the protest, Kryssi Jones.

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Weekend
12:44 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia, Whiskey and Fast Cars!

On this week's edition of "Cinema Chat"  WEMU's David Fair has a different co-host. While Russ Collins spent the morning toiling elsewhere, Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum filled in to provide all of the movie information you'll need.

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Environment
9:57 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Prescribed Ecological Burns

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In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair explores the importance of prescribed ecological burns in our area parks. The guest this week is David Borneman. David is Natural Areas Preservation Manager for the City of Ann Arbor. 

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Arts and Entertainment
8:33 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Cinema Chat: Into the Woods, Star Trek Into Darkness and More

There are new films opening in the are this week, and it is the season for film festivals. In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat"  WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins cover all of it for you, beginning with discussion of a new, lavish movie musical that's in the works.

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Environment
8:47 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Using Technology to Protect Birds at Wind Farms

In this week's installment, WEMU's David Fair looks at how technology will help spare the lives of birds around windmill farms, and better map delicate ecosystems. The guest this week is Russell Conard. Russell is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for the Washtenaw County start-up company Ornicept.

For more info on Ornicept's work:  ornicept.com

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Movies and More
9:06 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Great Gatsby, From Up on Poppy Hill, Mud, and more!

The Great Gatsby  opens in theaters this weekend!  In this week's installment of  Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and  Russ Collins discuss several film options for the weekend and preview the upcoming Cinetopia Film Festival. The conversation began, however, with some sad news out of Hollywood.

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Environment
9:15 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Restoring Native Rattlesnake Habitat

An eastern massasauga rattlesnake at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Rattlesnakes in Washtenaw County! They're here, and they serve a purpose. Unfortunately their habitat has been threatened, but a project is underway to help. Joining WEMU's David Fair on Issues of the Environment is Steven Parrish, Steven is the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Habitat Restoration Project Manager and Natural Areas Specialist at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.  Together, David and Steven discuss  work in Washtenaw County on the Eastern Massasauga Habitat Restoration and Education Project.

To see a  massasauga video and find other information. 

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Elections
10:35 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Washtenaw County Election Results 5/7/13

A light ballot in Washtenaw County on Tuesday day means relatively quick results. The results, keep in mind, are unofficial until certified by the Board of Canvassers.

Voters in Dexter Village have opted to continue moving forward with the process of becoming a city. The measure passed on a vote of 460-to-408. The next step will be the election of a nine-member charter commission. Once a draft charter is adopted and passed by the state, incorporation into city-hood will go before a vote of the people.

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First Friday Focus on the Environment
8:36 am
Fri May 3, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment

The Obama administration wants to continue funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at its current level of $300 million, but is it enough?  This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines how the initiative has helped the Great Lakes.  Our guest is the Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center, Andy Buchsbaum.

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Movies and more
8:49 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Jewish Film Festival, The Great Gatsby in 3D and more!

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Film festivals galore, including Cinetopia, Jewish Film Festival; Iron Man 3, new openings downtown, and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

discussion of movies and movie news

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Environment
9:10 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Oil Pipeline in Washtenaw

Recovery of submerged oil on Morrow Lake using approved recovery methods during the Enbridge Oil Spill (6/25/2011)
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Hidden dangers posed by underground oil pipelines could threaten the Huron River.  Laura Rubin is Executive Director of the Huron River Watershed Council, and she's our guest on this week's Issues of Environment from WEMU.

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