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Lisa Barry

Host, All Things Considered

Lisa Barry is a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU. Contact her at 734.487.3363, on twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her lbarryma@emich.edu

Most recently a reporter with Detroit’s WJR-AM, Lisa Barry is a lifelong metro Detroiter with a wealth of broadcast experience.  She began her career covering the Michigan Governor’s Office and State Capitol in Lansing and continued on to stints with Detroit stations WXYT and WNIC in addition to WJR.  She is a seasoned interviewer whose resume includes conversations with U.S. Presidents, celebrities, and medical professionals.  Lisa has won numerous awards; among them the prestigious ‘Outstanding Woman in Communications,’ bestowed annually by the American Women in Radio and TV Association of Metro Detroit.

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Art and Soul is feasting on the culinary arts this week.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined as usual by local food expert and writer Jessica Webster and they welcome special guest John Reyes, Ann Arbor correspondent for eater.com.  They discuss eater.com’s 2017 list of the hottest bars and restaurants in Ann Arbor.


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After a year of construction and millions of dollars in improvements, the historic State Theatre on State Street in Ann Arbor is reopening to the public on December 8th.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry takes you on a tour of the renovated movie house with the executive director of the State and Michigan Theatres, Russ Collins, as workers put the final touches on the refurbished movie house.


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From nature walks to dinosaur bones, most people are familiar with many of the opportunities to see animals in the Ann Arbor area.  But did you know on the southwest side of the city there are dozens of unique animals to see and learn about?

As part of our ongoing "Hidden in Plain Sight" series, 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to the “Creature Conservancy.”

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As the clock ticks towards the expiration of a development proposal for the Water Street property in Ypsilanti, 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to Ypsilanti Community and Economic Director Beth Ernat.


Civil rights leader, Congressman John Lewis is speaking in Ann Arbor tonight as part of the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series.  Ypsilanti High School art teacher Lynne Settles is taking a group of 20 students to Hill Auditorium, including junior Deahja Tigner, who was pre-selected to ask the Georgia congressman a question at the event.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke to the art teacher and one of the students who will be addressing the civil rights leader.


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With a lot of people shopping at major retail stores today on Black Friday, there is a growing trend to make Saturday more about supporting local businesses.


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While the big football rivalry plays out at the Big House on Saturday, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry reports on another competition between the University of Michigan and Ohio State University.


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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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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.

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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.


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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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One of the busiest stretches of freeway outside of Metro Detroit is US-23 north of Ann Arbor.  Work on a new "Flex Route" to ease some of that congestion has been underway for a year and finally opened for limited use on Wednesday.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson Kari Arend who gives an update on the progress of the Flex Route opening.


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Ann Arbor Police just wrapped up a special 5-month enforcement of pedestrian crosswalk safety in the city.

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The Ann Arbor area is often noted for academia and art, football, and food, but did you know it’s also home to a tortilla factory?

As part of our “Hidden In Plain Sight” series, 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to Pittsfield Township just outside of Ann Arbor where tasty tortillas and chips are made from one simple ingredient.


Winter Art Tour

On this week’s "Art & Soul," 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to Omari Rush, the executive director of CultureSource, and Cara Rosaen, the lead organizer of the Winter Art Tour, which is happening the weekend of December 8-10 in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

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The Michigan State Senate voted to allow those who obtain enhanced concealed pistol licenses to carry them in places that are normally considered no-gun zones, such as schools and churches.  The vote was 25-12.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry speaks with one of the Senators who voted no on the measure, Rebekah Warren.


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The mayors of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti shared updates on their cities during an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber gathering Wednesday.

A mental health services and public safety millage wins countywide approval, while voters in the nine public school districts in Washtenaw County pass a special education renewal question. Two countywide millage issues on the ballot in Washtenaw county were both approved in Tuesday's elections.


There were no surprises in the Ann Arbor city council races. 


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With Veterans Day coming up Saturday, there will be much focus on military veterans and those who served in the United States Armed Forces.  A special evening is planned November 8th at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, where several veterans will tell their stories combined with other musical elements.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talked to Daniel Patrick and Kathy Hay about the event.


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It’s the culinary arts and food that is (almost) too pretty to eat in this week’s "Art and Soul."  Lisa Barry is joined by food expert and host of WEMU’s “The In Crowd,” Jessica Webster, to talk about the 2nd anniversary of Ann Arbor restaurant Spencer with owners Abby Olitzky and Steve Hall.


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Stress!  One of the largest public health problems that we have.

Because it's National Stress Awareness Day, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Dr. Elissa Patterson, who practices and teaches clinical psychology at the University of Michigan Hospital, also known as Michigan Medicine, about how stress can affect us.


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University of Michigan officials are considering a request from white nationalist speaker Richard Spencer's organization to speak on the Ann Arbor campus.


David Wells

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the performing arts in the Ann Arbor area.  89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry is joined by arts journalist and blogger Jenn McKee to chat about upcoming events and they talk with playwright David Wells about his new work, “Resisting.”


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