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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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The director of CultureSource and chair of the Michigan Arts Council Omari Rush joins 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry for a conversation about the many different visual arts events happening around Washtenaw County right now and in the coming weeks:


Ann Arbor Public Schools

The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday afternoon in two separates cases involving guns in schools.  One of those cases involves the Ann Arbor public school district.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Ann Arbor school superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift about the district's stance on guns in school.


City of Ypsilanti

City of Ypsilanti officials are still waiting for the final full report from an independent investigation into a trip to China taken by four city leaders.

Ypsilanti city manager Darwin McClary confirms he let city economic development director Beth Ernat go from her job last Thursday after receiving the investigative report.  The investigation was launched to find out how much those who went on to China knew who paid for the trip.  It now appears the $40,000 trip was paid for by a local developer hoping to build a multimillion dollar development in the city.


Part of the findings of an outside investigation into a trip to China taken by four City of Ypsilanti officials has been released.


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In this second edition of "In The Public Interest," a bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by two guests talking about their efforts to get local high school students registered to vote and inspiring their interest with art as in a poster contest.


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There is a lot to be gained from hands-on learning.  At Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, there’s a program that combines learning and eating that area residents can also benefit from.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to the campus restaurant that serves as a training experience for culinary and hospitality students at WCC open to the public, but Hidden in Plain Sight…

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Ann Arbor school superintendant Dr. Jeanice Swift was one of three finalists for a similar job in the Seattle Public School District.  She learned April 4th that she did not get the job and says she is now looking ahead at the next chapter in her position with the Ann Arbor public school district.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Dr. Swift about the decision and her vision moving forward in Ann Arbor Public Schools...


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It took years to turn the old Elbow Room in Ypsilanti into a new Mexican food restaurant called Dolores.  It was created and is run by a married couple Marcela Rubio and Andrew Epstein.

They join 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster to talk about their vision for the restaurant, their attachment to the community, and the kinds of food they are offering.


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Moved by music as young children, Peter and Will Anderson began playing music in the fourth grade.  They both attended Julliard and have been called “virtuosos” by the New York Times.  They talked with 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry in advance of their Monday night performance at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor and talked about what it is like to be identical twin brothers and perform together and played a song in-studio.

Garlin Gilchrist
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With millions of users, the social media site Facebook has been under scrutiny recently after it was learned they were monetizing user data.  WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks to Garlin Gilchrist II from the Center of Social Media Responsibility at the University of Michigan's School of Information about the best ways to protect your information on social media.


Easter Eggs
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There are some "egg-stra special" activities happening locally for the Easter Sunday holiday.


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There will be some rare astronomical events happening over the next several days.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with local amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum about what we might see...


Habitat for Humanity
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Habitat for Humanity has building and repairing homes for the less fortunate for decades, and its efforts have been felt here in Washtenaw County.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Sarah Teare, community development manager for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, about the organization's latest efforts.


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area

We're kicking off a new segment on WEMU called "In The Public Interest."  It is a bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area talking about the importance of a politically engaged community.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry begins. 


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There is traditional medicine, and there is the growing field of medical marijuana.  Although illegal on the federal level, Michigan is one of a number of states that has legalized marijuana for medical use.

With nearly two dozen medical marijuana facilities in Washtenaw County, you have likely walked past several in your community and not even realized what it is.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry takes you inside several local provisioning centers as part of our "Hidden In Plain Sight" series...


David MacGregor

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts activities in Washtenaw County.  Local writer and reviewer Jenn McKee joins 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and special guest playwright David MacGregor to talk about his new play opening soon at Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea.


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Thriving at work is crucial to many people's sense of well-being.  People are spending more and more time in the workplace and Dr. Gretchen Spreitzer, faculty director for the Center For Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, says it is ever more important to who we are as individuals to feel fulfilled at work.  She says we spend so much time on the job now, it's about more than just earning a paycheck for many people.


University of Michigan

University of Michigan Natural History Museum curators are hoping for a “Wow” experience for visitors when the new museum opens next year.


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As the Washtenaw County Road Commission continues to clear trees from several roads where there have been serious accidents, a Dexter woman staged a protest there Monday morning hoping to stop the over 200 year-old tree from being cut down.  Hours later, she was gone, and all that remained was a big stump and tree debris.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission is using a federal safety grant to cut downs trees in Dexter.  The goal is to create a ten foot safety zone for drivers on Mast Road and North Territorial.  But as 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan tells us, some residents oppose the project.

The Jelly Bean Jump Up is an annual fundraiser to raise money for SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor, which offers support to those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.  The name Jelly Bean Jump Up refers to Zingerman's co-founder Ari Weinzweig’s beloved Corgi, who passed away in 2015.

As part of the fundraiser, a special dinner is taking place Tuesday, March 13th with Molly Stevens, award-winning cookbook author, chef, and teacher at Zingerman's Roadhouse.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talked to her about the benefits of braising, roasting, and becoming empowered in the kitchen!


Threads All Arts Festival

This week, Art and Soul is about the vibrant visual arts scene in our area.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, executive director of Culturesource and chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  They are also joined by an organizer of the upcoming Threads All Arts Festival in Ypsilanti, Nicole Patrick.


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Since most parking on the Eastern Michigan University campus is within Ypsilanti city limits, the city council will be asked to give final approval to the privatization of university parking at tonight's meeting.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Ward 2 councilwoman Beth Bashert about the planned vote.


Consumer Reports

Like many of us, Washtenaw County Road Commission officials are hoping we've had our last major snow event of the season!

Spokeswoman Emily Kizer says they've used a "historic amount" of salt clearing roads this winter.  Over 25,000 tons have been used and crews have been working long hours and weekends.


Wikimedia Commons

This week, Art and Soul is about the culinary arts and 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by food expert, writer, and host of the In Crowd every Sunday afternoon here on WEMU, Jessica Webster.

They’re also joined by special guest Tommy York, owner of Morgan and York Fine Wines and Specialty Foods in Ann Arbor.


Jenn McKee

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts events happening around Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local writer, reviewer and blogger Jenn McKee and the co-creator of Ann Arbor's Pointless Brewery and Theatre Tori Tomalia.


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