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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Dr. Brian Ottum is a member of the University of Michigan Lowbrow Astronomers Club and co-author of a research paper on comets.  He explains what three sky events are happening tonight and what might be visible and where.


This week on Art & Soul I am joined by the Ann Arbor Arts Center’s Director of Community Engagement, Omari Rush, to talk about the visual arts.

The recent election has left many people with concerns about the future funding of the arts. Omari talks about what people can do to protect them and how they can get involved.


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The FBI is now involved in the investigation of suspicious and racist emails sent to some University of Michigan students.


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With over 16,500 students, the Ann Arbor Public School District is one of the largest in the state.

Long-time local educator Jeff Gaynor was recently elected to the school board and sat down with me to talk about his plans and perspective of Ann Arbor Public Schools.


All disciplinary actions against 16 Eastern Michigan University students involved in a campus sit-in protest last year have been dropped.


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This week on Art & Soul, I am joined by longtime local food and dining reporter, and host of The In Crowd here on 89.1 WEMU, Jessica Webster as we talk to Frank Fejeran to discuss his newest restaurant: "Ma Lou's Fried Chicken," which will be located in Ypsilanti.

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As the temperature dips back below the freezing mark, slippery driving becomes more of a concern.  But walking can also be a challenge once you get out of your vehicle.


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If you're sensitive to a lack of sunshine, you may be glad that January is over.


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A US Supreme Court Justice and a judge from Germany's highest court kicked off the University of Michigan's year-long bicentennial celebration.


The Arts Alliance of Washtenaw County is have a special ceremony and celebration next Sunday and awarding three medals for Arts, Science and Humanities and two 21st Century Awards. Ann Arbor musician and recent finalist on the TV show "The Voice," Laith Al-Saadi is winning the Spotlight Artist Award, and I spoke to him about that and the importance of the arts in our community as well as what life is like since his TV show experience.  

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This week on Art & Soul, local journalist and blogger Jenn McKee joins me along with Guy Sanville from the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea and playwright Brian Letscher about the performing arts in our  area.


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Ypsilanti’s Ugly Mug is becoming Cross Street Coffee.  Even though they haven’t officially changed the signage outside, there have been upgrades made to the interior. 


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Beatriz Vargas is the general manager of Maiz Mexican Cantina in Ypsilanti and came up with an idea to build a wall of stories and sentiments about what it means to immigrants. 

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They're rare on college campuses around Michigan, but a couple of Eastern Michigan University students are traveling around the Ypsilanti campus on a "Moto Uni."  It's a one-wheeled, Segway-like machine that costs up to $1700 and takes several days to learn to ride.  I spoke with EMU seniors Daniel Larson and Kyle Wickham about their experiences riding them on campus and around town. 

  

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The day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, activists participated in "women's marches" all over America and across the globe.  Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor each served as host to such gatherings.  WEMU's David Fair and Lisa Barry took time this morning to look back on the gathering in Ann Arbor. 


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Downtown Ann Arbor was packed with people Saturday afternoon for a post-inaugural women's march.


Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education

This week on Art and Soul, I talk to Kristen Ervin and Dr. Rita Benn of the Michigan Collaborative of Mindfullness In Education organization, better known as MC4ME.

We discuss the meaning behind mindfulness and how it can help young students, as well as adults.


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There is a unique musical ensemble in Ann Arbor comprised of amateur musicians who all work and/or study in the science and medical fields.  I spoke to two members of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra.


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Susan Fecteau has lived in Ann Arbor since the mid 70's when she came to town to attend the University of Michigan.  She has lived there ever since and has raised a family of four children and has had several careers from carpenter to real estate broker.

It was just over a year ago she became increasingly upset with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's handling of the Flint water crisis and started leaving him chalk messages outside his Ann Arbor condominium.  I went with her for a recent visit as she left him another message.


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On this week's Art & Soul, I talk with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center about the upcoming "Emergent Effect" exhibition taking place this month.

We speak with Elize Jekabson of Ypsi Alloy Studios, which is partnering with the Ann Arbor Art Center on the exhibition.


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You've heard the advice: Never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear.  Yet using Q-tips is still a common practice for a lot of people.

Michigan Medicine's General Internal Medicine Dr. David Stutz was one of the authors of a new set of guidelines put out by the American Academy of Otolaryngology that advises against the use of Q-tips for earwax removal.  I spoke with him and he shared his advice for overall ear care

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Ypsilanti high school students reacting to the recent presidential election were inspired to turn their feelings and emotions into a march and art show planned for the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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The United Arab Emirates' Ambassador to Russia, Omar Saif Ghobash, came to Ann Arbor to promote his new book,  "Letters To A Young Muslim."  The book is a collection of letters to his sons urging them to reject extremism.

I spoke with him about the book and what changes he hopes to bring about.


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Eastern Michigan University and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum have formed a new collaborative initiative in an effort to take STEM education into the community:


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Kate and Nate from Ann Arbor have created "Pincause" and a special pin featuring the American sign language symbol of love from the deaf culture.

It includes many different colors created to unite women of all backgrounds, colors, shapes and sizes, and beliefs as they participate in women's marches across the country on January 21st.  It is their intention to create something that encourages people to come together wearing one same symbol of love.

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