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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As a new academic year gets underway, 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with University President Dr. Mark Schlissel in his on-campus office about a variety of topics, including the impact of immigration changes, recently raised questions about a major university donor, and, of course, football.


Ann Arbor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

One of the biggest issues in Ann Arbor is a lack of affordable housing.  There's a special community summit planned for next week to address the issue.


Michigan Stadium
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy / flickr.com

A full nine months after work began, Stadium Boulevard has re-opened near Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. 


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A special "comic-con" type event is being planned in Ypsilanti called "Hero Nation-Ypsilanti."

Organizer Jermaine Dickerson says it's an event designed to give a voice to those who might not feel heard.  It celebrates superheroes and diversity with the mission that everyone has a hero inside of themselves that deserves to be celebrated.

Dickerson joined 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry for a conversation about the free, family-friendly event taking place on September 9th at the Parkridge Community Center from 1-6 p.m.


Dr. Dayna LePlatte

The start of the school year can be exciting for students, their parents, and educators, but it also brings a lot of uncertainty and change.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Dr. Dayna LePlatte, a Michigan Medicine psychiatrist and medical school instructor, for some tips on dealing with the "back to school blues."


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We’ve created a new feature here on 89.1 WEMU we’re calling “Hidden In Plain Sight.”  It focuses on some of the people or places in our community that you may not have known about or were familiar with.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to a secret garden that you may actually have eaten from – but perhaps didn’t know even existed!


Jorge Avellan

It was a week ago that racist graffiti was discovered at the Ann Arbor Skate Park.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry reports police are getting citizen assistance in finding a suspect through financial contributions.


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This week’s Art and Soul is about the performing arts in our community.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by local journalist and A2 Arts Addict blogger Jenn McKee and the new president of the University Musical Society, Matthew Van Besien, to discuss the upcoming season... his first in the position at the University of Michigan.


B.G. Bradley

Michigan author, poet, actor, director, and teacher B.G. Bradley talks about his new fiction book that provides a glimpse of life in the state's Upper Peninsula.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks to Bradley about Winter Heart.


Newsweek

For those who watched the solar eclipse in our area it was a partial eclipse--still a sight to behold watching with NASA-approved solar glasses.  But for serious astronomers and those wanting a very rare solar experience... they traveled to a 70 mile swath of the country where the eclipse could be seen as a total eclipse.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to Eastern Michigan University professor of astronomy and director of Sherzer Observatory Norbert Vance, who traveled to Ravenna, Nebraska to see a total eclipse and shares his enthusiastic experience.


NASA

Did you get outside and watch Monday’s eclipse?  It was not considered a "total eclipse" in our area, so the environmental impact was not that noticeable.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Tom Kasper, the Planetarium coordinator and lecturer in Astronomy at Eastern Michigan University, who traveled to a small town outside Jay Em, Wyoming so he could see the total eclipse.


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The public is participating in a community conversation Monday night with several elected officials, including Congressman Tim Wahlberg and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with another participant, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, who shares what he thinks is important about the community conversation...


Monica Worline & Jane Dutton

This week's Art and Soul is the Art of Well Being.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by two University of Michigan researchers who wrote the book Awakening Compassion At Work.

Monica Worline and Jane E. Dutton talk about their research into the many benefits of compassion on the job and how that translates into higher employee engagement and productivity.


American Academy of Ophthalmology/American Astronomical Society

The solar eclipse, which will be up to 90 percent visible in our area, is quickly approaching.  It's happening early in the afternoon on August 21st, and even though it will begin to look like nighttime in the middle of the day, there have been repeated warnings not to look at the sun during this process!

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke to Michigan Medicine ophthalmologist Dr. Rajesh Rao, who shared safety tips about viewing the eclipse.


State Senator Rebekah Warren

A Women’s Issues Town Hall is taking place in Scio Township Wednesday to help address the many needs of women and families.  It’s part of an ongoing listening tour gathering feedback from area residents by several elected officials.

State Senator Rebekah Warren, State Representative Donna Lasinski, and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell will be among those participating in the “listening tour town hall.”

89-1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke with Senator Warren about the many challenges facing women today…

The City of Ann Arbor

Hundreds of people gathered in Ann Arbor Sunday to show solidarity with the victims and counterprotesters of Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor was among those in attendance and spoke about it to 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry.


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This week, Art and Soul is about the visual arts in our community.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, vice president of strategic initiatives for the Ann Arbor Art Center and Olivia Guterson. Guterson is a recruiting coordinator for Duo Security in Ann Arbor and also an artist painting a mural in the company's newest location the historic Allmendinger Building on First Street in Ann Arbor.


Ann Arbor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

There were four Ann Arbor City Council incumbents on Tuesday's primary election ballot.  Three of them have advanced to the November ballot. 


Water Street
Courtesy Photo / City of Ypsilanti

After narrowly defeating a similar proposal one year ago, Ypsilanti voters have approved a millage increase to pay off debt from the failed Water Street redevelopment project. 


Ypsilanti District Library

August 21st is the day there will be a total eclipse of the sun in North America.  Locally, it will be seen as a partial eclipse with 85 to 90 percent of the sun covered by the moon in the early afternoon.  There are several local watching events, including at the Ypsilanti District Library.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Molly Beedon, youth services librarian for the Ypsilanti District Library, who talks about the NASA expert coming to speak on the day of the eclipse and that they have special eclipse watching glasses they are giving away.


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This week’s Art and Soul is about the culinary arts in our area.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local food expert and blogger Jessica Webster as they speak to the founder and owner of Go! Ice Cream in Ypsilanti, now celebrating its first anniversary at their downtown location.


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On the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, Melvin Parson inherited a small garden patch in Ann Arbor from a friend who had recently passed away.  That sparked his interest in agriculture.  As he looked into it, he noticed a lack of diversity in those selling and buying fresh produce inspiring him to one day create a world-class urban farm.

89-1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry met Melvin at his current garden location in Ypsilanti Township and shares his story…

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It is the first total eclipse happening in nearly 40 years but will only be partially visible from Southeast Michigan.  I spoke with Eastern Michigan University professor and director of Sherzer Observatory Norbert Vance about what we can expect to see and experience when the eclipse occurs on August 21st.

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Brady Dolan of Ann Arbor is 13 years old and has been creating and building with dominoes since he was 6.  He and fellow members of the “Incredible Science Machine” team are competing Saturday, July 29th at Trillium Academy in Taylor and hoping to set some American domino building records.

Brady and his mother Annemarie Dolan joined 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry in-studio to talk about his craft and do a building… and knocking down demonstration!

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts in our area.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local journalist and arts blogger Jenn McKee to talk about many of the events taking place right now in our area.  They are joined by a special guest, Janice Blixt, the producing artistic director of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, who speaks about their current and upcoming performances.


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