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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Donald Harrison

Art and Soul is a conversation about the visual arts in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area with Omari Rush, the director of community engagement at the Ann Arbor Art Center.


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Earth Day is officially April 22nd, but there's a big local celebration taking place this coming weekend.  


Women in Workforce
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Ann Arbor is a good place for women in the workplace, according to a new report.


Huron Valley Ambulance in Ann Arbor

Countless people's lives are saved everyday thanks to the efforts of emergency dispatchers.

They're the person on the other end of the phone when you call 9-1-1.

To honor their service, April 10-16 has been named National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

I recently had a chance to talk with Dan Blaszkiewicz, an emergency dispatcher with Huron Valley Ambulance in Ann Arbor.


Donald Harrison

Community High School was started in 1972 with some radical ideas, enthusiastic teachers, and a reclaimed elementary school building in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The concept was based on a “school without walls” approach where the city could serve as the classroom.  Students were encouraged to design their own courses and take responsibility for their education.  There was no prom, no cafeteria, no sports teams, an AntiZebra anti-mascot, and students called teachers by their first names.

I spoke with local independent filmmaker and video producer Donald Harrison behind the documentary about Ann Arbor's "Community High School."


City of Ann Arbor

When people hear about "water problems" they're paying very close attention these days especially in light of what is going on in Flint.

Ann Arbor City officials just announced a major sewer overload situation that spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage into a tributary of the Huron River.

I spoke with the city's water quality manager Jennifer Lawson about what happened...

 


Ken Fischer
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A fixture in the Ann Arbor arts scene will soon step down. 


Zingtrain.

As part of a series of thought provoking books for personal empowerment and improved work outcomes, the CEO and co-founder of Zingerman's, Ari Weinzweig, is about to release a new book, "The Power of Beliefs at Work."  He will also be speaking early Wednesday morning April 6th as part of the Zing Train speaker series about the ideas he learned after years of research.

Weinzweig spoke with me about the "beliefs of which one approaches a situation."


Do you ever read an email and miss the message because you're so busy noticing all the grammar mistakes?  A new study by University of Michigan linguistics experts found this behavior is partly the result of personality traits that include how people react to written errors.

I interviewed the chair of U of M's Department of Linguistics and co-author of the study Professor Robin Queen.

Jim Harbaugh
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It's going to be very busy in Ann Arbor this evening and a big night for U of M football fans.


Paper Mache
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The outdoor festival season in Ann Arbor kicks off tonight with the tenth annual FestiFools celebration.


Lisa Barry

Many people have misconceptions about police and what they do.

To help clear up some of those issues, many local law enforcement agencies, including the Ypsilanti Police Department, give people a chance to travel with an officer and see what they do first hand in a 'ride along.'

Courtesy photos

  It's down to the final four for the Ann Arbor city administrator's job.


Lisa Barry

As the month of March, celebrated as Women's History Month, comes to a close, it's an opportunity to talk about some of the changes that are now taking place due to the growing number of women in the military.  WEMU's Lisa Barry reports on how that is impacting the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Ann Arbor.


Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department

Local law enforcement is beefing up patrols and looking for impaired drivers now through early April.

 

Ann Arbor Art Center

This month on Art and Soul, we focus on the visual arts with Omari Rush, the Director of Community Education for the Ann Arbor Art Center:

There is an event coming up at the Ann Arbor Art center on March 23rd in which they will bring artists together and try to help them develop themselves as professionals by teaching them how to put their work and philosophy into writing. A  training session which will help artists learn about submitting proposals or getting people to understand their work better.

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A group of Eastern Michigan University students are in Washington, D.C. for National Arts Advocacy Day, and WEMU's Amanda LeClaire is along for the ride.  Lisa Barry spoke to Amanda before she traveled with the students to our nation's capital  as the EMU students learn to advocate for arts funding and support.


Lisa Barry

Ypsilanti Community Schools face some tough issues right now.  Doctor Benjamin Edmondson says there's a lot of work to be done but he is determined that high expectations are met not only in the schools but in the community.


Washtenaw County Sheriff
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Voters in Washtenaw County are deciding a millage renewal today. 


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You may have seen the signs posted on your commute, but a major local freeway closure begins tonight. 


Lisa Barry

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton says community engagement and a thoughtful response are what is needed to deal with the issues they face in the county.

He said people may not want to acknowledge it, but there is a heroin epidemic throughout the entire county.

His deputies have saved 15 lives since they began carrying a drug that reverses the effects of an overdose since last summer.

Sheriff Clayton says mental health issues are also a challenge his department has to deal with.

He says they have partnered with community mental health experts and established crisis intervention programs so there are options for people dealing with a mental health problem.

He also spoke about an emergency communications millage renewal that will be on the local ballot for the March 8th election.

He is urging approval of the ballot question and said it enhances the infrastructure of first responders and improves the way they deal with crime and emergency situations.

Ann Arbor Planning Commission

A community bath house is expected to move one step closer tonight to opening in Ann Arbor.  


Stuart Collins / Pet City Pets

A male Yorkie-Poo puppy, valued at $700, was stolen from an Ypsilanti Township pet store, and the story is gaining national attention.

New County Plow Truck
Jim Harmon

With snow pummeling Washtenaw County, area roadways proved quite treacherous. As of 4:45 P.M., Washtenaw County saw anywhere from 4 to 6 inches of snow, with up to another 5 before the storm ends.


Fulbright
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With five from Eastern Michigan University awarded Fulbright grants for 2015-16, the University now has more Fulbright scholars than any other Master's degree granting university in the nation.

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