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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Jeff Irwin
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Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday morning, otherwise known as "falling back" where we gain an hour.

Ann Arbor State representative Jeff Irwin had introduced a bill to eliminate what he calls our "bi- annual clock setting dance" but it has so far been stalled in committee. 

But he says we need more discussion as to why we keep changing times and spoke me.


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Eastern Michigan University's Aging Studies Program is having a special program Wednesday October 28th featuring a lecture by Dr. Adam Marks, Clinical assistant professor in the division of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the University of Michigan. He will be speaking on how  Americans deal with death, and  how that has changed over the past 100 years.

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Ann Arbor is now the 8th economically segregated city in the country, and there is growing concern about lack of affordable housing for the middle class in all of Washtenaw county. The reality is more and more people have fewer and fewer choices to live in affordable housing in Washtenaw county.

Top community and political leaders from across Washtenaw County gathered today to discuss economic inequalities in the county.

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There will be a little bit of everything  in the new community center opening soon in downtown Ypsilanti on Main Street.  Ricky Herbert, the creator of "Lampshade" says they plan to hold entertainment events as well as house a  coffee shop, book store and a revolving art display featuring the works of local artists.  It's a performance space -music venue with classes,events, talks, and panels expected to be held there.

 


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Joe Tosch is a University of Michigan graduate and former employee of the University’s athletic department.  He has since moved to Kansas City and nearly 3 years ago became a father to a baby girl he and his wife Sarah named Ella.  When Ella was around one year old her Mother began noticing some problems with the infant.  After several trips to the doctors it was determined she had a brain tumor called Medulloblastoma. Ella ended up having emergency surgery that removed most of the brain tumor but the cancer had also spread to her spine.  In August of 2014 she went through six rounds of high dose chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.  None of the treatments were successful and she passed away on September 14th  2015,  five weeks shy of her 3rd birthday.

  
 

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The 100th session of the Positive Links Speaker series is being held at the University of Michigan Ross School of business.

 

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Art & Soul is a new feature from 89.1 WEMU that looks at the visual arts experience happening in our community.

  It focuses on the rich and vibrant art scene available locally with information on what's happening now, soon and what's coming up around town.
  This week I spoke with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center about a new outdoor art festival called Pop-X. It's an outdoor exhibition of art in downtown Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Park and it launches on October 15th.


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Every year, thousands of residents in Washtenaw county (and nearby Wayne county) go to Hope Medical Clinic on the south side of Ypsilanti for free food and medical care.  The executive director, Matt Hudson says they err on the side of compassion and will assist anyone who comes to them for help.

  Just recently they re-purposed an old building on Harriett Street as a farm stand to hand out free produce to those in need several times a week.  They are partners with Food Gatherers which grows and donates some of the free produce.

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A Chelsea farmer was digging on his property when he encountered a large  piece of bone. He contacted the University of Michigan and a team of paleontologists and researchers uncovered much of the body of what they believe was a 6 to 7 ton Wooly Mammoth that was likely buried there up to 15,000 years ago.

  


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It will be another exciting event for sky watchers this weekend. There will be a total lunar eclipse Sunday evening, the last one visible from our area until May of 2019.

Norbert Vance is a professor and director of the Sherzer Observatory at Eastern Michigan University. Some people are calling it a "Super Moon" professor Vance calls it a "pumpkin moon"

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Every day thousands of motorists pass by a field of Bison (or Buffalo if you prefer) near a busy intersection on the north east side of Ann Arbor outside Domino’s Farms.

I had a chance to tour the field and get close to these amazing iconic animals:


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That’s the advice of University of Michigan president Dr. Mark Schlissel who spoke to me in his office as he begins his second academic year as the 14th president of the University of Michigan. 

Although Football is often on the minds of University of Michigan students and alumni President Mark Schlissel says while athletics is part of their community it is not their mission.

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Today we begin a new monthly feature on WEMU's All Things Considered called Art and Soul. 

It's a look at the visual arts experience in our community. We're going to focus on the rich and vibrant arts scene available locally because of our area's firm embrace of the arts and culture.  Omari Rush, Curator of Public Programs at Ann Arbor Art Center will guide us through some of the great new and wonderful artistic opportunities to be found around Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.

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It's a time of many changes for students, their families and communities with the start of classes in most of Michigan.

Nicolette Hahn Niman

Maybe you're aware (or maybe you're not) that burger you're having for lunch, or that steak you had for dinner could  impact the environment. I spoke to Nicolette Hahn Niman a rancher, lawyer, author, mother and University of Michigan law school graduate about her upcoming presentation about the "sustainability of beef" at Zingerman's on September 13th.


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Something happened.

In my radio career I have been fortunate enough to interview hundreds of people from all walks of life (an interview with Jimmy Carter from not too long ago has been on my mind this week). 

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It's an annual sky show, the Perseid Meteor Showers should be at their peak visibility tonight.

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If you were hoping to take a super cool selfie at a University of Michigan football game this fall, you'll have to do so without the help of a selfie stick!  

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A new "medicinal garden" just opened at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor to showcase the connection between plants and medicine.  

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 It took two years and $55 million in renovations for the Taubman Health Sciences Library to re-open on the U of M campus.  The over 143,000 square foot library has gone digital and students can write on erasable walls and tables.  

Tubby's

You get a business deal with the Tubby Submarine sandwich company buying the Livonia based "Just Baked" cupcake maker.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though several "Just Baked" franchises including the one in Ann Arbor are not part of the deal.  

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 A rare "Blue Moon" will be visible in southeast Michigan.  The moon won't actually appear blue, but gets it's name because it is only visible every 2 to 3 years.

I had the chance to speak to the director of the Sherzer Observatory at Eastern Michigan University, Norbert Vance and he shares information on a number of interesting things visible right now in the night sky.

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A local congresswoman is helping Congress launch an effort to help citizens prevent cancer.

Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton
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Straight talk from the Washtenaw county sheriff.  In a letter to concerned citizens in light of recent gun violence, Washstenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton says “there is a gang problem” in part of the county. 

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