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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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More than 50 local restaurants are coming together this week to celebrate Ann Arbor Restaurant Week.

It's a twice-a-year celebration of Ann Arbor's dining scene in which participating businesses offer meals at fixed prices as a way to attract customers and encourage more residents to sample local cuisine.

United States Senate

U.S. Senator Gary Peters from Michigan honors the life and legacy of a true American hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  He also shares the latest on the Flint water crisis and what he hopes to hear from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in his State Of The State address.

Washtenaw County Seal
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

Washtenaw County officials are narrowing down their search for a new county administrator.

EMU Practice Facility
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

The recently re-inflated indoor practice dome at Eastern Michigan University has a new problem.

Ann Arbor Art Center

Art and Soul is a monthly review of visual arts activities around Washtenaw County with Lisa Barry and Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center.

Included in the discussion is an upcoming event called, "GIG The Art of Michigan Music," an event featuring concert photography, GIG posters and shirt designs at the Ann Arbor Art Center.

Construction Barrels
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There will be an informational meeting next week on a major construction project planned for the M-14 freeway affecting the Ann Arbor area commute.  

Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

As the first full week of the New Year gets underway, the Mayor of Ann Arbor has released a "year in review" touching on a number of issues important to city residents. 

Gentoo penguins
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

It's a busy time of year for package deliveries, but 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry reports on one recent special delivery at the Detroit Zoo.


Detroit Police Department

The City of Ann Arbor is starting over in looking for a new police chief, after James White who had accepted the position changed his mind and is staying on as assitant Detroit police chief. 

Ann Arbor Mayor Chrisopher Taylor says they're "moving forward" since getting the news in an email from White.

"We were all looking forward to James White's service as police chief of Ann Arbor, so yes we are disappointed. We are fortunate however to have an outstanding, experienced and respected interim chief," Taylor says. 

Lisa Barry

 The CEO and co-founder of Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, Ari Weinzweig is speaking at the Zing Train Speaker Series about "hope in the workplace."  After encountering some employees engaged in a non hopeful conversation, Weinzweig decided to do some research on the topic and plans to incorporate what he learned in his next book.


Amanda Mae Photography

Art and Soul is a conversation between 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry and Omari Rush, the curator of public programs at the Ann Arbor Art Center about the visual arts in our community.

mmm... pie

With the holidays upon us, efforts to eat healthfully become more difficult with all the goodies offered at special dinners and parties.  

Michigan Supreme Court

National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families.    

Lisa Barry spoke with state Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormack about the court's involvement in educating the public about the adoption process.

Lisa Barry

Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre is premiering a new show Called "Why Not Me? A Sammy Davis Jr. Story" starring Sean Blake.  The one man show written by Tim Rhoze runs November 24-December 19, 2015. 

Straight from its critically acclaimed sold-out run in Chicago, the show reveals the man inside the entertainer who became known as "Mr. Wonderful," the greatest entertainer of his time.

David Zinn
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Art comes in many forms.  Some hangs on museum walls to be viewed for centuries. Some is duplicated or turned into posters…and some is sold at auction to collectors.  Then there’s a local artist who creates “unique public art” NOT intended to last long.

  We visited with David Zinn  recently as he created one of those amazing pieces of art-with chalk! 

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Eastern Michigan University offers a diverse range of majors and opportunities including  a "Running Science Lab" which recently moved into Rackham Hall.  This allowed them to offer expanded services to the public with increased flexibility.   

Jeff Irwin
Courtesy Photo / voteirwin.com

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.

Dr. Adam Marks
Courtest photo / University of Michigan

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.

Courtesy photo / McKinley

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.

Lisa Barry

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.


Joe Tosch

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.


University of Michigan / University of Michigan

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


Lisa Barry / WEMU

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.