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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University of Michigan
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Predictions for the future of Michigan's economy remain upbeat, despite political uncertainty in Washington, according to a University of Michigan report.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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The process has begun to look for a new Ann Arbor school board member.


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This week on Art and Soul, I speak with Dr. Robert Quinn, co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan, author, speaker, and professor in the Ross School of Business.

We talk about how to look at last week's election results and how having the proper perspective can make a difference in any situation you are dealing with in life.


Heather Neff
Eastern Michigan University

In light of the recent unrest being felt at college campuses all over the country, Eastern Michigan University is having an event featuring several speakers to address the current campus climate.  The goal is to create a culture that embraces diversity and social justice. I spoke to Dr. Heather Neff, director of the McNair scholars program and EMU professor of English, about what her message will be. 

Great American Smokeout
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Today is the day local and national health officials try to encourage people to quit smoking.


University of Michigan
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A University of Michigan symposium is planned today in honor of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.  Meanwhile, students at U of M are planning a "campus walkout" around the same time.


There will be a day-long event today on the Eastern Michigan University campus to bring the community together in light of several recent racist graffiti incidents on the campus.


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This week on Art and Soul, I'm joined by the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center, Omari Rush, and John Kotarski, the Chair of the City of Ann Arbor Public Art Commission.

We talk about the new and improved art commission, which works for the city council to put art in public places across Ann Arbor.


Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

Southeast Michigan, including Washtenaw County, is one of the few major metropolitan areas without mass transit.

After the November election, that does not appear to be changing any time soon...


After an on and off seat on the Washtenaw County commission, former 9th district Commissioner Conan Smith is back on the County board.

Tim Walberg
Wikimedia Commons

One of the most contested and most expensive congressional races in Michigan involved a former local mayor of Saline.


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Ann Arbor City council leadership will remain the same.  Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor was re-elected after running unopposed. 

Voting Booth
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The day is here!  The polls are now open and will remain open until 8 o'clock tonight as voters decide the future of the country and many other local issues. 


Sabra Briere

There's been an unexpected announcement from an Ann Arbor city council member.  Long time Ann Arbor councilwoman Sabra Briere announced today she is stepping down from her seat in early December.


US-23
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Work begins today on a new type of commuter traffic lane in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties designed to ease traffic congestion.


Jessica Webster, Lisa Barry
WEMU

On this week's Art & Soul, MLive's Jessica Webster and I talk about what's new on the local restaurant scene, including what's recently closed and what's moving in to replace them.

Jessica also tells us about Ann Arbor's growing strip mall restaurant scene and one business that recently drew the attention of the New York Times.

 

Eastern Michigan University

In an effort to improve community relations between the City of Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University a special event is taking place later today. 30 people, half from the University, the other half from the city will go for a walk later today and then share a meal in hopes of improving communication and perceptions they may have of one another.

I spoke with the event's organizer, Eastern's Director of Academic Engagement Programs and Professor of Applied Theatre, Jessica "Decky" Alexander.


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Research on the remains of a 9-ton mammoth found in a Chelsea field over a year ago may prove that humans existed in Michigan a thousand years earlier than previously thought.

After a year of restoration work, the partial remains of the mammoth are going on display this coming weekend at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History beginning November 5th.

I spoke to museum director Amy Harris.  She says the mammoth display will be given enough room for scientists to continue their research while the public can view the display.


Lisa Barry

On Election Day, Washtenaw County voters will be asked to approve a .10 operational millage for services offered by the county's Department of Veterans Affairs.

I spoke with the Director of the Washtenaw County Department of Veteran Affairs Michael Smith and Army veteran Duane Weide, who served in Iraq, about the upcoming millage.


Ford Hall
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

In light of another incident of racist graffiti found on the Eastern Michigan University campus, University officials are planning several public events to deal with the incidents. 


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City officials in Ann Arbor are amping up their efforts to improve crosswalk visibility following the death of a 16 year-old high school student last week near Huron High School


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

It's almost Election Day, and the seemingly endless campaigns seem to have brought up some public safety concerns for both during and after the election.

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton spoke with WEMU about how local law enforcement plans to handle any potential hazards at polling places.


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This week on Art and Soul, local journalist and blogger Jenn McKee joins me to talk about many of the upcoming shows and events in our area.  Director Joe York from PTD Productions in Ypsilanti also joins the conversation to talk about the theater company's upcoming production of "Noises Off."


Benjamin Maynard & Bryan Ochalla

Every week during the University of Michigan's football season, a group of Ann Arbor women make sure the players get a taste of "home" by baking them cookies.

Known as the "Cookie Ladies," the women bake up an assortment of cookies which are delivered to the team for every home and away game.

I spoke with the lead baker, Ann Arbor resident Penny Griffin.


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The business value of joy.

Richard Sheridan is the owner of Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor and the author of a book called "Joy, Inc." He started working as a computer programmer before he could even drive a car back in the early '70s.  He got a couple of degrees in computer science and computer engineering at the University of Michigan and settled in the area which he says is a great area to run a software business.

He talks about what lead him to write the book "Joy, Inc."  He also talks about what it takes to build an intentionally joyful culture and taking a different approach to running a business that gives employees satisfaction.


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