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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.

Ways to Connect

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber / a2ychamber.org

It's said music has healing powers, and, later this month, the Ypsilanti Community Schools is having a special event intended to both entertain and improve the health of the community.  

We spoke with YCS superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson and Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney, CEO and Medical Director of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America/Michigan Chapter, about the upcoming "Jazz in the Parking Lot" event.   


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This week's "Art and Soul" is all about the visual arts.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry sits down with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center and with a local artist who's emerging from the local art scene.


Cross Street Village
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A community protest is planned for this afternoon to show support for senior citizens living at Cross Street Village in Ypsilanti.  This is an emotional situation impacting affordable housing for local seniors. 


Anson Brown Building
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Call it arson.  That’s the conclusion of an investigation into the fire at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store back in May.  There is now a cash reward for information that helps solve the crime. 


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As people spend more and more time on social media, the lack of true friendship or in-person connections could be harming their health.

I spoke with Ann Arbor psychologist, author, and adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Dr. Robert Pasick about the impact this is having on people.

Pipeline
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A Rover Pipeline protest will take place tonight.  Opponents of the planned location of the natural gas pipeline that would be built near a children’s camp are crying foul on how the plan fell into place and are demanding changes. 


Humane Society of Huron Valley

The local Humane Society is looking for cat and kitten adopters after nearly 50 cats were rescued from an animal hoarder in Plymouth.


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This week's Art and Soul is about the culinary arts in our area.  Lisa Barry is joined by local food expert and writer Jessica Webster, Sunday afternoon on 89.1 WEMU as host of "The In Crowd."

Ann Arbor restaurant owner Sava Farah is this week's special guest as she announces plans for a new restaurant and celebrates ten years in the hospitality business in Ann Arbor.


UMS President Ken Fischer retires on Friday after serving as President of UMS for 30 years.  Ken reflects on a storied career with WEMU's David Fair, and then they are joined by incoming UMS President Matthew VanBesien to explore the future of the organization.  But, it all starts with a tribute piece from WEMU's Lisa Barry. 

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Undergraduate tuition and fees at EMU will increase 3.9 percent or $474 per student taking 30 credits per year.  The increase is just under the state tuition restraint cap and will allow Eastern to continue receiving state performance funding for not exceeding the state guidelines.


Ann Arbor In Concert

This week's Art and Soul focuses on the Performing Arts in our area.

89.1 FM WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by local arts writer and blogger Jenn McKee and the Musical Director for the Ann Arbor in Concert show Eric Lofstrom.


courtesy AAPS / Ann Arbor Public Schools

Classes may be over, but negotiations are continuing for the next Ann Arbor public school teachers' contract.


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This week's Art and Soul is about the art of well-being.  89.1 FM’s Lisa Barry talks with two Ann Arbor men who created a philosophy based blog called Chillpill.  Hien Lam and Matthew Hanson talk about the many choices we make in life and how they impact our happiness and sense of well-being.  Their "Two Minds Philosophy" comes down to a choice whether to have a "game mind" or a "blame mind."


Ann Arbor Art Center

This week’s Art and Soul is about the Visual Arts. 89.1 FM WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined once again by Omari Rush, director of external relations, at the Ann Arbor Arts Center.  Omari joins Lisa to talk about how the Ann Arbor Arts Center has a variety of activities taking place right now, including launching a special new arts App.


Taste of Ann Arbor

As Ann Arbor’s reputation as a “foodie city” continues to grow, this week’s Art and Soul is about the culinary arts in the area.  89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry talks with local writer and food expert Jessica Webster about the many food related events and changes currently taking place.


Michigan Medicine

Whether it’s a journey or a struggle or a fight, dealing with cancer is tough on everyone.  There is a special “cancer survivors celebration” taking place this coming Sunday, June 4th organized by the Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, and there will be a special guest, therapist and author Mike Verano.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with him about his own cancer journey and his thoughts on coming out on the other side of a cancer challenge… and finding peace in yourself and for your friends and family.


Barbecue
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In addition to remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces, Memorial Day also kicks off the unofficial start of summer, and that means picnics and barbecues.  So it never hurts to be reminded of holiday food safety tips.


Neutral Zone

This week’s Art and Soul is about the performance arts in our community.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry sits down with local journalist and A2 Addict blogger Jenn McKee and Neutral Zone Adult Music Coordinator Charlie Reischl to talk about the “Live on Washington” event in Ann Arbor that is going on Saturday June 3rd from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Part of the purpose of the event is to give teens at Neutral Zone an opportunity to put together a major music event.


Sava's Restaurant

Three employees were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials at Sava's Restaurant on South State Street Wednesday.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talked with Sava's Restaurant owner Sava Lelcaj-Sarah about what happened this morning and how this will impact her business and other restaurants in the community.


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The city of Ypsilanti is using a new and slightly unusual method to landscape grassy areas and several city parks.


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As schools and the education system continue to evolve, what’s being taught in the classroom has come a long way from just reading, writing and arithmetic.

We visited a local high school where students can make use of “The Learning Studio,” where an Ypsilanti photographer is combining community experience with public education, creating new opportunities for students.


Zingtrain

There are many things we can do to take care of our health from eating right to exercising, but there is growing research on the therapeutic benefits of laughter in medicine.

We spoke with Ann Arbor Integrative Medicine Dr. Jay Sandweiss, who is sharing his knowledge of how a daily dose of “mindful laughter” can prevent and improve at least 21 different aspects of your health as part of the Zingtrain Speaker Series on Wednesday, May 24th.

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This week, Art and Soul talks about the art of well-being.  Lisa Barry sits down with Dr. David Mayer - an associate professor in the management and organizations area at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and the University Center for Positive Organizations.

Dr. Mayer recently wrote an article titled, “Want to be happier and more successful? Learn to like other people.”


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Formerly the US attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and now a professor for the University of Michigan Law School, Barbara McQuade spoke with 89.1 FM WEMU’s Lisa Barry about what she called "the chaos in Washington" and the importance of diversity.


Joe Mislinski
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Ann Arbor's reputation as a "foodie" town is growing across the nation. Some folks are even developing food hobbies. Such is the love affair between a Chicago man and bacon. WEMU's Lisa Barry sat down with food blogger Joe Mislinski, who will speak at Zingerman's upcoming "Camp Bacon" event.


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