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WEMU's All Things Considered local host is Lisa Barry who anchors all local news segments during the program.

NPR's All Things Considered paints the bigger picture with reports on the day's news, analysis of world events, and thoughtful commentary.

When you think of the sound of Houston, you might think of country and western music. Maybe you've heard of bluesmen like Johnny Copeland and Albert Collins or gospel stars like Yolanda Adams. Or, you know, Beyoncé?

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Summer is here and with it comes warm weather and plenty of chances to experience the performing arts outdoors.

On this week's on Art & Soul: The Performing Arts, Jenn and I are joined by the president of Ann Arbor's Penny Seats Theatre, Lauren London.


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The movies keep on coming!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about all the movies in theaters this weekend.


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The Ecology Center in Ann Arbor is working on a project to make sure supermarkets don't sell canned food products that could contain BPA in them.  


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The state has filed a lawsuit seeking to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from two water engineering firms that did work in Flint.  


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Close to 100 Ann Arbor VA hospital employees and their supporters held an informational picket outside the hospital.  They are trying to prevent VA hospitals from being closed.

 


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Ypsilanti's City Hall building has a new addition. It's an 11' by 22' mural designed by local artist Jermaine Dickerson.

 

 


What do Van Morrison's "Domino," the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" have in common? All of them were recorded or became hits in 1971 — the year music journalist David Hepworth insists is the best year in rock 'n' roll history.

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When Zika started spreading through Latin America earlier this year, a number of governments issued advisories recommending that women put off getting pregnant because the virus can cause severe birth defects. At the same time these countries kept in place strict laws that would prevent a woman from getting an abortion if she were already pregnant.

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C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

An Ann Arbor hospital is garnering national recognition for its work in a few different medical areas, 


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Washtenaw County's "eco-fee" for using plastic or paper bags from retail grocery stores is scheduled to go into effect on Earth Day in 2017. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County solid waste specialist Noelle Bowman about the new ordinance and whether state lawmakers will actually allow for its implementation. 


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Late Tuesday night, Ypsilanti City Council approved a $14 million budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. 

 


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a $617 million dollar bailout of the Detroit Public Schools – which he says represents a fresh start for the financially and academically struggling district.


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 Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents yesterday passed a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. As part of the spending measure, the Regents approved a contract with food vendor Chartwells. The decision to privatize the school’s dining services did not come about without some criticism.


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Lisa Barry

When we think about the five senses - sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell - these experiences are different for each of us.

Michelle Krell Kydd is a trained "nose" in fragrance and flavors and editor of the blog Glass Petal Smoke.

I spoke to her about an upcoming event she is hosting that focuses on the sometimes controversial aroma of patchouli.


There is a moment, a little ways into tonight's first episode of the Oprah Winfrey Network's new drama, Greenleaf, which sums up all the things that work — and don't — in this ambitious nighttime soap.

Merle Dandridge plays the show's heroine, Grace Greenleaf. Her father, Bishop James Greenleaf, and mother, Lady Mae Greenleaf, founded a powerful, predominantly black megachurch in Memphis, Tenn., where she preached as a child. After 20 years away from home, she has come back — for the funeral of her sister Faith, who killed herself.

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