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

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One day in late February, the five members of Front Country were warming up for their record release show at the renowned bluegrass club the Station Inn, in their new home base of Nashville, Tenn. They'd never played most of these songs live before.

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The 11th annual "Fool-Moon" and "FestiFools" events are coming up this weekend.

89. 1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to the original creator of the annual Ann Arbor public art event...


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Having a job in Michigan doesn’t mean you can make ends meet.  That’s the message of a new report released by the Michigan Association of United Ways.

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Recent events in our community, like the Ann Arbor area’s 1,4-dioxane plume, have increased residents’ awareness of – and concern about – the chemicals companies use.  While many state and federal regulations may exist that govern chemical storage and manufacturing, these regulations generally do not involve an onsite inspection component.  As a result, the programs are enforced on a complaint basis or incident, after the fact.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Kristen Schweighoefer,  Environmental Health Director for Washtenaw County Public Health, about 25 years of effort to manage these issues in Washtenaw County.


Chicago police have now arrested two suspects in the brutal sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed on Facebook Live. Both of those charged in the attack are teenage boys, ages 14 and 15, and police continue to look for more accomplices.

About 40 people may have watched the rapes on Facebook as they happened, but none of them reported the crimes to the police. That's raising ethical and legal questions about those who witnessed the crime, including whether they can be charged for their inaction.

In an official statement, President Trump described the recent chemical attack in Syria as "reprehensible" and went on to argue the "heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution." In other words, he blamed former President Barack Obama.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has begun issuing weekly reports that name sheriffs, the agency claims, who are uncooperative when it comes to enforcing federal immigration laws. ICE says some sheriffs are refusing the federal government's requests to hold people in their jails believed to be in the country illegally. But many sheriffs argue what they're being asked to do is not constitutional.

Aimee Mann's music has always been characterized as melancholy. So on her new album, Mental Illness, she decided to lean into the stereotype.

Murder is on the rise in Mexico. Ten years after the government launched its war on drugs and sent the military to combat cartels, homicides are at levels not seen since the height of that offensive. The violence is widespread, but it remains most prevalent in a few hard-hit towns and cities.

Hugo del Angel says his city, Ecatepec, a sprawling, struggling suburb of nearly 2 million outside Mexico City, is definitely high on that list.

"It's probably one of the three most problematic in the whole country," he says.

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Four Washtenaw County police agencies are working together this month to increase education, compliance, and knowledge about driving through one of the county's 18 roundabouts.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Sergeant William Clock of the Ann Arbor Police Department's Special Services division about the "roundabout enforcement project" underway now through the first of May.


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Police officials say taking away the penalty for refusing a roadside breath test could increase instances of operating while intoxicated.  But a bill in a state House committee would do just that. 


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The Volkswagen emissions settlement from earlier this year could lead to new school busses for some Michigan students.


In 2014, James Knowles had just been re-elected mayor without opposition when one of his city's white police officers shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American. Knowles suddenly became the public face of Ferguson, Mo., a small town under intense scrutiny.

Some questioned whether Knowles would remain in his post. He did. And now, he is running for a third term.

New research published Monday adds fuel to an ongoing debate in the public health community over whether a few extra pounds are good, or bad, for you.

Earlier research found that being somewhat overweight, but not obese, may result in a longer life.

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NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Ben Taub about his New Yorker article "The Desperate Journey of a Trafficked Girl." Taub spent several months following a Nigerian teenage girl's route as she, and thousands like her, try to reach Europe, risking death, forced labor and sex work.

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A single freeway stands between two Washtenaw County communities. but some aspects of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti can seem much farther apart.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Washtenaw County, Belinda Dulin, about a special community conversation they are organizing to give people a safe space to talk about their perceptions and expectations for the two cities.


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Jackie Evancho first commanded attention as a 10-year-old, when she was the runner-up on America's Got Talent. The young singer won over the judges and the country with her performances of classical arias and a voice that seemed to belong to someone far beyond her years.

California native Malcolm Mirage's dream was to own a legal cannabis dispensary. For years, he had grown marijuana and sold it on the black market, while working a day job as a personal trainer. But in his late 20s, Mirage decided it was time to jump into the growing legal industry — before it got too crowded — and build his expertise into a sustainable, above-board business.

In comics and graphic novels, Native American characters aren't usually very prominent. They're often sidekicks — or worse. But a new publisher focused exclusively on Native writers and artists is changing that. Called Native Realities, the company just released the reboot of the first all-Native superhero comic.

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