Featured Interviews


  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:05pm
    Most college students will be back in the classroom next week, and many have been moving into their dorm rooms over the last few days.  Even before...

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  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:41pm
    Repair work continues on the Ann Arbor Senior Center. The center was closed earlier this month and its programs temporarily relocated when the...

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  • Environment
    6:57 am
    Fri December 27, 2013

    The Green Room: Deer Overpopulation, Its Impacts And Potential Solutions

    In the Matthies garden
    Andrea Matthies

    High numbers of White-tailed deer in the southern Lower Peninsula are causing concerns about deer-car collisions, rising auto insurance premiums, crop losses, Lyme Disease borne by deer ticks, lack of forest regeneration, and ecosystem imbalance, to name just of few of the many issues.  Opinions on what to do about the abundance of deer are even more wide-ranging.  In this installment of WEMU’s The Green Room, Barbara Lucas examines some of the complexities involved, and some of the solutions offered.

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    2:51 pm
    Sat December 21, 2013

    EMU Alum and Commencent Speaker, Wesley Coller Discusses Career in the Arts

    Producer Wesley Coller, who graduated from Eastern Michigan in 1999, gave the Dec. 21 commencement address.
    Credit Clay Enos

    This week, Bob Eccles had the opportunity to interview movie producer and EMU grad Wesley Coller, who's giving the commencement speech this weekend at Eastern Michigan University. They discussed how Coller's educational journey led to a career in the arts.

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    7:01 pm
    Wed December 18, 2013

    Mittenfest VIII to Benefit 826Michigan

    MIttenfest will be held December 27th - 31st
    Credit Mittenfest

    Mittenfest, a massive three-day music festival featuring 40 state and local bands, benefits 826Michigan.  WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with 826Michigan Executive Director Amanda Uhle about her organization and what the December 27th-31st event means to it.


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    1:38 pm
    Sat December 7, 2013

    Orpheum Bell Live in Studio

    Jeremy with Orpheum Bell
    Credit Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

    Before their December 15th performance at The Ark, Orpheum Bell stopped by the 89.1 WEMU studios to talk to us on the The Roots Music Project for a live interview and performance.

    Listen to the full performance and interview here:

    Orpheum Bell Live in the 89.1 WEMU Studios--12/7/13

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    2:10 pm
    Fri November 22, 2013

    John F. Kennedy 50 Years Later

    A plaque on the Michigan Union wall provides details of Kennedy's visit.
    Bob Eccles

    50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a visit to Dallas.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has a look at JFK's impact on our area, and introduces us to some local folks whose lives President Kennedy touched. The spot where Kennedy spoke, planting the seed for what would become the Peace Corps.

    Click here for Bob's report.

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    3:16 pm
    Fri November 1, 2013

    1st Friday Focus on the Environment: Michigan's Energy Future

    Credit Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council

    On the first Friday of every month, WEMU Morning Edition Host David Fair partners with Michigan League of Conservation voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak. Together they invite a guest to spend 20-minutes discuss a topic of environmental importance. 

    This month, our guest is Dan Scripps. Dan is a former State Representative and current President of the  Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. Today's conversation centers on progress that has been made in both energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in the state, where we are going next, and how we'll get there.

    Michigan's Energy Future: That's the topic on WEMU's First Friday Focus on the Environment.

    1st Friday Focus on the Environment for 11/01/2013

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    9:36 am
    Fri October 4, 2013

    First Friday Focus on the Environment: The Farm Bill

    Credit flyzipper / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

    Senator Debbie Stabenow joins David Fair and Lisa Wozniak as our guest on the 1st Friday Focus on the Environment on WEMU 89.1 FM. Our topic? The Farm Bill, stalled in the House even before the government shut down.

    Listen to the full discussion here:

    First Friday Focus on the Environment 10/4

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    2:59 pm
    Wed August 28, 2013

    An Interview with Robert Hurst: Detroit Jazz Fest, BoB a Palindrome and More!

    Robert and Linda in the WEMU studios
    Brad McNett

    Linda Yohn sits down with Robert Hurst in the WEMU studio to talk about about  his upcoming Detroit Jazz Festival performance, his new album BoB a Palindrome, life as a musician, and more on this morning's 89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn

    Linda Yohn interviews Robert Hurst ahead of his Detroit Jazz Festival.

    2:46 pm
    Thu August 15, 2013

    Live In Studio: Rick Roe

    As a pianist, Rick Roe says much with his terrific touch, his surprising song selections and understanding of the importance of the space between the notes.  This morning was truly special as Rick Roe discusses his musical life and his new CD, “Swing Theory” plus, his upcoming CD release concert.

    Listen to the full interview here:

    Rick Roe in the WEMU Studios 8/15/13

    4:44 pm
    Fri August 9, 2013

    The Roots Music Project: Corndaddy Live in Studio

    Corndaddy live in the WEMU studios

    Local favorites, Corndaddy appears on The Roots Music Project ahead of their performance at the Ark in Ann Arbor

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    Corndaddy visits the WEMU studios ahead of their show at the Ark 8/10/13

    3:05 pm
    Wed December 5, 2012

    Jazz and Improvisation Program at the University of Michigan celebrates 25 years

    Current University of Michigan Jazz Faculty

    Ellen Rowe, jazz pianist and composer, the current Chair of the Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation along with flugelhornist, Music School Professor, and program founder Ed Sarath sit down with Linda Yohn of WEMU to talk about 25 years and beyond of the Jazz and Contemplative Studies Programs at the University of Michigan.

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