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89.1 WEMU presents Morning Edition from NPR.  David Fair, WEMU News Director,  keeps you up to date on all the latest news, traffic and weather in your neighborhood.  

NPR brings you news from around the country and the world.  Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne take you around the globe for the stories you'll be talking about all day.  While they are out traveling, David Greene can be heard as regular substitute host. 

WEMU features include Green Room, Issues of the Environment and Cinema Chat.  Heard regularly on Morning Edition are some of the most familiar voices including news analyst Cokie Roberts and sport commentator Frank Deford as well as the special series StoryCorps, which travels the country recording America's oral history.

It's called The American Arachnological Society, and they are having their national meeting on the Eastern Michigan University campus June 22-26th.  EMU biology professor Cara Shillington is co-hosting the event and along with EMU student Matt Angelosanto spoke to 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry about her studies of arachnids and Matt's research on tarantulas.


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Summer is officially here, and the movie business stays hot!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the new films coming to the silver screen this weekend.


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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We're signing an executive order. I consider it to be a very important executive order. It's about keeping families together.

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Michigan’s prisons are in crisis: The state cannot find enough corrections officers to staff them.  Older officers are retiring, others are quitting.  And there are more than 600 officer positions waiting to be filled.  For corrections officers, that shortage means an exhausting, dangerous job is getting even tougher.


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A state elections board has complied with a court order to place a question on the November ballot.  It would change how congressional and legislative district boundaries are drawn.


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The executive order that President Trump signed yesterday did two things. It ended a policy of separating children from their parents at the border. It also confirmed that many statements the administration made about its policy were false.

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Many children across the country have incarcerated friends or relatives, especially in the juvenile detention system.  Now, an Ypsilanti elementary school has launched a program to keep its students from entering that system themselves.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly sit down with Erickson Elementary Principal Kelly Mickel and social worker Jody O'Bryan to discuss the school's new "Village Project."


All-You-Can-Eat Was Too Much

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Algal blooms are common in the Great Lakes in the summertime, but they may be more dangerous than originally believed.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Dr. Andrew Ault, assistant professor at the University of Michigan's departments of environmental health sciences and chemistry, about a study that determined that algal blooms can become airborne, and, therefore, become a public hazard.


World Cup Fans Clean Up After Themselves

Jun 20, 2018

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Survivors of sexual assault want Michigan State University interim president John Engler gone.  More than 100 survivors of disgraced MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar are calling for Engler’s termination.  This stems from emails between Engler and an aide published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.


NBA Moves Into E-Sports

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Voters in Washington, D.C., have approved a ballot measure that would eliminate tipped wages. This initiative is part of a national campaign to raise restaurant workers' pay across the country. NPR's Shannon Van Sant reports.

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Ypsilanti Community Schools

A local high school team is getting national attention, but it's not for sports.  The Ypsilanti Community School district Grizzly Robotics team is being featured on HBO'S "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the team's mentor Scott Heister and school superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson about the award-winning program, its national exposure, and an upcoming team trip to China.


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Two sounds from the debate over border enforcement. Both were heard yesterday afternoon.

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The African American And Cultural Historical Museum Of Washtenaw County

For years, it has been a museum without walls.  In the near future, that is going to change.  Deb Polich, president and CEO of The Arts Alliance, joins WEMU's David Fair to explore the backstory of the African American and Cultural History Museum and look ahead to when the brick-and-mortar iteration of the museum will open.  Museum president and CEO Joyce Hunter joins them to provide the answers. 


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