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The University Musical Society has existed since 1879. For the last 30-years, Ken Fischer has served as it's President. Fischer retires on June 30th and on July 1st, the tenure begins for just the 7th president of the organization.  I caught up with Mathew VanBesien  shortly after the public announcement:


Ann Arbor
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With the start of the new calendar year, Ann Arbor city council is preparing for a new fiscal year budget that begins July 1st. 

Ann Arbor Women's March
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Downtown Ann Arbor was packed with people Saturday afternoon for a post-inaugural women's march.


U.S. Capitol
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Hundreds of thousands are expected to attend Saturday’s Women’s March in Washington D.C.  The gathered are calling for equality and equity for all Americans with an end to discrimination in all its forms.  Former Ypsilanti Mayor Cheryl Farmer set out for the nation's capital early this morning and made time to talk with WEMU’s David Fair. 


Take Your Instrument
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There is a unique musical ensemble in Ann Arbor comprised of amateur musicians who all work and/or study in the science and medical fields.  I spoke to two members of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan Theater spokesperson Amanda Bynum about the movie business and all the films coming to the big screen this weekend.


Google
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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Sam Arons,Strategic Negotiator for Datacenter Energy at Google, about the tech giant's plans to operate completely on renewable energy sources by the end of 2017.


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Susan Fecteau has lived in Ann Arbor since the mid 70's when she came to town to attend the University of Michigan.  She has lived there ever since and has raised a family of four children and has had several careers from carpenter to real estate broker.

It was just over a year ago she became increasingly upset with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's handling of the Flint water crisis and started leaving him chalk messages outside his Ann Arbor condominium.  I went with her for a recent visit as she left him another message.


Michigan Theater
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The 2017 Golden Globes have been handed out, so let's celebrate the victors with a good movie!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and the flicks coming to the silver screen this weekend.


Bicyclists
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When drivers and bicyclists don't share the road, there can be terrible consequences.  So, the City of Ann Arbor took action.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Bradley Parsons, a board member for the Washtenaw County Biking and Walking Coalition, about a new measure designed to reduce accidents involving bike riders.


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The United Arab Emirates' Ambassador to Russia, Omar Saif Ghobash, came to Ann Arbor to promote his new book,  "Letters To A Young Muslim."  The book is a collection of letters to his sons urging them to reject extremism.

I spoke with him about the book and what changes he hopes to bring about.


Pincause founders Nate and Kate
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Kate and Nate from Ann Arbor have created "Pincause" and a special pin featuring the American sign language symbol of love from the deaf culture.

It includes many different colors created to unite women of all backgrounds, colors, shapes and sizes, and beliefs as they participate in women's marches across the country on January 21st.  It is their intention to create something that encourages people to come together wearing one same symbol of love.

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On this week's Art & Soul, I am joined by local restaurant writer Jessica Webster, who takes a look back at the local restaurant scene in our area.

There were fewer changes and some interesting trends, according to Webster.  She says there have been a lot of new pizza places opening in the Ann Arbor area recently. 

Michigan Theater
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The Michigan Theater marks 89 years today, so let's celebrate with a good flick.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the films coming to the big screen this weekend.


Ecology Center
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2017 has begun, so it's time to make some resolutions, especially for your personal and environmental habits.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Melissa Cooper Sargent, Green Living Resources Director for the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, about tips for being and healthier and more environmentally responsible for the New Year.


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Every summer, there is the nationally known art fair in Ann Arbor, and the area is known for its large number of local artists.  One of those artists is gaining attention for his locally historic creation that was a popular gift for Christmas.


Gym
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It's no secret that trying to lose weight and eat healthier are at the top of many people's New Year's resolution list.  An expert on the issue has the following tips.


Islam
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Islamophobia continues to affect many communities around the country, including right here in Washtenaw County.  Earlier this year, anti-Islam messages were written at the University of Michigan's Diag.  As the New Year approaches, local Muslims hope for a better future in 2017.


Michigan Theater
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2016 is coming to a close, so let's look back at the best that the world of cinema presented this past year.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the films that have made an positive impact in 2016.


Jeff Irwin
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The legislative session in Lansing came to an end this year with a flurry.  Numerous bills were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and sent to Governor Rick Snyder to be signed into law.  For some, it marks an end to time in office, but it also doesn't necessarily mean goodbye.


Christopher Taylor
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As 2016 draws to a close, it's a chance to reflect on the past year and look forward to what's coming in the year ahead.  Here's what that means for Ann Arbor's mayor.


Deer
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The City of Ann Arbor will roll out a deer cull once again early next year to help control their population.  


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

2016 has brought its share of challenges, not the least of which has been racial and ethnic tensions from the police shooting deaths of unarmed black men around the country, to the campaign rhetoric of the President-elect, to the white supremacist messages spray-painted on campus buildings at Eastern Michigan University.  The Washtenaw County Sheriff is hoping, by taking it head-on, this area will be a model for how to address these issues.


Recycling
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It's been an adventurous year in Ann Arbor when it comes to recycling.  Perhaps it's better characterized as a year of misadventures, as the city continues efforts to revamp the recycling program.


Ann Arbor Restaurants
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Many of us take time off this week between Christmas and New Year's to spend time with family.  But those who work in the restaurant industry are getting ready for a busy week.


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