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Summer is almost here with it comes plenty of new culinary experiences.

On this week's Art and Soul, I talk with Jessica Webster about some of the things happening in and around Ann Arbor this month.

Taste of Ann Arbor is this coming Saturday, June 4th. It's a chance to sample food from a number of different Ann Arbor restaurants.

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The long-awaited Cinetopia Film Festival officially starts this week!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the start of Cinetopia and all the movies opening this weekend.


Zingerman's Camp Bacon

It's a meat lover's dream.  Camp Bacon takes place this week in the Ann Arbor area.

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  The National Priorities List is the list of hazardous waste sites in the United States eligible for long-term remedial action financed under the federal Superfund program.  Currently there are 1,171 sites on the NPL, either being cleaned up or waiting for their turn.  Should Ann Arbor’s 1,4-dioxane contamination be “listed” too?  Weighing benefits against potential stigma costs is the subject of this week’s Green Room segment in our ongoing series.


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 On this week's Art & Soul, I sit down with local arts and journalist blogger Jenn McKee to talk about Shakespeare in the Arb with one of its founders, Kate Mendeloff.


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The LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor is attracting thousands of golf aficionados.  And as Memorial Day approaches, veterans are being offered resources at the event. 


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Cinetopia is only a week away!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the upcoming film festival and all the movies opening this Memorial Day weekend.


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A female Blanding's turtle believed to be at least 83 years old was captured by scientists at the University of Michigan E.S. George Reserve about 25 miles northwest of Ann Arbor. It is believed to be one of the oldest well documented Blanding's freshwater turtles still alive.

I spoke with the director of the University of Michigan E.S. George reserve near Pinckney, Christopher Dick.


Lisa Barry

Hundreds of peony plants are beginning to bloom in the Ann Arbor Nichols Arboretum.

More than 270 historic varieties are planted there. They are part of the largest collection of heirloom herbaceous peonies in North America.

 
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Ann Arbor residents will get a chance to talk to the city's police chief tonight to discuss any concerns about crime in the city.  


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Ann Arbor Public Schools is looking for host families to take in 20 Chinese students later this year.

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The LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor is expected to boost the local economy.


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It will take the city of Ann Arbor a bit longer than expected to open a new dog park near downtown that was approved earlier this year. 


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Activists will March Against Monsanto in Ann Arbor tomorrow.

 


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In 1980 Congress created the Superfund to clean up hazardous waste sites that have passed criteria placing them on the “National Priorities List.” If and when funding becomes available for a site, the EPA works with the state’s DEQ to remediate it.  When polluters can’t be made to pay to clean them up, the Superfund pays, using taxpayer money. In Michigan, there are currently 65 sites on the National Priorities List.  Should Ann Arbor become one of them?

 


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The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has released a study that indicates that more parking is needed in downtown. 


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Film festival season is kicking off all over the world!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about all the movies coming to the big screen this weekend and a special announcement about the Cinetopia film festival.


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Ann Arbor's VA hospital held a 2K Walk and Roll to encourage healthy activity and show support for homeless veterans. 


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Ann Arbor's city council approved a $370 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year.  Find out how it will affect you.


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Two local science-based learning centers for children and their families may soon be merging.


Commuter Challenge
Commuter Challenge

Many drivers in cities such as Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti will walk, bike, or take the bus to get to work this week, instead of driving as part of a commuter challenge.
 


Gail Rubin

No one wants to talk about death.

Only 25% of adults make end-of-life plans, including advance medical directives.

I spoke with Gail Rubin, a death education expert and author of the award-winning book, "A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die," to talk about the thing no one wants to talk about - dying - and how to laugh in the face of death.

 

Lisa Barry

In this edition, Omari Rush of the Ann Arbor Art Center and I make a visit to a very special home on the west side of Ann Arbor to talk about the visual arts in and around Ann Arbor. 

A2Y Vice President of Foundation and Leadership for the A2Y chamber Barbara Davenport and attorney Andrew Fink of Fink and Fink Law in Ann Arbor discuss the community leadership class, which has had more than 3,000 graduates over the past 33 years.

MILegalize

Despite potentially having enough signatures to place a proposal on the November ballot to legalize marijuana in Michigan, a local group will continue to gather support with an Ann Arbor event Wednesday evening. 


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