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There were four Ann Arbor City Council incumbents on Tuesday's primary election ballot.  Three of them have advanced to the November ballot. 


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Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy. In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU will explore the people, places and things that serve as the driving force behind one of Michigan's strongest cultural hubs.


Primary elections day is Tuesday and there are five communities in Washtenaw County headed to the polls. However, turnout is only expected to be in the 12-13 percent range. In this week's edition of "Civic Matters" WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative discuss a variety of issues, including what appears to be a decline in civic engagement. 


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A forward-thinking housing project in Ann Arbor is closer to reality.  The Board of Commissioners this week agreed, in principle, to sell a county-owned parcel of land on Platt Rd. for a development to be known as, "Verdian at County Farm."   WEMU's David Fair delves inside the project with the the driving force behind the project, Matt Grocoff, principal at Thrive Collaborative. 

Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins returns from a two-week break to talk with WEMU's David Fair about all of the flicks worth checking out this weekend.  Plus, they pay tribute to the late actor/playwright Sam Shepard.


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It has been a rather warm 2017 summer.  So far, there have been four Air Quality Alert, or Ozone Action Days, recorded.  These are days that pose heightened environmental and public health risks.  In this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair learns more about the region's air quality in a conversation with the Senior Meteorologist for the Michigan Departmentt of Environmental Quality - Air Quality Division, Jim Haywood


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On the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, Melvin Parson inherited a small garden patch in Ann Arbor from a friend who had recently passed away.  That sparked his interest in agriculture.  As he looked into it, he noticed a lack of diversity in those selling and buying fresh produce inspiring him to one day create a world-class urban farm.

89-1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry met Melvin at his current garden location in Ypsilanti Township and shares his story…

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Brady Dolan of Ann Arbor is 13 years old and has been creating and building with dominoes since he was 6.  He and fellow members of the “Incredible Science Machine” team are competing Saturday, July 29th at Trillium Academy in Taylor and hoping to set some American domino building records.

Brady and his mother Annemarie Dolan joined 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry in-studio to talk about his craft and do a building… and knocking down demonstration!

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The U.S. is out of the Paris Climate Accord.  Despite lack of support from the current administration, many are heartened by the growing interest in finding solutions emanating from other levels of government. In this installment of WEMU’s "The Green Room," Barbara Lucas explores a fundamental question:  at what level will it be most effective to concentrate our efforts? 

 

 


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair catches up with Michigan Theater marketing manager Sarah Erlewine. Learn more about the movies playing this weekend! 


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Attendance was up at this year’s Ann Arbor Art Fair, according to the event organizers.


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Eight blocks from where the Ann Arbor Art Fair begins its second day today, there's a mini "pop-up" art fair taking place on the front lawn of a home on the old west side.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater marketing manager Sarah Erlewine about the movie business and all the of films you can check out during this Ann Arbor Art Fair weekend.


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The 58th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair opens today.  I visited with some of the artists as they were setting up and says everyone is excited to show and sell their work.


Ann Arbor
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As you start making plans to attend the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair that starts today and runs through Sunday, you may want to keep in mind what your transportation options are.  


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J.T. Abernathy has been a potter for 71 years.  The 94 year-old Ann Arbor man hasn't missed an Ann Arbor Art Fair since it first began in 1960.  I visited him at the Ann Arbor Potters Guild to talk to him about his work and his Art Fair memories.


Solar Array
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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," we talk with Jennifer Young, Project Manager at Michigan Interfaith Power and Light.  The group is working to get houses of worship in Ann Arbor to 'go solar.' 


The time has arrived. The series of four fairs that comprise the Ann Arbor Art Fair officially opens on Thursday. Participants and fair officials wil spend today setting up. As a result, a number of streets in Ann Arbor are now closed to traffic. 

Civic Matters Mary Morgan
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Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative will join WEMU's David Fair  for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor. Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged. Today marked the first such conversation, touching on a variety of topics and opportunities. 


Ann Arbor Townie Street Party
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Art Fair Week kicks off in Ann Arbor tonight with the Townie Street Party.


Medical Marijuana
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Ann Arbor's city council will meet tonight, and medical marijuana will be on the agenda.  


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This week's "Art and Soul" is all about the visual arts.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry sits down with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center and with a local artist who's emerging from the local art scene.


Michigan Theater
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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 new and returning films playing at your local movie house this weekend.  Plus, Russ gives an update on the State Theatre renovation project.


Anson Brown Building
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Call it arson.  That’s the conclusion of an investigation into the fire at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store back in May.  There is now a cash reward for information that helps solve the crime. 


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As people spend more and more time on social media, the lack of true friendship or in-person connections could be harming their health.

I spoke with Ann Arbor psychologist, author, and adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Dr. Robert Pasick about the impact this is having on people.

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