Ann Arbor

Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Annually, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority provides about 6.6 million rides with its fleet of 92 buses.  On May 1st of this year, major improvements were made to the system.  It's the largest expansion The Ride has seen since 1979.  So we decided to send WEMU's Jorge Avellan for a ride on a bus to see what people think about the changes.

 


Lisa Barry / WEMU

On this week's program, I talk to Omari Rush, the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center.

The discussion included the rich and exciting art scene that continues to grow in Ypsilanti.


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Good communication between all parties involved is central to productive conflict resolution.  Some say it needs improving when it comes to dealing with Ann Arbor’s dioxane-contaminated groundwater. In this segment of our ongoing series, Barbara Lucas looks at the question:  “What part does communication play in how we move forward?”


Michigan Theater
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It's another hot week in August, so why not spend it in a nice, cool movie theater?  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 movies heading to your local theater this weekend.


Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medical Center

The practice of "cupping" has been gaining attention due to its use by some high-profile athletes at the Olympic games. 'Cupping' is not just for Olympic athletes, it's been done in Ann Arbor for years.


Lisa Barry

Many of Michigan's top elected officials attended an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce luncheon, where one of the state's US Senators was the keynote speaker.


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On this week's Art and Soul, the culinary arts M-Live reporter Jessica Webster and I talk about the bounty of summer produce now becoming available and grown locally.

We also discuss an upcoming celebration at the vegan restaurant "The Lunch Room" in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown market.


Voters in Washtenaw county as well as in the Detroit area, will be voting on the expansion of mass transit in the region in this November's election. 

Michigan Theater
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There's still plenty of movies left to see at your local art house and multiplex this summer.  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 coming to the big screen this weekend.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

A community favorite was honored with  the unveiling of a memorial sculpture Wednesday evening at the  Ann Arbor Farmer's Market


Bee Town Ann Arbor
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Bees have always been beneficial to our ecosystem, but their numbers have declined significantly in recent years.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Eileen Dickinson, representative for the group "Bee Town Ann Arbor," about ways to protect the bee population.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

On Saturday, the city of Ann Arbor hosted another international soccer match.  As you might imagine, the event brought out a huge crowd. 


Lisa Barry and Jenn McKee
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Ann Arbor still has plenty of summer activities left for you, especially in the realm of performing arts.

This week, blogger Jenn McKee and I spoke with Ann Arbor Summer Festival executive director Amy Nesbitt about David Dimitri's "one-man circus" which is coming to Ann Arbor in August.


Michigan Theater
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The dog days of summer keep on coming, but so do the movies at your local movie house.  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 flicks heading to the big screen this weekend.


Sidewalk
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A charter amendment proposal to renew a sidewalk repair and bridge construction millage will appear on the ballot next week in Ann Arbor.  


National Health Service Corps

The National Health Service Corps is helping bring in doctors to medically underserved areas of Washtenaw County through a special program.

 


Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North

With the increase in social media, is the art of interpersonal communication being lost?

I spoke with Michael Angelo Caruso, an expert on human communication, about some of the strategies that can be used to deepen relationships.


Asphalt
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The city of Ann Arbor recently passed a ban on coal tar sealants for repairing asphalt.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Rebecca Esselman, watershed planner for the Huron River Watershed Council, about the environment impacts of the ban and why Michigan should consider expanding the ban statewide.


Lisa Barry

Michigan author Patti Smith explains the 45-year history of Ann Arbor's original food co-op, which began in 1971.  Her new book, titled A History of Ann Arbor's Food Co-op, explains how the community-based food market evolved from a volunteer collection of six items for sale to where it is today.


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Ann Arbor residents are being asked to weigh in on the city's "Parks and Open Space Plan" concerning the future of the city's parks and recreation system.   


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

A plume of 1,4-dioxane has been spreading under Ann Arbor since the 1980s.  During this time, numerous homes on private wells have had dioxane in their drinking water before being hooked up to city water.  Is that the only source of dioxane to consider when weighing body burdens?  In the 15th of our series on 1,4-dioxane, Barbara Lucas looks at other ways people can be exposed to this chemical of emerging concern.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

It's a rite of summer, the 57th Ann Arbor Art Fair begins today!  Downtown Ann Arbor is ready!


Homeless Shelter
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Funding cuts are prompting the elimination of more than two dozen beds at an Ann Arbor homeless shelter.


Ann Arbor Art Fair
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It's a summer rite of passage: The Ann Arbor Art Fairs!  The big event kicks off Thursday. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair-The Original executive director Maureen Riley has the inside information on what to expect this year.


Townie Street Party
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This is a big week for Ann Arbor--it's Art Fair week!  Before the city gets taken over by thousands of art lovers from around the world, locals get to celebrate with the annual Townie Street Party.

I spoke with Maureen Riley, executive director of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, about this big event.


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