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Jenn McKee

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts events happening around Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local writer, reviewer and blogger Jenn McKee and the co-creator of Ann Arbor's Pointless Brewery and Theatre Tori Tomalia.


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The Marvel film "Black Panther" has shaken the pop culture landscape to its core.  Among those leading the way in spreading the film's message is Ypsilanti artist Jermaine Dickerson.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly spoke with Dickerson about taking a group of Ypsilanti students to see the film, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign he started.


State Theatre
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Renovating the historic State Theatre was a huge undertaking, but it took a certain kind of artist to make its marquee light up the Ann Arbor streets again.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk to Mark Chalou, who owns and operates Chalou Designs, which builds neon signs for local businesses.


Lisa Barry

Ever notice something that looks like a standalone mailbox located in front of a business or community organizations around town?  Ever wondered what's inside?

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry explains they're mini neighborhood book exchanges, hidden in plain sight around Washtenaw County.


Salt
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Road crews have worked extra hard this month to keep roads clear of ice and snow, but the extensive salt use may be damaging Michigan's lakes and streams.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks to Ric Lawson, watershed planner for the Huron River Watershed Council, about how to remedy this situation.


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A newly formed citizen coalition, Rising for Economic Democracy in Ypsilanti (REDY) is among a collection of citizen groups working to bring Ypsilanti into a new form of representative government.  Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly brought Erica Mooney from REDY to WEMU to talk about how they "work towards an equitable public input process that broadens what is possible. We build relationships of mutual aid, solidarity, and together listen and learn how to build a healthy community. We value housing as a human right, and are grateful to be able to invite all who are ready to be the leaders we are waiting for." These sentiments are part of a rise of support across America for Community Benefit Ordinances - legally binding ordinances that give unelected officials power to make city decisions in certain circumstances.  The city attorney for Ypsilanti will present a draft of a CBO at the 03/06 City Council meeting. According to Mooney, REDY was not meaningfully involved in its creation.

     

Sue McLeary

Nature can provide a lot of artistic inspiration, especially when looking at flowers.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk to Sue Mcleary, who owns and operates Passionflower, an Ann Arbor-based business that specializes in wearable floral arrangements.


Debbie Dingell
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Today is Fat Tuesday, which is the day before the 40-day period where Catholics make personal sacrifices known as Lent.  This time of year is particularly special to 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.  She talks to WEMU's Patrick Campion how she and her family have celebrated Fat Tuesday over the years.


Lisa Barry

Do you worry about type 2 diabetes?  Hundreds of thousands of people in Michigan have been diagnosed with the disease, but the Kidney Foundation of Michigan runs a diabetes prevention class intended to help people avoid dealing with the disease.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry shares what the class has meant to several Ann Arbor residents and what a difference it is making in their lives.


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In this week's "Civic Matters," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative, about the latest civic issues, including Ann Arbor Police looking for public feedback and how to get involved in your local neighborhood watch.


When John Banvard, 100, met Gerard "Jerry" Nadeau, 72, in 1993, neither of them had been openly gay.

"When we met, we were sort of in the closet, and I'd never had a real relationship. Now, we've been together almost 25 years," Jerry tells John during a StoryCorps interview.

"What would it have been like if you didn't meet me?" Jerry asks John.

"I would have continued being lonely," John says. "I'd been absolutely lost."

Lisa Barry

This week, Art and Soul is about the vibrant visual arts scene in Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Omari Rush, the Executive Director of CultureSource and Chairman of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, are joined by several guests focusing on the arts and local Black History Month celebrations.


The State Theatre
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It's been a cold, snowy week, but the movie business remains hot!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the flicks you can check out at your local theater this weekend.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

In this week's "On the Ground Ypsilanti," Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly explored the local music scene in Ypsi.  Patrick Campion sat down with her and half of the band Stormy Chromer to talk about the sounds and sense of community that define "local music" in that community.  The interview features music from Stormy Chromer, Honey Monsoon, Louis Picasso, and Lee Osler.  


Chip Smith
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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair welcomes 5th Ward Ann Arbor City Council member Chip Smith to discuss the recent resolution to power 100% of the city's municipal government operations with clean and renewable energy sources by 2035.


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There are plenty of ways to participate in local civics this week.  Tonight, Ann Arbor City Council is prepared to vote on formation of a task force to create an oversight board for the police department.  Join WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative, for a discussion on that and other important topics in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Perhaps you’re familiar with a wine sommelier.  At most of your finer eateries, you’ll find one who can assist in selecting the best wine pairing for your meal.  These are highly trained people who have become experts in all things wine.  But, we’re betting many of you have never heard of a tea sommelier?  While rare in the United States, they do exist, and, as a matter of fact, one such person is running a successful business in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown District.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan introduces you to a certified tea sommelier, who has been publicly drafting tasty brews, while “Hidden in Plain Sight!” 


Eastern Michigan University
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Eastern Michigan University announced last week that a credit hour shortfall has caused a $4.5 - $5.5 million budget shortfall in this fiscal year.  To remedy that, up to 60 positions (both current employees and unfilled openings) will be eliminated across campus.  EMU's faculty and lecturers' unions responded yesterday with a joint press release saying that these issues are being driven by "bad management decisions."  Patrick Campion sat down with EMU-FT President, Daric Thorne, to discuss that message and what he sees as a vision for EMU's future.  


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan Theater and State Theatre executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the new and returning films hitting the silver screen this weekend.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

WEMU is happy to announce that On the Ground Ypsi will continue through 2018.  We start this week's edition with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly meeting with a team of aspiring young engineers from Ypsilanti Community High School, who want to show off their skills on the national stage.


Eastern Michigan University
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Dr. James Smith, Eastern Michigan University's President, sent an email to the campus community yesterday.  In it, he detailed the current state of EMU's budget and, unfortunately, the need to reduce it by as much as $5.5 Million before the end of the current fiscal year (06/30/2018).  Patrick Campion sat down with Dr. Smith and discussed the budget, cuts to come, the current campus climate, plans for the future, and the role Athletics will play in all of those topics.