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Clark Terry, Marcus Belgrave
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When NEA Jazz Master, trumpeter Clark Terry passed away on February 21st, 2015, the jazz world was in mourning.  The mourning did not last long however, as tributes to Terry’s ebullient personality, musical mastery and generous nature as a mentor and jazz educator sprang from all around the globe.  I called trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, Detroit’s senior jazz statesman for his thoughts on Clark Terry’s jazz genius.  


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How would you like to help jump start WEMU’s spring pledge drive and see a really great show too?

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents held a special meeting today to announce Kim Schatzel, provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University, will serve as interim president while Eastern conducts a national search for the successor to President Susan Martin. Provost Schatzel will begin her role following President Martin’s announced final day of July 7, 2015.

Rain Garden
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Rain gardens can help reduce the risk of flooding, in an eco-friendly manner.

State lawmakers could rethink how much and what kind of information schools are required to report to the state.

Schools must report financial, academic, and other information. But school groups often complain the number of mandated reports diverts too much time and too many resources away from classroom instruction.

David Barrett
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Even though there are no "teams" from Michigan playing in tonight's  NCAA championship game , the Ann Arbor area will be represented. WEMU's Lisa Barry recently sat down with local, Emmy-winning singer-songwriter David Barrett, to talk about how he connects with the NCAA Championship.

Energy Policy is front and center at the Michigan Capitol, with competing proposals under consideration. Where are we, and where are we headed? Lisa Wozniak seeks answers to those questions from Valerie Bader, the Executive Director for the Michigan Agency for Energy. Listen below. 


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Another week, another edition of 'Cinema Chat' with David Fair and Russ Collins! 


WASHINGTON (AP) — An artist’s foundation is donating $2.5 million as an endowment to expand jazz programming at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The museum will announce Tuesday that artist LeRoy Neiman’s foundation is donating the funds, as well as Neiman’s painting “Big Band.” The colorful, large-scale painting features 18 famous jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

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Oil and gas companies  are targeting Washtenaw County and buying up land leases and property mineral rights. In This week's "Issues of the Environment," David Fair talks with the President of Citizens for Oil Free Backyards, Laura Robinson. 


Susan Martin
Eastern Michigan University

In a surprise announcement at a public University Strategic Plan and Financial Update session, Eastern Michigan University President, Susan Martin, stated she will step down, on July 7, 2015, and return to teaching. WEMU's David Fair has a complete interview with President Martin.


Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s open to the idea of the state taking over debt from Detroit Public Schools (DPS).

A long-awaited report released this week by the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren recommended the move. It urges the state to assume hundreds of millions of dollars in DPS debt.

  

Susan Martin
Eastern Michigan University

Dr. Susan Martin is the first-ever female President at Eastern Michigan University. On July 7th, the seventh anniversary of assuming the Presidency, Martin will step away from the job.


As 2015 develops, so will WEMU’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. We began broadcasting at 10 watts to EMU dormitories in 1965 and are now the award-winning and nationally recognized NPR, news, jazz and blues service you know and depend on.

Tara Habeck

Are today's children spending too much time indoors and online? Might a year-round, outdoors education serve them well? Find out as The Green Room explores 'Learning Without Walls.' 


Michigan families could lose their cash assistance if one or more of their children persistently miss school. That’s under a bill approved by the state House on Thursday.

The Michigan Department of Human Services (MDHS) already cuts off welfare payments due to child truancy. House Bill 4041 would put that policy into state law.

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The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival is underway and advocates for the arts hit Washington to fight for greater federal support. Those are just a few of the topics highlighted in this week's 'Cinema Chat' with David Fair and Russ Collins. 


Of course there's more than 8 reasons, but here's a fun list of some great things you can find in and around Ypsilanti, from our friends at Visit Ypsi.

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission hopes to help local governments draft non-discrimination laws.

The commission has released a model civil rights ordinance communities can use as a template for their own laws.

Courtesy Arbor Brewing Company

A conversation with Jarett Diamond, Director of the Green Brewery Project.  


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  There were celebrations in four Michigan counties where a year ago same-sex couples crowded into courthouses to get married. That was right after a federal judge struck down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.

Now Mr. Dworkin — who along the way won a MacArthur fellowship and was appointed to the National Council on the Arts — is stepping down as president of the organization to assume a different kind of role: dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater and Dance, which on Thursday announced that he would take up the position in July.

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At the state Capitol in Lansing, Democrats have called for a new statewide vote on Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. It was approved by voters in 2004.

Democrats rolled out a package of legislation that would also repeal state laws that discriminate against same-sex couples. One would recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Another would specifically allow gay and lesbian couples to jointly file state tax returns. 

"Let's Have Some Church Detroit Style" will premiere at the Detroit Institute of Art at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22 as part of the Free Press Film Festival.   


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This week's Cinema Chat is an extended length "special edition" focusing on this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival.  Patrick Campion talks with Russ Collins and Leslie Raymond. 

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