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Lisa Barry

Ann Arbor school superintendant Dr. Jeanice Swift was one of three finalists for a similar job in the Seattle Public School District.  She learned April 4th that she did not get the job and says she is now looking ahead at the next chapter in her position with the Ann Arbor public school district.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Dr. Swift about the decision and her vision moving forward in Ann Arbor Public Schools...

Lecturers' Employee Organization / leounion.org

University of Michigan's lecturers are planning to go on strike next week, if they can't get a new contract by Sunday.

Lisa Barry

It took years to turn the old Elbow Room in Ypsilanti into a new Mexican food restaurant called Delores.  It was created and is run by a married couple Marcela Rubio and Andrew Epstein.

They join 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster to talk about their vision for the restaurant, their attachment to the community, and the kinds of food they are offering.

Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A major firearms case will be debated in front of the Michigan Supreme Court next week.  But advocates on both sides say it’s about more than whether someone can carry a firearm on school grounds.

Michigan Theater
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A lot of big news is coming out of the movie world, especially in downtown Ann Arbor.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the films you can check out in theaters this weekend.

Ellen Rowe: A Celebration Of Geri Allen

Apr 4, 2018

The University of Michgan's Ellen Rowe and Michael Jewett discuss a showcase of jazz performances ahead of a celebration and tribute to the late pianist and composer, Geri Allen, which will be held on Thursday evening at the Ark in Ann Arbor.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

The American Center for Mobility is officially open for business in Ypsilanti Township.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

The First Fridays Ypsilanti (FFY) program, which gives tours of Ypsilanti's arts and cultural businesses, kicks off its fifth season this month.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to FFY director Elize Jekabson and FFY vice president Kayia Robinson, about what the program has in store for this year.

Martin Heller
University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems / umich.edu

The UM Center for Sustainable Systems recently published research findings that 46% of total food-based, greenhouse gas emissions in America come  from the diets of just one-fifth of the population.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair talks with lead researcher Martin Heller about the research process and his findings. 

Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A state Attorney General candidate has filed a complaint against his opponent.  Democrat Pat Miles says fellow Democrat Dana Nessel violated the Michigan Campaign Finance Act.

Ann Arbor Hands on Museum / https://www.aahom.org/

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility.  Since The Americans With Disabilities Act was passed by Congress in 1990, accessibility has fortunately moved beyond a check list of "must meet" requirements to a desire to work towards making arts and cultural facilities and programs accessible to the broadest possible audiences.  And, it has not been by mandate.  The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum's 'My Turn' program is an example of this shift.  In 'creative:impact' this week, you'll meet Larissa Kunynskyj and Gwen Dunlop.  Larissa is the Accessibility Programs Coordinator at the Hands-On Museum.  Gwen is a parent whose personal experience led her to found and operate Aim High School to serve those on the autism spectrum and to help inspire the 'My Turn' program.  

Nicole Beverly

Meet Nicole Beverly.  The Ypsilanti Township woman lives in fear every day that her ex-husband will be released from prison and follow through on his threats to kill her and the two children they share.  In this introductory interview, you'll hear of her ongoing story.  In the future, Ms. Beverly will update the WEMU audience on the court cases underway right now that seek to keep her ex behind bars.  You'll be told of her advocacy efforts to win better protections for women in dangerous situations, in the moment and through the legal process. 

Bottled Water
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Nestle will be able to increase the amount of water it can take from a well in West Michigan.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved the petition Monday.

Autonomous Vehicle
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As Michigan moves forward in the so-called “race to mobility,” there are still some details it needs to work out.  The second annual report from Michigan’s Council on Future Mobility came out Monday. 

Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

WEMU continues its series of conversations with key stakeholders at EMU as it progresses through these financial issues.  EMU AAUP President Dr. Judith Kullberg and Faculty Senate Budget Committee Chair Dr. Robert Carpenter sat down with Patrick Campion to discuss how shaping a better conversation is truly important to the future success of Eastern.  

Lisa Barry / WEMU

Moved by music as young children, Peter and Will Anderson began playing music in the fourth grade.  They both attended Julliard and have been called “virtuosos” by the New York Times.  They talked with 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry in advance of their Monday night performance at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor and talked about what it is like to be identical twin brothers and perform together and played a song in-studio.

Michigan goes for the national title in men's basketball tonight and there will be a major watch party at Crisler Center.  Ann Arbor City Council will consider buying back the old YMCA lot while the Ann Arbor Public Schools wants input on the future of the district.  Those are just some of the topics In this week's edition of 'Civic Matters.' 

Police Car
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Some state lawmakers want to make it harder for law enforcement to take property involved in a suspected crime.  A committee plans to work on the bills after spring break.

Garlin Gilchrist
University of Michigan School of Information / umsi.info/csmr

With millions of users, the social media site Facebook has been under scrutiny recently after it was learned they were monetizing user data.  WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks to Garlin Gilchrist II from the Center of Social Media Responsibility at the University of Michigan's School of Information about the best ways to protect your information on social media.

Miss Shela

Centuries-old trees have many benefits:  they provide habitat, absorb stormwater runoff, sequester carbon, and beautify the rural landscape.  Many of our largest got their start when buggies or farm tractors were the fastest thing on the road.  Now, in the age of speedy (and often distracted) driving, trees close to the road are being hit by drivers that lose control.  Should they be removed for safety's sake?  In the last few months, there has been much talk about this question in Washtenaw County.  The controversy continues.

Easter Eggs
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There are some "egg-stra special" activities happening locally for the Easter Sunday holiday.

Police Car
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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether police officers illegally searched the backpack of a passenger in a stopped vehicle.  The passenger says officers should have first asked his permission.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Late Thursday afternoon, Eastern Michigan University responded to demands made by students, faculty and staff earlier this week.  The demands were presented to President James Smith as a result of staff layoffs and the elimination of four sports programs.  The university decided to move forward with those actions as part of budget cuts. 

Lisa Barry

There will be some rare astronomical events happening over the next several days.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with local amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum about what we might see...

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

About 80 students at Eastern Michigan University walked out of class this morning to protest budget cuts on campus.