The University of Michigan

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Every year, a number of surveys are released naming Ann Arbor as one of the best places to live in America.  The University of Michigan is an obvious draw to the city.  But,  Ann Arbor has much more than just the school to offer.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan went out to explore why some residents have chosen to make Ann Arbor home.  He returned with what is, essentially, a love letter to the city and its people.  


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week, Art and Soul talks about the art of well-being.  Lisa Barry sits down with Dr. David Mayer - an associate professor in the management and organizations area at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and the University Center for Positive Organizations.

Dr. Mayer recently wrote an article titled, “Want to be happier and more successful? Learn to like other people.”


89.1 WEMU

Formerly the US attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and now a professor for the University of Michigan Law School, Barbara McQuade spoke with 89.1 FM WEMU’s Lisa Barry about what she called "the chaos in Washington" and the importance of diversity.


Joan Larsen
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen has been chosen by President Trump to serve on the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals.  Trump once put Larsen on his list of judges and lawyers he would consider naming to the US Supreme Court. 


Michigan State Senate
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A state Senate committee holds a hearing today on bills to outlaw female genital mutilation in Michigan.  It’s already a federal crime with a penalty of up to five years in prison.  The bill’s sponsors say that’s not tough enough.  A lot of experts say a tougher law may not be enough to deter an entrenched cultural and religious practice.     


Protest
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As the tax filing deadline approaches, hundreds of protests will take place around the country. 


Niki Williams / nikivoyeur.com

Spring is a busy time for visual arts activities in Washtenaw County,  In this week's Art and Soul, I talk to Omari Rush, director of external relations at the Ann Arbor Art Center, about the latest events coming up in your area involving the visual arts.


Biggest Rubiks Cube
Joseph Xu / University of Michigan - College of Engineering

Have you ever been able to solve a Rubik’s cube?  You can now give it a try with one of the world’s largest versions of the cube-puzzle in Ann Arbor.

Chad Carr
ChadTough Foundation / Facebook

A reward is now being offered for the return of an external computer hard drive stolen from a family in Washtenaw County.  Reports say it contained pictures of a five year-old boy who died recently from cancer.


Michigan Theater / michtheater.org

In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the flicks heading to your local movie house this weekend.


University of Michigan
University of Michigan / umich.edu

If you're interested in a way to feed your brain and your stomach at the same time, there is a special event going on tonight in Ann Arbor.


Lisa Barry

The 11th annual "Fool-Moon" and "FestiFools" events are coming up this weekend.

89. 1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to the original creator of the annual Ann Arbor public art event...


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater marketing director Sarah Erlewine about the movie business and some of the films hitting the big screen in this area over the weekend.


Washtenaw Economic Club
Washtenaw Economic Club / wec.wccnet.edu

Nearly 10,000 new jobs could be added to Washtenaw County's economy over the next year.


Photo provided by: Alma Wheeler Smith

Washtenaw County resident and politician Alma Wheeler-Smith has dedicated most of her life to helping others.  She has served the community in many roles:  school board member, county commissioner, state representative and state senator. Wheeler-Smith even declared candidacy for governor in 2010, but decided to end the campaign to prevent a split, progressive  vote in the Democratic primary.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan made occasion to meet with Alma Wheeler-Smith at the county administration building in Ann Arbor. 


Immigrants' March
Facebook / facebook.com

A peaceful “Immigrants' March” is planned for Saturday in Ann Arbor.  The march and rally will serve as a protest to recent immigration raids and arrests in Washtenaw County by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.  


WEMU's Spring Pledge Drive ended with a bang, so let's celebrate with some movies!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and the films available to you this weekend.  


Heather Lyke
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University is in the market for a new athletic director.  Heather Lyke is expected to be introduced in a press conference later today as the new A-D at Pitt

WEMU

This week, I talk with Dr. Scott Sonenshein, a member of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Center for Positive Organization’s Research Advisory Board and currently a professor at Rice University about the concept of "stretching" when it comes to our minds and how we can create more satisfying lives by being happy with what we already have versus always trying to get more.

Michigan Medicine

Getting a good night's sleep seems to be a rare event for a lot of people.  A Michigan Medicine doctor is blaming our smart phones for the problem and is issuing a "sleep challenge!"


Peter O'Connor / https://www.flickr.com/photos/anemoneprojectors/10624839095

Nearly a million Michigan residents lost power in yesterday’s wind storm.  At its peak, DTE Energy reported 700,000 customers without electricity in southeast Michigan. 

International Women's Day
Courtesy Photo / internationalwomensday.com

Today is International Women's Day, a day for worldwide reflections on the current state of women's rights and gender equality. 


Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan / umich.edu

A survey of local officials across the state finds wide interest in overhauling Michigan’s emergency manager law


President
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Michigan receives frequent visits from presidential candidates, and the state has a storied relationship with many who have won the nation’s highest office. 


Environment Michigan
Courtesy Photo / environmentmichigan.org

A local environmental organization has planned a climate change awareness and action event in Ann Arbor this weekend.   


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