The University of Michigan

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


Terri Orbuch
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This week on Art & Soul, I am joined by internationally recognized author, speaker, therapist, and professor at Oakland University and a research professor at the University of Michigan, Dr. Terry Orbuch, to talk about love and relationships.


Brian D. Ottum, Ph.D.

Dr. Brian Ottum is a member of the University of Michigan Lowbrow Astronomers Club and co-author of a research paper on comets.  He explains what three sky events are happening tonight and what might be visible and where.


This week on Art & Soul I am joined by the Ann Arbor Arts Center’s Director of Community Engagement, Omari Rush, to talk about the visual arts.

The recent election has left many people with concerns about the future funding of the arts. Omari talks about what people can do to protect them and how they can get involved.


Corn
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The value of biofuels has long been a subject of debate. Corn-based ethanol is in our gasoline and, along with biodiesel, is a part of the nation’s long-term energy plan. Last week, WEMU spoke with a University of Michigan researcher whose team has declared that biofuels are causing more environmental damage than gasoline.  On this week’s ‘Issues of the Environment,’ you’ll get an entirely different perspective.

 


Cathy Radovich

A suicide ends one life and  it forever alters the lives of family and friends. It is an issue that, despite increased awareness, is still discussed in hushed tones and often with stigma attached. On Tuesday, February 7th, the Washtenaw County Public Health Department will host a town hall forum on suicide prevention at the Learning Resource Center in Ann Arbor.  With that in mind, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan delves into the deeply personal impact of suicide and what measures are being taken to better protect at-risk lives in our community. 


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As the temperature dips back below the freezing mark, slippery driving becomes more of a concern.  But walking can also be a challenge once you get out of your vehicle.


Ethanol
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In August of 2016,  University of Michigan Energy Institute scientists, led by John DeCicco, released an 8-year study.  It estimated powering an American vehicle with ethanol made from corn increased carbon pollution more than using gasoline.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment,” David Fair talks with Professor DeCicco about the findings and what it means to future policy.


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The Presidents of the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University are standing with international students amid President Trump's Executive Order on immigration.  


Lisa Barry

A US Supreme Court Justice and a judge from Germany's highest court kicked off the University of Michigan's year-long bicentennial celebration.


Deer
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The city of Ann Arbor will roll out  the lethal portion of its deer management plan today. As sharpshooters take to city parks and nature areas, and a few selected sites on the University of Michigan campus, the group Friends of Ann Arbor Wildlife in Nature, or FAAWN,  will march and protest.


The Arts Alliance of Washtenaw County is have a special ceremony and celebration next Sunday and awarding three medals for Arts, Science and Humanities and two 21st Century Awards. Ann Arbor musician and recent finalist on the TV show "The Voice," Laith Al-Saadi is winning the Spotlight Artist Award, and I spoke to him about that and the importance of the arts in our community as well as what life is like since his TV show experience.  

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This week on Art & Soul, local journalist and blogger Jenn McKee joins me along with Guy Sanville from the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea and playwright Brian Letscher about the performing arts in our  area.


Ann Arbor Women's March
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Downtown Ann Arbor was packed with people Saturday afternoon for a post-inaugural women's march.


Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education

This week on Art and Soul, I talk to Kristen Ervin and Dr. Rita Benn of the Michigan Collaborative of Mindfullness In Education organization, better known as MC4ME.

We discuss the meaning behind mindfulness and how it can help young students, as well as adults.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Hundreds of Washtenaw County residents will make their way to our nation's capital this weekend to patrticipate in the national Women's March for human rights.  Even more will march and rally here at home.


Lisa Barry

Susan Fecteau has lived in Ann Arbor since the mid 70's when she came to town to attend the University of Michigan.  She has lived there ever since and has raised a family of four children and has had several careers from carpenter to real estate broker.

It was just over a year ago she became increasingly upset with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's handling of the Flint water crisis and started leaving him chalk messages outside his Ann Arbor condominium.  I went with her for a recent visit as she left him another message.


American Center for Mobility
American Center for Mobility / acmwillowrun.org

By the end of 2017, the American Center for Mobility facility in Ypsilanti Township is expected to be up and running.  It will serve as testing facility for autonomous vehicles.  And as the North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit, several of its participants spoke about the future of the center.


Money
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The New Year has arrived.  Among the changes for 2017 is an automatic pay raise for thousands of workers across Michigan.  The state's minimum wage has increased by 40 cents to $8.90 an hour.  There is a lot of conversation on the longer-term impacts of higher wages.


Islam
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Islamophobia continues to affect many communities around the country, including right here in Washtenaw County.  Earlier this year, anti-Islam messages were written at the University of Michigan's Diag.  As the New Year approaches, local Muslims hope for a better future in 2017.


Michigan Theater
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2016 is coming to a close, so let's look back at the best that the world of cinema presented this past year.  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 that have made an positive impact in 2016.


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

2016 has brought its share of challenges, not the least of which has been racial and ethnic tensions from the police shooting deaths of unarmed black men around the country, to the campaign rhetoric of the President-elect, to the white supremacist messages spray-painted on campus buildings at Eastern Michigan University.  The Washtenaw County Sheriff is hoping, by taking it head-on, this area will be a model for how to address these issues.


University of Michigan
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Ann Arbor Police now say there is no merit to the claim by a University of Michigan student, who said she was threatened for wearing a hijab.


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