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The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, along with the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, will host an event this evening to help mark World Polio Day


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As concern rises and detection methods improve, 1,4-Dioxane is being discovered in water sources across the country. Central to formulating remediation plans is determination of the safe level of exposure to this probable human carcinogen. What constitutes a true hazard as opposed to an “acceptable risk?”  Barbara Lucas goes in search of the answer in this 24th installment in our series on the Ann Arbor area’s 1.4 Dioxane Plume in “The Green Room.” 

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The business value of joy.

Richard Sheridan is the owner of Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor and the author of a book called "Joy, Inc." He started working as a computer programmer before he could even drive a car back in the early '70s.  He got a couple of degrees in computer science and computer engineering at the University of Michigan and settled in the area which he says is a great area to run a software business.

He talks about what lead him to write the book "Joy, Inc."  He also talks about what it takes to build an intentionally joyful culture and taking a different approach to running a business that gives employees satisfaction.


How big of a role does texting play in your life?

I talked with Anne Curzan, a professor of English language and literature, linguistics, and education from the University of Michigan about how it's changing the way we write and communicate.

Curzan says texting has become "the wild west of the written language," and she sees it as another genre of writing.

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A team from the University of Michigan lead the recovery of a nearly complete "ice age" mastodon from Michigan's thumb area.

U of M paleontologist Dan Fisher says it was 11 to 13-thousand years old and quite large...

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Senator Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton at the University of Michigan.  

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The beginning of autumn is upon us, and so is Art House Theater Day!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins talk about this year's Art House Theater Day celebration, plus all the movies hitting the big screen this weekend.

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This November, there will a new public transit plan on the ballot, which, if passed, could impact the environment.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Elizabeth Gerber, who represents Washtenaw County on the Regional Transit Authority's Board of Directors, about the new public transit millage.

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John Barfield came from humble beginnings earning less than $2 an hour as a janitor at the University of Michigan.  Today, he is a successful businessman, author, and the focus of a PBS documentary.

We had a conversation about how everyone can be successful both personally and professionally and what's important in life.

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The United Way of Washtenaw County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign Tuesday by addressing the growing local economic disparity.

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More local government leaders are feeling insecure about their fiscal health than in years past.  A new study shows the first decline in feelings about fiscal health since the end of the Great Recession in 2010. 

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The high cost of a "higher education" may not be paying off, according to a Washington, D.C. non-partisan think tank.  This is especially true for Michigan colleges.

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Annually, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority provides about 6.6 million rides with its fleet of 92 buses.  On May 1st of this year, major improvements were made to the system.  It's the largest expansion The Ride has seen since 1979.  So we decided to send WEMU's Jorge Avellan for a ride on a bus to see what people think about the changes.


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Many of Michigan's top elected officials attended an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce luncheon, where one of the state's US Senators was the keynote speaker.

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The University of Michigan unveils its new football uniforms today, and there's quite a frenzy surrounding the switch from Adidas to Nike brand merchandise.

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On Saturday, the city of Ann Arbor hosted another international soccer match.  As you might imagine, the event brought out a huge crowd. 

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With the increase in social media, is the art of interpersonal communication being lost?

I spoke with Michael Angelo Caruso, an expert on human communication, about some of the strategies that can be used to deepen relationships.

Dr. Bob Quinn, professor, author and positive public speaker, joins me once again to talk about "All Things Positive."

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The University of Michigan Board of Regents will decide on millions of dollars in improvements to the University Health System when it meets later this week.

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Summer brings hordes of mosquitos and several diseases along with them, including the Zika virus.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Emily Toth Martin, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, about ways to protect ourselves from Zika, West Nile virus, and more. 

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The toxic algal bloom forming in the western part of Lake Erie is expected to be smaller than last year's bloom.

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The University of Michigan's Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health plans to test the drinking water on campus.  

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Even with good health insurance, it costs most people more that $1,000 for a hospital stay.  A new local study looks at the rising cost of what patients are paying for hospital treatments.

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A new University of Michigan study shows that counseling during an emergency room visit can decrease violent behaviors among young people from high-risk neighborhoods.  

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The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved a general fund budget of $1.94 billion for next school year.