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Warm and delicious as hot buttered cinnamon toast, as easy and relaxed as a rewarding after-dinner talk and as soothing as Sunday morning.  That’s my immediate reaction to Feels Like Home, the new album by Shari Kane and Dave Steele.  It’s a perfect complement to the couple’s first recording, Four Hands Blues.  They continue their loving exploration of classic American music including Piedmont and Delta blues along with mountain gospel, Appalachian ballads and ragtime swing guitar.  What differentiates Feels Like Home from Four Hands Blues is the home setting.  Shari and Dave actually built a home studio and took their good sweet time working through each song as we eavesdrop on their intimate conversation involving call and response from acoustic guitar to mandolin to voice.  

If you gave $150 or more to WEMU this spring, your admission for two is a bonus premium and your name is on the guest list for the Blues Barbecue Thursday, June 11th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. outside at the EMU Convocation Center (In the atrium in case of rain). 

Beezy’s Cafe looks like a thriving business. The six-year-old restaurant and coffeehouse draws crowds for breakfast and lunch, employs 16 people, has a trail of glowing reviews for its “hippy vibe” and “super friendly” staff, and recently extended its hours to serve dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. But to banks, it’s a risky venture with little appeal.

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The US News and World Report has placed several area schools on its 2015 list of Best High Schools.

Teenagers on the autism spectrum often struggle with social skills that make it difficult to interact with others. Beginning on May 26th, Eastern Michigan University's Autism Collaborative Center is launching a new Summer program called PEERS. 

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President Obama said military-style equipment used by police departments "can alienate and intimidate local residents and send the wrong message," as he ended federal transfers of such weapons to local law enforcement.

Obama's remarks, made in Camden, N.J., are an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities in the wake of several high-profile police-involved shootings.

When Sam Swiller used hearing aids, his musical tastes ran to AC/DC and Nirvana — loud bands with lots of drums and bass. But after Swiller got a cochlear implant in 2005, he found that sort of music less appealing.

"I was getting pushed away from sounds I used to love," he says, "but also being more attracted to sounds that I never appreciated before." So he began listening to folk and alternative music, including the Icelandic singer Bjork.

It was 1989, I was a member of Etta James' Roots Band and we were touring Europe. Etta had mounted a big comeback and she was starting to receive what she so richly deserved. She had recently signed with Island and "Seven Year Itch" was hot. We were playing great festivals and gigs. She and the band absolutely tore it up the night before at the Montreux Jazz Festival. At that time, the band was comprised of Tom Poole and Ronnie Butacavolli on trumpets, Richard Howell on tenor sax, Kraig Kilby on trombone, Bobby Vega on bass, Herman Ernest on drums, Donto James on percussion, Jim Pugh on keyboards and our bandleader, Josh Sklair and myself handling the guitar chores. This was as fine an ensemble I had ever played with and the band was definitely firing on all cylinders. It was also my first time in Europe and I was having the time of my life. We all were. It was an incredible night.

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Watch President Obama join in on "Sweet Home Chicago" at In Performance at the White House: Red, White & Blues, courtesy of PBS.

A "Positive Business Conference" is happening this week at the Ross School of business on the University of Michigan campus.  I spoke to the "Chief Happiness Officer," Jenn Lim & Co-Founder of Delivering Happiness that will be involved in the event. 

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A recent University of Michigan grad is making national news (and was even mentioned during Saturday Night Live!) as he runs across the country raising money for a good cause. I had a chance to speak with the man involved in "Project Gump," Barclay Oudersluys. 

Eastern Michigan University and the American Heart Association are joining forces tomorrow to battle heart disease. The two organizations are holding a "Heart Walk" at EMU's Rynearson Stadium Saturday.

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People who were wrongfully convicted would be entitled to $60,000 for each year they spent in prison under legislation unveiled Thursday at the state Capitol.

It was like a scene out of Glee! University of Michigan Musical Theater students now have a viral video. 

 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry gets the story from the chair of U-M's Musical Theater department, Brent Wagner. 

Chief of Police John Seto has announced his intention to retire.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is running for president, he said Wednesday night. He will be challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, and the self-described "Democratic Socialist" will keep the pressure on Clinton to move to the left.

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The workshop is geared to motivate girls to strive for excellence in male-dominated fields.

High school students from across Washtenaw County are seeing the legal process in action when the Michigan Supreme Court hears a case in Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry had a chance to speak about the event with  State Supreme Court Justice, Bridget Mary McCormack.


Apple Monday Spring Pledge Drive Winners

Apr 22, 2015

Update:

We have our four iPad winners and our grand prize Apple Watch winner.

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 Thanks to the generosity of WEMU's community champions and everyone who has given so far, WEMU reached the first $100,000 of our $200,000 pledge drive goal yesterday afternoon.  As promised, today is pledge drive free -- no interruptions, just the wonderful Sunday programs you look forward to every week.  Every program you hear on the weekend is supported 100% by donor contributions.

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You probably know that we are in the middle of the Spring Pledge Drive as you've been listening to WEMU this week. This morning, there's approximately $25,000 to raise by 7 pm today keep our weekend pledge free and uninterrupted.  Your gift will help us reach the halfway point of our $100,000 goal. 

 

You may not know it but most of today's smartphones have FM radios inside of them. But the FM chip is not activated on two-thirds of devices. That's because mobile makers have the FM capability switched off.

The National Association of Broadcasters has been asking mobile makers to change this. But the mobile industry, which profits from selling data to smartphone users, says that with the consumer's move toward mobile streaming apps, the demand for radio simply isn't there.

Mlive reports that eight protesters were arrested during the University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon of the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary, known as BAMN, violently rushed through a table of barricades with chants of "open it up or we'll shut it down."

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It's fundraising time at WEMU and we are asking you to rise to the challenge and help shrink WEMU's pledge drive.  Our goal this spring is $200,000 and here's the deal.  As soon as we reach the midpoint of $100,000 we will stop fundraising until Monday morning.   Just stop entirely.

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