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Benita Goldman

Dr. Sadaf Ali took a group of Eastern Michigan University students to London.  The goal was to have them experience, first hand, how media organizations there approach journalism and social media.  They accomplished this by immersing themselves in the media rich environment of London.  Dr. Ali and her student, Valerie Hopkins, stopped by the WEMU studios to share their thoughts and memories of the trip.


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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.


Jon Bunting

I spoke with Eastern Michigan University professor and director of the Sherzer Observatory Norbert Vance about the Harvest Moon, occurring Friday night, September 16th.


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Conversation continues in Washtenaw County about policing and community interactions.  It was the subject of a town hall forum moderated by 89.1 WEMU in July.  On Wednesday night in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County Sheriff held the first in a new series of community meetings .   


The Washtenaw County Health Department has reported the first West Nile Virus case in our area.

 


Lisa Barry

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


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Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on America.  The world has changed since September 11th of 2001 in a number of ways, but on this day, it is a time for reflection.  Listen below for the emotional story of how a piece of history came to rest in Ypsilanti. 


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In this edition of Art and Soul, I am joined by the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center, Omari Rush, and special guest Lynette Lao, president of the board for the Fly Children's Art Center in Ypsilanti.

"Fly" is designing one of the special pavilions that will be part of Pop-X running September 22nd to October 1st in Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza.

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This Sunday marks the 15-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.  The events of that fateful day still inform our lives today, and in a myriad of ways.  It has certainly spawned improvements to our security here in our community.


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Washtenaw County's Board of Commissioners is holding a special meeting tonight to choose someone to complete the term of former commissioner Conan Smith.


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As a follow up to a community town hall meeting last July, the Washtenaw County Sheriff is planning a series of educational sessions for citizens to help keep them connected and informed.

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With the unofficial end of the summer travel season, plans are continuing to connect Ann Arbor with Northern Michigan by train.  


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The City of Ypsilanti continues to move forward with plans to construct an Amtrak stop platform. 


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On July 21st, WEMU partnered with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office and 12th District congressional representative Debbie Dingell for a public conversation on the relationship between law enforcement and the area's minority community. With over 500-people in attendance, not all questions were answered, but the panelists agreed to answer those in writing. 

The State of Michigan has languished without passage of a new energy law for well over  a year. In this month's panel discussion on we look at where the legislation stands, where there is common ground and what may happen before the end of the calendar year.


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Statewide life and culture reporter for MLive and dining reporter Jessica Webster shares information on several spots for local discount Happy Hour drinks and food specials including Maiz in Ypsilanti.

Jessica also talks about "Autbar," which she says has a great outdoor courtyard and $5 craft cocktails during their happy hour.


Tara Vales

Michigan US Senator Gary Peters has been riding motorcycles since he was a teenager.

This week, he has been on a cross-state motorcycle tour of Michigan visiting 26 counties over 5 days and making 12 stops for official business.

I spoke with him about his journey...


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If you’re jazz fan in Detroit, Labor Day weekend means visiting Hart Plaza or strolling Woodward Avenue for the Detroit Jazz Festival.   What a way to wrap up summer!  Over the years, the festival has evolved, grown and changed just as the music itself.  Chris Collins, Artistic Director of The Detroit Jazz Festival and President of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board has been a chief change-maker for the annual jazz party.  

Dr. James Smith became president of Eastern Michigan University on July 1.  As the Fall 2016 semester approaches, he has many issues to address in his first academic year in office.  WEMU's David Fair speaks to President Smith about his plans for EMU's future.


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One of the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department K-9 officers is getting some extra protection.


Lisa Barry

Classes begin next Tuesday, September 6th in the Ann Arbor Public School District.

There are more than 17,000 students in the district making it the sixth largest district in the state.

I spoke with Dr. Jeanice Swift, who, this year, begins her fourth year as Ann Arbor's public school superintendent.


Laura Bien

The Ypsilanti District Library has launched a new African-American Oral History Archive.  The audio is being taken from old cassette tapes.
 


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Thousands of area commuters will soon get back into their driving routines with the re-opening of another local freeway after months of construction.


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On this week's Art & Soul, Lisa Barry and Jenn McKee are joined by the conductor of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Arie Lipsky, and talk about the symphony's upcoming season which begins Saturday September 10th at Hill Auditorium.

The Symphony will begin its performance with the Shostakovich Festive Overture, which will include a rarely-heard optional brass ensemble played by area high school students from Huron, Pioneer, and Skyline.

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is happening this coming Friday through Sunday in Riverside Park and includes a wide range of activities from historic building tours to the annual duck drop.

Former Ypsilanti Mayor and festival committee member Cheryl Farmer explains the festival began in the late 70's...


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