WEMU News

Today we are announcing that veteran Detroit broadcaster Lisa Barry has joined the WEMU news team as the local anchor for NPR’s All Things Considered (weekdays, 4-7 p.m.).

Office of Debbie Dingell

  Patrick Campion sat down with Michigan's 12th District Representative, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, to discuss the Protecting Our Great Lakes Act and the funding deadline for the Department of Homeland Security.  


State lawmakers say Michigan set the stage for states like Wisconsin to consider right-to-work laws.

Thousands of protesters gathered at the Wisconsin state Capitol on Tuesday as lawmakers there held a hearing on the measure. It would ban requirements that workers pay union dues as a condition of employment.

  

Michigan state Representative Brad Jacobsen (R-Oxford) says he and his Republican colleagues showed other Midwest states it could be done.

Ypsilanti Freighthouse
ypsifreighthouse.org

With four days left, The Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse have $2,000 left to raise.


Business Leaders For Michigan

A survey of Michigan business owners shows optimism about the state and national economies. The forecast by the Business Leaders for Michigan says almost half of the state’s largest employers plan to boost hiring this year.

"I still think of myself," Gonyea says, "as a Detroit guy who happened to go to Washington" — and from there to New Hampshire, Nevada and Texas, where he recorded the plaintive mooing of a roaming cow with a connection to Gov. Rick Perry.

Casey Blickenstaff of the Eastern Echo reports:

School Bus
courtesy Durham School Services

On March 11th, the Ann Arbor Board of Education is expected to approve a three-year contract with a new bussing provider. Get the details in this conversation with AAPS Executive Director of Communications, Liz Nowland-Margolis. 


The Michigan Senate provides a live, unedited video feed of Legislative sessions and special events and you can view it right here:

Healthcare.gov

The deadline to sign up is February 15, 2015.

Washtenaw County's efforts to end homelessness are meeting with some success. Local officials have released the results of last month's Point In Time count of the local homeless population. The report indicates that the number of homeless individuals has dropped significantly from 2013.

MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech has become the shorthand of the Civil Rights Movement - but we might never have heard it, if it were not for another man, who’s largely been forgotten by history: Bayard Rustin.Tonight at 7pm, we'll explore the life and legacy of Mr. Rustin, a black, gay, Quaker who brought Gandhian non-violent protest to the Civil Rights movement in America.

Michigan League of Conservation Voters / www.mlcv.org

With 2015 just getting underway, the list of challenges facing the health and sustainability of the Great Lakes continues to grow. In WEMU's '1st Friday Focus on the Environemnt', host Lisa Wozniak will explore those issues and try and identify solutions. Listen below. 


Synod Community Services / synodhelps.org

The aim is accessibility and community integration for those who may find themselves on the outside looking in. The new Washtenaw Photo ID Card program is getting set to launch in a few months. Listen below to the conversation with one of the driving forces behind the program. 


The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to Eastern Michigan University's Yichun Xie to integrate geographic information systems and technology (GIS/T) mapping and analysis applications designed to strengthen abilities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

State of the Re:Union visits a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. Racial lines have been blurred to invisibility, and people inside the same family can vehemently disagree about whether they are black or white. It can be tense and confusing. As a result, everyone’s choosing: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white?

Mishigama Craft Brewing is looking to locate at 124 Pearl St. in suite 100 of the Centennial Center at the corner of North Washington Street, one block north of Michigan Avenue. This space was formerly occupied by Korey's Krispy Krunchy Chicken, a restaurant that closed in May 2014.

The Ann Arbor city council unanimously passed a resolution at its Monday meeting to take sides in the ongoing fight over the legality of same sex marriage. The council voted to be included in the municipalities officially supporting the case of the Hazel Park couple, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse. The two are suing for legal marriage to receive joint custody of their four children. Michigan's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was declared unconstitutional by a Detroit court and then was upheld by a higher court. DeBoer and Rowse have appealed their case to the Supreme Court. The ruling will affect the legality of same-sex marriage in all 50 states. According to MLive the case will go before the Supreme Court sometime in June.

Usually during Black History Month, we remember Civil Rights icons and reflect on their legacy.  But over the past couple of years, State of the Re:Union has met a new generation of African American leaders, people you may not see on TV specials or making nationally acclaimed speeches. Most of these men and women are on the front lines of their communities, rolling up their selves and diving in to what can be very unglamorous work.

Re:Defining Black History

Feb 2, 2015

 During a month selected to celebrate “history,” we certainly are treated to a lot of the same familiar stories: the battles won for Civil Rights, the glory of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, the hardships endured by slaves. And as important as those narratives are for us to collectively remember, many others get lost in trumpeting the same heroic tales.

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North American International Auto Show
http://www.naias.com

The 2015 North American International Auto Show held few surprises for eco-concerned consumers.

89.1 WEMU is looking to expand our local news department with the addition of a Part Time Reporter.  Initially this person would be the interim local host for NPR's All Things Considered (4p-7p weekdays) and would transition to the duties listed below once that position has been listed and filled.  WEMU is a mixed format (music/news), NPR affiliated, public radio station licensed to the Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University.

  Grab your sweetheart and join us Saturday, February 14 from 7am to 3pm as the staff of 89.1 WEMU take over the Northside Grill for “the love of WEMU.”

 Meet your favorite on-air personalities as we show you to your table, pour your coffee, and collect all the tips for the day (don’t worry though — we’ll leave the cooking to the Northside).    

Marty Shichtman
Eastern Michigan University

Martin Shichtman, professor of English language and literature at Easter Michigan University, recently won the Michigan Council for the Social Studies College Educator of the Year award for developing a summer Holocaust seminar for teachers. 

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