WEMU News

U-M vs. OSU
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The Michigan Wolverines will play Ohio State tomorrow in Columbus.  Here's how busy it's expected to get.


Shop Small
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Black Friday continues to play a big role in our local economy.  But another shopping day is also becoming very popular.


Black Friday
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Black Friday actually started on Wednesday for one area woman who works and shops in Ann Arbor.  That means Thanksgiving dinner has been pushed back a day to accommodate her holiday shopping tradition.


Homeless Man
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'Tis the season for time with family, friends, and loved ones.  It is a shared time of year in which the most fortunate among us feast together and then lay our full bellies and contented hearts to comfortably rest in the warmth of our homes.  There are too many among us that don't experience the holidays, or any days, in that way.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

It's Thanksgiving week, and while many families gather for large dinners and celebrations, not everyone is as fortunate.  For some college students, it's an even bigger struggle including in Washtenaw County.  

I was on hand when students and staff gathered to put together Thanksgiving dinner food baskets at Eastern Michigan University's "Swoop Food Pantry."


Blood Bag
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For football fans, there is a great deal of excitement and anticipation for Saturday's Michigan-Ohio State game in Columbus with both teams vying for a spot in the College Football Playoffs.  But there is another contest taking place between the schools that actually can make the difference between life and death.


James Smith
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Between several instances of racist graffiti on campus and student and community protests, it's been a tumultuous start for the new president of Eastern Michigan University.  James Smith plans to connect with the community moving forward.


Debbie Dingell

There was a groundbreaking ceremony Monday at the former Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti Township which will soon be a center for driverless vehicle testing, the American Center for Mobility.

Among the elected officials on hand for the ceremony was 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.  She says the facility will be a great step forward for Michigan and the auto industry.


Amtrak
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With the Thanksgiving Day holiday a few days away, it's the busiest travel week of the year.  Local Amtrak train service will be at max capacity.


Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Wiki / localwiki.org

A big construction project started today in Ann Arbor to rebuild a local road.  It's expected to last until August of next year.


University of Michigan
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Predictions for the future of Michigan's economy remain upbeat, despite political uncertainty in Washington, according to a University of Michigan report.


Roundabout
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The Washtenaw County Road Commission is ramping up its efforts to educate the public on roundabouts.  


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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The process has begun to look for a new Ann Arbor school board member.


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This week on Art and Soul, I speak with Dr. Robert Quinn, co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan, author, speaker, and professor in the Ross School of Business.

We talk about how to look at last week's election results and how having the proper perspective can make a difference in any situation you are dealing with in life.


Optimism. That's what we could all use right now.

So here at Goats and Soda, we're going to give you a whole heaping tablespoon of it. And we'll do it by answering a question from a reader named Ian Matthews that seems to bring the opposite reaction: "How can we stop the spread of antimicrobial resistance?"

As it turns out, the answer has a surprisingly positive message.

Heather Neff
Eastern Michigan University

In light of the recent unrest being felt at college campuses all over the country, Eastern Michigan University is having an event featuring several speakers to address the current campus climate.  The goal is to create a culture that embraces diversity and social justice. I spoke to Dr. Heather Neff, director of the McNair scholars program and EMU professor of English, about what her message will be. 

Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

Prior to the November general election racial tensions were running on high around the country and in Washtenaw County.  Post-election tensions have only increased with incidents of ethnic and racial intimidation growing in numbers.  In this conversation with WEMU's David Fair, Sheriff Clayton discusses ongoing community engagement efforts and the need for more. 


Great American Smokeout
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Today is the day local and national health officials try to encourage people to quit smoking.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Thousands of students gathered at the University of Michigan's Diag for a rally and march to protest white supremacy.
 


University of Michigan
University of Michigan / umich.edu

A University of Michigan symposium is planned today in honor of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.  Meanwhile, students at U of M are planning a "campus walkout" around the same time.


Shop with a Cop
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office will host its "Shop with a Cop" program once again this holiday season.


There will be a day-long event today on the Eastern Michigan University campus to bring the community together in light of several recent racist graffiti incidents on the campus.


Molly Motherwell
Towne Courier

Today I celebrate my 25th anniversary at WEMU.  It hardly seems possible.  I’m so grateful to have been given the amazing opportunity to be a part of something I love and believe in so strongly. 

89.1 WEMU

This week on Art and Soul, I'm joined by the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center, Omari Rush, and John Kotarski, the Chair of the City of Ann Arbor Public Art Commission.

We talk about the new and improved art commission, which works for the city council to put art in public places across Ann Arbor.


Wally
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The North-South Commuter Rail, also known as WALLY, is a proposed project that would connect Ann Arbor and Howell with intermediate stops along the way.  A community meeting was held to inform the public on details about the project.


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