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Ann Arbor school superintendant Dr. Jeanice Swift was one of three finalists for a similar job in the Seattle Public School District.  She learned April 4th that she did not get the job and says she is now looking ahead at the next chapter in her position with the Ann Arbor public school district.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Dr. Swift about the decision and her vision moving forward in Ann Arbor Public Schools...


Guns
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A major firearms case will be debated in front of the Michigan Supreme Court next week.  But advocates on both sides say it’s about more than whether someone can carry a firearm on school grounds.


Michigan Theater
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A lot of big news is coming out of the movie world, especially in downtown Ann Arbor.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the films you can check out in theaters this weekend.


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Moved by music as young children, Peter and Will Anderson began playing music in the fourth grade.  They both attended Julliard and have been called “virtuosos” by the New York Times.  They talked with 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry in advance of their Monday night performance at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor and talked about what it is like to be identical twin brothers and perform together and played a song in-studio.

Michigan goes for the national title in men's basketball tonight and there will be a major watch party at Crisler Center.  Ann Arbor City Council will consider buying back the old YMCA lot while the Ann Arbor Public Schools wants input on the future of the district.  Those are just some of the topics In this week's edition of 'Civic Matters.' 


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest A number of special events available to you and about films hitting the big screen this weekend in our area! 

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There is traditional medicine, and there is the growing field of medical marijuana.  Although illegal on the federal level, Michigan is one of a number of states that has legalized marijuana for medical use.

With nearly two dozen medical marijuana facilities in Washtenaw County, you have likely walked past several in your community and not even realized what it is.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry takes you inside several local provisioning centers as part of our "Hidden In Plain Sight" series...


March For Our Lives
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A large crowd is expected to gather this Saturday at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor as part of a national movement called "March for Our Lives." 


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This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts activities in Washtenaw County.  Local writer and reviewer Jenn McKee joins 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and special guest playwright David MacGregor to talk about his new play opening soon at Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea.


Michigan Theater
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The Spring 2018 Pledge Drive has wrapped up, so let's unwind with some good movies!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the films you check out this weekend.


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Ann Arbor Public Schools students hosted a town hall Thursday evening to continue the discussion on the need for better gun control laws in the country.  Over 50 people attended the peaceful town hall.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


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As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we take a close look the role women played in establishing some of the public libraries in Washtenaw County.  This history is extra special for one district library in particular this year. 


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Last week, the Ann Arbor District Library hosted the fourth in a series of civic sustainability forums.  Among the panelists were CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan and WEMU's Patrick Campion.  In this week's "Civic Matters," Patrick and Mary meet again to discuss the forum and all of the other civic events coming up this week.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about all of the new and returning films coming to the big screen this weekend.  Plus, special guest Leslie Raymond joins them to discuss this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival!

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Ann Arbor-area students are preparing for a national, school walkout and protest march in the weeks ahead.  Ann Arbor City Council is meeting tonight in both special and regular session and road construction season is about to begin in earnest.  Those topics and more are covered in this week's edition of "Civic Matters" 

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This week, Art and Soul is about the culinary arts and 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by food expert, writer, and host of the In Crowd every Sunday afternoon here on WEMU, Jessica Webster.

They’re also joined by special guest Tommy York, owner of Morgan and York Fine Wines and Specialty Foods in Ann Arbor.


Michigan Theater
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The 90th annual Academy Awards are just days away, so let's talk movies!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the new flicks heading to theaters this weekend.


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Black History Month comes to an end today. As such, we bring you a story about an early 20th century interracial club at the University of Michigan.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan tells us why it was founded and about some of the obstacles its members faced.


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The Neutral Zone has been doing great work with Ann Arbor-area kids for a long time.  Did you know it has its own record label?  'Youth Owned Records' is teaching kids the ins and outs of the music business with some life lessons thrown in for good measure.  Learn more in this week's edition of 89.1 WEMU's "creative:impact."


Helping local agencies find and repair potholes, joining the Ann Arbor Citizens Academy or attending a town hall on education. Those are a few of the engagement opportunities you have this week and those are among the topics covered by WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan on this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 


Jenn McKee

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts events happening around Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local writer, reviewer and blogger Jenn McKee and the co-creator of Ann Arbor's Pointless Brewery and Theatre Tori Tomalia.


State Theatre
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Renovating the historic State Theatre was a huge undertaking, but it took a certain kind of artist to make its marquee light up the Ann Arbor streets again.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk to Mark Chalou, who owns and operates Chalou Designs, which builds neon signs for local businesses.


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