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Downtown Ann Arbor has become a major hub for the art scene, and it takes a lot of work maintaining that ideal.  Susan Pollay, executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, talks to WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich about the efforts Ann Arbor takes to keep public art thriving in this week's "creative:impact."


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Healthy Michigan means better credit for Michigan’s low-income residents.  That’s according to a new study on the state’s Medicaid expansion released Monday.  It found that people on the plan improved their financial health since getting the insurance coverage.


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After more than two years on the job, Eastern Michigan University President James Smith gave his first State of the University address on Monday afternoon.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the details.


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The November general election is getting closer, and more events are coming up to highlight the upcoming ballot.  Judicial races, affordable housing, and voter registration info are just some of topics discussed in this week's "Civic Matters" with WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan.


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89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan discovered there are businesses in Washtenaw County contributing to the vision of buying products for life.

 


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This week, Art and Soul is about the vibrant visual arts scene in the Washtenaw County area.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and the director of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series at the University of Michigan, Chrisstina Hamilton.


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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 movie news and all of the new flicks hitting theaters this weekend.  Among the new movies is a true crime story set in 1980's Detroit.

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Eastern Michigan University alumnus Emmanuel Jones had trouble finding a direction in life.  After many personal trials, he found his calling in helping young people find their own direction in life.  From there, he created the nonprofit organization, Mentor2Youth.  Jones talks all about his journey with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


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Gypsy moth caterpillars have completely stripped the leaves of trees in portions of Chelsea and caused significant defoliation in portions of Ann Arbor.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks about the infestation with Bob Bricault,  horticulture educator for Michigan State University Extension in Washtenaw County.  


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Governor Rick Snyder has put together a team he says will help fix the state Child Protective Services program.  This comes after a state audit revealed CPS failed to follow a plethora of state requirements.


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New life was breathed into a perennial debate this week, when a former Sesame Street writer revealed that not only did he consider beloved characters Bert and Ernie to be a gay couple, but he used his own relationship as creative inspiration.

On Sunday, Queerty published an interview with Mark Saltzman, who worked on the show in the 1980s and 90s, asking him if he thought of Bert and Ernie as a gay couple.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee will move forward with a hearing scheduled for Monday on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, despite a request for further investigation from his accuser.

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