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Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents met Friday afternoon and gave the green light to move forward with a $16 million renovation project for its REC-IM building

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Environmentalists contend the ongoing, lame-duck session of the state Legislature is proving detrimental to health of “Pure Michigan.”  In the December edition of WEMU’s "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," David Fair explores measures that could strip away wetlands protections and measures that could keep the nearly 70-year old Line 5 pipeline operational in the Straits of Mackinac for another decade.  Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council policy director Jennifer McKay join in with their perspectives.

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Numerous students fill college campuses every day of every year.  But some force themselves to cut their higher education short, due to overwhelming student debt or other monetary troubles.  Eastern Michigan University recently created the "Eagle Engage Corps" program, which can bring students back in the fold by forgiving these financial burdens.  WEMU's Patrick Campion learns all about this program with Engage @ EMU spokesperson Decky Alexander in this week's "Focus on EMU."

John Gutoskey

This week, "Art and Soul" is a look back at many of the visual arts activities we talked about in 2018.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush, who showcase the wide variety of arts activities and events that took place in our community.

Ever wonder what albums your fellow NPR fans listen to? We asked, you voted and below are the results our year-end listener poll for 2018. The list mirrors the NPR Music Top 50 Albums more than I've noticed in previous years. Like that list, listeners put Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, Mitski and Lucy Dacus all in the top positions.

Michigan Theater
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Awards season is heating up.  Could it predict the outcome of the upcoming Oscars ceremony?  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 films hitting the silver screen this weekend.


A new program at Eastern Michigan University is helping students get rid of some of their college debt by giving back to their community.

Evan Pratt
Washtenaw County

Amid PFAS contamination, controversial oil and gas pipelines, and lead contamination, another water safety issue in Washtenaw County sometimes drops out of the public discourse.  The expanding 1,4 dioxane plume in the Ann Arbor area has again reared its head.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner Evan Pratt about the steps being taken after recent testing revealed much higher levels of the chemical in the waters in Ann Arbor's West Park. 

Eastern Michigan University
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An anti-Semitic message was found on a student speech wall at Eastern Michigan University over the weekend.  

Terry Farmer
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Music can always brighten up your holiday season.  That is part of the Terry Farmer's mission.  Farmer is the director of contemporary services at First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor.  He discusses his musical journey with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


NPR News

The Philippines and the United States have reached a rare meeting of the minds: Both are enthralled that church bells seized by the U.S. have been returned to the Philippines after 117 years.

President Rodrigo Duterte, unaccustomed to lauding the U.S., took pains Saturday to call the repatriation of the iconic artifacts "a generous act" by the Americans. For their part, U.S. officials stopped short of an apology, but have acknowledged that it was "time to do the right thing," in the words of John Law, the deputy chief of mission for the U.S. embassy in the Philippines.

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