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This week, Art and Soul is about the Visual Arts in our area. 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and from the Ann Arbor District Library talking about a new event they have coming up. 


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The dust from the August primary election has settled, so let's unwind at the movie theater.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion sits down with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to talk about Hollywood news and the latest films hitting the big screen this weekend.


Updated at 2:48 p.m. ET

Rashida Tlaib has some experience being first, and not just because she is the eldest of 14 children.

As the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, she was the first person in her family to earn a high school diploma — then a college degree, and a law degree.

She was the first Muslim woman ever elected to Michigan's Legislature, where she served in the House for the maximum term of six years.

And in January, she is set to become America's first-ever Muslim congresswoman.

Conan Smith
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners / washtenaw.org

Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith lost his 9th District primary race on Tuesday.  While disappointed, he remains proud of his long tenure in public service and is encouraged by the leadership to be offered by the victor in the race, Katie Scott.  Smith took time Wednesday morning to reflect and look ahead in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair. 


Christopher Taylor
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After a sometimes contentious primary, Christopher Taylor knows he has enough support to continue as Mayor.  But, he will also have to work with the member of city council he defeated for two more years as well as a host of new faces, amidst incumbent losses on Tuesday.  Mayor Taylor discussed the challenges and opportunities for moving his agenda forward with WEMU's David Fair.


Rebekah Warren
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

Rebekah Warren is nearing the end of her tenure as 18th District State Senator.  After a comfortable win on in the Democratic primary, she is looking to November and beyond, as 55th District State House Representative.  She discussed the agenda with WEMU's David Fair.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

It was a long night for former Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin.  He had to wait until nearly 5am to get the final results  of the race for the 18th District State Senate. After  a narrow win, Irwin discussed the plan moving forward with with WEMU's David Fair. 


Normally, CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan comes to the WEMU studios on Mondays for the feature "Civic Matters."  But, the August 2018 primary election is complete, and she just had to stop and offer some analysis of how, or if, the results in Ann Arbor may change the direction of city council. 


Larry Kestenbaum
Ann Arbor Local Wiki / localwiki.org

Nearly 35-percent of registered voters in Washtenaw County exersized their right on Tuesday. Voter turnout exceeded expectation and the county elections division was prepared. Still, no election passes without a slowdown, or two. Washtenaw County Clerk and Register of Deeds Larry Kestenbaum spoke with o WEMU's David Fair about turnout and the process of getting timely and accurate results. 


Jack Eaton
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Incumbent Christopher Taylor defeated 4th Ward City Council member Jack Eaton int he Ann Arbor Mayoral Primary on Tuesday. Eaton joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the loss, the takeaways fromt he cmpaign and what he hopes to accomplish before his council term expires in 2020.


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