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Marcy Epstein

With handwritten cards and "comfort items" purchased with money raised in Ann Arbor, a contingent of area activists traveled to Texas this week to raise awareness about hundreds of children at an immigration detention camp separated from their families.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Marcy Epstein, one of the participants who traveled from Ann Arbor this week in hopes of making a difference.

Anne Lamott
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With all that is happening in our world, it may sometimes be difficult having hope.  This week, "Art and Soul" is about the art of well being.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to best-selling author and inspirational speaker Anne Lamott about hope.

Michigan Theater
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The weather's been cold lately, but the movie business stays hot!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater digital media specialist Nick Alderink about the latest movie news and all of the new films hitting theaters on this pre-Thanksgiving weekend.

Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

EMU's College of Health and Human Services is intent on its students becoming successful in the field of medicine.  Now, those students can get a real, hands-on experience this week.  In this week's "Focus on EMU," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Linda Myler, assistant professor and director of nursing simulation labs at EMU, about the second annual IPE Simulation Day, where students get to work in simulated, medical situations.

Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

For the last two decades, Ypsilanti's Michigan Firehouse Museum has displayed over a century's worth of firefighting memorabilia.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg take a tour of the museum with its recently-appointed director, Al Dyer, Jr.

Nancy Love
University of Michigan / umich.edu

Searching for new sources of natural fertilizer is an ongoing process, and a University of Michigan research project is exploring use of an unending source.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with U-M professor of civil and environmental engineering Dr. Nancy Love about the Urine Diversion Research Project. 

Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

In an effort to comply with Title IX requirements, Eastern Michigan University's athletics department hosted two meetings Tuesday afternoon to gauge interest in women's sports.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.

Duster / Artrain 1986

Back in 1986, artists submitted graffiti art to decorate the outside of the "Artrain" railcars.  Later this month, renderings of those pieces will go up for auction in Paris, France, where the proceeds will benefit art programs, here at home.  A treasure trove of art of the past will help fund the art of the future.  WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance president and CEO Deb Polich take you back and look forward in this week's "creative:impact."

Gretchen Whitmer
Ford School of Public Policy / flickr.com

Michigan’s new governor will start in January.  But Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer faces an adversarial state Legislature, which could impact what Whitmer is able to accomplish.

Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Every once in a while, students may feel the usual academic, athletic, or financial strain that comes with the whole college experience.  Luckily, Eastern Michigan University has a solution with its team of furry, four-legged friends.  In this week's "Focus on EMU," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Nick Pomante from EMU's Office of Wellness and Community Responsibility about its ongoing "Wellness Woof" program.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Protests were held across the country Thursday evening after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned per President Donald Trump's request.  About 1,000 people gathered at the Federal Building in downtown Ann Arbor as part of the nationwide movement hosted by the Move On network.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.

Lisa Barry

Ann Arbor Community High School graduate Max Fecteau Brown studied jazz in high school and listened to 89.1 WEMU every day growing up sparking a strong interest in jazz and music and performing.  Now, he is touring the country. including a recent performance at the Ark in Ann Arbor with a group called "The War And Treaty."  He's also recording several albums and spoke to WEMU's Lisa Barry about his career in music and what he learned growing up in the creative community of Ann Arbor.

Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts in our community.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, executive director of CultureSource and the chair of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Katie Van Dusen from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.  They talk about a just-released neighborhood arts program focusing on bringing new art to Washtenaw County neighborhoods and giving opportunities to local artists to share their work.

Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Now that everyone has been to the voting booth, it's time to head to the ticket booth and catch a good flick!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins talk about the latest Hollywood news and all of the new movies coming to the big screen this weekend.

Gretchen Whitmer
University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy / flickr.com

Michigan’s new Governor-elect is already making plans for her administration.

City of Ann Arbor

Now that the votes have been counted, the winners and losers from the mid-term election begin to move forward based on election results.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke to Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor, who was overwhelmingly elected to his third term, but at the same time lost the battle to defeat Proposal A, which was on the city ballot.  He talks about how he plans to move forward in light of that and about other city cares and concerns.

Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University sent out an e-mail Wednesday to students and employees reminding them that the use of marijuana on campus is still prohibited.  The message was sent after voters in Michigan approved Proposal 1 that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana.

Chris Kolb
Chris Kolb / Twitter

Post-election, there are changes in the make-up of the state legislature annd top-elected offices in Michigan. In Part 1 of Issues of the Environment, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters called the election outcomes "a win."  Are the sentiments of the Michigan Environmental Council the same? In Part 2, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair looks for the answer in a conversation with MEC President, Chris Kolb. 

jamie Lowell / facebook.com

Proposal 1, which would legalize recreational marijuana, was approved by Michigan voters on Tuesday night.  WEMU's David Fair talks to MI Legalize board member Jamie Lowell about what to expect when the proposal goes into effect.

Alan Haber
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Ann Arbor voters approved Proposal A on Tuesday. It requires the city-owned "Library Lot"  be reserved for development of an urban park and civic center commons. Alan Haber is a member of  the Ann Arbor Committee for Community Commons and helped lead the petition drive that put Proposal A on the ballot. Haber joined 89.1 WEMU's David Fair to discus the win and what comes next.

Jen Eyer
Ann Arbor Votes / annarborvotes.org

Ann Arbor's Proposal A  won voter approval on Tuesday. It allows for creation of an urban park and civic center commons on the downtown 'Library Lot.'  Jen Eyer served as volunteer spokesperson for the  group, 'Voters for a Responsible Ann Arbor." That group sought to defeat Proposal A. So, what now? Eyer shares her thoughts in a conversation with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair. 

Elizabeth Nelson
Elizabeth Nelson

With a Tuesday night election win, Elizabeth Nelson will now represent the 4th Ward on Ann Arbor City Council.  She discusses with WEMU's David Fair how she wants to work with  with her colleagues in the term ahead. 

Debbie Dingell
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell has been won another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She will be joined by many other Democrats when the new term begins in January.  She offers her analysis of the concluded midterm election with WEMU's David Fair.

Rebekah Warren
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Due to term limits, Michigan State Senator Rebekah Warren could not seek another term in office.  Instead, she ran for a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives--and was victorious.  Warren talks about her plans for her future in Lansing with WEMU's David Fair.

Jeff Irwin
Jeff Irwin For State Senate / irwinforsenate.com

Former Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin chose to keep going with his duties in Lansing.  Now, is returning to Lansing. This time as a State Senator. Irwin discusses the outcome of the elction and moving forward representing 18th State Senagte district. 


Lisa Wozniak
Michigan League of Conservation Voters / michiganlcv.org

The midterm election will prove to be  "a win" for the environment. That according to the executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. In Part 1 of this week's "Issues of the Environment," Lisa Wozniak joined WEMU's David Fair to offer her thoughts on election results. 


Beth Bashert
Beth Bashert

Ypsilanti City Council member Beth Bashert will be the city's next mayor.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to talk about her plans for the city.

Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

When Concentrate Media reporter Sarah Rigg was writing about Ypsilanti Township's master plan for 2040, she learned that there are nearly 30 neighborhood watch associations currently operating in the area.  So, she dug a little deeper into this fact for this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."  Sarah and WEMU's Patrick Campion talk about the association with local neighborhood watch leaders Jo Ann McCollum and Maurice Stovall.

 Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education:

Only two incumbents will return to the Ann Arbor School Board. Susan Baskett and Jessica Kelly both won re-election.    

A Mix Of Returning Commissioners And New Faces On The Washtenaw County Board

There were contested races in all nine of the Washtenaw County Commission districts on Tuesday.

In the 1st District, Democrat Jason Maciejewski has won his first term on the board.  Maciejewski defeated Republican Rod Anderson and will replace Kent Martinez-Kratz on the board. Maciejewski beat Martinez-Kratz in the democratic primary back in August.

The 2nd district will have new representation, as well. Democrat Sue Shink beat Republican Kevin Jardine yesterday. Shink will take over the seat now held by Michelle Deatrick. Instead of seeking re-election to the county board, Deatrick ran for the 18th district Senate seat in the August primary and lost to Jeff Irwin.

Democrat Shannon Beeman will be the new 3rd District Commissioner. She beat out Republican Melanie Weidmayer for the right to replace outgoing Republican commissioner Alicia Ping. Ping chose not to seek re-election.

Incumbent Democrat Felicia Brabec has won re-election to the 4th district chair by defeating a Republican challenge from Jeanie Wade.

Incumbent Democrats won in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th district, too. Ruth Ann Jamnick will continue serving in the 5th. Ricky Jefferson won-re-election in the 6th, Board of Trustees Chair Andy LeBarre will keep his 7th District seat and Jason Morgan won re-election in the 8th.

Katie Scott will be the new representative in the 9th district. The Democrat beat sitting commissioner Conan Smith in the Democratic primary in August. Tuesday, she defeated Republican Stuart Berry.

All of the winning candidates will serve two-year terms.