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David Fair

News Director

Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.

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Susan Pollay
Susan Pollay

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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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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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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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.  


Jennifer Goulet
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The arts are an essential part of living here in Washtenaw County and all over Michigan and the area's creative talent drives the economy.  That is why organizations like the Arts Alliance and Creative Many Michigan exist.  Jennifer Goulet is the  outgoing president and CEO of Creative Many Michigan. She discusses arts advocacy with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


Mary Morgan / CivCity Initiative

There are many opportunities to becoke more civically engaged in the weeks ahead. There is a plan to establish a Washtenaw County Youth Commission and mid-term elections are right around the corner and there are a number of ways to get involved. WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan will discuss these and other topics in this week's edition of "Civic Matters."


Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

PFAS contamination of Michigan waters is growing.  It has forced a “Do Not Eat Fish” advisory for the Huron River and has been discovered in the Ann Arbor Municipal Drinking water supply.  More new contamination sites are being discovered throughout Michigan and the rest of the country.  WEMU has been exploring what is being done at the local and state levels over the past few weeks.  In this month’s “1st Friday Focus on the Environment,” David Fair and Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters explore what is being done at the federal level with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.


Michigan Theater
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It's back-to-school time, but that doesn't mean there's no time to catch a good flick.  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 coming to the silver screen this weekend.


Do Not Eat Fish
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Last month, due to high levels of PFAS in fish, the state of Michigan issued a "Do Not Eat Fish" advisory for parts of the Huron River.  After further testing, that advisory has been expanded to the entire river.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair revisits this situation with Huron River Watershed Council executive director Laura Rubin.


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Ann Arbor resident Cathy Gendron describes herself as "someone with a serious need to draw," and that need has led to quite a career.  She talks about her artistic journey with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


Do Not Eat Fish
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The state of Michigan this month issued, then expanded, a “Do Not Eat Fish” advisory for portions of the Huron River.  It cited unusually high levels of PFAS in the fish it tested.  PFAS are a compound of chemicals known to cause cancer and other medical issues.  In this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” Huron River Watershed Council executive director Laura Rubin dispels some misconceptions about the advisory and discusses the concerns the contamination raises for the present and future health of the river.


Russ Collins
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In this week's "creative:impact," prepare for a rare WEMU crossover event!  WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance president and CEO Deb Polich talk with Michigan and State Theater executive director--and "Cinema Chat" co-host--Russ Collins!  They'll discuss  what operating movie theaters means to the economic and community growth.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Russ Collins talk about all of the latest films hitting theaters this weekend.  Plus, Russ announces a special event to honor the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.


  

The impacts of exposure to lead are costly to both public health and Michigan's bottom line.  While the Flint Water Crisis brought greater awareness of lead exposure hazards, lead-based paints continue to damage children throughout the state.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Rebecca Meuninck, Deputy Director of the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, to discuss new EPA standards for the amount of lead permitted in household paint, dust, and soil.  


U.S House of Representatives

There are a number of challenges for entrepreneurs and prospective start-up businesses.  Overcoming those challenges was the focus of conversation at Spark East in Ypsilanti Tuesday morning.  The event was part of the larger "Startup Week Across America" effort to showcase innovation and educate lawmakers on how to bettter support new business development.  U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell attended and shared her takeaways with WEMU's David Fair. 


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Mark Clague
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance / umich.edu

Music certainly plays a large part in the artistic world.  It can also stimulate the academic part of our brains, too.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance president and CEO Deb Polich found the perfect person with which to to explore the subject.  Dr. Mark Clague is a noted musicologist and is Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. 


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It won't be long before students of all ages start a new school year, but there's still a few things to do in the world of civic engagement.  WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan will talk about back-to-school preparations in the Ann Arbor area, as well as developments in Ann Arbor city business, in this week's "Civic Matters."


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to discuss the latest movie news.  Plus, they'll preview all of the new films coming to your local movie house this weekend.


Amanda Krugliak
University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities / lsa.umich.edu

Literature and the arts--collectively known as the humanities--are an essential part of our culture from a local to a global level.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk about how the humanities affect our world view and understanding with Amanda Krugliak, the arts curator and assistant director of arts programming at the University of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities.


Mary Morgan / CivCity Initiative

Now that the August primary is done, it's time to look to other civic events, such as filling vacancies in advisory groups, learning about affordable housing, and caring for local parks.  WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan will discuss these topics and give some more post-election analysis in this week's "Civic Matters."


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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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. 


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