Pandemic Coverage

Everything You Need To Know About The Global COVID-19 Outbreak from NPR & WEMU

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The latest COVID package is expected to pass the U.S. House, but with one omission.  The proposed increase to the federal minimum wage was removed from the package and will possibly be put forth as a separate bill.  12th District Representative Debbie Dingell discusses her support for an increase to $15 per hour.  Dingell also discusses U.S. House passage of the  "Equality Act" in her conversation with WEMU's David Fair.


More University of Michigan employees could be unionizing soon.

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Even though most in-person musical performances have been paused during the coronavirus pandemic, many local musicians are still staying busy.  Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor percussionist Pete Siers, who has found joy from performing in his neighborhood park to co-creating with other local musicians and planning more musical performances once the pandemic is over.

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In the late 19th Century, George Jewett came to the University of Michigan to play football.  He would later continues his playing career at Northwestern University.  It wasn't long before he cemented his place in academic and athletic history, and now, there will be a new trophy named in his honor.  David Fair speaks to Jewett's great-grandson, WEMU jazz host Michael Jewett, about the personal and historical significance of this announcement.

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The Golden Globes award ceremony will be held this weekend. There are some favorites but there are always surprises to! In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair connects with Michigan Theater Foundation executive director Russ Collins to discuss the latest movie news and the films now showing in Ann Arbor and online. 

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A National Science Foundation grant awarded to the University of Michigan is furthering the development of cybersecurity for autonomous vehicles.  89.1 WEMU’s Heather Irvine has more.

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The Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office has announced it will not collaborate with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, also known as ICE.  89.1 WEMU's Taylor Pinson has more.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says many of the state’s COVID-19 data trends are moving in the right direction and suggested more restrictions could soon be lifted.  But, as we hear from Rick Pluta, the feud between the governor and the Legislature over the state’s COVID response has not lifted.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer told a US Senate committee Wednesday that the country needs a national strategy to tackle failing infrastructure and climate change.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Ann Arbor Public Schools announced Wednesday, February 24, that it will resume a form of in-person learning by the end of March.


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