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Eastern Michigan University President James Smith delivered his second State of the University address on Tuesday.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended and has the story.

Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. Eastern. NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time, right here.

Chrisstina Hamilton
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For years, the University of Michigan's Penny Stamps Speaker Series has brought in astounding lecturers of all walks of life, from artists to authors to filmmakers.  But what does it take to make these events possible?  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich go behind the scenes of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series with its director, Chrisstina Hamilton.

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Budget and student enrollment are among the topics that are expected to be discussed during Eastern Michigan University's State of the University Address on Tuesday.  EMU spokesperson Geoff Larcom says members of the public are encouraged to attend President James Smith's address that will start at 4pm at the Student Center Auditorium. 

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Washtenaw County is one of the economically vibrant communities in southeast Michigan.  Yet, there are socio-economic and racial disparities to work through.  That is why the county has created the position of Racial Equity Officer.  Alize Asberry Payne is the first person to take the title and joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the "One Community" initiative in this week's "Washtenaw United."


Activating and engaging the creative talents of the community, the 4th annual ypsiGLOW is taking place October 25th.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with one of the originators of the light-up community event, Jeri Rosenberg, and event producer Jennifer Goulet.

Focus On EMU: Mark Jefferson Versailles Symposium

Oct 12, 2019
EMU Today

On this week's episode of  "Focus On EMU," host Patrick Campion conversates with Dept. Head of Geography and Geology, Dr. Rick Sambrook, and EMU Archivist Alexis Braun Marks. They discuss the life, career, and legacy of Mark Jefferson ⁠— including his crucial role in the Versailles Peace Conference of 1919, which marked the end of WWI.

89.1 WEMU has teamed with the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development to bring you a series of reports on the issues surrundoing the upcoming census in 2020.  In ensuing months, we'll cover issues on how the population count will impact us in Washtenaw County and Michigan.  The series begins with an census overview with the director of the Washtenaw County OCED, Teresa Gillotti. 

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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local visual arts scene.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with state and local arts leader Omari Rush and Kate Higgins from Ann Arbor’s “Scrap Box” about a new fashion show they’ve created with an environmental impact.  

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The leaves are changing color, and the movies keep on coming!  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 and all of the new films landing on the big screen this weekend.


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