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Aaron P. Dworkin is a force!  Hear his story of how he turned his personal experience as a young Black violinist, acutely aware of the lack of diversity both on stage and in the audience in concert halls into a movement -- but not before engaging his life partner Afa S. Dworkin.  Aaron tells his story this week with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich.  We'll hear Afa's on "creative:impact" next week.


University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

"Old friends in a new home" is the way University of Michigan Museum of Natural History officials like to describe the new facility opening to the public this spring.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry got a chance to tour the new Natural History Museum scheduled to open on the University of Michigan campus in April.

Michigan State Senate
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Democrats in the state Senate plan to try and undo a controversial bill that passed during last year’s lame duck session.


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Political commentator, author, and journalist Keith Boykin was the keynote speaker Monday at Eastern Michigan University's Martin Luther King Jr.'s luncheon.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended and has the story.
 


Cigarettes
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Some health advocates want to raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases.  The American Cancer Society also wants changes to make pricing for cancer treatments more fair in Michigan.


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Car enthusiasts will peruse new and future vehicles at the North American International Auto Show over the next week. But, there is more to look at than just cars, SUV’s and trucks.  As 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan discovered, Washtenaw County is helping lead the way and is on prominent display.  


Sarah Hong
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This week, "Art and Soul" focuses on the art of well being.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with Sarah Hong of Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County about her efforts to help local organizations maximize their fullest potential for happiness and wellness.


Lunar Eclipse
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A rare, total lunar eclipse will be visible from our area Sunday evening, January 20th.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Saline amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum about what to expect.


Michigan Theater
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As the Oscars get closer and closer, more great movies are hitting the big screen!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins talk about the latest movie news and all of the new flicks you can check out this weekend.

Matt Shepard
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Matt Shepard has been a great part of the WEMU family, calling EMU football games for the last 18 seasons.  Now, he just landed the broadcasting job of a lifetime--lead announcer for the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit.  Shepard talks all about his plans for the upcoming Tigers season, as well as the challenges he and his family have faced recently, with WEMU's David Fair.

  

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