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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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John Gutoskey
ArtPrize / artprize.org

It has been three years since a gunman entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and opened fire.  Recently, a new arts exhibition was unveiled in Orlando to honor those lost in the tragedy, and Ann Arbor artist John Gutoskey's work is prominently featured.  In this week's 'creative:impact,' Gutoskey discusses that work, life as an artist, and the role of social conscience in the creative process.  


Washtenaw United
David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

The mission of the Ypsilanti-based 'Black Men Read' program is clearly stated: "We exist to promote the power of stories, storytelling and literacy to children in order to normalize the historical and cultural contributions of Black people throughout the diaspora, uplifting Black men and all of the ways that they engage in their families and communities while disrupting tropes of Black father absenteeism."  In this week's 'Washtenaw United,' you'll find out why the program is changing dynamics throughout the entirety of the community.  


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

WEMU's Summer Pledge Drive is now behind us, so let's unwind with a good summer movie!  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 worth checking out this weekend.


University of Michigan
Youtube / youtube.com

Climate change affects more than just the weather.  It can lead to numerous other problems, such as excessive flooding. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair chats with Andrew Gronewold, associate professor at the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability, about what climate change and flooding mean for the future of the Great Lakes region.


Edith Donnel
Chelsea District Library / chelseadistrictlibrary.org

Reading comics has been a popular youth activity for decades.  In some cases, it inspires youngsters to seek out a career in the comics industry.  The youth organization "Kids Read Comics" was founded to encourage kids to get their creative juices flowing.  The organization's founder, Chelsea librarian Edith Donnel, discusses the project and latest engagement opportunities with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."

Washtenaw United
David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

It is said, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  That is particularly true if you live near or below the poverty line.  Foundations Preschool has a mission to support at-risk children and their parents to create opportunities of prosperity.  As a non-profit, the school can’t do it alone.  That, too, takes a village.  In this week’s "Washtenaw United," you’ll hear from the school’s executive director, Sandy Williams, and from United Way of Washtenaw County "Volunteer of the Year" Jessie Schlanderer as Foundations Preschool gets set to celebrate it’s 85th anniversary. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Everybody's favorite movie-loving duo is back together again!  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 films coming to the big screen this weekend.


Ric Lawson
Huron River Watershed Council / hrwc.org

Phosphorus runoff and stormwater overflow have been creating problematic issues in waterways in the Huron River Watershed.  While progress has been made, a Washtenaw County Circuit Court ruling will require further regulation to hasten future improvements.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair gets the details from Ric Lawson, watershed planner for the Huron River Watershed Council.


William Pemberton
Will Lawson

Jazz historian Dr. Karl Koenig has built one of the world's most extensive collections of jazz and ragtime music.  Recently, he selected the River Raisin Ragtime Revue, or R4, in Tecumseh to maintain and preserve his collection.  R4 founder and executive director William Pemberton joins WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich to talk about this amazing undertaking in this week's "creative:impact."


Matt Grocoff
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

According to one of the world’s leading, net-zero energy builders, the population has outgrown its manufactured water systems.  Matt Grocoff is founder of the Thrive Collaborative and has installed a rainwater system at his Ann Arbor home that he is working to make the water system of the future.  In this conversation with WEMU’s David Fair, Grocoff explains why a shift in the way we engineer our water systems is a necessity and how it can work on this week's "Issues of the Environment."


University of Michigan
University of Michigan / umich.edu

We often talk about how art makes a difference in the quality of our lives.  Imagine if that life was playing out in a prison.  The Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan began exploring that reality nearly three decades ago, and, as WEMU’s David Fair and Deb Polich from the Arts Alliance found out, it is changing lives.  They speak to two of the project's instructors, Vanessa Mayesky and Cozine Welch, Jr., in this week's "creative:impact." 


Jason Gold
United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

Many K-12 students live with food insecurity, housing and transportation issues, and, too frequently, physical or emotional abuse.  That presents a barrier to positive educational outcomes.  In this week’s "Washtenaw United," WEMU’s David Fair talks with student advocate and Adverse Traumatic Experiences master trainer Jason Gold about how best to identify and deal with the issues to change life trajectories.


2019 marks year two of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s “Festival Footprint Initiative.”  Initially, the plan was to get to a 90% waste diversion rate in 3-5 years.  Now, the plan is being accelerated.  James Carter, the festival's programming and operations manager, joins WEMU’s David Fair for a conversation on environmental stewardship through the course of a three-week long event in this week's "Issues of the Environment." 


Michigan Folk School
Jason Gold

If you’ve ever wanted to learn blacksmithing or timber-framing, you don’t have to go far.  The Michigan Folk School is serving Washtenaw County residents right now.  In fact, it has been expanding since its inception in 2012.  In this week’s "creative:impact," with WEMU’s David Fair and Deb Polich of The Arts Alliance, you’ll hear the personal and professional story of the school’s director, Jason Gold.


United Way of Washtenaw County
United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

A recent study concluded that Washtenaw County does not provide equal opportunities in health, education, and other life essentials to its Latino citizens.  Out of that study, the Buenos Vecinos collaborative was formed to make such things more available.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair talks about the program with its leader Charo Ledón and the UWWC's director of community impact, Bridget Healy.  


Cinetopia
Cinetopia Film Festival / Facebook

There's a lot happening in the movie world this week, including the official start of the Cinetopia Film Festival!  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 about all of the new flicks coming to the big screen this weekend.


Milk
Tom Ray / flickr.com

Pure and pasteurized milk and dairy products may taste good and be good for you, but the process that brings you this product may be making you sick.  WEMU’s David Fair explores a new study showing the plastics used in processing are contaminating some dairy products with toxic chemicals.  Mike Belliveau is executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center and this week’s guest on "Issues of the Environment."


Juan D. Freitez / Facebook

Meet the Eastern Michigan University graduate, Ann Arbor resident, and Venezuelan immigrant who has produced a documentary making waves around the world.  Juan D. Freitez's “Salud Sin Papeles: Health Undocumented” will be playing at the upcoming Cinetopia Film Festival.  On "creative:impact," Juan will take you on his journey in a conversation with WEMU’s David Fair and the president and CEO of The Arts Alliance, Deb Polich.


Food Gatherers
United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

Food insecurity and hunger is more pervasive in Washtenaw County than you might think.  In this week’s "Washtenaw United," WEMU’s David Fair finds out what is being done, in both the short and long term, to eradicate the problem.  In this conversation, Food Gatherers president and CEO Eileen Spring and United Way of Washtenaw County president and CEO, Pam Smith, discuss the progress made and the work still to be done.


Beth Bashert
Beth Bashert

Ypsilanti City Council this week is expected to decide the future of the Peninsular Park Dam.  Will it be removed from the Huron River?  Will it be preserved?  WEMU’s David Fair talks through the economic, environmental, and community character issues that have been at the center of the ongoing debate with Mayor Beth Bashert.


Laura Sherman
Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council / mieibc.org

Michigan continues to be a leader in "Green Energy" jobs, and the business community and marketplace are helping drive towards a cleaner energy future.  In this month's "First Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak cover those issues with Laura Sherman, president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Film festival season is getting started, and box office records are being shattered!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest Hollywood news and all of the new films arriving on the big screen this weekend.


Bees
Max Pixel / maxpixel.net

Wild bees are essential to our environment, but development, pesticides, and other issues are creating hardship for the pollinators.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Gordon Fitch, a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan's Department of Ecology and Environmental Biology, about the latest research and where it will lead. 


Traven Pelletier
Lotus Gardenscapes / lotusgardenscapes.com

Every homeowner wants his/her house to really stand out, and well thought-out landscaping can make that possible.  Traven Pelletier is lead designer of Lotus Gardenscapes in Dexter, and he and his team have turned the craft into extraordinary works of art.  Pelletier talks about his work with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

To paraphrase, it takes a village to create a full-service child care and early childhood development center.  A group of like-minded partners combined resources and created 'The Collaborative'-Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center.  In this week’s "Washtenaw United," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Eastern Michigan University Director of Student Engagement Decky Alexander and EMU doctoral candidate Veronica Konglim about the creation, purpose, and impacts of 'The Collaborative.'


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is experiencing a severe staff shortage, particularly in its jail operations.  Despite some media reports this  week, there has not been a "State of Emergency" declaration.  Sheriff Jerry Clayton joined WEMU's David Fair to clarify the situation, as it stands today, and to discuss ongoing efforts to address staffing needs. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Everything from Cinetopia to Marvel is delivering the goods to your local movie house.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Russ Collins, executive director of the Michigan Theater and State Theatre, about the latest movie news and all of the flicks worth checking out this weekend.


Denim Day
Denim Day / denimdayinfo.org

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and today is Denim Day.  These designations are designed to increase awareness about sexual assault and the societal behaviors and perceptions that must be changed.  Safehouse Center executive director Barbara Niess-May joins WEMU's David Fair to discuss what Denim Day has accomplished and what still needs to be done. 


Michigan Natural Features Inventory / mnfi.anr.msu.edu

A recent survey determined that there are approximately 150 species in Washtenaw County listed as threatened or endangered.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Brian Klatt, director of the Michigan Natural Features Inventory, about why these plants and animals are in danger and what needs to be done to protect them.


Breaking into a career in radio, whether it's commercial or public, takes a lot of work, talent, drive, and a little luck as well.  In this week's "creative:impact," Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich learns about the personal journey to a career in radio with David Fair, who is celebrating 25 years at WEMU in 2019. 


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