89.1 WEMU

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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Ways to Connect

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. 


Yousef Rabhi
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The cost of prescription drugs and health care is going up and, for many, is already out of reach.  53rd District State Representative Yousef Rabhi and U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell will host a public forum tonight to discuss what is being done in Lansing and Washington to address these issues.  Rabhi joined WEMU's David Fair to talk about what to expect for the upcoming forum.


Jason Frenzel
Doug Coombe

It is Earth Day, and there's no better way to celebrate than volunteering your time to make our planet a little more eco-friendly.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair talks to the Huron River Watershed Council's Jason Frenzel and Amanda Reel of the United Way of Washtenaw County about the importance of volunteerism.


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

More news is coming out of Cinetopia, and there's a lot more going in the movie world as well.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins sit down to discuss the latest movie news and all of the new films hitting the big screen this weekend.


Border-to-Border Trail
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

In this week's "Issues of the Environment," Washtenaw County senior parks planner Peter Sanderson joins WEMU's David Fair to talk about how far the Border-to-Border Trail has come to this point and how much further along it will be at the end of 2019. 


University of Michigan / umich.edu

Photography is an art form that can capture people, places, and things in the most imaginative of ways.  It takes a creative and learned mind to succesfully negotiate the world of biomedical and forensic photography.  That accurately describes Lisa Belanger Neal.  Lisa is a biomedical photographer in Autopsy & Forensic Services in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan Hospital.  Hear about her work in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

Today is Tax Day.  As many people rush to file their returns, there are a few who can't afford to have someone file their returns for them.  That's why the United Way of Washtenaw County formed the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  UWWC representatives Andrew Johnson and Patrick Helman talk all about the VITA program with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Washtenaw United."


State Theatre
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

As the weather heats up, so does the Michigan film festival scene!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Russ Collins, executive director of the Michigan and State Theaters, to discuss the latest movie news and the latest flicks hitting the big screen this weekend.

Matt Doss
Great Lakes Commission / glc.org

President Donald Trump said he wanted to cut 90% from a proposed $300-million dollar budget proposal to continue funding the Great Lakes Resoration Initiative (GLRI).  He then reversed the decision.   Why is that important?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair gets the answers from Matt Doss, policy director of the Great Lakes Commission. 


Solana Howard

The Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month.  In "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich of The Arts Alliance introduce you to Solana Howard.  She'll discuss the benefits from participation in the YYO and why she now serves as a program mentor. 


United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

In this week's "Washtenaw United," hear from the man who founded and co-owns the popular Boober Pedicab company in Ann Arbor.  From drug and alcohol addiction to community service and entrepreneurship, you’ll find inspiration and motivation in Kevin Spangler’s story.  


michigan.gov

In her first few months in office, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has made infrastructure and clean water among her top priorities.  Whitmer outlines her environmental strategy and budget with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director, Lisa Wozniak. 


State Theatre
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

More signs of spring are popping up--warmer temperatures, baseball, and great movies!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks with the executive director of the Michigan Theater and State Theatre, Russ Collins, about the latest movie news and all of the new flicks dropping into your local theater this weekend.


NRDC
Natural Resources Defense Council / nrdc.org

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released a new report regarding how climate change may affect the health of Michiganders.  Juanita Constible, Senior Advocate for the NRDC's Climate and Health, Climate & Clean Energy Program, presents details on this report with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."


R.J. Fox
R.J. Fox / twitter.com

Ann Arbor resident R.J. Fox has always had a passion for writing.  He is a published author and two of his books are now being made into films!  Additionally, Fox teaches film and English classes in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.  Fox walks you through his written-word journey with WEMU's David Fair and the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, Deb Polich, in this week's "creative:impact."  


Yodit Mesfin Johnson
United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

Implicit bias plays a big role in how we collectively go about our lives.  It can shape personal viewpoints, public policy, and it often creates inequities that limit access to opportunity.  In this week’s, “Washtenaw United,” WEMU’s David Fair explores these issues with the incoming board chair of the United Way of Washtenaw County, Yodit Mesfin Johnson. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

There's plenty to check out in the movie world, including the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins discuss the latest movie news and all of the new flicks hitting the silver screen this weekend.


Do Not Eat Fish
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Spring recreation season is upon us and one of the most popular destinations is the Huron River.  But, you'll see an increasing number of signs along the waterway warning you not to eat the fish.  That's because of PFAS contamination.  In WEMU's 'Issues of the Environment,' get the latest on the health of the river, and how it affects you for the spring and summer ahead from Huron River Watershed Council executive director, Laura Rubin.   


Michelle Andonian

The University of Michigan's Natural History Museum has moved to the Biological Sciences Building on campus and is getting ready for an April 14th grand re-opening!   In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk about what it takes to carry such a massive redesign project with the museum's capital project manager, Lynne Friman.


United Way of Washtenaw County / https://www.uwwashtenaw.org/

WEMU has partnered with the United Way of Washtenaw County to explore the people, organizations, and institutions creating opportunity and equity in our area.  And, as part of this ongoing series, you’ll also hear from the people benefiting and growing from the investments being made in the areas of our community where there are gaps in available services.  It is a community voice.  It is 'Washtenaw United.'


Ann Arbor Film Fest
Ann Arbor Film Fest Twitter / twitter.com

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 hitting the big screen this weekend.  Plus, Leslie Raymond drops by to give you the inside scoop on the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival.


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

WEMU's Spring Pledge Drive is well underway, but there's still plenty of time to catch a good flick.  In this fundraising edition of "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 worth checking out this weekend.

*Audio not available due to active pitching for pledge drive*

Alison Watson
Courtesy Photo / Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

At the end of 2018, John Bracey announced his retirement as executive director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).  Luckily, the council didn't have to search too far for his successor.  MCACA programs manager Alison Watson will take over as executive director, and she talks about her plans with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."


Ypsilanti City Council unanimously accepted the resignation of city manager Darren McClary Thursday.  It has raised issues of implicit bias and governmental transparency.  It may also be a red flag as to the working relationships between the Mayor Beth Bashert and members of city council.  The Mayor addresses these issues in a morning-after perspective conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Spring is almost upon us, which brings flowers, warmer weather, and superheroes on the big screen!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins discuss the latest movie news and all of the new flicks coming to your local movie house this weekend.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

In 1987, State Senator Lana Pollack (D-Ann Arbor) pushed through “Polluter Pay” legislation in Lansing, but during the ensuing Engler Administration, the laws were dismantled.  Now, 53rd District State Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) and 18th District State Senator Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) have introduced companion bills seeking to, once again, hold those who pollute accountable for their actions.  Senator Irwin joined WEMU's David Fair to offer insight on the bills in this week's "Issues of the Environment."

Paul Hickman
Paul Hickman

Creative entrepeneurs, triple bottom lines, and the life cycle of businesses are among the topics explored in this conversation with Paul Hickman.  Paul founded Urban Ashes in Saline in 2008.  The business closed earlier this year.  Hickman joins WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich to talk about what Urban Ashes accomplished in this week's "creative:impact."


Jeff Irwin
Jeff Irwin

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is set to release her first budget proposal next week.  Through her campaign and into the first months of her administration, improving the environment has been at the fore.  In this month’s edition of "1st Friday," State Senator Jeff Irwin joins WEMU’s David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak to see what has been done, what is being proposed, and where we can go from here.


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