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David Fair

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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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State Theatre
Brandon C / flickr.com

A lot is going on this week in the world of cinema, including the nods for next year's Golden Globes!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair meets up with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to discuss the latest movie news and all of the new flicks arriving at your local movie house this weekend.


Food Gatherers
Food Gatherers / foodgatherers.org

The holiday season is here, which leads to big get-togethers with lots of food.  Sadly, those less fortunate don't have that luxury, but there are ways to help them out.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Eileen Spring, president and CEO of Food Gatherers, about donating uneaten food to help the needy, which has some postive environmental impacts as well.


Ballet Chelsea
Michael Wecht

A holiday favorite, The Nutcracker Ballet, fills the stage with boys and men dancing in roles as familiar as the music by Tchaikovsky.  What is it like to be a male dancer in the ballet?  On this week’s edition of "creative:impact," David Fair and Deb Polich find out when they chat with dancer and actor Michael Wecht, who is appearing in Ballet Chelsea’s production of The Nutcracker, presented with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra this weekend at the Potter Center in Jackson.


United Way of Washtenaw County
Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

Fighting racism and social injustice is an ongoing battle. Washtenaw County residents will have a chance to make a difference through the United Way of Washtenaw County's "21-Day Equity Challenge."  For this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair sits down for a conversation with UWWC President/CEO Pam Smith and UWWC board chair Yodit Mesfin Johnson about how the challenge works and what it seeks to accomplish.


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The holidays are officially upon us, so let's spread some cinema-style cheer!  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 films coming to the big screen this weekend.


Trish Koman
University of Michigan Multidisciplinary Design Program / umich.edu

Many cities and residents in Michigan have already begun to feel the effects of climate change.  Such changes can damage the environment and public health.  Dr. Trish Koman, a research investigator for the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, and her colleagues have developed the Michigan Environmental Project, an online mapping tool designed to track climate change impacts in Michigan.  She talks about how the project works with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Pam Kisch
Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

The Federal Fair Housing Act banned housing discrimination in 1968, but fair housing laws are not self-enforcing.  The Fair Housing Center of Southeast and Mid Michigan (FHC) is one of many organizations across the nation, whose mission is to ensure that no one faces discrimination when searching for a place to live. FHC's executive director, Pam Kisch, sits down with WEMU's David Fair to discuss the center's ongoing work for this week's installment of "Washtenaw United."


State Theatre
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

It's Thanksgiving week, so let's serve up some turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and a side of movies!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to talk about the latest movie news and all of the flicks worth checking out during this extended holiday weekend.


Veridian
THRIVE Collaborative / thrive-collaborative.com

THRIVE Collaborative says site plans have been submitted to the City of Ann Arbor for the self-sustaining, eco-sensitive development.  THRIVE Collaborative founder Matt Grocoff discusses the future of the development with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest upsets in college football history.  There are some striking parallels between Michigan's 24-12 upset of Ohio State's "Team of the Century" and the way this year's game is shaping up.  UM's legendary running back Billy Taylor was there.  He and Michigan's legendary sports information director, Bruce Madej, stopped by 89.1 WEMU to reflect and look ahead to this Saturday's rivalry showdown in Ann Arbor. 


The Michigan Daily/The Ohio State Lantern / michigandaily.com/thelantern.com

While the football teams at Michigan and Ohio State prepare to battle against one another, the Michigan Daily and The Lantern have teamed with one another to highlight the historic rivalry and raise awareness about the importance of student journalism.  The Daily’s Max Marcovitch and The Lantern’s Griffin Strom check in to discuss the first-ever collaboration between the papers, the ongoing football rivalry, and predictions for Saturday’s game. 


Steve Daut
Steve Daut

Better yet, let Steve Daut tell you a story about storytelling.  Steve is a member of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.  He knows that there are stories inside of everyone waiting to be told and people always eager to listen.  David Fair and Deb Polich are all ears on this week’s edition of "creative:impact."


United Way of Washtenaw County
Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

The end of the year is approaching, which means it's time to start thinking about filing your tax returns.  Such a task can be daunting, which is why the United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) developed the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair has a conversation about this program with UWWC senior community manager Amanda Reel and Bob Mull, who was UWWC's 2017 Volunteer of the Year.


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

It's another exciting week in film with a slight, yet almost cinematic twist.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Michael Jewett sits in for Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to talk about the new films opening in theaters this weekend with WEMU's David Fair.


Roger Rayle
Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

The 1,4 dioxane plume emanating from the old Gelman Sciences Facility on Wagner Road in Scio Township has caused environmental damage and remains a threat to public health.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair has a conversation with Roger Rayle, who is both chair of the Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane (CARD) and Scio Residents for Safe Water (SRSW), about the ongoing efforts to remediate the dioxane plume.


Peter Collins
NY Times Crosswords / xwordinfo.com

Are you someone who claims to do the Sunday crossword puzzle in ink?  That’s impressive, but how about constructing it in the first place?  Meet Peter Collins, a crossword constructor who has had more than 200 crosswords published – 100 in the New York Times.  He joins David Fair and Deb Polich to talk about the creative art of puzzle making on this week’s edition of "creative:impact."


Meals on Wheels
Volunteer Washtenaw / volunteerwashtenaw.org

Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels relies on nearly 100 volunteers each week to ensure that our homebound neighbors receive their meals.  People volunteer for a variety of reasons, and sometimes, it becomes a family affair.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair has a conversation with Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels executive director Courtney Vanderlaan and one of its volunteers, Crystal Metzger.  


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

It's been pretty cold outside lately, but the thought of a good movie should warm you up.  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 arriving on the silver screen this weekend.


Julie Grand
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Back in 2003, the City of Ann Arbor initiated its "greenbelt program," which was designed to preserve and expand local farmland and nature areas.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks about the program's current status and future plans with Ann Arbor city council member Julie Grand.


Nawal Motawi
Motawi Tileworks / motawi.com

As the owner and artistic director of Motawi Tileworks, Nawal Motawi has been playing with clay and fire for decades.  To this day, Motawi art tiles are still handcrafted.  Hear how she started her business in her garage and sold her tiles at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market and now sells in more than 300 locations across the country and Canada when Nawal joins David Fair and Deb Polich on this week’s edition of "creative:impact."


Washtenaw United
Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

Back in November 2017, Washtenaw County voters approved a millage to increase funding for mental health services and public safety.  In the last two years, those funds have been allocated to 11 new programs.  Derrick Jackson from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department and Lisa Gentz from Washtenaw County Mental Health Services join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about how these vital services have improved and what lies ahead in this week's "Washtenaw United."  


89.1 WEMU has teamed with the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development to bring you a series of monthly reports on the issues surrounding the upcoming census in 2020.  In this edition, issues of privacy and security are explored with Ellisa Johnson, Assistant Regional Census Manager, Chicago Region. 


State Theatre
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The ballot boxes have been filled this week, so let's check out what's at the box office!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to go over the latest movie news and all of the new films arriving at your local movie house this weekend.


Ed Golembiewski
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Voters in portions of Washtenaw County went to the polls Tuesday to decide a few bond issues, millage questions, and city council races.  Voter turnout was higher than expected.  Washtenaw County elections director Ed Golembiewski checked in with WEMU's David Fair to discuss the results and what was learned heading into a presidential year election cycle in 2020. 


Jeanice Swift
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) placed a $1 billion bond proposal on this year's ballot, which would be used to improve infrastructure over a course of 30 years.  The proposal passed with a little over 53-percent voter support.  AAPS superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the district's immediate and future plans.


Balloons are typically associated with any celebration, whether it's birthdays, weddings, and so forth.  Yet, releasing balloons into the air can have serious consequences for the environment and wildlife.  University of Michigan graduate student Lara O'Brien is collecting data and researching the impacts and shares her findings with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."


A2SO
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra / a2so.com

All was on track to find the next executive director to succeed Mary Steffek Blaske who, after 25 years leading Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (AASO), was retiring at the end of 2019. Then, unexpectedly, the AASO found itself in search of a music director, too.  Mary tells David Fair and Deb Polich how the AASO has adapted to manage two major leadership changes simultaneously on this week’s edition of "creative:impact."

Washtenaw United
Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

For the last five decades, Ozone House has been a place where troubled young people can go for shelter and guidance.  Bara Youness was one of many kids who benefited from this organization, and, now, he acts as one of its advocates and volunteers there as well.  Youness and Ozone House executive director Krista Girty join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about Ozone House's work and legacy in this week's "Washtenaw United." 


CAFO
Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan / nocafos.org

Concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, are areas where livestock are kept and fed indoors.  One cow will produce 20 times the waste as a human and large-scale operations have thousands of these animals.  The liquified waste is kept in pools, sprayed on the land, and ultimately runs off into the waters.  That contributes to phospherous overload and the development of algal blooms.  Pam Taylor is a Research Coordinator for the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South-Central Michigan (ECCSCM) and discusses the issues and work toward better practices with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak in this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment."


State Theatre
Jeffrey Smith / flickr.com

It's the spookiest, scariest time of the year, and a good movie goes well with it.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to talk about the latest movie news and all of the new flicks hitting theatres this Halloween weekend.


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