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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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David Gier
University of Michigan / umich.edu

David Gier, Dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater and Dance, is on the team selected by Mark Schlissel, U-M president, to lead his new arts initiative. The goal?  To make the university a leader in arts research, creation, education and presentation.  Dean Gier tells David Fair and Deb Polich about the vision on this week’s edition of "creative:impact."


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Access to health care at a young age can prove difficult sometimes.  Fortunately, the Corner Health Center makes it possible in a high-quality, judgement-free environment.  The center's executive director, Versell Smith, Jr., joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about what the center is all about in this week's "Washtenaw United."


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

There's a lot to celebrate this week, from the legacy of the Michigan Theater to the genius of Miles Davis!  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 coming to your local movie house this weekend.


Chrisstina Hamilton
U of M Stamps School of Art & Design / stamps.umich.edu

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.


Alize Asberry Payne
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

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."


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. 


State Theatre
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.


Mosquito
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, is a particularly dangerous virus spread by mosquitoes.  Infections have been reported in southeast Michigan, but actions are being taken to contain the virus from spreading.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Juan Marquez, Medical Director for the Washtenaw County Health Department, about what's being done to fight EEE in Washtenaw County.


Jodie Randolph
Jodie Randolph Dance / jodierandolph.org

Jodie Randolph joins David Fair and Deb Polich to talk about the art of dance on this week’s edition of "creative:impact."  As the artistic and executive director of Jodie Randolph Dance in Ann Arbor, she is making connections through the power and beauty of dance.


Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

Providing affordable housing for low-income residents can be difficult, especially those who are senior citizens.  Fortunately, Michigan Medicine created the HomeShare program, which allows seniors to share housing with other individuals.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair has a conversation about this amazing program with Janet Hunko, director of the Housing Bureau for Seniors at Michigan Medicine, and Judy Slater, who volunteers regularly with HomeShare.


Tony Spaniola
89.1 WEMU

Through the contentious and controversial process of passing a new state budget, there was a point when the Republican-led Legislature removed much of the money earmarked to address water issues in Michigan.  Most of the money made its way back in by the time Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the spending bills and rearranged departmental spending.  In this month’s "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," you’ll get reaction to the spending plans and a look at increasing bi-partisanship when it comes to protecting our waters.  89.1 WEMU’s David Fair talks it through with Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak and Tony Spaniola from the organization Need Our Water, Oscoda. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Plenty to expect at your local movie house this week, from numerous documentaries to crazed clowns!  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 worth checking out this weekend.


Impossible Burger
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Across the country, rapid expansion of plant-based foods is being seen in restaurants and stores.  Would a continuing shift away from meat-based foods help the environment?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair looks for the answer to that question in a conversation with Dr. Martin Heller, a research specialist with the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan.


Westside Art Hop / westsidearthop.com

Meet Sophie Grillet, one of the originators of Westside Art Hop .  Twice a year, she and a handful of indispensable colleagues manage to organize one of Ann Arbor’s unique neighborhood-based arts events.  She gives WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich an insider view on this edition of "creative:impact."


Peace Neighborhood Center
United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

For 50 years, the Peace Neighborhood Center in Ann Arbor has been providing opportunity to those facing social and economic challenges.  The work continues today with services, such as the Alternatives for Youth (AFY) program.  The center's executive director, Bonnie Billups, Jr., joins David Fair for a conversation about creating opportunity and working toward equity in this week's "Washtenaw United."


The entirety of the situation makes her sad.  That is the sentiment Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is expressing as a presidential impeachment inquiry gets underway.  The 12th District Democrat from Dearborn called in to 89.1 WEMU this morning to discuss why she, and the rest of the  Michigan delegation in the U.S. House, now support a full inquiry. 


Playbill / www.playbill.com

The critics who have seen "Judy" seem certain it will win Renee Zellweger some trophies, come award season.  Praise for her portrayal of Judy Garland is universal and now you'll get to see the movie, beginning Friday night.  Learn more about "Judy" and the other films available to you over the coming week as 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater director Russ Collins bring you another edition of Cinema Chat. 


Maia C. / flickr.com

The Detroit Zoo says it will running 100% on renewable energy in 2020.  The effort adds to other sustainability efforts that have made the zoo a leader in environmental stewardship.  In this 'Issues of the Environment' conversation with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair, Detroit Zoological Society CEO Ronald Kagen covers what environmentally-friendly features exist, what is to come, and how the zoo is spreading its message to all who will listen. 


Ypsilanti City Council tonight will consider a proposal to form an Arts Commission.  Twice before, council has tabled such resolutions.  89.1 WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich of The Arts Alliance want to know will tonight be the night?  In this week's 'creative:impact,' Ypsilanti mayor Beth Bashert discusses the city's goals and aspirations when it comes to the arts and the role an arts commission would play. 


Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living / https://www.annarborcil.org/

The way we’ve developed the world isn’t always fully accessible. For those with challenges, accessibility remains an issue. WEMU's David Fair introduces you to two men who are helping open doors for those who often felt locked out. Alex Gossage is interim executive director for the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living and Will Purves is director of planning and program development.


Recycling
Needpix.com

Glass is one of many materials that can and should be recycled.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Ypsilanti Department of Public Services director Ronald Akers about why glass is no longer allowed as part of the city's curbside recycling program and how residents can make sure the glass still gets recycled. 


Noah Kaplan

Noah Kaplan, artist, musician, and creative entrepreneur meets up with David Fair and Deb Polich to talk about Leon Speakers, the Ann Arbor company he founded that is revolutionizing audio technology.  Hear about this group of artists, designers, engineers, and craftsmen who are dedicated to producing the finest quality benchmade American audio on "creative:impact."

 

 


Manchester
Manchester Community Resource Center / manchestercrc.org

In rural communities, services, such as grocery stores, medical facilities, and access to public transportation, can be seriously limited.  The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) was created by the Corporation and National Community Service (CNCS) and housed within the Senior Services department at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. The RSVP program seeks out community partnerships who are in need of volunteers to help support their mission and goals. Manchester Community Resource Center director, Laura Seyfried and local RSVP volunteer Delores Notten talk about the program's efforts and goals with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Washtenaw United."


International Association for Great Lakes Research / http://iaglr.org/

The 2019 algal bloom on Lake Erie now measures over 650-square miles and continues to expand.  At the root of the issue is agricultural runoff and, in particular, phosphorous. Ed Verhamme is a project engineer with the private water solutions firm, LimnoTech.  The company conducts research, analysis, and consults with governmental agencies and other stakeholders to advance the cause of safe and clean waters.  In this month's '1st Friday Focus on the Environment' conversation with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak, you'll get the latest on progress and the work towards solutions that lay ahead. 


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The epic Jewett film trilogy has reached its compelling conclusion!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michael Jewett sit down and discuss the latest movie news and all of the films jumping onto the big screen this weekend.


Farming
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The weather this year has been unfavorable for the corn and soybean harvest in Michigan.  Farmers have faced colder and wetter-than-normal conditions in the spring, and that delayed planting.  Now, an early freeze could devastate the harvest this fall.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discusses problems and solutions with Roger Betz, farm business management educator with Michigan State University Extension.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

A new, Ann Arbor-based initiative aims to help victims and survivors of domestic violence through advocacy, education, and change.  As if the harm of the crime weren’t enough, many survivors are victimized again in going through the judicial process and with no adequate assurance of future safety.  As a survivor, that’s why Ashton Steele decided to start “Her World.”  Ashton, and fellow survivor Nicole Beverly, joined WEMU’s David Fair for a conversation on the issues, the work that lay ahead and on the 1st Annual Her World Gala and Fundraiser in Ann Arbor on September 14th.


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A extra-long weekend is coming up, so our own Michael Jewett decided to extend his co-hosting duties.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," Michael joins WEMU's David Fair to talk about the latest movie news and all of the flicks coming to the big screen this Labor Day weekend.


Algal Bloom
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

August and September are peak months for the algae blooms that plague Lake Erie each year.  This year, the bloom covers about 620 square miles.  That’s roughly six times the size of the city of Cleveland and is so big, it is easily seen from space.  On "Issues of the Environment" this week, 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair will talk with University of Michigan professor Don Scavia about the 2019 blooms and what needs to be done as climate change seems to be exacerbating the problem.


Alan Harris
Delaware Bar Association

There is a whole group of professionals, tradespeople, elected officials, and even stay-at-home parents who transform themselves at night and on the weekends into…MUSICIANS!  David Fair and Deb Polich meet one of them, Alan Harris, vice president and general counsel at Atwell, Inc. by day and drummer and vocalist for the bands Naked Ace, Four Roses, and the Harris Jazz Quartet by night, on this edition of "creative:impact."


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