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

Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Our good friend, Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins, is taking some time off, but we found someone more than willing to fill in for him for the next few weeks.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michael Jewett discuss the latest movie news and all of the new flicks landing on the big screen this weekend.


Roads
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Washtenaw County Road Commission has terminated its use of herbicides in dealing with weeds and overgrowth along area roads.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with county commissioner Sue Shink about controlling roadside vegetation and what is being done to better address the myriad of chemicals that are a part of our daily lives.


Anne Mondro
Stamps School of Art & Design / stamps.umich.edu

Meet Anne Mondro, an artist whose creative practice is at the intersection of art and health and, specifically, memory loss disease.  She talks with David Fair and Deb Polich about how engaging in art can create meaningful experiences for people with memory loss and their caregivers on this edition of "creative:impact."


Ankoor Soni
Packard Health / packardhealth.org

Opioid addiction is ravaging all parts of the country, and Washtenaw County is no exception.  Packard Health has launched a new Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program to help the addicted.  On "Washtenaw United" this week, WEMU’s David Fair will talk with Packard Health medical director, Dr. Ankoor Soni, about the shift in perspective, from addiction as a crime issue to one of public health.


State Theatre
Brandon C / flickr.com

Summertime is almost in the rearview mirror, but more good flicks are still ahead.  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 your local movies this weekend.


Monarch Butterfly
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Over the past 30 years, there has been more than a 90-percent decline in the numbers of monarch butterflies, and much of that can be attributed to loss of habitat.  There is ongoing consideration of adding them to the endangered species list, and, in "Issues of the Environment," 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair explores what that means to humans and our ecology in a conversation with the David Clipner, the Director of Education and Wildlife at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor. 


Susan Guszynski

Susan Guszynski and Greg Mazure are theater production professionals who have seen the world over the last 30 years as members of national theater touring companies.  Join WEMU's David Fair and The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich to take a trip with this couple to get the behind-the-scenes look at the behind-the-scenes life.


Bill Manns
St. Joseph Mercy Health System / stjoeshealth.org

Bill Manns' initial career plan was to become a doctor.  While working toward that goal, he recognized health administration was the better path to make the differences in health care services he thought necessary.  Now, Manns is president of the St. Joseph Mercy Health Systems hospitals in Ann Arbor and Livingston.  Manns shares his journey and discusses the future of health care in our community on this week’s "Washtenaw United."


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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 landing on the big screen this weekend.  Plus, there's a special event in remembrance of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

There was only one countywide ballot initiative to be decided in Tuesday's elections in Washtenaw County.  That, coupled with time of year, may be why of the roughly 291-thousand registered voters, only a little more than 28-thousand cast a ballot.  89.1 WEMU's David Fair caught up with Washtenaw County director of elections Ed Golembiewski to discuss low turnout and what to expect come the November elections.


Scott Menzel
Scott Menzel / twitter.com

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District's $53.2 million-dollar bond passed in Tuesday's election with  nearly 56% voter approval.  The result will be a new High Point School in Ann Arbor that better serves the nearly 400 of the county's special needs students.  District superintendent Scott Menzel joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss to discuss what happens next. 


Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Facebook / facebook.com

It’s been a full century now since the Ann Arbor Farmers Market first hit the downtown streets.  It was in a different location then, but the idea of a direct-to-consumer way to sell locally produced foods has stood the test of time.  On this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” David Fair gets a historical and present-day perspective and a peek at what the future may hold with market manager Stephanie Willett.


With under 10-percent turnout, voters in Washtenaw County approved a $53.2-million-dollar bond issue to overhaul High Point School in Ann Arbor.  As 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair reports, the money will dramatically change the configuration on the school that serves special needs students from all school districts in the county.

  

The Whitmore Lake School District won voter approval for a 10-year, one-mill tax to fund recreation services on Tuesday.  As 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair reports, the tax question just barely got by.


The Chelsea District Library received nearly 66-percent support from voters in winning approval of a tax measure on Tuesday.  As 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair reports, the money generated with the 10-year renewal will fund about 80-percent of library operations.


Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Fashion is cyclical in nature--what is tacky now is retro later.  But what about the fashions from long ago with the flouncy hats and pointed shoes you might see in a Shakespeare play?  Melanie Schuessler Bond, EMU professor of costume design, knows.  WEMU’s David Fair and The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich talk with her to explore the craft of costume design and her recently published book "Dressing the Scottish Court, 1543-1553 Clothing in the Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer of Scotland" on "creative:impact" this week.


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

Childhood trauma takes time to heal.  It also requires resources that may not be easy to find.  Deb Gordon-Gurfinkel decided to use her experience in drama education to create a program called "Telling It."  It uses arts as a means to help troubled youth in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.  Gordon-Gurfinkel joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss "Telling It" on this week's "Washtenaw United."


State Theatre
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Summertime is starting to wind down, but the movies still keep on coming.  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 flicks landing on the big screen this weekend.


Scott Menzel
Washtenaw Intermediate School District / washtenawisd.org

High Point School in Ann Arbor serves the special needs of students with disabilities from all school districts in Washtenaw County.  It is operated by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and serves students aged from three to 26.  Next Tuesday, voters will decide a bond issue that allow for investment of over $53 million in making the facility more accessible and functional.  WEMU’s David Fair sat down with WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel to learn more about the school, its students, and the details of what could be accomplished with passage of the ballot issue.


Laura Rubin
Huron River Watershed Council / hrwc.org

After two decades as executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council, Laura Rubin is expanding her environmental mission.  Back in April, Rubin was named director of the Healing Our Waters, Great Lakes Coalition.  On the August edition of  “1st Friday Focus on the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair and Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters talk with Rubin about the first few months on the job and where the coalition is headed. 


Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

10 of the 20 Democratic presidential hopefuls met in Detroit last night for the first round of debates.  They discussed topics, such as health care, immigration, water quality and race.  Dearborn Democrat Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to weigh in on what we've seen so far, what we should hear in round two of the Detroit debates tonight, and how the party has to move forward for the 2020 elections. 


University of Michigan
University of Michigan School of Public Health / sph.umich.edu

The appearance of the chemicals known as PFAs in local waterways has become a serious problem.  Yet, a recent study determined that certain foods contain such contaminants, as well.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discusses the research with Dr. John Meeker, professor of environmental health sciences at the U-M's School of Public Health.


Ypsi Alloy Studios
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Ilana Houten and Jessica Tenbusche, two of the three co-founders of Ypsi Alloy Studios, chat about how a business born of each artist’s need for studio space developed into a cooperative and supportive business model serving other “dirty” artists in Ypsilanti.  On "creative:impact,"  WEMU’s David Fair and The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich  learn about what makes Ypsi Alloy Studio’s model work.  


Nancy Shore
Ann Arbor Public Schools / a2schools.org

The school year is right around the corner for Washtenaw County K-12 students.  Unfortunately, all too many will head to class without the supplies that better prepare them for academic success.  That’s the purpose of the “Stuff the Bus” campaign that begins today.  89.1 WEMU’s David Fair gets the history and mission of the “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive in this “Washtenaw United” conversation with the Ann Arbor Schools' Nancy Shore and United Way of Washtenaw County’s Susan Smith


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

We're witnessing the dog days of summer and the triumphant return of Quentin Tarantino!  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 coming to the big screen this weekend.


Meal Kit
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Grocery shopping can be tough for those who can't fit it into their busy schedules, which is why some have do-it-yourself meal kits delivered to their homes.  According to a recent study, using such delivery services are more beneficial to the environment.  WEMU's David Fair discusses the study with Shelie Miller from the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability in this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Matthew Linke
Matthew Linke

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the awe-inspiring view of the universe from the seats of the Planetarium and Dome Theater at the new U-M Natural History Museum, but have you ever wondered what goes into designing these programs?  Planetarium manager Matthew Linke takes us into his stratosphere where imagination has no bounds on this week’s "creative:impact" with WEMU’s David Fair and The Art Alliance’s Deb Polich.


DTE Energy
Linkedin / linkedin.com

This past weekend brought heavy storms to southeast Michigan.  That led to hundreds of thousands of residents without electricity much of the outages centered in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties.  WEMU's David Fair talked with Heather Rivard, senior vice president of electric distribution at DTE Energy, about the ongoing effort to get to full restoration. 


Washtenaw United
Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

Once people age out of the foster care system, they face many uncertainties.  That is why the 'Our House' program was created.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair is joined by Our House volunteer Rose Putler and client Alexis Deese-Romberg to discuss what this program brings to the community.


Russ Collins
David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs are now officially open!  But, if you ever need to cool down from the outdoor heat, you can always catch a good flick!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the new films coming to your local movie house this weekend.


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