Lisa Barry

Host, All Things Considered

Lisa Barry is a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU. Contact her at 734.487.3363, on twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her lbarryma@emich.edu

Most recently a reporter with Detroit’s WJR-AM, Lisa Barry is a lifelong metro Detroiter with a wealth of broadcast experience.  She began her career covering the Michigan Governor’s Office and State Capitol in Lansing and continued on to stints with Detroit stations WXYT and WNIC in addition to WJR.  She is a seasoned interviewer whose resume includes conversations with U.S. Presidents, celebrities, and medical professionals.  Lisa has won numerous awards; among them the prestigious ‘Outstanding Woman in Communications,’ bestowed annually by the American Women in Radio and TV Association of Metro Detroit.

Ways to Connect

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A letter and petition is being presented to Ann Arbor school officials asking for a date for in-person learning to resume in the ongoing pandemic.  WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with one of the letter organizers, Dr. Kim Monroe, about the letter.


Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
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Ann Arbor Restaurant Week typically takes place in January.  But because of the continuing pandemic, some changes were made, and it will now take place in late February.  Lisa Barry talks with Sandra Andrade, the executive director of Main Street Area Ann Arbor, about this year's event and supporting the Ann Arbor culinary scene while still enjoying some unique dining experiences.


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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.  So every February, we observe "American Heart Month" to bring attention and potential healing to the problem of heart disease.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Kim Eagle, cardiologist, director of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan Health System, and professor of Health Management and Policy at the U-M School of Public Health.  They go beyond the usual conversation about heart health and into how to take stock and get started on a healthy heart future.


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After being in the works for years, a plan has been finalized to construct a pedestrian pathway over I-94 in Ypsilanti.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg talk with Bonnie Wessler, project manager for Ypsilanti's Department of Public Services, about the plan and what it means for the community.


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February is Black History Month, and coming up this week in Ypsilanti is a virtual community conversation being called “America Without Racism...Making the Vision a Reality."  Organized by several local organizations, including “Washtenaw Faces Race” and the Ypsilanti District Library, the two-day, online event is intended to be a conversation about imagining a world without racism and exploring what needs to be done to make that a reality.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with La'Ron Williams, a local storyteller and racial justice educator, who helped come up with the idea for the community event.


Kerrytown Concert House
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Despite the nearly year-long pandemic, Ann Arbor's Kerrytown Concert House has continued to provide a variety of online performances to keep local artists working and music lovers an opportunity to enjoy the music they miss seeing in person.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Monica Swartout-Bebow, artistic and executive director of the venue, about how they have been able to do that and their dedication to bringing fulfillment and the joy of music to people at this time.


Felicia Brabec
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Former Washtenaw County commissioner Felicia Brabec was recently elected as the new 55th state House representative to the Michigan State Legislature.  Brabec watched from home as Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her annual State of the State message virtually due to the pandemic.  Brabec talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about her reaction to the message.


University of Michigan
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In an effort to interrupt the spread of COVID-19 and a new variant of the virus on the University of Michigan campus, a new “stay in place” recommendation has been issued by the Washtenaw County Health Department for students on or near the Ann Arbor campus.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Rick Fitzgerald, assistant vice president for public affairs at the University of Michigan, about what that means for the university community.


Ann Arbor Reasonable Return
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A group of Ann Arbor parents, medical professionals, and community members are planning a rally for this weekend to show their support for getting students back into the classroom during the ongoing pandemic.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with group member and concerned parent Lena Kauffman about their continuing efforts to get students back in the classroom soon.


Juvenile
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In under a month on the job, the new Washtenaw County prosecutor, Eli Savit, has announced a number of new criminal justice plans for the county, including a new approach to juvenile justice.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with Savit about his new suite of policy changes, which he says is long overdue and based on science, which will lead to better life outcomes for the youth involved.


Knight's
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Michigan restaurants will be allowed to open their doors to indoor diners February 1st.  Indoor dining has been prohibited by state officials since November to curb the cases of COVID-19 in the community.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with Don Knight, the owner of Knight’s Steakhouse with two locations in Ann Arbor and one in Jackson, about his excitement to reopen even with state-imposed restrictions and some changes they’ve made to keep diners healthy.


Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education / mc4me.org

This has been a challenging school year due to the pandemic for Michigan schoolchildren, but there is an Ann Arbor organization that works to bring "mindfulness" to students.

In this week's "Art and Soul," Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Rita Benn, co-founder and acting executive director of the "Michigan Collaborative For Mindfulness in Education" about how their program is more necessary than ever bringing tools and support to students and teachers.


Suzanne Van Dam
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Each week, WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Sarah Rigg, project manager for "On the Ground Ypsi," about an online story from Concentrate Media focusing on the Ypsilanti area.  This week, Lisa and Sarah talk with Suzanne Van Dam from the "Circles Program," part of "Friends In Deed" based in Ypsilanti, about how they have been able to stay connected and support local families even during a global health crisis.


COVID-19
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The first case of a variant strain of the COVID-19 virus in Michigan was found in Washtenaw County.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Washtenaw County Health Department spokeswoman Susan Cerniglia about what happens next and why there is concern, but not surprise. 


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  Lisa Barry and state and local arts leader Omari Rush talk with Jenna Bacolor, executive director of Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Division, about the many community arts opportunities provided by the "Rec and Ed" department in the school district.


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Eastern Michigan University, in collaboration with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, is bringing a distinguished keynote speaker to the annual Martin Luther King Junior  celebration event this year.  White House correspondent for PBS and NBC and MSNBC political contributor Yamiche Alcindor will be delivering the keynote address virtually this year because of the pandemic.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with the award-winning journalist about her experiences covering President Donald Trump and what message she hopes to share in her address.


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Adam Baru, the owner of Isalita and Mani Osteria in downtown Ann Arbor, already had to close a third restaurant he owned, Mikette, due to the pandemic.  He talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about the challenges he has faced as an Ann Arbor restaurant owner during this global health crisis and his response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's announcement that restaurants may be allowed to open with some restrictions on February 1st.


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Ypsilanti resident Christian Usera is publishing an international magazine featuring art and artists.  Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg talk to him about his unique background and his effort to bring attention to art and the work of artists of color and other marginalized groups in "U Magazine." 


Johanna McCoy

The Bomber Restaurant was first opened in Ypsilanti in 1936 as the "Baldwin Diner," and its name was changed to the Bomber in the 1940's as it served many transient workers who were living in town making B- 24 bombers at the Willow Run Plant.  Johanna McCoy bought the restaurant over 25 years ago and has struggled to keep the doors open recently due to the pandemic.  Currently closed, she talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about her determination to win the war over COVID-19 and keep customers and the community connected through the Ypsilanti restaurant.


Debbie Stabenow
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Michigan US Senator Debbie Stabenow says her experience inside the US Capitol building, which was stormed by protesters Wednesday, seemed like something out of a movie.  She says they weren’t really aware what was happening outside, until they were ushered off the Senate floor through a tunnel into a different building on the Capitol complex.  She talks about the experience and the need to heal the country moving forward with WEMU's Lisa Barry.


Robert Pasick
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With increasing challenges in life these days, including a pandemic and now civil unrest at the nation's Capitol, many people may be at a loss on how to process the many emotions they are currently experiencing and wonder what to tell their kids.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor psychologist, author, and University of Michigan lecturer Dr. Robert Pasick, who shares some practical advice about how to feel okay when everything around you continues to feel like it's not.


To help reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders over age 16 and bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services officials announced the state is moving to a new phase of vaccination on Monday, January 11.  Lisa Barry talks with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia about how the county plans to handle this updated vaccination plan.


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There's a new pilot program called "Returning Citizens Fellows Program" at Eastern Michigan University, providing support and college degree opportunities for formerly incarcerated people.  Lisa Barry talks with "On the Ground Ypsi" project manager Sarah Rigg and Cozine Welch, executive director of A Brighter Way in Washtenaw County, about the new program and the so far enthusiastic response by those hoping to participate.

 

 


Eli Savit
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Eli Savit officially takes over as Washtenaw County's new prosecutor in January 2021 but has already been meeting with community groups and planning major reforms to how the office operates and to the local criminal justice system.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Savit as his new position begins.


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area / lwvannarbor.org

From registering thousands of young Ann Arbor area residents to vote to informing the community about absentee ballots and other important election issues, the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area has been working diligently to ensure democracy, especially during this past important political year.  Lisa Barry talks with local league president Joan Sampieri about those efforts and the league's plans to stay active in the new year.


Susan Pollay
Susan Pollay

Susan Pollay has been executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority since 1996.  She decided to step down from that position at the end of this year and talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about how she has seen the city change and grow in her 24 years in the position.


Ann Arbor
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Due to the pandemic, the City of Ann Arbor is wrapping up the year with some serious budget challenges and community concerns.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Mayor Christopher Taylor for their annual "year-in-review" interview about the year coming to a close and what lies ahead for 2021.


Paul Keller
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The coronavirus pandemic has had a drastic and devastating effect on many different businesses and people in the area.  Local musicians have been especially hard hit because of closed venues and being unable to share their talents.  Local jazz bassist, composer, and teacher Paul Keller shares his reaction to the global health crisis and how it inspired him to get creative, putting out a new jazz Christmas CD, "Even More Christmas Songs For Jazz Lovers," and talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about that.


Danijel Matanic

They call themselves "The Brush Monkeys," and, every year for the past 15 years, they have created art in downtown Ann Arbor business windows hoping to boost local shopping efforts.  Despite the pandemic and more shopping online due to health concerns, the Brush Monkeys still created their annual window displays this year.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to one of them, also the co-founder of TreeTown Murals, Mary Thiefels, about this year's effort.


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Several Ann Arbor entities are now administering COVID-19 vaccines, including Michigan Medicine, the Ann Arbor VA hospital, and the Washtenaw County Health Department.  But as more vaccines become available in our community, not everyone is feeling comfortable that it is something they will want to get.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Michigan Medicine scientist and researcher in the division of infectious diseases Dr. Jonathan Golob about the rumored vaccine side effects and how this vaccine was able to be so quickly created and approved.

 

  

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