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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.

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Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton is asking residents to become a 'interrupter' this Saturday, May 14th.

It's a grassroots effort aimed at getting neighbors talking to each other in hopes of making the community a safer place.

Volunteers will go door-to-door to help stem violence and make people more accountable for their behavior.

I spoke to the sheriff about several events going on in the community involving his department.


A2Y Vice President of Foundation and Leadership for the A2Y chamber Barbara Davenport and attorney Andrew Fink of Fink and Fink Law in Ann Arbor discuss the community leadership class, which has had more than 3,000 graduates over the past 33 years.

Plastic Bags
Day Donaldson / flickr.com

Local efforts to address the environmental concerns of plastic bag use in Washtenaw County just took a giant step backwards in Lansing.


Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning
Courtesy Photo / State of Michigan

Despite continuing efforts to making driving more safe for motorists, the number of traffic fatalities are on the rise in our state.


Eastern Michigan University

It hasn't happened in ten years... a rare passage of the planet Mercury in front of the sun called a "Mercury Transit."

It won't be visible with the naked eye but can be seen from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. this afternoon through a telescope with a proper sun filter.

Eastern Michigan University's Sherzer Observatory will be open for viewing.  EMU astronomer Norbert Vance describes what they hope to see.


Jessica Webster, Lisa Barry
WEMU

In our next edition of Art and Soul, we're joined by Jessica Webster, statewide life and culture reporter for MLive Media Group. She's also the host of "The In Crowd"  on 89.1 WEMU (heard Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:00pm).

Spring has sprung and change is in the air. We're already salivating at all the great options being offered across southeast Michigan this summer. Check out what's going on around town.


Helder Ribeiro

Washtenaw County health officials are looking into some health complaints from residents who said they shopped at local stores where a man was allegedly contaminating unpackaged food.

I spoke with Kristen Schweighoefer, the Environmental Health Director for Washtenaw County Health.


Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning
Courtesy Photo / State of Michigan

There's a new statewide campaign getting underway to remind motorists to make sure everyone is wearing a seat belt.  


Construction Barrels
Pierce Place / flickr.com

Everyone knows the change of seasons in Michigan means an increase in road construction.  A couple of new projects will likely mean bigger headaches for local commuters.


89.1 WEMU

This is the first edition of the Art and Soul "performing arts" on 89.1 WEMU.

We join local arts and journalist blogger Jenn McKee to talk about the many performing arts activities going on in our community.

We are also joined by a special guest Eastern Michigan University professor and composer Ryan Lewis who wrote the music for "Irrational," a rock musical by David Wells about the Pythagorean cult and the discovery of irrational numbers.


Eastern Michigan University officials have reached out to alumni and friends of EMU to clarify the future of sports at the University.

Duo Security

Ann Arbor-based Duo Security is getting a $2.5 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.


University of Michigan

To spank or not spank your children:  It's a debate that has gone on among parents for years, but there's a new study that weighs in heavily on one side.

EMU Graduates
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

It's a rite of passage on Sunday as Eastern Michigan University holds its Spring Commencement


Ann Arbor Green Burial Network
Courtesy Photo / greenburialnetwork.org

It's "Earth Day" today, and a local organization is using the day to bring attention to "green burials."   


Wendy Wright

"Barefoot in the Park" plays April 21st-24th at the Arthur Miller Theatre on the University of Michigan campus presented by the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with cast member Ellen Finch and director Wendy Wright about the production.


City of Ann Arbor

The city of Ann Arbor has released its annual drinking water quality report.  Brian Steglitz is the manager of water treatment services for the city.  He says they continue to meet or exceed all state and federal regulatory requirements.  There is no issue with lead in Ann Arbor's drinking water like there is in Flint.

pixabay/Creative Commons

The annual Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival takes place Sunday, April 17th from noon until 4:00pm

I spoke with MacKenzie Maxwell from the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor where the family fun event is taking place.


Income Tax
Ken Teegardin / flickr.com

There are a few extra days to get  your income taxes filed this year.  Instead of the traditional April 15th, you have until midnight Monday, April 18th to file your personal tax returns.


Larcom City Hall
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Selection of a new city administrator in Ann Arbor is in the home stretch.


Donald Harrison

Art and Soul is a conversation about the visual arts in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area with Omari Rush, the director of community engagement at the Ann Arbor Art Center.


pixabay/Creative Commons

Earth Day is officially April 22nd, but there's a big local celebration taking place this coming weekend.  


Women in Workforce
Bureau of IIP / flickr.com

Ann Arbor is a good place for women in the workplace, according to a new report.


Huron Valley Ambulance in Ann Arbor

Countless people's lives are saved everyday thanks to the efforts of emergency dispatchers.

They're the person on the other end of the phone when you call 9-1-1.

To honor their service, April 10-16 has been named National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

I recently had a chance to talk with Dan Blaszkiewicz, an emergency dispatcher with Huron Valley Ambulance in Ann Arbor.


Donald Harrison

Community High School was started in 1972 with some radical ideas, enthusiastic teachers, and a reclaimed elementary school building in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The concept was based on a “school without walls” approach where the city could serve as the classroom.  Students were encouraged to design their own courses and take responsibility for their education.  There was no prom, no cafeteria, no sports teams, an AntiZebra anti-mascot, and students called teachers by their first names.

I spoke with local independent filmmaker and video producer Donald Harrison behind the documentary about Ann Arbor's "Community High School."


City of Ann Arbor

When people hear about "water problems" they're paying very close attention these days especially in light of what is going on in Flint.

Ann Arbor City officials just announced a major sewer overload situation that spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage into a tributary of the Huron River.

I spoke with the city's water quality manager Jennifer Lawson about what happened...

 


Ken Fischer
Courtesy Photo / ums.org

A fixture in the Ann Arbor arts scene will soon step down. 


Zingtrain.

As part of a series of thought provoking books for personal empowerment and improved work outcomes, the CEO and co-founder of Zingerman's, Ari Weinzweig, is about to release a new book, "The Power of Beliefs at Work."  He will also be speaking early Wednesday morning April 6th as part of the Zing Train speaker series about the ideas he learned after years of research.

Weinzweig spoke with me about the "beliefs of which one approaches a situation."


Do you ever read an email and miss the message because you're so busy noticing all the grammar mistakes?  A new study by University of Michigan linguistics experts found this behavior is partly the result of personality traits that include how people react to written errors.

I interviewed the chair of U of M's Department of Linguistics and co-author of the study Professor Robin Queen.

Jim Harbaugh
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

It's going to be very busy in Ann Arbor this evening and a big night for U of M football fans.


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