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WEMU's All Things Considered local host is Lisa Barry who anchors all local news segments during the program.

NPR's All Things Considered paints the bigger picture with reports on the day's news, analysis of world events, and thoughtful commentary.

Gretchen Whitmer
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office has confirmed she traveled out of state more than a month ago to visit her father.  This was before the governor was vaccinated against COVID-19.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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The Michigan Bureau of Elections says a petition campaign to initiate a law to curtail the governor’s use of emergency powers has gathered the signatures it needs.  As Rick Pluta explains, the next step is to have that ratified by a state board.

College-bound high schoolers are making their final deliberations ahead of May 1, the national deadline to pick a school. That day will mark the end of a hectic admissions season drastically shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many colleges dropped standardized testing requirements, and because some high schools gave pass/fail grades and canceled extracurriculars and sports, admissions counselors had to change how they read and evaluate applications.

On Monday, Australia and New Zealand launched their long-anticipated travel bubble that will allow residents of each country to visit the other without having to quarantine upon arrival.

Emotional videos capturing long-awaited reunions in arrival halls in various airports across Australia and New Zealand have been circulating online since the first passengers touched down. Thousands are reported to have made the journey across the Tasman Sea in the bubble's opening first day.

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Pam Smith
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This year marks the United Way of Washtenaw County's 100th anniversary.  Appropriately enough, "Washtenaw United" has now surpassed 100 episodes on WEMU.  David Fair marks both milestones in a conversation with UWWC president and CEO Pam Smith and touches on what the future holds. 


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Buying a telescope has become increasingly more difficult over the past year due to the pandemic. People are finding skygazing a safe, socially-distanced thing to do during the global health crisis, and interest is skyrocketing.  Lisa Barry talks with Eastern Michigan University professor and director of the Sherzer Observatory Norbert Vance about what will be visible in the night sky coming up in the next few weeks.


#NPRPoetry: Samuel Getachew

Apr 18, 2021

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And finally today, poetry. In honor of National Poetry Month, April, we've been asking you to submit your original poems on Twitter or TikTok. And joining us to talk about some of your submissions now is poet Samuel Getachew. He served as the 2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, and he was a finalist for the 2020 National Youth Poet Laureate, and he is with us now. Welcome. Thank you for joining us.

SAMUEL GETACHEW: Thank you so much for having me.

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And finally today, poetry. In honor of National Poetry Month, April, we've been asking you to submit your original poems on Twitter or TikTok. And joining us to talk about some of your submissions now is poet Samuel Getachew. He served as the 2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, and he was a finalist for the 2020 National Youth Poet Laureate, and he is with us now. Welcome. Thank you for joining us.

SAMUEL GETACHEW: Thank you so much for having me.

What Would A 'Feminist Internet' Look Like?

Apr 18, 2021

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And finally today, poetry. In honor of National Poetry Month, April, we've been asking you to submit your original poems on Twitter or TikTok. And joining us to talk about some of your submissions now is poet Samuel Getachew. He served as the 2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, and he was a finalist for the 2020 National Youth Poet Laureate, and he is with us now. Welcome. Thank you for joining us.

SAMUEL GETACHEW: Thank you so much for having me.

Sen. Mazie Hirono Talks New Memoir

Apr 17, 2021

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For years, she thought of herself as one of the quiet ones, hardworking and well-prepared, caring but stoic and self-contained, formed in the image of the Japanese American women who raised her. But Mazie Hirono will no longer be quiet.

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For years, she thought of herself as one of the quiet ones, hardworking and well-prepared, caring but stoic and self-contained, formed in the image of the Japanese American women who raised her. But Mazie Hirono will no longer be quiet.

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Police are investigating reports of shots being fired at the Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor. 

Don Hicks
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The owner of Ann Arbor's Blue LLama Jazz Club, Don Hicks, agress the mutual support between his club and WEMU helps keep jazz music alive.  He describes WEMU as a "key partner" for the club that brings world class jazz artists to Ann Arbor where he says they serve world class food.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Don Hicks about the importance of our connection that helps keep the community connected and the music playing.


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Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns went to high school in Ann Arbor and worked at a local record store to earn money to pay for college.  Music has always been a big part of his life and many of his documentaries, including one about jazz.

He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about the impact of music in art and on our lives and the importance of supporting your local NPR station on  "Public Radio Music Day."


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It's Public Radio Music Day, and WEMU is celebrating with a one-day fundraiser.  One of many musicians who has benefited from WEMU's jazz and blues programming is boogie-woogie piano player Mark "Mr. B" Braun.  He joined WEMU's David Fair to talk about what public radio has meant to him, his career, and why having access to live and local music programming, presented by members of his hometown community, is so vitally important. 


Debbie Dingell
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Longtime Congressman John Dingell was one of the architects of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.  His widow is the current 12th District Representative  from Michigan.  Debbie Dingell continues his mission to keep public broadcasting alive in this country.  She joined WEMU's David Fair and Molly Motherwell to discuss John Dingell's legacy and why WEMU is worth supporting on Public Radio Music Day.


Fred Jacobs
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Today, we mark Public Radio Music Day by celebrating the hosts that bring you 43 hours of live and local music programming every week on WEMU.  Every host and every program is paid for out of funds contributed by WEMU listeners.  You can support the jazz , blues and more  with a donation during this one-day fundraiser.  Throughout the day, you will hear conversations with a number of great minds and artists who also have an appreciation for Public Radio Music.  Fred Jacobs is founder and president of Jacobs Media Strategies, a media consulting firm that has impacted your life in more ways than you know, including working with WEMU and NPR.  He joined WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on Public Radio Music Day. 


For Simranjit Singh, spending time in his family's almond and raisin fields is "the most therapeutic thing I could ever ask for." He says it's something he could never give up.

Singh is a 28-year-old farmer in a town 15 miles west of Fresno, Calif., called Kerman.

His extended family gathered on the farm last weekend to celebrate Vaisakhi, a farming holiday celebrated annually on April 13 or 14, and throughout the month.

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President Biden imposed a tough new round of sanctions on Russia today.

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Ethan Kross
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Dr. Ethan Kross is a professor of psychology and management/organizations at the University of Michigan and has written a new book called "Chatter."  He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about how listening to and working with our inner dialogue can help enhance our own sense of well being.

  

Trische' Duckworth
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The trial of white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is nearing an end.  He's charged in the killing of George Floyd, a Black man.  Not far from the trial, another Black man, Daunte Wright, was killed last Sunday by another white police officer.  Survivors Speak founder and executive director Trische' Duckworth joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss these current events and the goals of this weekend's protest in Ann Arbor. 


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