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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.

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Scientists have found something strange has been happening among sensitive bird species in the Brazilian Amazon in recent years.

Not only were the birds declining in number, but their bodies were also shrinking in size.

"We found that size is not only shrinking for those sensitive species — it was declining for everyone," said researcher Vitek Jirinec of Louisiana State University.

Jirinec's findings are contained in a new study published in the journal Science Advances last Friday.

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A semi-finalist for the 2022 Grammy Award for Music Educators, Yael Rothfeld, a music teacher at Ann Arbor’s Thurston Elementary, believes she wins every day because she gets to the joys of music. Get ready to be inspired by her passion when she joins "creative:impact" host Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw.


Louie Pitt Jr. has a clear memory of a day four years ago when a valve broke on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon. He was in a meeting with the tribal operations officer when she was interrupted by a phone call.

"The worst situation I was talking about," she told him, "it's happening now."

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Not long ago, Australian musician Courtney Barnett was struggling.

COURTNEY BARNETT: It's kind of hard to, like, put into a couple of catchy sentences. But I think it's just - I guess, I just was probably pretty depressed at a point.

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Experts and interested community members will be in Ann Arbor November 15, 2021 to discuss the current state of the mental health system in Michigan.

WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to State Representative Felicia Brabec, who will be among those hosting the event to talk about existing barriers and ideas for improvement as part of the Michigan House Democrats’ Mental Health Listening Tour. 


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The NRA after Columbine

Nov 14, 2021

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Author interview: 'New York, My Village'

Nov 13, 2021

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In recent years, scientists found something strange was happening among sensitive bird species in the Brazilian Amazon. Not only were the birds declining in number, but their bodies were shrinking in size.

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Big change is coming to an American household name.

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UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) My daughter uses my shampoo.

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One recent November morning, after months, even years, working apart, a chamber ensemble, jazz trio and more than a dozen opera singers finally have an opportunity to rehearse together, in person, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. Director Lileana Blain-Cruz picks up a microphone and acknowledges the Los Angeles-based jazz elder who couldn't make the trip east.

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There was a time in this country when what counted as cooking was stuff like vegetables encased in Jell-O molds or spam sliced and topped with pineapple. Well, filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West remember that time pretty clearly.

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President Biden will sign his infrastructure bill into law on Monday. Yesterday, he was in Baltimore explaining how pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into that city's port would lead to more jobs and lower prices.

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Voters in St. Paul, Minn., passed one of the most restrictive rent control ordinances in the country. It's one of several cities reviving interest in an old but controversial way to limit housing costs. NPR's Laurel Wamsley reports.

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Focusing on dishes. including Peking Duck, a variety of housemade dumplings, with original takes on sushi and wok-fried rice dishes, "Of Rice and Men" restaurant opened downstairs from the Blue LLama Jazz Club on Main Street in Ann Arbor.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Louis Goral, who oversees both restaurants, about their unique Asian offerings and a focus on top-notch service, which he calls "enlightened hospitality."


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At the COP26 U.N. climate summit, some of those with the most to lose insist they aren't victims, they're warriors.

"As a Pacific Islander, a lot of people think my role here at COP is to come and cry, like I owe them my trauma, when I don't owe you my trauma," said 23-year-old Brianna Fruean, a climate activist from Samoa.

Fruean opened the first day of the summit in Glasgow, Scotland, speaking directly to the heads of state from all over the world.

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12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says she is inspired everyday by the men and women who fought to keep us free and believes Veterans Day is a time to salute them for their courage and bravery.

She talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about her concerns about our democracy and why it's important not to take that for granted and suggests we thank a vet and share an act of kindness.


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