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WEMU features include Green Room, Issues of the Environment and Cinema Chat.  Heard regularly on Morning Edition are some of the most familiar voices including news analyst Cokie Roberts and sport commentator Frank Deford as well as the special series StoryCorps, which travels the country recording America's oral history.

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Director of Night Terrors Brandon Wiard stops by to take "creative:impact" listeners on a behind-the-scenes tour of Wiard Orchards Haunted Thrill Park. Discover what it takes to create a frightfully scary experience along with "creative:impact" host Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw.


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Founded in 1970 after the very first Earth Day, Ann Arbor's Ecology Center has focused on making many improvements to the environment.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the Ecology Center's executive director, Michael Garfield, about the many environmental improvements that have been made during that time period and the many others they are still working to address.


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Updated October 26, 2021 at 11:15 AM ET

Facebook is on the defensive after a whistleblower leaked thousands of documents showing how the company failed to control the spread of false information and lies about the 2020 election.

In an internal report, Facebook staff concluded that the company "helped incite the Capitol Insurrection." Leaked documents show how the company was unable to stop the growth of pro-Trump "Stop the Steal" groups and conspiracy theories.

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And we're joined now by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. Surgeon General, welcome back to the program.

VIVEK MURTHY: Well, thank you so much Steve. It's nice to be with you again.

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Updated October 22, 2021 at 10:08 PM ET

For $3.5 million, you can roam the halls of the Los Angeles house where Freddie Krueger murdered his victims. You have until Halloween to make an offer.

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This next story takes us to Vienna, Austria, a place the Vienna Tourist Board would like you to visit. For the past couple of years, the tourist board struggled with its social media accounts.

Movie review: 'The French Dispatch'

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The new film "The French Dispatch" is kind of like seeing a classic issue of The New Yorker come to life. It's based on the colorful articles of a fictional magazine run by a grumpy but respectable editor, played by Bill Murray.

Neurofitness
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There is a place in Ann Arbor that offers flotation, cryotherapy and salt rooms as a way to reduce stress and increase a sense of wellness.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Kelley and his sister Peg Kelley who operate "The NeuroFitness Wellness Center" hoping to optimize the mind-body connection to reduce stress and boost a sense of well being. 

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A number of Ann Arbor's top jazz musicians are playing Friday night, October 22nd at The Blue LLama Jazz Club to raise funds and awareness for the National Kidney Foundation. Among those performing is club owner Don Hicks, who talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about who and what to expect.


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WEMU's Michael Jewett steps in for David Fair once again to chat about the world of cinema with Russ Collins, president and CEO of the Michigan Theater Foundation. Plus, they celebrate this weekend's University of Michigan football game honoring Michael's great grandfather, George Jewett!


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President Biden was in Scranton, Pa., yesterday, his birthplace, promoting a domestic agenda that is struggling in Congress. Here's Sam Dunklau from our member station WITF.

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So Dr. Elizabeth Hawse is a pediatrician in Lexington, Ky., and she is one of many pediatricians across the country getting ready for this moment. Good morning, Dr. Hawse.

ELIZABETH HAWSE: Good morning.

Updated October 21, 2021 at 11:40 AM ET

Any new parent will confirm the soothing, somnolent effects of a car on tired, cranky infants.

That road noise works on adults, too. A Hong Kong tour company noticed patrons falling asleep on its buses, and recently launched a five-hour, 47-mile ride to nowhere.

The company, ulu tours, hopes riders will find it a snoozefest.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

New Zealand's equivalent of the 911 emergency number is 111.

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UNIDENTIFIED OPERATOR: This is police. Where is the emergency?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Hi.

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