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89.1 WEMU presents Morning Edition from NPR.  David Fair, WEMU News Director,  keeps you up to date on all the latest news, traffic and weather in your neighborhood.  

NPR brings you news from around the country and the world.  Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne take you around the globe for the stories you'll be talking about all day.  While they are out traveling, David Greene can be heard as regular substitute host. 

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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We often talk about how art makes a difference in the quality of our lives.  Imagine if that life was playing out in a prison.  The Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan began exploring that reality nearly three decades ago, and, as WEMU’s David Fair and Deb Polich from the Arts Alliance found out, it is changing lives.  They speak to two of the project's instructors, Vanessa Mayesky and Cozine Welch, Jr., in this week's "creative:impact." 


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All right. Here's a question. How much is a kilogram?

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The dad joke answer to that question is, it weighs about one kilogram. A more useful answer is that a kilogram is a little over two pounds.

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The chaos in Venezuela's government has left many ordinary people there on their own. Aside from poverty and hunger, people also worry about crime, especially gangs. NPR's Philip Reeves reports on a company that found a way to address that problem.

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This week on "In the Public Interest," 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks with the immediate past president of League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, Sue Smith, about the process of redrawing Michigan's voting districts following the passage last fall of Proposal 2.


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An Ypsilanti Township military veteran received a new roof Monday, thanks to the national Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.
 


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Many K-12 students live with food insecurity, housing and transportation issues, and, too frequently, physical or emotional abuse.  That presents a barrier to positive educational outcomes.  In this week’s "Washtenaw United," WEMU’s David Fair talks with student advocate and Adverse Traumatic Experiences master trainer Jason Gold about how best to identify and deal with the issues to change life trajectories.


Ypsilanti's first same sex married couple recalls their wedding process on the 15th Anniversary of the first legal same-sex marriage in the United States.  Lisa and Beth Bashert have been together for over 30 years, first having the legal right to get married in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 2014.  That right has changed a few times since then, and the Ypsilanti mayor and her legal partner say it's been an emotional and legal roller coaster as they struggle to marry the person they love. 

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President Trump says it'll be the envy of the modern world - his words - talking about U.S. immigration policy.

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Ypsilanti Township has joined over 300 communities in Michigan that have opted out of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act.  That’s the new law that will allow recreational marijuana dispensaries to operate across the state.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan tells us why the township took this action and if it’s permanent.


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In May 1954, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of Brown versus the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

The nine justices were unanimous in their ruling, declaring unconstitutional the concept of "separate but equal" facilities for public school students divided by race. The intent was clear: end racial segregation in public schools nationwide.

Brown v. Board, as it's known, actually consisted of five lawsuits consolidated by the high court into one opinion.

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Boeing says it's one step closer to resolving problems with its 737 MAX planes. The company says it's now finished developing a software fix for the jets. But as NPR's David Schaper reports, it still may be months before the airplanes are cleared to fly again.

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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the art of well being.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry's guest is local businesswoman Sarah Whitsett, who created a local magazine called "The Brick Magazine," focusing on women who contribute to the foundation in the community in a positive manner.

   

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Fifteen years ago Friday, Hillary and Julie Goodridge married amid great fanfare and great protests.

In pastel suits, with broad smiles and colorful streamers, they exchanged vows and rings just hours after Massachusetts became the first state in America to allow same-sex marriage.

The Goodridges were the face of the movement. The lawsuit that made gay and lesbian marriages a reality bears their name: Goodridge v. Department of Public Health. Historians often divide the equal-marriage movement into "before Goodridge" and "after Goodridge."

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Cinetopia is winding down, while the latest round of new movies is winding up.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Mat Hopson sits down with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to discuss the latest movie news and all of the new flicks arriving in theaters this weekend.


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