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Deb Polich / Creative Washtenaw

What do you get when you connect 13 Michigan members of Congress with 40 Michigan arts + creative industries advocates on Zoom?  Find out as Creative Washtenaw's Deb Polich and WEMU's David Fair discuss the state of the arts + creative industries on this edition of "creative:impact."


Gretchen Whitmer
Governor Gretchen Whitmer / twitter.com

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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Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.

Pam Smith
Pam Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

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. 


Supermoon
Old Farmer's Almanac / almanac.com

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.


Mr. B
Mr. B / mrbpiano.com

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. 


Katie Scott
Katie for the County / Facebook

As an elected official and a cardiovascular ICU nurse at Michigan Medicine, Katie Scott, who represents District 9 as a Washtenaw County commissioner, has experienced quite a bit over this past year in a pandemic.

She talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about that and her decision to write a public letter addressing recent comments shared by an Ann Arbor city council member, which contained a quote attacking journalists and included a homophobic slur.


COVID-19
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The number of confirmed cases continues to rise in Michigan, and vaccine efforts will be hampered by news the CDC and FDA have recommended pausing use of the Johnson and Johnson one-dose vaccine.  WEMU's David Fair discussed these recent COVID-related developments with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia.


Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University is ramping up its efforts to get students and staff vaccinated against COVID-19.

University of Michigan's Center for the History of Medicine / chm.umich.edu

Over a hundred years since the pandemic of 1918, our current public health crisis is happening in a very similar manner to what happened then... killing hundreds of thousands of people.

Lisa Barry talks with the Assistant Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, Dr. Alex Navarro, about how what's happening now compares to what happened back then.


Ypsilanti officials have declared a local state of emergency.

Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

President Joe Biden is preparing an extensive bill to improve infrastructure and create jobs.  12th District Representative Debbie Dingell advocates passage of the plan.  The Dearborn Democrat joined WEMU's David Fair and also discussed proposed gun control measures and the alarming surge in the number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. 

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan has unveiled a new plan to start vaccinating students next week.

Susan Cerniglia
Linkedin / linkedin.com

Even though vaccine eligibility has expanded, the state of Michigan has faced a surge in COVID-19 cases.  The number of variant cases and hospitalizations has risen as well.  WEMU's David Fair spoke with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia about the trends found in our community. 


Michigan Ladder Company In Ypsilanti Closes Its Doors

Apr 6, 2021
WEMU News

The nation's oldest ladder manufacturer is in Ypsilanti, and it's folding.  WEMU's Heather Irvine has more.


Yard Waste And Compost Collection Resumes In Ann Arbor

Apr 6, 2021
Yard Waste
Bill Barber / flickr.com

Ann Arbor’s curbside collection of compostable materials resumed this week.  WEMU’s Heather Irvine reports.

Emma Roeder
United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

We are officially in the midst of tax season.  For many Washtenaw County residents, it is stressful, especially for those who have struggled financially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  Still, volunteers working at the United Way of Washtenaw County's VITA program are ready to provide tax advice and assistance.  VITA program manager Emma Roeder joined WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about the program's current efforts on this week's "Washtenaw United."


Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools is resuming COVID-19 testing of student athletes today.

Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of attention on Washtenaw County--most of it positive, but not all.  WEMU’s David Fair and 12th District Congressional Representative Debbie Dingell discuss increased investment in combatting coronavirus in the area and at Willow Run Airport.  The Dearborn Democrat also explains why she has asked the federal Department of Education to look at Title IX allegations leveled against Eastern Michigan University.

Frick'n Good Cookies
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Cookie lovers can find a unique cookie variety at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.  Called "Frick'n Good Cookies," they are named after the Frick family who went into business nearly a year ago making and selling cookies with a unique shape and flavor.

Lisa Barry talks with Mikayla Frick, who helped create the cookie company using her grandmother's secret recipe and technique.


Take Back The Night Ann Arbor

University of Michigan students and other community members are gathering on U of M’s campus tonight to raise awareness about sexual violence.

Melissa Borja
Patricia Burmicky

In addition to everything else going on in the world right now, there is increasing attention to the nearly 4,000 anti-Asian racist incidents, mostly against women, that have occurred in the past year.

University of Michigan assistant professor and anti-Asian racism researcher Dr. Melissa May Borja talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about her findings and what it has been like personally for her and her family especially over the past year.


Transgender
Jason Morgan / Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners

There will be a special flag-raising ceremony outside the Washtenaw County administration building to recognize the Transgender Day of Visibility.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Washtenaw County commissioner Jason Morgan about that.


Eastern Michigan University
Dr. Jessie Kimbrough-Marshall / Eastern Michigan University

Michigan public health expert and recently appointed Eastern Michigan University regent Jessie Kimbrough-Marshall is working with the University's Family Empowerment Program to make sure residents understand the benefits of being vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus.

Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Kimbrough-Marshall about her recent efforts in area neighborhoods and an online webinar to continue the discussion virtually.


State of Michigan / michigan.gov

It was just over a year ago that residents of Michigan were told to “stay home...stay safe” by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, otherwise referred to as “lockdown” by some people due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor city administrator Tom Crawford to find out what impact that has had on the city and what else has been going on in City Hall as work continues, despite the global health crisis.


Bob Phillips
On Tour Records / youtube.com

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the performance arts.  Lisa Barry talks with Michigan comedian Bob Phillips about what it has been like for a comedian during this past year of the pandemic.


COVID-19
PxHere / pxhere.com

The rate of COVID-19 cases across Michigan has been trending upward recently, and while many people are getting the vaccine, not everyone is on board with the idea.

Lisa Barry talks with Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Sandro Cinti for an update on where we are in the pandemic process and what medical professionals have learned in the past year of this global health crisis.


FoolMoon
WonderFool Productions / wonderfoolproductions.org

The annual FoolMoon public art and lighting event held in Ann Arbor had to pivot to an online experience last year, shortly after the start of the pandemic.  This year, it is "re-imagined" with an outdoor component meant to support local businesses with the theme "Shine Your Light A2."

Lisa Barry talks with event executive director Jennifer Goulet about what is planned for this year's FoolMoon event.


Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

In President Biden's first 58 days in office, approximately 100 million coronavirus vaccines have been administered.  In the meantime, legislation towards better access to medicare and more electric vehicle production is in the works.  12th District Representative Debbie Dingell is in the middle of all of this and gives her perspective in a chat with WEMU's David Fair.  


Michigan Medicine / medicine.umich.edu

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the art of well being.  Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Tony King, an Ann Arbor psychologist, University of Michigan assistant professor of psychiatry, and researcher into several different mindfulness approaches and practices, about dealing with stress and anxiety, which has increased due to the last year in the pandemic.


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