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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.

Doug Coombe
Doug Coombe

Being in the right place at the right time put photographer Doug Coombe in the best seats in the house. Since 1999, his camera has captured the music scene in southeast Michigan and documented media stories throughout the region. Get a view of Doug’s world on this edition of "creative:impact" when he joins Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw.

Brian Steglitz
City of Ann Arbor /

There a number of threats to the health and safety of drinking water in Ann Arbor, and there are some major decisions to be made in the near future. The discussions center on whether to keep the city’s water autonomous and invest in local facilities or create the infrastructure needed to get water from the Detroit system. Either way, there will be a hefty price tag. WEMU’s David Fair looked at where it is stands and where it’s headed with Brian Steglitz, the manager of Water Treatment Services in Ann Arbor.  

Alan Brown
Alan Brown

A leading expert on cultural audience behavior, Alan Brown returns to "creative:impact" after his first appearance in April 2020 just weeks after COVID-19 shut down cultural venues. He announced then that he was launching the Audience Monitor Outlook, a study of COVID’s impact on audiences and when they would comfortably return to cultural venues. He gives an update on his findings to "creative:impact" host Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw.

Detroit Jazz Festival
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WEMU's Michael Jewett chats with the Director of the Detroit Jazz Festival, Chris Collins on the Festival's recent announcement on the return of live performances to the public:

Debbie Dingell
Michigan House Democrats /

Recent heavy rainfall brought significant flood damage to many southeast Michigan communities, including Washtenaw County. The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has declared a state of emergency, but, in order to get further aid, a state of emergency must be declared by Governor Whitmer, as she did in Wayne County. 12th District Representative Debbie Dingell spoke with WEMU's David Fair about the need for immediate help and a massive investment in new transportation and water infrastructure.

Paul Keller
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The impact of the ongoing pandemic is different for everyone. It's been tough for local musicians who earn a living with live performances, which have been put on hold for over the past year due to the global health crisis.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with local composer and musician Paul Keller about how he is emerging from the pandemic with more and more local performances, including several special events coming up this week.

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Tomorrow, April 1st, the Detroit Tigers will open the season at Comerica Park, playing the Cleveland Indians in a matinee game.  Thursday's game will also mark the first time fans will be able to watch a game at Comerica Park since 2019.  So, what can be expected out of this year's squad?  WEMU's Tom Helmer talked with the voice of the Tigers, Matt Shepard, to find out.

Justin Onwenu
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The movement towards racial equity is an ongoing fight.  Environmental racism has been an issue in our area since the industrial revolution, and it persists today, inflicting the most harm on communities of color.  In another Black History Month edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and the Sierra Club's Justin Onwenu explore problems and solutions in the effort to bring environmental injustice to an end. 

Donele Wilkins
Greendoor Initative /

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the the African-American community more in a variety of negative ways.  Among other things, it has highlighted the systemic issues that continue to support environmental racism.  Detroit-based "Green Door Initiative" was created specifically to fight such inequities.  Organization founder and CEO Donele Wilkins discusses progress and present and future challenges with WEMU's David Fair.  

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After looking for a place to locate in Ann Arbor for several years, master chef of pastries Matt Knio is planning to open a new bakery and restaurant in the next few months.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to him about the eatery, which will be located on Washington Street in Ann Arbor and called "The Great Commoner Cannelle."

Dana Nessel
State of Michigan /

State Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office has opened a criminal inquiry and is “actively investigating” whether members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers were the targets of illegal harassment as they met to certify the results of the November 3rd election.

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A bipartisan state board has certified the results of the November 3rd election and awarded the state’s 16 electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden

Sister Pie
Sister Pie /

Sister Pie started in the kitchen of Lisa Ludwinski’s parents in Milford around Thanksgiving 2012.  Since then, the popularity of her unique pie creations has grown and now operates from a corner bakery in Detroit’s West Village on the east side of town.  She talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about her love and passion for pie...just in time for Thanksgiving!

The Glennborough subdivision in Superior Township has filed a lawsuit against the United States Postal Service to try to change its Ypsilanti zip code to an Ann Arbor zip code.  

Ballot Box
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Don’t wait.  Drop off your ballot in person.  It’s too late to put it in the mail if you want it to be counted.  That’s the advice elections officials are giving voters in advance of Tuesday’s primaries.  It’s expected a record number of votes will be cast via absentee ballot.  Rick Pluta reports on how the 2020 primary is shaping up to be a unique experiment in the future of voting.

Monica Lewis-Patrick
We the People of Detroit /

Water shutoffs has been a major issue in Detroit, and the next round is expected to come in April.  Low-income residents are being dramatically impacted by the inability to meet the rising cost of water.  Is access to water a right?  Or, is it a privilege?  In this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters explore the answers to those questions.  Monica Lewis-Patrick is co-founder, president, and CEO of "We the People of Detroit."  She'll explain the organization's efforts to win water justice in the city and around the state and country.

Dale Penkala

No longer taught in many public schools, cursive writing has become more rare.  In fact, writing by hand in general is declining as more people prefer the speed and convenience of computers and smartphones.  There's a local handwriting expert who still teaches cursive writing in Ann Arbor and has trained with one of the world's top experts on penmanship, living in Brighton, Michigan. WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Hong Nguyen and Michigan custom penmaker Dale Penkala about the pen community and the enthusiasm for writing by hand. 

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Some Democrats running for President say the last election wasn’t a fair contest and made that point at last night’s debate in Detroit.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons /

10 of the 20 Democratic presidential hopefuls met in Detroit last night for the first round of debates.  They discussed topics, such as health care, immigration, water quality and race.  Dearborn Democrat Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to weigh in on what we've seen so far, what we should hear in round two of the Detroit debates tonight, and how the party has to move forward for the 2020 elections. 

Democrat Debates
Angela Hsieh / NPR

NPR News breaks down Night 1 of the July Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each tried to make the case that they should be the next president of the United States:

Melissa Cooper Sargent
The Ecology Center /

For those living near a trash incinerator in Detroit, the smell was awful, and the air quality just as bad.  Asthma rates far exceed state averages, and many living in the area felt powerless. Melissa Cooper-Sargent is Green Living Resource Director for the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center and lives with her children in the vicinity of the incinerator.  From the Ecology Center, the 'Breathe Free Detroit' campaign was launched, and, as of the end of May, the incinerator shut down.  Sargent joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the details on this week's "Issues of the Environment."

Phil Dewey

This week, local and state arts leader Omari Rush and WEMU’s Lisa Barry talk with an Ann Arbor artist who uses a variety of mediums to create art of historic Negro League baseball players.  They also talk about several other visual art opportunities in our area.

Paul Hickman
Paul Hickman

Creative entrepeneurs, triple bottom lines, and the life cycle of businesses are among the topics explored in this conversation with Paul Hickman.  Paul founded Urban Ashes in Saline in 2008.  The business closed earlier this year.  Hickman joins WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich to talk about what Urban Ashes accomplished in this week's "creative:impact."

Dana Nessel
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It started last October.  More than 70 police officers, special agents, and government officials executed search warrants on each of the seven Catholic dioceses in Michigan simultaneously.  They loaded vehicles with boxes and filing cabinets – everything they could find related to potential sexual abuse by priests who have worked in Michigan from 1950 until now.  Attorney General Dana Nessel says Michigan is the first state to execute a search warrant on the Church in this way.  Now, Nessel says she expects her office’s investigation to last at least two years.   

Charles Griffith
The Ecology Center /

This year's North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit.  Once again, the world's top automakers believe the future lies in electric and automated vehicles.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair explores what impacts these vehicles may have with Charles Griffith, who directs the Climate and Energy Program at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor.

Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Car enthusiasts will peruse new and future vehicles at the North American International Auto Show over the next week. But, there is more to look at than just cars, SUV’s and trucks.  As 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan discovered, Washtenaw County is helping lead the way and is on prominent display.  

EMU At The North American International Auto Show

Jan 15, 2019
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As part of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, dozens of universities are showcasing special projects.  Among them is Eastern Michigan University.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the show during the press preview days and has the story.

Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images
Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images

 Detroit will celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin on Friday, August 31st at 10 a.m. EST. Over two dozen people -- including heads of state, a record mogul, and music legends of nearly every description -- will take the stage of the Greater Grace Temple to speak, sing and pray in honor of the gift that Franklin so readily shared with the world.

Michigan Supreme Court
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A plea deal that prevented one former lawmaker from holding office for five years is not enforceable.  That was the ruling of the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday.