Ann Arbor District Library
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After nearly 22 years with the Ann Arbor District Library, director Josie Parker announced that she is retiring next February.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Parker about her decision as she looks back at several decades working in the Ann Arbor District Library system and what she sees moving forward.

Geoff Larcom
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Geoff Larcom is retiring from Eastern Michigan University after serving over 11 years as the University's Executive Director of Media Relations.  Before that, he spent more than 25 years as a journalist working primarily for the Ann Arbor News.

He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about his career on both sides of the journalism spectrum and shares some family history about his ties to the Ann Arbor area.

Susan Pollay
Susan Pollay

Susan Pollay has been executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority since 1996.  She decided to step down from that position at the end of this year and talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about how she has seen the city change and grow in her 24 years in the position.

"There is so much to do in our later years," according to Ann Arbor aging expert Dr. Theresa Reid, who shares a lot of information about the possibilities in this month's "Modern Aging" with WEMU's Lisa Barry.

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All was on track to find the next executive director to succeed Mary Steffek Blaske who, after 25 years leading Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (AASO), was retiring at the end of 2019. Then, unexpectedly, the AASO found itself in search of a music director, too.  Mary tells David Fair and Deb Polich how the AASO has adapted to manage two major leadership changes simultaneously on this week’s edition of "creative:impact."

On this edition of "Modern Aging," WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor aging expert Dr. Theresa Reid about planning the next phase of your life when thinking about retiring.

We’re aging at every stage of life, but as we get older, the challenges change.  This week on "Modern Aging," WEMU's Lisa Barry and Dr. Theresa Reid talk about overcomingageist assumptionsand how to figure out what comes next!

On this edition of WEMU's Modern Aging, Dr. Theresa Reid talks about the important questions to ask yourself to become the “older person you want to be.”

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More than a quarter of all Michigan communities had pension or health care systems that were under-funded in 2017, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.  The department says 247 communities had systems that were under-funded, totaling about $19 billion.

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As a music teacher in the Ann Arbor public school district for 43 years, Linda Carter experienced many “Wonder Woman” jokes and comparisons sharing the same name as the woman who played the TV character with special powers.  She even learned they share the same birthday and hopes to meet her some day. 

Carter was also president of the Ann Arbor teachers' union, the Ann Arbor Education Association. for 30 years. She says both positions took a lot of the same skills set to manage and maintain, and mixed well.

Linda Yohn: A Final Word

Dec 18, 2017
Linda Yohn Retired
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Spending 30 years in one job is becoming more rare. 30-years at one place in the broadcasting industry is almost unheard of. Today, Linda Yohn wraps up her three decades at 89.1 WEMU and prepares to write the next chapter in an extraordinary life. Following an on-air tribute, WEMU's Lisa Barry sat down with Linda for a last interview, and a final word, as she moves into retirement. 

Lisa Barry

As the year comes to a close and holiday vacations get underway, state lawmakers have already wrapped up for the year.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke to a local state senator looking back and looking ahead for the New Year.

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The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder a set of local retirement bills that passed by wide margins once they were stripped of controversial provisions. 

American Advisors Group /

It looks like the Legislature will spend much of December fighting over an overhaul of how the state oversees local retirement funds. 

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New teachers will get different retirement options than current school employees under a bill sent to Governor Rick Snyder.

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Top lawmakers in the state Legislature have reached a tentative agreement with Governor Rick Snyder about changes to the state’s teacher retirement system.

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A showdown is brewing in Lansing over the fate of teacher retirements.  

Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University /

Eastern Michigan University held a budget forum on Tuesday.

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Teachers, firefighters and police are celebrating today.  That’s after lawmakers dropped legislation that would make drastic changes to their retirement benefits.  

Police Car
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Municipal employees are planning to head to the Capitol today.  Lawmakers will hold a hearing on controversial legislation affecting municipal retirement health benefits.

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Teacher retirement changes are charging through the legislature.  A Senate committee held a meeting on the legislation today Wednesday.

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A federal appeals court says it’s too late to go back and rehash the “Grand Bargain” that allowed Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy two years ago. 

Ken Fischer
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A fixture in the Ann Arbor arts scene will soon step down.