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The past 14 months have been unprecedented in modern times, according to University of Michigan physician, author, and director of the University of Michigan's Center for the History of Medicine Dr. Howard Markel. He talks with WEMU’s Lisa Barry about how the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be ending and the strength of the current vaccine and the protection it provides.

Gretchen Whitmer
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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.

Payal Patel
Michigan Medicine /

It's what would typically be the busy summer travel season, but with COVID-19 continuing to spread and impact our lives, is it safe to do?

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Payal Patel, an infectious disease and internal medicine physician at Michigan Medicine, about the pros and cons of traveling during our current pandemic.

Lake Michigan
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Roughly half of the workers in Michigan's tourism industry have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Dave Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan, creators of the "Pure Michigan" campaign.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with Lorenz about the immediate impact of the health crisis, who says it will likely take some time, but pent-up demand for travel will benefit the state down the road.

Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University /

Eastern Michigan University officials say they are continuing to monitor the impact of the coronavirus on the university community.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry has details.

U-M vs. OSU
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The Michigan Wolverines will play Ohio State tomorrow in Columbus.  Here's how busy it's expected to get.

New County Plow Truck
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With snow pummeling Washtenaw County, area roadways proved quite treacherous. As of 4:45 P.M., Washtenaw County saw anywhere from 4 to 6 inches of snow, with up to another 5 before the storm ends.

What mode of holiday travel is best for the environment?  Dr. John DiCicco has some answers.  DiCicco is a professor at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources, and a researcher at the UofM Energy Institute.   He's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.