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WEMU's Michael Jewett steps in for David Fair once again to chat about the world of cinema with Russ Collins, president and CEO of the Michigan Theater Foundation. Plus, they celebrate this weekend's University of Michigan football game honoring Michael's great grandfather, George Jewett!


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College football history is being made this coming weekend as the first George Jewett Trophy is being played for in Ann Arbor at Michigan Stadium.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Michael Jewett, whose great grandfather the trophy is named in honor of.


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As cases of the COVID-19 virus decline around the country, Michigan remains one of a handful of states continuing to see a surge in the number of cases.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Payal Patel to get an update on how the pandemic continues to impact the Ann Arbor medical system and whether or not much has changed as to how we move through the world as the global health crisis drags on.


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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and the executive director of CultureSource, Omari Rush, talk with artist Rashaun Rucker about his current exhibit at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Gallery. It compares the life and origins of the rock pigeon to the stereotypes and myths of the constructed identities of Black men in the United States. 


CultureVerse
CultureVerse

Sitting at the intersection of art and technology, local entrepreneur Don Hicks wondered how SaganWorks 3-D technology could make it possible for anyone to view the work of artists from anywhere. Being one to take action, he started the nonprofit CultureVerse to figure it out. Aubrey Martinson was enlisted as executive director, and she explains it all when she joins co-hosts Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw and WEMUs David Fair on this edition of "creative:impact." 


Larry Deck
Larry Deck

Many Washtenaw County residents prefer their bicycles instead of cars as a means for transportation. In fact, the popularity of non-motorized transportation continues to grow. Larry Deck is on the board of the Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition. He joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss  work being done on the Border-to-Border Trail and the Campus-to-Campus path. 


Sue Shink
Sue Shink

Washtenaw County had already declared an official climate emergency, and it has set a goal of getting the entire county carbon neutral by the year 2035. The "Climate Action Planning Team" has been formed, and the next steps are being taken. Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners chair Sue Shink joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the work ahead.  


Ebony Robinson
United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

To overcome inequity and injustice, there are systemic issues that must be remedied. Part of what it takes is adequately addressing racism, poverty, and trauma, particularly in communities of color. Those individual and collective issues will be the subject of a virtual forum this week. WEMU's David Fair spoke with a member of the team sponsoring the event. United Way of Washtenaw County's director of corporate giving, Ebony Robinson, discusses how these issues are impacting the entirety of the county, what is being done about it, and where we go from here. 


Constitution
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University of Michigan law professor and network TV legal analyst Barbara McQuade says the Constitution still holds up as a guidebook for how we are going to live true to our values more than 200 years after it was signed in 1787.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with McQuade, who shares many thoughts on the September 17th federal holiday "Constitution Day" about the importance of the Constitution and why it still matters now.


University of Michigan Museum of Natural History / umnmh.org

After more than 30 years, there is a new manager of the University of Michigan Planetarium inside the Museum of Natural History.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Jeffery "Buddy" Stark about his new position there and what plans he has in store for the digital high-tech planetarium.


Eric Becher
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Since his student days as member of the Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and at the University of Michigan bands, Dr. Eric Becher has excelled at taking the field, literally and figuratively, whether as the youngest ever director of the U-M Marching Bands or in his second career in fundraising and advancement. He Shared his journey with WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw on 'creative:impact.'


9/11
Deb Polich / Creative Washtenaw

With the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaching, there is still much reflection on the impact of what happened, and it is still a solemn occasion for many. The arts played a powerful role in engaging in and healing from the tragedy, but what impact might that still be having now...20 years later?

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the president of the University of Michigan University Musical Society, Matthew VanBesien, about the ongoing arts and cultural impact of 9/11, both nationally and on the local community.


Jeff Desmond
Michigan Medicine / uofmhealth.org

Medical leaders from 21 hospital systems signed an open letter to Michigan residents pleading for people to get vaccinated. The letter comes after an increase of COVID-19 cases across the state, which leaders warn could turn into a fourth wave. 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Jeff Desmond, chief medical officer for Michigan Medicine, who was among those who signed the letter and explains why he thinks it is so important.


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University of Michigan president Dr. Mark Schlissel says this is the first global pandemic of the modern biomedical age, and we're learning and making history as we go.

He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about the new academic year now getting underway and says everything involving campus life and university athletics "will be as safe as possible" as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.


UMS
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With its last season online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Michigan University Musical Society officials have been planning some in-person performances this coming season.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with UMS president Matthew VanBesien about their plans for the upcoming season and some in-person performance protocols they expect to be announcing soon.


COVID-19
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For most K-12 students in Washtenaw County, school begins on Monday, August 30th. Meantime, the Centers for Disease Control data tracker has moved the country from substantial tranmission risk to high transmission risk. Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the current state of the public health crisis and what the near future may bring. 


John Meeker
University of Michigan School of Public Health / sph.umich.edu

Glyphosate, which is usually found in stores as the product Roundup, is the most frequently used herbicide in the world. While it is effective in killing weeds, it is also harmful to health. A recent study out of the University of Michigan links exposure to pre-term births. WEMU's David Fair spoke with the study's senior author, Dr. John Meeker, about the findings and where the research goes from here. 


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Psychedelic plants and fungi have been used for health and spiritual purposes for thousands of years. In September, they will be celebrated, as the Ann Arbor City Council recently approved "Entheo Fest" to take place on the University of Michigan diag.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Julie Barron, co-director of “Decriminalize Nature Michigan,” about the event and the use of mushrooms and plants for our well being.


Susan Cerniglia
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The Delta variant of the coronavirus has led to a major increase in infections across the country. In response, many businesses and schools, including those in Washtenaw County, have reinstated policies requiring protective masks while indoors. Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the latest pandemic information and how it impacts us in our community.

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America still struggles with reconciling its slave-owning past. An exhibit at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, entitled "Unsettling Histories: Legacies of Slavery and Colonialism," is designed to open further discussion on the topic. WEMU's David Fair spoke with UMMA assistant curator of global contemporary arts Ozi Uduma about the impact art can have on how we deal with race and racism in our present and future.


Perseid
Dr. Brian Ottum

They're considered the best meteor showers of the year, and local amateur astronomer and member of the University of Michigan Lowbrow Astronomers Dr. Brian Ottum says they are peaking later this week. Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Ottum about where and when to view the annual meteor shower which he says should be easier to see this year due to the phase of the moon.


Creal Microgallery

Joe Levickas created the Creal Microgallery exhibition space located on Creal Crescent in Ann Arbor. It was designed as a publicly viewable, breadbox-sized exhibition space for small works and features contemporary art in a range of media, giving special attention to small moments, playful experiments, and unexpected discoveries.

Lisa Barry and Omari Rush talk to Levickas about his miniature art exhibit.


Justin Hodge
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

For many in Washtenaw County, environmental justice is lacking. Low income residents and people of color often find themselves subjected to environmental hazards, while the more affluent do not. Washtenaw County Commissioner Justin Hodge has made environmental justice a priority and discusses the successes and challenges that remain with WEMU's David Fair. 


University of Michigan
University of Michigan / umich.edu

All students, faculty, and staff on all three campuses of the University of Michigan are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit their vaccination information before the start of the fall term.  

The university-wide vaccine requirement also applies to Michigan Medicine.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with U-M Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Rick Fitzgerald to learn more about the decision.


COVID-19
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Although they are seeing fewer hospitalizations at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, the positivity rate for the virus is increasing, and vaccinations are still seen as the solution to stop the COVID-19 virus in its tracks.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Payal Patel, who shares the latest information about the virus variant and how we can stay safe and healthy as the pandemic continues.


Tony Reames
University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability / seas.umich.edu

Energy poverty is a problem all too many low-income households have to contend with. While more affluent households leave a bigger carbon footprint, it is usually people of color that suffer the most economic and health consequences. University of Michigan assistant professor and Urban Energy Justice Lab director Dr. Tony Reames explores the issues and needed solutions in this conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

Stress
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As the pandemic appears to be fading, reducing the chances of a threat to our physical health, the emotional toll from the last 15 months may be getting stronger.

Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor psychologist, author, and University of Michigan professor Dr. Robert Pasick about the increase in anxiety from all that we have been through and how to be emotionally stronger moving forward.


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Lynette Clemetson is the director of Wallace House, home of the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists and the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists at the University of Michigan. She came to the university from National Public Radio and has also worked for the New York Times and Newsweek Magazine.

She talks with WEMU’s Lisa Barry about the importance of local news that listeners can still get from WEMU and why a trusted local news source is worthy of listener support.


University of Michigan Museum of Natural History / ummnh.org

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History reopens to the public on a limited basis beginning Friday, June 25, 2021, following 15 months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa Barry talks with museum director Amy Harris about the latest museum plans.


COVID-19
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Shaking hands, hugging. and dining inside restaurants is now OK, according to Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Sandro Cinti. He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about how medical professionals believe it is safe to return to many of our regular, pre-pandemic activities for those who are vaccinated and not immune compromised.


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