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Nelson Amos
Nelson Amos Studio / nelsonamosstudio.com

As the oldest professor at Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Nelson Amos says it was the current pandemic that finally convinced him it was time to retire.  When he leaves his job teaching guitar and music history at EMU next May, he will be 82 years old.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the music professor, who is also an artist and owns a storefront in Ypsilanti's Depot Town, about how he has pivoted to teach online due to the current public health crisis and how life has changed since he began his university teaching career in 1975.

Blue LLama
Blue LLama Jazz Club / bluellamaclub.com

Just as Ann Arbor's Blue LLama Jazz Club was getting ready to celebrate its first birthday, it was forced to shut down like all other clubs and restaurants in Michigan due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the owner of the club, Don Hicks, about how they, like many jazz musicians, have had to improvise to stay connected with the community.

Ann Arbor District Library
Ann Arbor District Library / aadl.org

Did you know you can still check out books online from the Ann Arbor District Library?  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with library director Josie Parker about the many offerings the library has created, including its own YouTube TV station to stay connected with area residents.

Journey of Faith Christian Church of Ann Arbor / journeyoffaitha2.org

Christians across Washtenaw County will celebrate Easter Sunday this weekend in a new way.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports.

Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor / annarborvineyard.org

Many churches in Washtenaw County will observe Good Friday this year online because of the coronavirus crisis.  

Lisa Barry

Brady Dolan of Ann Arbor is 13 years old and has been creating and building with dominoes since he was 6.  He and fellow members of the “Incredible Science Machine” team are competing Saturday, July 29th at Trillium Academy in Taylor and hoping to set some American domino building records.

Brady and his mother Annemarie Dolan joined 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry in-studio to talk about his craft and do a building… and knocking down demonstration!