Bobcat Bonnie's
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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the culinary arts.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster talk to one of the partners and managers at the new Bobcat Bonnie's restaurant in Ypsilanti, Brittney Gryzwa.  She describes the restaurant as having "good food, a fun environment at a fair price."

Lisa and Jessica also talk about traditional holiday food, as well as new Christmas dinner traditions.

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Growing Hope is among the top food entrepeneurships in the Ypsilanti area.  Yet, like all startup businesses, it takes time, patience, and good financial planning to get off the ground.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg have a conversation with Cynthia VanRenterghem, Growing Hope's executive director, and with Angela Barbash, CEO of the investment advisory firm Revalue, about the work and rewards involved in becoming a food entrepeneur.

Pam Kisch
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The Federal Fair Housing Act banned housing discrimination in 1968, but fair housing laws are not self-enforcing.  The Fair Housing Center of Southeast and Mid Michigan (FHC) is one of many organizations across the nation, whose mission is to ensure that no one faces discrimination when searching for a place to live. FHC's executive director, Pam Kisch, sits down with WEMU's David Fair to discuss the center's ongoing work for this week's installment of "Washtenaw United."

Michigan Theater
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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the performance arts.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk about the many different performances taking place locally from theatre to jazz to community concerts.

#OTGYpsi: Making Spritual Connections Through Ypsilanti's Harmony Collective

Nov 13, 2019
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The Hare Krishna faith, which traces its origins to India, encourages its practitioners to connect with all walks of life.  The Harmony Collective seeks to carry that message in Ypsilanti through such means as family counseling, drug rehabilitation, and community service.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg talk about the collective's work with its community director, Dava Medhava Das.

Go! Ice Cream
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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the diverse and delicious dining destinations around Washtenaw County.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to the owner of Go! Ice Cream in Ypsilanti, Rob Hess, about serving the local community, as well as delicious creative ice cream concoctions, and award-winning cooking instructor and cookbook author Molly Stevens, who will be at Zingerman's Roadhouse November 12th.

#OTGYpsi: Ozone House Expands Reach In Ypsilanti After 50 Years

Nov 6, 2019
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Since 1969, Ozone House has been a place where young people can go to for shelter and protection from their troubled lives.  As the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary, it has begun expansion of its current Ypsilanti location, which will provide better services to its clients and their families.  Former client-turned-volunteer Bara Youness and Ozone House education program manager Dawn Espy talk about the program's future plans with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."

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It's very common for birds to accidentally hit the windows of someone's home or workplace, which leaves the birds seriously injured or dead.  It is part of a serious extinction threat to our winged friends.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Heidi Trudell from Washtenaw Safe Passage, an organization designed to prevent such accidents from happening.


Activating and engaging the creative talents of the community, the 4th annual ypsiGLOW is taking place October 25th.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with one of the originators of the light-up community event, Jeri Rosenberg, and event producer Jennifer Goulet.

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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local visual arts scene.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with state and local arts leader Omari Rush and Kate Higgins from Ann Arbor’s “Scrap Box” about a new fashion show they’ve created with an environmental impact.  

#OTGYpsi: WIC Program Gives Helping Hand To Ypsilanti's Nursing Moms

Oct 9, 2019
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Many negative thoughts come along with breastfeeding, from less health benefits to making others uncomfortable while in public.  Luckily, the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program in Washtenaw County offers advice and support to nursing mothers, especially in the Black community.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg explore this highly-beneficial project with WIC service coordinator Gayathri Akella and WIC peer educator Dera Williams.

#OTGYpsi: New Tool-Lending Library In The Works For Ypsilanti Residents

Oct 2, 2019
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Habitats for Humanity of Huron Valley (HHHV) has been helping out Washtenaw County residents for years.  While the organization is mostly known for building houses, it has attempted other projects that could bring locals closer together.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," HSHV community development coordinator Ceara Murtagh joins WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg to talk about a new tool-lending library that's coming soon to Ypsilanti's West Willow neighborhood.

EMU Remembers 9/11 With Special Ceremony On Campus

Sep 11, 2019
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Eastern Michigan University held a Ceremony of Remembrance on campus Wednesday morning as part of the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.  Many used the ceremony as a time to reflect on the past.  As part of the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, memorials were held across the country on Wednesday, including right here in Washtenaw County.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan attended one in Ypsilanti and has the story.

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Since the formation of the new Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS) district, many changes have had to take place.  Busing routes were reorganized, learning curriculums have changed, and new school principals were hired.  Still, new YCS superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross sees nothing but a positive future for the district.  She talks about the district's progress with WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


Glass is one of many materials that can and should be recycled.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Ypsilanti Department of Public Services director Ronald Akers about why glass is no longer allowed as part of the city's curbside recycling program and how residents can make sure the glass still gets recycled. 

Ann Arbor District Library
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Ever think about roleplaying or getting involved in a game or event that includes that?  That is the focus of the next edition of “Beyond Books,” our conversation with the Ann Arbor District Library that presents hundreds of community events each year.

WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with the library's Rich Retyi with Audrey Huggett, who created several different roleplaying programs for the library.

#OTGYpsi: Ypsilanti Pastors Provide Fun And Guidance For Sugarbrook Kids

Aug 28, 2019
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Ypsilanti's Sugarbrook neighborhood was hit particularly by the Great Recession of 2008.  Still, local pastor Willie Powell and his wife, Geraldine "Lady P" Powell, believed that such a recession should never define the children who grew up in such hardship.  So, they created the Community Family Life Center, which provides educational and athletic activities to these kids.  The Powells talk all about this endeavor with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."

Ypsilanti Community Schools
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This week on “In The Public Interest.” our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with local civics teacher Rebecca Wilinski about what’s being taught in local high school civics classes. 

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This week, "Art and Soul" focuses on the local performance arts scene.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk with the artistic director of the "Neighborhood Theatre Group," Kristin Anne Danko.

Ankoor Soni
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Opioid addiction is ravaging all parts of the country, and Washtenaw County is no exception.  Packard Health has launched a new Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program to help the addicted.  On "Washtenaw United" this week, WEMU’s David Fair will talk with Packard Health medical director, Dr. Ankoor Soni, about the shift in perspective, from addiction as a crime issue to one of public health.

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Many social inequities and tendencies toward violence exist throughout the country.  So, a few young Michigan residents formed an organization called "Creating a Righteous Environment Around Me," or "The Cream" for short.  The group seeks to promote community peace and understanding through special events, including an upcoming gun buyback event in Ypsilanti.  Three of The Cream's top members, Mwai Leonard, Srikar Chiravuri, and Tru Ajani, talk about their work in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi" with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg.

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Many entrepeneurs have made their way into the Ypsilanti area.  A few of those business owners came with the purpose of healing its residents through more holistic and spiritual means, such as yoga, acupuncture, and massage practices.  Among these special folks are Aubrey and Art Schupbach, who own the yoga studio Zion Well, and they join WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg for this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."

Ypsi Alloy Studios
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Ilana Houten and Jessica Tenbusche, two of the three co-founders of Ypsi Alloy Studios, chat about how a business born of each artist’s need for studio space developed into a cooperative and supportive business model serving other “dirty” artists in Ypsilanti.  On "creative:impact,"  WEMU’s David Fair and The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich  learn about what makes Ypsi Alloy Studio’s model work.  

Ann Arbor Blues Festival
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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performance arts scene.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk with the executive producer of the Ann Arbor Blues Festival, James Partridge, about the upcoming festival and discuss several other events happening in the coming weeks.

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Buying a home can be one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking moments in a person's life.  Fortunately, there are a number of real estate programs in the Ypsilanti area that can make the whole experience worthwhile.  WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg hear about such programs from Candye Hinton and Kayia Robinson, a local, mother-daughter real estate team, in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."

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So far in 2019, the weather has particularly warm and damp, which has led to a serious increase in the mosquito and tick population.  Therefore, the risk for diseases these insects carry has increased, as well.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Health Department environmental health director Kristen Schweighoefer about a new initiative to fight these illnesses.

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Nearly 50 years ago, the world came to a stop when the first human walked on the moon.  It's a time in history that will once again be celebrated during this special anniversary.  As part of our Moon Landing coverage, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan interviewed a Washtenaw County resident about his experience with another Moon Landing mission.

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A Town Hall on "Medicare For All" will be held in Ypsilanti on Saturday.  The panel discussion and audience Q & A will feature Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, State Representatives Yousef Rabhi and Ronnie Peterson, and State Senator Jeff Irwin.  Irwin joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss how the need for, and the barriers to, a path forward to national health care coverage. 

Debbie Dingell
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12th Congressional District Representative Debbie Dingell is co-sponsor of the Medicare For All Act of 2019.  The bill has been introduced in Congress and is now getting hearings.  On Saturday, July 13th, the Dearborn Democrat will serve on a panel of lawmakers at a Town Hall on "Medicare for All" in Ypsilanti.  Dingell shared her perspective in a conversation with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair.  

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For over three decades, Friends In Deed has provided assistance for those living at or below the poverty line.  One of the newest programs operating under Friends In Deed is called "Circles," which involves more long-term assistance in maintaining finances and pursuing higher education.  Project coordinator Suzanne Van Dam and program member Nikia Smith talk about their experiences with "Circles" with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."