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Radio Shows on WEMU 89.1FM

Washtenaw County's Office of the Water Resources Commissioner helps to produce two radio shows in collaboration with WEMU News. Tune in to hear about environmental issues impacting Washtenaw County!

89.1 WEMUIssues of the Environment
Weekly radio show that airs each Wednesday at 6:50am and 8:50am. This show has been named Best Mini-Documentary or Series by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters!

  • Wednesday, July 19: Jennifer Young, Project Manager at Michigan Interfaith Power and Light, will discuss the group's work to get houses of worship in Ann Arbor to "go solar."
  • Wedensday, July 26: Noelle Bowman, Solid Waste Program Specialist with the Washtenaw County Office of the Water Resources Commissioner, will talk about progress toward Zero Waste at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, after their success at the "Taste of Ann Arbor" eariler this year. Although the Art Fair won't be totally waste-free this year, the hope is that with better support from groups in the county, the area's largest event will be truly Zero Waste.

The Green Room
Monthly radio show that airs the last Friday of each month at 6:50am and 8:50am. This show has received a Merit award for Mini-Documentary or Series by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters!

  • June 30: Road Rage - Bike vs. Car
    More and more people are opting to cycle rather than drive for at least some of their transportation, whether for personal health, or for the health of the planet. But safety is an issue, and emotions run high. Conflicts occur over who has a right to the roadway. Should we encourage bicycles in the street, or should we try to separate bikes from cars? In this installment of WEMU’s Green Room series, Barbara Lucas explores varying perspectives.
  • May 26: The Cultural Colors of Green Burial
    Because natural burial has environmental benefits over conventional burial, it is often favored by those who like to "go green." It also can appeal for other, more conservative reasons. It’s the choice of some independently-minded rural folks, and to many religious traditionalists. Additionally, it can help out the local businesses that serve the growing demand.  
  • Ann Arbor's 1, 4 Dioxane Plume - Series
    Gelman Life Sciences on Wagner Road stopped using dioxane 30 years ago. But despite efforts to contain it, the 850,000 pounds they dumped have been spreading throughout the groundwater. Now the plume covers about three square miles, on Ann Arbor’s west side. There has been much debate over decisions to create a prohibition zone, restricting water use in the contamination area, rather than focusing on contamination removal. Barbara Lucas explores this contamination in a series of interviews.


Tune in to 89.1FM WEMU to hear the shows on air, or listen to archived shows on our Issues of the Environment and The Green Room pages.

For questions or ideas for future show topics, please contact Mary Mathias Lapp.

Thanks for listening!


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