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Journeys of Discovery: Ann Arbor’s Ark—where live music thrives

Thomas Wilmer
The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Ark started back in 1965 as an Ann Arbor, Michigan coffee house that morphed into a legendary live-music venue. The Ark consistently attracts big name acts such as Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie in addition to regional performers. 

The art of story telling is a specialty at the Ark, hosting local performers and the Moth’s annual Grand Slam Championship. Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Barb Chaffer Authier, marketing director at the Ark.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.