The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint River. In April 2014, the city of Flint began drawing from the river for its water supply.
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WKAR coverage of the water crisis facing the city of Flint, Michigan. Includes reporting from Current State, Off the Record and WKAR media partners.

Faces of Flint: St. John Vianney (VIDEO)

Apr 13, 2016
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Children at St. John Vianney Catholic School share stories with their second grade teacher on how life has changed since the flint water crisis. WATCH IT NOW at video.wkar.org

Our "Faces of Flint" series continues with the story of the Hispanic Technology and Community Center in Flint. We hear from volunteers working to keep the center running to meet the community’s needs.


Faces of Flint: Family touts city’s pockets of promise

Apr 12, 2016

For years, images of Flint have captured the city’s various challenges: joblessness, poverty, and crime. And that was before the city’s water crisis. Meet the Hermans, a family who still proudly calls Flint their home town.


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Flint hip-hop artist Mama Sol debuts her spoken word piece, “Hard To Swallow.”

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Faces of Flint: Rapper Mama Sol uses music to uplift community

Apr 11, 2016

Our "Faces of Flint" series kicks off with the story of hip hop artist Mama Sol, who was born and raised in the city of Flint. She’s using her music to uplift her hometown while it struggles to recover from the water crisis there.


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Flint’s lead tainted water is a source of ongoing concern.  But recent work by a Michigan State University researcher shows we can’t overlook the city’s soil as a source of lead, either.

Current State’s Mark Bashore talks with professor Rick Sadler of MSU’s College of Human Medicine about his findings.

Off the Record 4/1/16 | Ep. 4540

Mar 31, 2016

Special Bloggers Edition: Topics: Race for President in Michigan, Flint Water Crisis.

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We catch up on the month’s biggest stories in state government on our Month in Review segment:  more corruption in Detroit schools, more scrutiny of the Flint crisis and more. We talk with Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press and Zach Gorchow of Gongwer News.


Great Lakes Month in Review: Flint task force report

Mar 29, 2016
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Commentator Gary Wilson joins Current State to talk about March’s biggest environmental stories, including the recently released Flint Water Task Force report.


City of Flint water tower
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Snyder administration spokesman Ari Adler discusses the extension of FEMA emergency status for Flint and falling approval ratings for the Governor.


Off the Record 3/25/16 | Ep. 4539

Mar 24, 2016

Topics: Gov. Snyder's testimony to congress.  Guest: Sen. Jim Ananich, (D) Flint.

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From continental droughts to failed city water systems, Charles Fishman has been studying and forecasting global water challenges for years. Dr. Kirk Heinze of Greening of the Great Lakes talks with the author of "The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water".


MSU assists Flint residents worried about pets’ health

Mar 22, 2016
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MSU veterinarians are testing pets in Flint for lead in the aftermath of the city's water crisis. April Van Buren has the story of how the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine is trying to protect the health of Flint's pets.


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Gov. Rick Snyder and EPA chief Gina McCarthy were grilled by members of Congress over the Flint water crisis yesterday. Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network reports.


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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is likely the best known medical figure associated with the Flint Water Crisis. Her work confirmed that Flint residents, many of them children, had ingested dangerous levels of lead after 2014’s switch to Flint river water. We talk with her, and also learn more about the governmental roots of the water emergency from MSU political science professor Joshua Sapotichne.


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