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.

Geoffrey Fieger photo
Courtesy photo / Fieger Law

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger has filed a $100-million lawsuit against the state of Michigan and McClaren Flint Hospital over the outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Fieger about the suit.


Virginia Tech Flint Water Study team photo
Courtesy photo / Virginia Tech Flint Water Study team

Virginia Tech water scientist Marc Edwards has emerged as one of the heroes of the Flint water crisis.

Off the Record 2/5/16 | Ep. 4532

Feb 4, 2016

Topics: Update on Flint water crisis.  Guest: Rebecca Meuninck, Ecology Center.

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Robert Kleine and Jim Ananich
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Flint State Sen. Jim Ananich may be the legislature’s harshest critic of the Snyder administration’s handling of the city’s water crisis. 

View of the Flint river
Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

The Flint Water Crisis dominated Michigan news in January. Mark Bashore talks with Tim Skubick and Jonathan Oosting


Off the Record 1/29/16 | Ep. 4531

Jan 29, 2016

TOPIC: The panel discusses the Flint water crisis.  Guest: Attorney Dana Nessel hopes to expand the states civil rights law.

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boy in museum
Courtesy of Sloan Museum

Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Todd Slisher, executive director at Flint's Sloan Museum, about their new exhibit exploring the history of the city's water system.

bottled water
Daniel Orth / Flickr

Current State speaks with Ginna Holmes, director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, and  Jamie-Lee Venable about HelpforFlint.com.

As state, federal and local officials continue working to gain more control of the Flint water crisis, Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Dr. Eden Wells, the chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The Flint water crisis is an environmental story that highlights the risks of taking natural resources like drinking water for granted.


MI attorney leads Flint class action against state

Jan 25, 2016
Police water distibution photo
Michigan Emergency Management & Homeland Security / flickr creative commons

A former president of the Michigan Trial  Lawyers Association is suing the state over its handling of the Flint water crisis. Attorney Michael Pitt talks with Current State about the lawsuits.


On the surface, Flint, Mich., and Kabwe, Zambia, don't seem to have a lot in common.

They're half a world away from each other. One is a city of 99,000 in one of the richest countries in the world. The other is a city of 203,000 in a lower-middle-income country.

Ballenger defends his call for more context on Flint

Jan 22, 2016
Bill Ballenger photo
WKAR

Long-time Michigan politico Bill Ballenger got everyone’s attention this week when he said the gravity of the Flint water crisis is being exaggerated and that media’s not reporting all the facts. We talk with Bill Ballenger about what he thinks is being overlooked.


courtesy / City of Lansing

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Bernero about Lansing’s fiscal health and other challenges in the coming year.


After the broadcast episode taping concludes, guest and panel continue to chat for this online exclusive.

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