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.

High lead levels in Flint, Mich.'s water has led President Obama to declare a state of emergency, as criticism mounts that the problem has not been handled promptly.

Off the Record 1/22/16 | Ep. 4530

Jan 21, 2016

TOPIC: Flint water crisis.  Guest: Attorney Michael Pitt.

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Police water distibution photo
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The political fallout from the water crisis in Flint continues to unfold, but for public health experts, the real crisis could be years down the line. We talk to Hurley Medical Center pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Associate Dean at the MSU College of Human Medicine Dr. Dean Sienko about an initiative to deal with the long-term impacts of lead exposure in Flint.


2016 Michigan State of the State

Jan 18, 2016
Governor speaking at podium
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's annual  address with Democratic response and Off the Record analysis. | WATCH IT NOW 

After the episode taping concludes, guest and panel continue to chat.

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Off the Record 1/15/16 | Ep. 4529

Jan 15, 2016

Topic: The Flint water controversy.  The guest is Dennis Muchmore, the Governor's Chief of Staff.

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Scrutiny on Gov. Rick Snyder has intensified as his administration struggles to keep up with the fallout from the Flint water debacle. His signature on a campaign finance bill that some criticize as a gag order” has drawn more attention. We talk about those stories and others with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.


Evening with the Governor 2015

Dec 17, 2015

Governor Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder reflect on the past year in Michigan politics with Off the Record anchor Tim Skubick.  

Karen Weaver photo
Courtesy photo / City of Flint

Dr. Karen Weaver was sworn in as the new mayor of Flint just over two weeks ago. The first female mayor in the city’s history has a lot on her plate, from lead-contaminated drinking water to the struggle to free her city from state oversight. We talk with Mayor Weaver about her plan to tackle these and other challenges.


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We check in with Great Lakes commentator Gary Wilson about November’s biggest environmental stories, including the legal consequences of Flint’s water crisis and Michigan’s stake in the upcoming Paris climate summit.


Jim Ananich at podium
Michigan Senate Democrats

There are already three investigations looming to learning more about the Flint water crisis.  State Senator Jim Ananich wants another. Current State talks to Ananich about that and the road funding plan he's calling a "sham."

Darnell Earley photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Twice, Delta Township resident Darnell Earley has been appointed as an Emergency Manager in Michigan: once in Flint and currently in the Detroit Public Schools. Current State talks with Earley about the Flint water switch and why he thinks the legislature should pass the Governor’s Detroit schools funding plan.


State capitol
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On the last weekday of every month, Current State reviews the top Michigan political stories. Our guests are Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press and michigan.com, and Zach Gorchow of Gongwer News.


Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

We talk to Great Lakes commentator Gary Wilson about October’s biggest environmental stories, including Flint’s water crisis and how Canada’s recent election could impact the Great Lakes.

Dan Wyant photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has been feeling the heat not just over high levels of lead in Flint’s drinking water, but for denying there was a problem in the face of evidence. Current State speaks with DEQ Director Dan Wyant.


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