Flint

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha photo
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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.


Dr. Marc Edwards with Mark Bashore
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Dr. Marc Edwards was central in confirming a serious water problem in Flint and leads ongoing analysis that will determine when it’s safe to drink again. We talk with Dr. Edwards about how long it will be before Flint’s water is safe and reforms he says are needed to protect America’s drinking water.


Maestro Enrique Diemecke & Jamie Paisley photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

The Flint Symphony takes on an African-American composer in their concert this weekend, William Grant Still. It’s part of the “Black Classical Origins” series from the Flint Institute of Music. We speak with Maestro Enrique Diemecke about Saturday’s concert and its aim of engaging the African-American community in the classical arts.


Dr. Janet Stout photo
Courtesy photo / Special Pathogens Lab

The state of Michigan is under fire over information contained in newly released emails that show a less than urgent response to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in Flint. 

Ron Dzonkowski photo
Courtesy photo / Ron Dzonkowski

Many are asking why media weren’t more on top of the Flint water crisis. We talk to Ron Dzonkowski, columnist for the Detroit Free Press and board member of the Michigan Coalition for Open Government, about the cloudiness of Michigan’s sunshine laws.


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.

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. 

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.

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.


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


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.


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.


The Flint Institute of the Arts welcomes a new exhibit "From Heart to Hand," which focuses on African-American contributions to the history of quiltmaking. We speak with FIA’s curator Tracee Glab, as well as a visiting quilter who’s had her work on display at the White House.


Police water distibution photo
Michigan Emergency Management & Homeland Security / flickr creative commons

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.


Gov. Rick Snyder photo
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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.


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