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Dan Kildee photo
Courtesy photo / Cong. Dan Kildee

Flint Cong. Dan Kildee says all Americans should be focused on the water emergency in his city. Today, Pres. Barack Obama spends the afternoon in Flint. We talk Cong. Kildee about the visit and about his proposal for tougher federal lead standards for drinking water.


Cadillac-based photographer Phil Stagg is known to chase waterfalls, and he’s turned his favorite pastime into a new book. Peter Whorf talks with Stagg about "Waterfalls of Michigan."


Effort aims at restoring parts of Flint River

May 3, 2016
Hamilton Dam in Flint
Courtesy photo / Flint River Corridor Alliance

Water infrastructure isn’t the only thing getting restored in Flint. There’s also a multi-million dollar effort to upgrade and restore Flint’s riverfront. Government and non-governmental participants are collaborating on the Flint River Redevelopment Project.


Melissa Mays photo
Courtesy photo / Melissa Mays

Melissa Mays has been one of the busiest and most vocal activists in the Flint Water Crisis. Current State speaks with her about how she and her city are doing two years after her family’s health issues began.


WKAR File Photo

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
Great Lakes
Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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


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".


UM study: Lake Huron salmon unlikely to bounce back

Mar 15, 2016
Chinook salmon photo
Josh Larios / flickr creative commons

A new report from University of Michigan scientists says the Chinook salmon population in Lake Huron is unlikely to bounce back from its decade long decline. We talk to University of Michigan researcher Sara Adlerstein-Gonzalez about what’s behind the decline.


Current State talks with Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News about the potential cost of legal services related to the Flint water crisis.


St. Clair River photo
Doc Searls / flickr creative commons

Environmentalists are raising alarms about a permit that would allow crude oil through a pair of 98 year old pipelines below the St. Clair River. We talk with attorney Liz Kirkwood from the group For Love of Water.


MSU ‘Empowers Flint’ with new app

Mar 3, 2016
hands holding apple and samsumg phones
WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University communications experts are lending a high tech hand to Flint residents affected by the city’s water emergency. It's the new Empower Flint smart phone app.


Dr. Marc Edwards with Mark Bashore
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

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.


February 24 snowfall at MSU photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Last December’s weather patterns created a winter anomaly in two of the Great Lakes: rising water levels. We learn more and get the latest on midweek snowfall from MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa.


Great Lakes
Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

We check in on the biggest environmental stories from around the region with commentator Gary Wilson for our February Great Lakes Month in Review segment.


Flint journalists update city’s water emergency

Feb 19, 2016
City of Flint water tower
Ben Gordon / flickr creative commons

Reporters from around the world have been writing about the Flint Water crisis. We hear what it’s like to be a Flint journalist covering it daily from the city from Flint Journal editor Bryn Mickle and reporter Ron Fonger.

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