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Your Call: Health crisis in Flint and Brazil

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On the January 29th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of Flint’s water crisis.

Most reports focus on 2014 when Flint’s drinking water became contaminated with lead after the city switched its water supply source, but is that the whole story? Why did it take so long for the national media to cover this disaster? We’ll also talk about life threatening Zika virus epidemic, which is affecting pregnant women across the Americas. Join the conversation, on the next Your Call, with me, Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Will Carless, Global Post senior correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. He is the former head of investigations at the Voice of San Diego and he joins from in Rio de Janeiro

Oliver Milman, environment reporter for the Guardian US

Ron Fonger, veteran reporter for The Flint Journal and MLive

Web Resources:

Global Post: The Zika virus has reignited Brazil’s abortion debate

Deadline Detroit: This Flint Reporter Has Been Breaking Water Saga News for 20 Months

Propublica: How Did the Flint Water Crisis Happen?

The Guardian: US authorities distorting tests to downplay lead content of water