Living with Cancer


It’s something we don’t like to talk about, but cancer is all around us. It would be hard to find someone who hasn’t been touched by cancer – not just someone you know – but someone you love. In Living with Cancer, a special one-hour documentary from Michigan Radio, we’ll explore how much we really know about the connections between cancer and the chemicals in our environment.

We’ll meet both regular people and scientists trying to figure out if certain towns around Michigan are struggling with more cancer cases than other places because of current or past pollution. You’ll hear about whether or not turning to the courts makes sense when it seems a company might to be blame for putting people at risk of cancer or other illnesses. Finally, we’ll look at where we go from here. What do researchers know, and where are they looking next?

Swimming Upstream: A documentary from The Environment Report


The Great Lakes hold a massive amount of water. They contain one fifth of the world’s fresh surface water. In the U.S., there are more miles of coastline along the Lakes than along the entire Atlantic seaboard. We think of the Lakes today as a great place to play on the beach, to swim, to go fishing.But those huge, beautiful lakes are changing. So fast that the agencies which manage fishing cannot keep up with the changes. On average, a new foreign species gets into the Lakes every seven months. Each could be a threat to the lakes and the fish in the lakes. In this special one-hour documentary, we explore the health and future of the Great Lakes, and hear stories about fish and the people who catch them.

Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future: A documentary by The Environment Report


An in-depth look at the future of coal in this country. The Environment Report explores the role that coal plays in our lives and in the lives of those who depend on coal mining for a living. Can coal truly be a viable option in the new green economy? Support for this series comes from the Joyce Foundation.

– Written by Mark Brush, Rebecca Williams, Lester Graham and Shawn Allee
– Produced by Mark Brush and Rebecca Williams
– Executive Producer: Tamar Charney
– Additional reporting by Erika Celeste, Sandra Sleight-Brennan. Julie Halpert, and Matt Shafer Powell
– Production coordinator: Jessi Ziegler
– Production assistance from Erin Kelly and Katherine Kelly Martin
– Narrated by Lester Graham
– Web page and slideshow created by Nick Meador
– Music was composed by Paul Brill
– Special thanks to Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford and the Thomas Edison National Historic Park

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The Sprawling of America: A documentary by The Environment Report


Urban sprawl costs everyone. All taxpayers end up subsidizing the infrastructure costs of some of the wealthier subdivisions. Racism is still a large part of segregated suburbs. Traffic congestion is getting worse and that causes more air pollution. Lester Graham looks at the impacts of sprawl.