Author: Alaina Fruge

Alaina Fruge' is the producer for the WDET Book Club. Fruge was honored as one of the Michigan Chronicle's Top "40 under 40" and has served in Detroit news media almost 10 years. Her alma mater is home to thee World Famed Marching Tiger Band, Grambling State University where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication with a focus in Broadcasting. She's always taking care of business so catch her when you can because you never know which one of her jobs she'll be at.

Is Newark The Next Flint?

Jake Neher/WDET Residents have been lining up Newark, New Jersey to get their bottles of water after testing revealed lead in the tap water. Just like in Flint, health officials denied — for over a year — that lead was widespread throughout the water system.  Not far away, lead levels for Pittsburg Water and Sewer Authority remain higher than..

“Flint Fights Back” Looks at State of Democracy, Environmental Justice After Water Crisis

Jake Neher/WDET As part of the 2019 WDET Book Club, WDET is exploring the Flint Water Crisis through Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha’s book on the subject, “What The Eyes Don’t See.” Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson speaks with a political scientist and activist whose new book covers democracy, power, and accountability among officials.  Dr. Benjamin J. Pauli is Assistant Professor of Social Science at Kettering..

New Film Highlights the Path to White Supremacy

A new film explores white supremacy and the path taken to seek redemption and renewal. In "Skin," from husband-and-wife producers Guy Nattiv and Jamie Ray Newman, a difficult childhood drives Byron, played by actor Jamie Bell, into an American neo-Nazi gang. The film is based on the true story of Bryon Widner, who became known from the 2011 documentary,..

How to Prevent the Next Flint

Behind every crisis, there's a canary in the coal mine calling out a warning.  For the Flint Water Crisis, that voice was Elin Betanzo, a former EPA worker and water expert who first tipped off Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha to look into lead levels in the city's water.  "I was in the right place at the..

How The Washington D.C. Lead Crisis Foreshadowed Flint

In 2004, the Washington Post reported that a change in water treatment chemicals at the Washington D.C. aqueduct four years earlier had inadvertently triggered the absorption of lead from aging lead service lines and pipes in older homes in the district. Virginia Tech Daily Before he played a vital role in the Flint Water Crisis, Professor Marc Edwards was..