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June 14, 2022

The Interesting Journey of a Flint Civil War Battlefield Flag

Flag Day Special. The Flint soldiers had much success as union soldiers in the American Civil War. There were 90,000 Michigan soldiers deployed in the American civil war. The Flint 10th Infantry deployed along with their batt...

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May 21, 2022

Troubadour of Crossroads Village Michigan: Neil Woodward

Troubadour Neil Woodward is an instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and folk historian who helps preserve Michigan musical traditions. He is often heard at historic Crossroads Village, Michigan, near Flint in the summer month...

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Jan. 18, 2022

Safetyville, Corvettes, T-Birds, and Miniature Flint-- Part Two

Safetyville, Flint, Michigan, has a special place in the hearts of a lot of Flint area baby boomers. STOP-LOOK-LISTEN. Remember that lesson? Most remember the miniature Corvettes, T-Birds, and kids' first driver's licenses. M...

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May 6, 2021

Michigan Truck Camper Tour: Lake Huron Shoreline

Tawas Point State Park is located on Lake Huron in Northern Michigan near East Tawas, Michigan. The state park encompasses 183 acres at the end of a sand spit that forms Tawas Bay. It has been referred to as the …

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April 18, 2021

The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water Crisis (ft. Anna Clark)

Anna Clark is an accomplished author and journalist. In The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy , Anna examines what happened to poison the water in Flint, Michigan. She digs into the public policies t...

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March 8, 2021

Arlene Crane-Curns: 93 Year Old Author Shares Her Story

At 90 years old Arlene Crane-Curns, who has lived almost a century, authored a book! In Homemade Noodles and Cars, Arlene tells the story of her family-from World War I and how it affected them. Her parents struggled to pro...

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Dec. 31, 2020

Country Music Capital of the North (ft David Norris)

broadcaster David O. Norris shares memories of a career in public and country radio broadcasting. Norris shares how Flint came to proclaim itself as the "Country Music Capitol of the North". He shares highlights of his decad...

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Dec. 27, 2020

MC5 Guitarsist Wayne Kramer: Rock and Roll Pioneer

Wayne Kramer is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, author, producer, and film and television composer. He was co-founder of the Detroit rock group MC5, and Rolling Stone named him one of the top 100 guitarists of all ...

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Dec. 20, 2020

Ernie Harwell: Detroit Tiger Broadcaster (ft Jack Lessenbury)

Jack Lessenberry and Flint area Detroit Tiger fans share their special memories of Ernie Harwell in this tribute podcast. Award- winning journalist Jack Lessenberry, formerly of Michigan Public Radio, was a personal friend of...

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Nov. 29, 2020

Flint Water Crisis: Musical Tribute (ft Antje Duvekot and Barb Barton)

Two amazing award winning singer-songwriters Antje Duvekot of Boston, MA and Barb Barton of Lansing, MI use their voices and platforms to help keep us from forgetting the poisoned children of Flint, Michigan. The Flint Water...

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Nov. 26, 2020

Kate Garns: Self Talk & Motivational Speaking

Kate Garns is a national motivational & leadership speaker, Disney Performer and author. Kate works with student government leaders across the nation about self talk and leadership using motivational themes. Garns has Flint r...

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Nov. 22, 2020

Marty Embry: Flint Basketball Legend

Marty Embry is a legendary basketball player, whose teams at Flint Central High School won two Class A Michigan High School basketball titles. Marty Embry played at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. His teams played in ...

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Nov. 19, 2020

The Purple Gang's Legendary History (ft Gregory Fournier)

Gregory Fournier is the author of The Purple Gang: Detroit's Kosher Nostra is a concise history of one of America's most notorious Prohibition-era gangs. Fournier shares fascinating stories during this interview about one of ...

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Nov. 14, 2020

Hip Hop Artist and His 90-Year-Old Grandma Pen Flint Water Crisis Song

Hip Hop recording artist Joe Ryan III a Flint, Michigan native, was profoundly moved to action by the Flint Water Crisis. He called back home to his 90-year-old grandmother, Odessa Houston, who began to sing a song on the tel...

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Nov. 12, 2020

Toxic Brownfield and the Flint River

Flint, Michigan's Buick City brownfield site does not have just a little bit of toxic chemicals left behind by GM, there appears to be a massive amount of environmental damage. As the Flint water crisis, the real story is not...

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Nov. 10, 2020

Flint River Blues: Colton Ort

The Flint River Blues is one of many songs written about the Flint Water Crisis. Colton Ort, a singer-songwriter documents for history the lead-tainted water of Flint. He discussed his song and the message he is trying to sen...

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Nov. 10, 2020

A Cain & Able Murder Case: David Melfi

A true crime story about fratricide. The killing involves fraternal twins. One twin, David Melfi along with a friend helped kill the other twin by stabbing him 45 times. It is a shocking crime. The Prosecutor in the case,...

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Oct. 24, 2020

Ode to Singer Songwriter Justin Townes Earle

Singer-Songwriter Justin Townes Earle was a Nashville, Tennessee native who understood Flint, Michigan perfectly. Justin never played a gig in Flint, but he was eager to find his way to a stage in the Flint area. He died befo...

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Oct. 19, 2020

Safetyville, USA Part 1

Safetyville, Flint Michigan has a very special place in the hearts of many baby boomers in the Flint Area. This podcast narrative by Arthur Busch recalls the Safetyville of the 1960s in Flint, Michigan. The podcast episode ha...

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Oct. 12, 2020

Characters in the Commercials: Flint Television Advertising

Mark Parsells' stories of the history of radio and television advertising in Mid-Michigan are full of humor. Mark's late father, Vern Parsell, was a pioneering Flint area automobile dealer. Mark Parsell got the grit and deter...

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Oct. 1, 2020

Harrowing Rescue of Orphan Babies, a Plane Crash and a Flint Hero, Ph…

Sgt. Phillip R. Wise, a Flint, Michigan native, has been on a decades-long quest to find the answers about the crash of a C 5-A transport plane in which he was a crew member trying to save orphan Vietnamese-American babies. …

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Sept. 27, 2020

Truck Camping: The Mackinac Bridge and the Straits of Mackinaw

The Radio Free Flint Camper Truck Tour Podcast continues with a visit to the mighty Mackinac Bridge. With a total span of approximately 5 miles, the Mackinac Bridge connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan uniting ...

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Sept. 19, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: My Eulogy

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her life in service to the cause of women's rights and equality. She was a giant in history even while still alive to millions of Americans. She will long be remembered as one of the …

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Sept. 19, 2020

Truck Camper Tour: Lake Michigan and Wilderness State Park

Arthur Busch takes his Radio Free Flint podcast on a Truck Camper tour along the magnificent shores of the Great Lakes. Nowhere on earth can this amount of freshwater be found other than Michigan. The coastal towns and parks ...

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Sept. 14, 2020

Gypsy Jazz Guitarist Remi Harris

Remi Harris is one of the most accomplished guitarists in the United Kingdom. He grew up in the Midlands of England which has been fertile ground for a world-class guitarists like Robert Plant, etc. Remi Harris has performed...

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Sept. 7, 2020

Labor Day Tribute: UAW Dir Steve Dawes

Steve Dawes is a new UAW Regional Director and shares labor's goals and aspirations for the future. He also shares his path to leadership in the UAW. His work in Flint, Michigan has been vital to the area as the …

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Sept. 5, 2020

Michigan's Woodstock: Sherwood Forest #20042

The story of Sherwood Forest (Davison, Michigan) is an improbable one that is part of Rock and Roll History. In the 1960's and 70's the popular Michigan music festival venue helped launch the careers of many of Michigan's em...

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Aug. 30, 2020

Wild Rice in Michigan with Author Barb Barton

Barb Barton is the author of the book Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan. As a lifelong Michigander and an endangered species biologist by training, Barton finds boundless inspiration in the region’s rich history. M...

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Aug. 23, 2020

Planet of the Humans: A Movie About Surviving Climate Change

Planet of the Humans has already been seen by over 10 million viewers world-wide!! Jeff Gibbs, a Flint native, is a successful documentary filmmaker. Jeff and his lifelong friend, Michael Moore recently released an eco-docume...

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Aug. 16, 2020

Flint's White Backlash: George Wallace, Don Williamson & Trump #20039

Flint's blue collar workers have long led America's political rebellions. History tells us exactly why. My latest podcast examines Flint's blue collar voting history in Presidential elections since 1968. History reveals the c...

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Aug. 15, 2020

1970's Flint and Other Tall Tales: Jon Harpst

Jon Harpst is a colorful figure in Flint's history. Jon was instrumental in the beginnings of the Bobby Crim Road Race and getting it to locate in Flint. He shares the early history of what has become one of the …

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Aug. 9, 2020

Super Lawyer Tom Pabst on Whistleblowers, Police Misconduct and Civil…

Tom R. Pabst has dedicated his legal career to obtaining justice for the underdog, the weak, the powerless and those without a voice. He is recognized by his peers as one of the best trial attorneys in Michigan. He has …

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Aug. 6, 2020

State Rep Tim Sneller: Memories from a 30-Year Career in the Michigan…

With over three decades of experience, broad knowledge of both state and local government, and deep roots in the community, Representative Tim Sneller has hit the ground running in the Michigan House of Representatives and is...

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July 29, 2020

Judge Herman Marable on his Career, Efforts to Help Kids in the Flint…

Judge Herman Marable has served 20 years on the 68th District Court bench. Over that time he has been active in helping high school students through his charitable initiative : Judge Marable's Student of the Month. He descr...

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July 26, 2020

UM Star Paul Staroba on Bo Schembechler, Touchdowns at the "Big House…

Paul Staroba was a three-sport standout at St. Matthew High, he enjoyed an outstanding career at the University of Michigan and played several seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. Paul is a member of the Flint Area S...

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July 23, 2020

#32 Schools & Pandemic: Michigan State Rep Sheryl Kennedy Discusses t…

State Representative Sheryl Kennedy (D-Davison) is a member of the Genesee County state legislative delegation. Her career is off to an amazing start being named to a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee where...

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July 19, 2020

#31 Murals & Graffiti: Flint Public Art Project

Flint Public Art Project a non-profit group has helped fuel the creation of over 100 new murals in the City of Flint. This year, the goal for 2020 is to add between 60 to 75 more and artists are needed …

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July 16, 2020

Harry Barrett FGC Golf Teaching Pro

The Flint Golf Club has a place in Michigan history. It been host to the PGA Carling Open in the 1950's. It was where the legendary Arnold Palmer made his debut on the PGA tour. It also hosted Michigan Pro …

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July 9, 2020

#29 Michigan Murder Mystery: A Confession but No Bodies?

In 1995, in Flint, Michigan Prosecutor Arthur A. Busch received a letter from a man in a prison cell in Starke, Florida. The man wrote that he "wanted to get right with God" as he had just a short time …

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July 5, 2020

#28 Judge Jessica Hammon: Exciting, Smart and a Yoga Teacher for Deli…

Judge Jessica Hammon has an unusual passion for community service and yoga. The new Judge has taken her yoga practice so seriously that she has taken it to the Genesee Valley Regional Detention Center for Youths. There she ...

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July 2, 2020

Cold-Blooded Murders at Mary's Sunshine Dairy #20027

Mary's Sunshine Dairy was the forerunner of the more current version of a Genesee County party store. Almost from the start they were victims of robbery. Arthur tells the true crime story of one of the most sensational ro...

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June 28, 2020

At 92,Harry Binder, Finishes His Last Crim Road Race.

At age 92, Harry Binder finished his last Bobby Crim Road Race. The Binder Family is well known in the Flint area for their successful businesses. During Harry Binder's long business career he owned a radio station, WAMM-AM...

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June 24, 2020

Judge Chris Christenson. His Path to the Bench.

Chris Christenson, is a dynamic lawyer and also a Flint native. He took an unusual path to the Courthouse and becoming President of the Genesee County Bar Association. Chris was a union carpenter when he decided to give up...

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June 18, 2020

Scott & Me: #2: M&S Pop, Dawn Donuts, Kresege Store Selfies and Olive…

This is the second episode of the Boomer Zone. Arthur Busch and Scott McKinstry, lifelong friends talk about Radio Free Flint and the Boomer Zone. They talk about the selfie photo booth in the 1960's at Kresge's Department ...

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June 14, 2020

Toxic Tadpoles and Curious Kids: Flint's First Lead Crisis

General Motors dumped leaded automotive paints, thinners, laquors, and other chemicals into a public park and surrounding areas in Flint, Michigan. The most obvious evidence of the environmental dirty deed was covered up wit...

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June 11, 2020

Gritty Flint: George's Gambling Joint, Armed Robbery and Pinball #200…

Most paperboys finish their route at the neighbor's house. Arthur Busch's route finished at a gambling joint on the "strip" in front of a GM factory. He recounts a story of life in gritty Flint, Michigan. In his story, he …

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June 7, 2020

Welcome to Flint: Charlie's Drug Store Murder #20021

Arthur Busch narrates a story about the unsolved murder of a Flint drug store owner in 1954. It was the former prosecutor's welcome to Flint as his mom was pregnant for him at the time she witnessed the armed robbery …

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June 3, 2020

US Supreme Court & Flint's Gang-Related Murder Case #20020

Lawyers dream about appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. Only a very small number of lawyers ever get the chance. Arthur Busch argued the first Flint criminal case ever to come before the United States Supreme Court, in...

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May 31, 2020

Flint Culture Clash: Southerners Find Auto Boomtown USA

The second diary essay by Arthur Busch. Flint, Michigan is a rust-belt factory town. The town was transformed in the 1950's by a great migration of eager southerners seeking work in GM automobile factories. Arthur describes f...

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May 31, 2020

Student Diary: A Riot at High School

History repeats itself. Flint Southwestern experienced violence that most remember as a "race riot" in 1970. The spark that started that racial disturbance was not what people thought at the time. Arthur Busch gives an aud...

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