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Feb. 2, 2022

Judge Duncan M. Beagle Part One

Judge Duncan Beagle of Genesee County is a 3rd generation lawyer. He shares his growing up in Flint, community activities, and accomplishments. Judge Duncan M. Beagle has lived a remarkable life. Judge Beagle has inspired, me...

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June 8, 2021

Flint Poet Laurate Semaj Brown

Poet Semaj Brown is Flint's Poet Laureate. Her work in Flint uses poetry to address literacy problems with lead-poisoned children. Semaj Brown is the first Poet Laureate appointed by the City of Flint. She delivers a riveti...

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May 21, 2021

Rico Phillips Helps Hockey Break Barriers to Diversity

Rico Phillips is a retired, 27-year veteran Flint Firefighter. He is also an inspiration!. In 2019, the National Hockey League honored Rico with its prestigious Community Hero Award. They did so because, in 2010, Phillips sta...

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May 3, 2021

Michigan Lumber Company: Oldest Lumber Yard in Flint Area

Michigan Lumber is a Centennial business in the City of Flint. Gerald Haan and his daughter Katie are the third and fourth generation to run the family-owned business. Gerald also shares his views about Michigan Lumber, Flint...

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April 25, 2021

Author Patricia Majher

Patricia Majher discusses her books of mini-biographies, including three Flint natives, MI; Michael Moore, Jim Abbott, and Sara Emma Edmonds. Her books Great Girls and Bold Boys are designed for children but are informative a...

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April 14, 2021

Jermaine Reese, PhD

Jermaine Reese, spent eighteen years as a Flint Police Officer. He shares his policing career, its highs and lows. He patrolled the Flint, Michigan neighborhood where he was raised. What is life like in a City of Flint patrol...

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April 4, 2021

Michael Jablonski

Grand Blanc, MI attorney and businessman Michael Jablonski is an entrepreneurial success. Jablonski shares stories from his business career in the food and entertainment business in Mid-Michigan. Few people in Michigan have m...

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March 28, 2021

Joel Bye and the Blue Hawaiians Band

Joel Bye and his band the Blue Hawaiians are legendary amongst Michigan music fans. Joel shares the colorful history of the band as well as his prior band The Nick Garvey Band. In a hilarious and surprisingly reflective inter...

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March 21, 2021

William S. Ballenger III

William S. Ballenger III of Flint, Michigan is a descendant of one of the founders of Buick, Chevrolet Motor Car Company, General Motors. Bill is a member of the family that philanthropically endowed the Flint area. Bill shar...

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March 14, 2021

Pete Flanders, Musical Memories

Pete "Fat Cat" Flanders is perhaps one of the best remembered radio personalities in the Mid-Michigan media market. He is the owner of Musical Memories, a Flint record shop that specializes in vinyl record sales. Pete recoun...

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March 11, 2021

Flint Community Schools (ft Norm Bryant)

Norman Bryant is a former President of Flint Board of Education. At 85 years of age, he shares the history of the Flint Community Schools and high school athletics. Norm is the founder of the Flint African American Sports Hal...

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March 8, 2021

Joel Feick: Life After Television

Local news anchor Joel Feick stepped down from local television news after 35 years. He left familiar seat as "The People's News Anchor". Joel shares stories about his life as a reporter. In this podcast, Joel shares his mem...

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March 4, 2021

The KKK and Flint, Michigan 1920-2020

The KKK has been very active in Flint, Michigan since at least the 1920's. Michigan has been a hotbed for white nationalist and KKK activity for 100 years. This is a Radio Free Flint podcast essay on the history of …

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Feb. 28, 2021

Fighting the Poll Tax with Attorney Robert Segar

This Black History Month podcast is in honor of and dedicated to Evelyn Thomas Butts and her attorney Robert Segar of Flint, Michigan. Evelyn Thomas Butts, an African American civil rights activist and politician in Virginia...

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Feb. 4, 2021

Former neo-Nazi Leader Charts an Unusual Path

Ryan Lo'Ree, is the former leader of the Rollingwood Skins a white nationalist gang. He participated in this interview. Flint has its share of radical white nationalist groups. Ryan Lo'Ree is a man with a life story made for ...

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Feb. 1, 2021

Daniel J. Clark: Your Grandpa's 1950's Auto Industry

Daniel Clark, Professor of Business at Oakland University, establishes in his book; Disruption in Detroit: Autoworkers and the Elusive Postwar Boom, that autoworkers and the auto industry experienced anything but stable prosp...

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Jan. 17, 2021

Ang Adamzcik: Arts & Scraps

Ang Adamzcik is executive director of Detroit, MI non-profit Arts & Scraps, whose mission is to use recycled industrial scraps to help people of all ages and abilities think, create and learn. Arts & Scraps provides hands-on ...

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Jan. 10, 2021

The Bath Schoolhouse Bombing, with author John Smolens

Author John Smolens is an award winning novelist whose historical fiction Day of Days tells the story of the tragic and shocking bombing of the Bath, Michigan Schoolhouse in 1927. There were 45 people killed in that bombing a...

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