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Stateside for Friday, February 5, 2016

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  •  A public relations expert tells us what he thinks Governor Snyder should be doing in light of the Flint water crisis.

  • We learn why cities kept using lead pipes to transfer water despite knowing they were toxic.

  • Was Charles Dickens the first celebrity spokesman? One of the 19th century’s most beloved writers also was great live -- which helped him raise money for his favorite medical charity.

Our conversation with Howard Markel

  • Michigan’s Chris Bathgate stepped away from performing for awhile, and tucked away an EP he had...until now. Bathgate is touring again, and releasing that EP. It’s called Old Factory. 

  • An instrument made from a Matthaei Botanical Gardens’ 80-year-old agave stalk will be starring in a concert Saturday night. 

Michael Gould and Michael Chikuzen team up to help turn parts of the 22-foot U-M agave stalk into a shakuhachi flute

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