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Michigan At Risk was produced by WKAR for Michigan Public Broadcasting from 1989 to 2007. Examining critical and timely statewide policy issues and themes, the investigative documentary series received more than thirty professional and civic awards from national, regional and state organizations.

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Teenagers, Babies and Abortion | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Teen pregnancy and other related issues are explored.
MAR-0101 | first aired 10/11/89
Failing Students, Failing Schools | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Dropout rates and the state of Michigan.
MAR-0102 | first aired 11/01/89
The Violent Teenager | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Crime rates and other statistics facing Michigan youth.
MAR-0103 | first aired 12/13/89
The Jailing of Michigan | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Michigan's growing prison population.
MAR-0104 | first aired 01/17/90
Detroit | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The problems, prospects, and promise for the future of our state's largest city are explored.
MAR-0105 | first aired 02/14/90
Is Lansing for Sale? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Lobby money influences on state government.
MAR-0106 | first aired 03/21/90
The Not-So-Great Lakes | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
This program examines the latest scientific evidence concerning toxic pollution in the Great Lakes and its effects on wildlife and humans.
MAR-0107 | first aired 04/18/90
The Crisis in Health Care | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The national health care crisis and how it affects Michigan.
MAR-0108 | first aired 05/23/90
The Threat from Japan | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Global business pressures and the state.
MAR-0109 | first aired 06/13/90
The Shameless Campaign | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Political spending and ad campaigns.
MAR-0201 | first aired 10/24/90
The Battle for the UP | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Conflict between economic development and environmental preservation in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is examined, with special attention on the pulp and paper industry.
MAR-0202 | first aired 11/21/90
The Senator and the S & Ls | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The savings and loan scandals and their effects on the state.
MAR-0203 | first aired 12/19/90
The Engler Revolution | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
As John Engler takes office as Michigan's new governor, he must confront an array of serious financial problems.
MAR-0204 | first aired 02/13/91
The War on the Poor | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Michigan's poor and the state funded services.
MAR-0205 | first aired 03/20/91
Young, Black and Male | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
How African American males are faring in the state.
MAR-0206 | first aired 04/10/91
AIDS | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
How Michigan is dealing with the AIDS crisis.
MAR-0207 | first aired 05/08/91
Who Needs the Arts? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Why so many arts organizations, both large and small, are having a difficult time surviving in today's economic and political environment.
MAR-0208 | first aired 06/05/91
Trouble in Paradise | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The Traverse City area is experiencing phenomenal growth. Some residents worry that growth on such a scale threatens the lifestyle and values they prize most, and that the unhurried, cottages-by-the-lake ambience could be ruined.
MAR-0209 | first aired 07/10/91
The Betrayal of the Great Lakes | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
This program focuses on coverage of the biennial meeting of the International Joint Commission in Traverse City, where new scientific evidence was presented clearly documenting subtle damage to all species exposed to toxic chemicals in the Great Lakes food web.
MAR-0301 | first aired 10/23/91
Hate Crimes | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Violent hate crimes in Michigan are spiraling out of control, according to the U.S. Advisory Commission on Civil Rights. This program explores why the problem may get worse if the state's social and economic climate doesn't heal soon.
MAR-0302 | first aired 11/20/91
The Engler Report Card | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
John Engler promised to end "business as usual" in Lansing and to completely reorganize state government. This program analyzes the successes and failures of Engler's tumultuous first year as the state's chief executive, and whether or not the Governor has kept the promises he made during his campaign.
MAR-0303 | first aired 01/15/92
Vision or Nightmare? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The Engler administration proposes the shutdown of all state-owned and operated mental health hospitals and the completion of deinstitutionalization through a transfer of patients to the private sector. Critics contend deinstitutionalization is just a code word for abandonment.
MAR-0304 | first aired 02/12/92
Whatever Happened to the Democrats? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Explores why the Democrats lost the governorship and have failed to carry Michigan for their presidential candidates.
MAR-0305 | first aired 03/04/92
Laid Off | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Four more auto plants will close here and over 9,000 more jobs will be lost. The program examines the impact of the layoffs on Michigan's economy and the future of the state's car industry.
MAR-0306 | first aired 04/08/92
The Governors | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Former Michigan Governors James Blanchard, William Milliken, George Romney, and John Swainson share their views on subjects both personal and political.
MAR-0307 | first aired 05/13/92
The DNR | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Has the DNR has become an agency without direction? This program examines the continuing battle over the future of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
MAR-0308 | first aired 06/17/92
Michigan's Choice | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
This program analyzes the 1992 presidential campaign from the Michigan perspective, following the candidates for President and Vice President in their Michigan appearances. The call-in following the documentary gives voters a chance to quiz leading Michigan political figures representing the Bush, Clinton and Perot campaigns.
MAR-0401 | first aired 10/14/92
Going West | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
As Detroit continues to lose population, western Michigan is experiencing phenomenal population growth. This program explores how the shift in population is affecting the state's political and cultural attitudes.
MAR-0402 | first aired 11/11/92
The Secret Government | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The widening scandal in Lansing involving the House Fiscal Agency, and its implications for the future of Michigan government and politics.
MAR-0403 | first aired 01/13/93
Selling Off the State | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Examines the bitter struggle between the Engler administration and state employees' unions over the issue of privatization, and the Governor's plan to sell off many government assets and services to private businesses.
MAR-0404 | first aired 02/10/93
Shift or Shaft? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Examines the arguments for and against proposal A, the school finance/property tax reform measure which appeared on the June 1993 Statewide ballot.
MAR-0405 | first aired 05/19/93
Lansing's Gamble with Our Schools, Part I | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Examines passage of Senate Bill One, eliminating property tax funding for schools, stakes for public education, and the intense debate over reforming the organization and processes of the entire educational system.
MAR-0501 | first aired 10/04/93
Lansing's Gamble with Our Schools, Part II | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
This program analyzes Governor Engler's plan to expand schools of choice and charter schools and to revise Michigan's tax structure.
MAR-0502 | first aired 11/03/93
The Engler Report Card, Part II | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
This program examines the record to date of Michigan's most controversial Governor in decades.
MAR-0503 | first aired 01/19/94
Higher Education | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Michigan's public universities are under unusual stress, as they cope with budget problems, racial incidents, allegations of political correctness, and questions about the quality and content of education.
MAR-0504 | first aired 02/16/94
Talking Heads: Why Media Ignore State Government | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
This program examines the decline of political journalism in newspapers and the electronic media, and the rise of "pseudo-journalism" paid for and run by the politicians themselves.
MAR-0505 | first aired 05/08/94
State Parks in Crisis | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Our state parks are Michigan's "crown jewels," but the system is in crisis. Reporter Donovan Reynolds examines why it's time to stop taking the parks for granted.
MAR-0601 | first aired 10/29/94
Who Owns the Children? Child Abuse and Neglect | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Examines the legal maze surrounding children who are abused and neglected and the individuals and agencies trying to protect them.
MAR-0602 | first aired 01/04/95
Who Owns the Children? Families First and Foster Care | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Explores what happens to Michigan's children once they become wards of the state.
MAR-0603 | first aired 02/08/95
Who Owns the Children? A Permanent Solution | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Examines the process of family reunification and adoption in a system which sometimes seems more attentive to the rights of parents than to the needs of children.
MAR-0604 | first aired 03/01/95
By the Content of Their Character: The Debate on Affirmative Action | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Examines the multiple programs which make up affirmative action in state government, public universities and private companies.
MAR-0701 | first aired 11/20/95
Government as the Enemy | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Explores how gun control has been a central rallying force for those who mistrust their government, and whether the anti-government movement was a factor in the 1996 elections in Michigan and at the national level.
MAR-0702 | first aired 02/28/96
Earth Day Every Day? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Is Michigan becoming second-rate in terms of environmental protection and conservation of our natural resources? Or, are environmental regulations are too strict and driving businesses out of Michigan?
MAR-0703 | first aired 05/22/96
Prisons: the Price of Punishment | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
This year, state prisons will incarcerate around 41,000 people. The Corrections Department will claim the third most expensive item in the state's general fund budget, and in future years could surpass higher education in cost.
MAR-0704 | first aired 07/24/96
School Choice: The Problem or the Solution? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Will competition for students improve educational quality or will siphoning off money and motivated students destroy public education?
MAR-0801 | first aired 11/06/96
Life and Death with Dignity | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Explores how we as a society deal with disease and chronic pain including the controversy surrounding physician assisted suicide and euthanasia.
MAR-0802 | first aired 02/05/97
Friend of the Court - Enemy of the Family? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Legislative reform of Michigan's Friend of the Court system followed serious complaints of ineffective law enforcement, bias, and lack of accessibility and accountability. Many who work within the system say the reforms don't go far enough.
MAR-0803 | first aired 05/14/97
Politics and Potholes | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
A 4-cent-per-gallon hike in the gas tax is hoped to raise $315 million in new money for Michigan's rough roads and bridges. This program looks at this legislations' bumpy ride through the Michigan Legislature.
MAR-0804 | first aired 08/11/97
Risky Behavior: The State of Michigan's Health | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
A look at the debate over the role government should play in encouraging citizens to stay well and who should pay when preventable illness strikes is highlighted.
MAR-0901 | first aired 10/29/97
Term Limits: The Grand Experiment | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
In 1998, Michigan government will implement term limits. While Michigan voters thought term limts were a good idea at the time, no one is quite sure what effect booting officials out of office will have on state politics in the long run.
MAR-0902 | first aired 01/28/98
Cashing in on Casino Gambling | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The glitz of casino gambling is on its way to Detroit. Indian casinos throughout the state are thriving. The big win that casinos promise Michigan may come at a high price for Michigan citizens.
MAR-0903 | first aired 05/27/98
Handgun Permits: Shall Issue? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Explores proposed changes to state laws and policies that regulate the issuing of concealed carry permits.
MAR-1001 | first aired 10/07/98
The Future of Work | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
For 20 years, the nature of work in Michigan has been changing. If we look at three factors -- recession and lay-offs, a booming stock market driven by downsizing, and a global economy fueled by moving local jobs abroad -- what is the future of work in Michigan?
MAR-1002 | first aired 02/10/99
The Graying of Michigan | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Examines the issues that come into play during our "golden years."
MAR-1003 | first aired 03/31/99
Dying for a Drink | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
In Michigan, at least five students have died from direct or indirect overindulgence in alcohol since the start of the 1998 school year. Examines what is happening to many of our young people who are falling into a trap of hard drinking that is leading to accidental death and alcohol poisoning.
MAR-1004 | first aired 05/12/99
Are We Paving Paradise? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The good times have returned to Michigan. Our state is enjoying a robust economy, low unemployment, a tremendous rate of growth and a building boom that's redefining suburban boundaries. Environmentalists and land use experts warn this economic success is threatening to plow under Michigan's precious open spaces and lay waste to our inner cities.
MAR-1005 | first aired 06/23/99
Afraid of Our Own Children | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
A look at youth violence and its impact on Michigan.
MAR-1101 | first aired 09/29/99
Stop Buggin' Me | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The buzz on the street says the Y2K millennium bug has been both overblown and under appreciated by a wide variety of experts and regular people. An update on where the state is and what can be expected at year's end.
MAR-1102 | first aired 12/21/99
Power and Privilege | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
A look at racial issues, as multicultural race relations are in a complex period of transition, statewide, nationally and globally.
MAR-1103 | first aired 02/23/00
Farming on the Edge | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Are most Michigan small family farms destined to die? This episode visits the family farm to find out why many Michigan farmers are struggling and what solutions are on the way to help this vital industry grow and survive.
MAR-1104 | first aired 05/31/00
Planes, Trains and Automobiles | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
A look at the future of transportation in Michigan.
MAR-1201 | first aired 10/04/00
Michigan Hispanics: Educational Justice? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The education of Hispanic and Latino children in Michigan.
MAR-1202 | first aired 02/14/01
The 'Not So Great Lakes' Revisited | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Examines the latest scientific evidence concerning toxic pollution in the lakes and its effects on wildlife and humans, comparing where we were in 1990 and where we are in the new century.
MAR-1203 | first aired 06/11/01
Gambling Michigan's Future | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Examines the growth of casinos and gambling in Michigan.
MAR-1204 | first aired 08/22/01
Terrorism Hits Home | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
MAR-1301 | first aired 10/10/01
Tale of Two Cities | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The life and times of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph.
MAR-1302 | first aired 02/20/02
Disconnected! | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Phone service and customer choice in Michigan.
MAR-1303 | first aired 05/29/02
Sins of the Fathers | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The sexual abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church.
MAR-1401 | first aired 08/28/02
John Engler: End of an Era | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
A look into Mr. Engler's career and an interview with the Governor.
MAR-1402 | first aired 11/13/02
The Prescription Drug Crisis | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Drug companies, politics and the consumer.
MAR-1403 | first aired 02/24/03
Water Trouble: Michigan's Fresh Water Crisis | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Examines an entanglement of crises and problems facing the state's main water supply -- the Great Lakes.
MAR-1404 | first aired 06/24/03
Tale of Two Cities | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The life and times of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. Originally aired Feb. 2002.
MAR-1405 | first aired 06/27/03
Affirmative Action on Trial | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Explores the history behind the University of Michigan's admissions policies and discusses the future impact of the June 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
MAR-1501 | first aired 08/26/03
MEAP: Left Behind? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The impact of the MEAP and the new federal No Child Left Behind initiative on Michigan schools.
MAR-1502 | first aired 11/19/03
Patriot Games: Civil Liberties In The Age of Terrorism | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
A look at the heated debate over the need of the US government to monitor and combat potential terrorist activity vs. the loss of civil liberties of Michigan residents.
MAR-1503 | first aired 03/24/04
Ticket To Ride | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
A look at the lack of quality mass transit in Michigan and what effects this has had regional growth, business development and quality of life issues.
MAR-1504 | first aired 06/01/04
The Emerald Ash Borer: Path of Death | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Can a tiny pest put the quality of life in Michigan at risk? The Emmy AwardŽ winning series begins its sixteenth season.
MAR-1601 | first aired 09/14/04
Term Limits: Success or Failure? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
The impact of legislative term limits in Michigan.
MAR-1602 | first aired 12/22/04
Charter Schools: Here To Stay? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
A look at the still-young institution of charter schools, and the implications for Michigan's often-troubled public education system.
MAR-1603 | first aired 04/05/05
The Granholm Report Card | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
An in-depth look at Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm's successes and shortcomings, and at how Michigan is faring under her leadership.
MAR-1604 | first aired 06/22/05
Homefront | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Michigan National Guard, the war in Iraq, and the impact on soldiers, families and our state.
MAR-1701 | first aired 01/25/06
Mentoring | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
Stories of ordinary people who cared enough to step into the lives of young adults and guide them.
MAR-1702 | first aired 04/11/06
The Hate Next Door | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
A look at race relations in Michigan.
MAR-1703 | first aired 06/27/06
Michigan's Green Energy Economy | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
A look at alternative energy sources in Michigan.
MAR-1801 | first aired 11/15/06
Whatever Happened to Organized Labor? | Play Realmedia Video requires RealPlayer
A look at the historical roots of the modern American and Michigan labor movement.
MAR-1802 | first aired 09/04/07