MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to host town hall in Flint

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is taking her liberal talk show to Flint next week to highlight the saga of the city’s contaminated water.

“American Disaster: The Crisis in Flint” is scheduled to air live at 9 p.m. Wednesday from the beleaguered Genesee County city that has garnered national attention.

Guests are set to include Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, who Maddow said in a video clip broadcast Friday “has been desperately trying to get any help for her city any way she can think of”; and Hurley Medical Center’s Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who helped discover high levels of lead in the blood of local children that prodded the state into action.

Also expected to participate are others who worked to “sound the alarm about the mass lead poisoning” in Flint, Maddow said.

The town hall plans to cover “what happened, how it happened, and I think what’s going to be some surprising, if not shocking, news about what is going to have to happen next in that city,” the talk show host said.

As the situation grabbed headlines and sparked condemnation from public figures, Maddow has devoted a segment of her show to it.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticized Gov. Rick Snyder on the show, which was followed by rival and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont telling The Detroit News that the Republican governor should resign.