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Mon April 21, 2014
New documentary on growing up in poverty and pollution
Reports about pollution and environmental degradation can easily seem like something that happens somewhere else.
And when the impact isn't visible on the surface, the health effects can go unchecked and be devastating for children.
In a new State of Opportunity documentary airing this Thursday, Michigan Radio's Lester Graham, looks at the impact of environmental pollution on children who live in poverty.
He'll speak with researchers and medical professionals about the high rates of lead poisoning and increased asthma rates amongst children in the Detroit area. The impact of environmental pollution also extends to poor academic performance.
We've looked at how trauma impacts children's stress levels. That story continues as Lester speaks with parents witnessing stress related illnesses in their children who live in fear of criminal activity in their neighborhoods.
Lester also talk with activists and parents about the risks their children face and what we should be doing to help children live healthier lives.
Growing Up in Poverty and Pollution airs this Thursday at 3pm and 10pm.