What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City, Flint pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha looks back on how one of the biggest public health scandals in recent history unfolded and how her research, with the help of scientists and activists, exposed the water crisis to the press. As part of Central Library's ALOUD lecture series, Hanna-Attisha discusses her memoir with L.A. Times writer Geoffrey Mohan.
In 2014, as a cost-cutting measure, Flint, Michigan, changed its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River, which resulted in drinking water that was contaminated with lead and other toxins. Residents of the largely poor and African-American city complained that the water was making them sick, and at least 12 people died. In 2016, President Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint, and to date 15 state and local officials have been indicted on various charges. In her new book,