Water Gremlin uses lead to make products for batteries and fishing lures. The state shut it down after finding elevated lead levels in the children of the company’s workers. The company will reopen Tuesday and has plans to make some internal changes, even though it has argued that workers should be more careful when handling lead dust.
MPR News reporter Elizabeth Dunbar sat down with host Angela Davis to talk about the latest in the stories about Water Gremlin. After that, Stephanie Yendell from the Minnesota Department of Health joined the show to talk about lead poisoning in general: What are the typical culprits, and how to avoid exposure.
Then, MPR's Tim Nelson sat down with the authors of two recent books that look at racial inequality and the legacy of slavery in Minnesota. St. Cloud State professor Christopher Lehman wrote "Slavery's Reach," which examines the financial and cultural impact Southern slaveholders had in the state. Augsburg professor Bill Green is the author of "Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota."