Be Well: Cleveland's Legacy Of Lead Poisoning

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For the past week on and in a special section of Sunday's Plain Dealer, reporters Brie Zeltner and Rachel Dissell explored the extent of Cleveland's childhood lead poisoning problem. Their series, called "Toxic Neglect," digs into data and information gleaned from multiple public records requests to analyze why the city of Cleveland still struggles with lead.

We join them as Dissell explains why she was so passionate about reporting on Cleveland's lingering lead legacy.

Additional Resources:

"Toxic Neglect": Catch up on The Plain Dealer's lead poisoning series and find online-only content at

To view ideastream's "Lead: Crisis Abandoned" 30-minute TV special, hosted by Sarah Jane Tribble, and listen to ideastream's 30-minute radio documentary produced by Tony Ganzer, visit's lead coverage page here.

ideastream's ongoing radio coverage as well as the week-long radio series that began in May 2015 can be found here.


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