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IRE Radio Podcast | Eviction City

A slow-moving housing crisis has been tearing apart communities in the city of Detroit. Homeowners have been replaced by renters. Mortgage and tax foreclosures have allowed landlords to scoop up potential rental properties on the cheap. On this episode, Detroit News reporter Christine MacDonald walks us through her data-driven investigation into evictions. Christine explains how the paper analyzed nearly 285,000 eviction cases and developed sources who could put a human face on the problem.

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Sunday Lights (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Waterbourne (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Filing Away  (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

One Quiet Conversation (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Balti (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

LaBranche (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0


Abby Ivory-Ganja reported this episode. Erin McKinstry is our host. IRE Editorial Director Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. Blake Nelson draws our episode art. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.

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