Flint is in the news a lot these days. Lead contamination of the water; people getting sick, some dying from Legionnaires' disease; one of the most violent cities in the country.
But Flint is home to nearly 100,000 people.
A new book tells the story of some of those who've made Flint their home. It's called Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology. The collection of stories was edited by Scott Atkinson.
In our conversation above, some of the collection's authors read excerpts from their stories, and Atkinson tells us what he hopes readers will take away from these stories about Flint and its people.
Scott Atkinson is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer. He teaches writing and journalism at the University of Michigan-Flint.