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A Plant, a Perch, and a Prophylactic
July 7, 2013 4:51 PM   Subscribe

Charlie LeDuff Canoes the Rouge River through Detroit.

Also by Charlie LeDuff:

Waiting for the Detroit Police

Charlie LeDuff Golfs the Length of Detroit

Coleman, the Cadillacs, and the Cold Hard Truth

Meals on Wheels, Charlie LeDuff Eats Cat Food
posted by Toekneesan (18 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
This looks really interesting. And gross - it looks reeeeeally fucking gross.
posted by item at 5:33 PM on July 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Heh, they got the news chopper for the big finish. That was really interesting, thanks.
posted by planetesimal at 5:41 PM on July 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Really well done. I have seen blog posts and news stories about exploring other urban waterways, but none as good as this.
posted by LarryC at 5:49 PM on July 7, 2013


Great local news piece.
posted by localroger at 6:07 PM on July 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


The 18-mile cross-city golf is required viewing. Just brilliant, fascinating, insightful reporting. LeDuff should be nominated for the Pulitzer in the Local Reporting category.
posted by prinado at 6:31 PM on July 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


That was really affecting. Thanks.
posted by mudpuppie at 6:48 PM on July 7, 2013


I loved the one where he is waiting for the police. That's awesome.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:49 PM on July 7, 2013


There's also this!
posted by GoingToShopping at 10:47 PM on July 7, 2013


Am I the first one to say that this sounds like my average Friday night?
posted by IvoShandor at 11:25 PM on July 7, 2013


Charlie appears to be all kinds of awesome! Many thanks for the post.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 11:56 PM on July 7, 2013


Not that the bar is super high, but Charlie seems too talented for local news, isn't he? Is he a McNulty figure or just the new kid on the block?
posted by GrumpyDan at 11:56 PM on July 7, 2013


I think a lot of the major markets tend to have a few people like LeDuff, although his persona is a little more out there than most.
posted by dhartung at 12:15 AM on July 8, 2013


A Man, a Plant, a Perch, a Prophylactic, Panama!

Wait, what?
posted by russm at 2:49 AM on July 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Thanks for posting. Having lived about 45 miles south of Detroit for most of my life I have a deep fondness for Detroit and the Rouge which I always crossed n the way to Detroit. I think of Detroit as a long neglected aging parent who gave their all to raise several generation of children--long gone, unappreciative and indifferent. Aging in America can be less than gracious experience. Thanks Again
posted by rmhsinc at 4:59 AM on July 8, 2013


Actually LeDuff is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who wrote for the NY Times for a long time. Iirc, he quit because the Times didn't want him covering inequality in America, or at least that was his spin on it. He also covered war zones etc. definitely not your typical on air local tv reporter. Fascinating guy.
posted by chaz at 5:36 AM on July 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh, barf. No, I mean it. Way back in the early 60's, I once fell in to the Flint River, up north from there a bit. Had to burn my clothes. It was DISGUSTING. And I say that having been fairly used to smelling it, from hiking by it all the time. But damn, the idea of touching tree branches that have been submerged in such a mess just, ULP!

I liked the video. Hope they clean the river up better. It has been done elsewhere, and we know it works.
posted by Goofyy at 7:45 AM on July 8, 2013


Charlie LeDuff gets drunk with Vice Magazine. Vice Magazine gets drunker.
posted by jontyjago at 11:50 AM on July 8, 2013


The golf video is great.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:29 AM on August 5, 2013


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