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Video Spotlight: The Daily Show dives into Great Lakes challenges

How do you take a fairly mundane subject (for most folks) like the health of the Great Lakes and make it interesting?

Have the folks at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah tackle it.

In this segment, Daily Show “correspondent” — yeah, he’s actually a stand-up comedian — MIchael Kosta connects with Dan Egan to, ahem, dive in.

Egan covers the Great Lakes for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and is the author of the critically acclaimed new book, “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.”

He plays a good straight man to Kosta, who at one point deems Egan “the Steve Bannon of the Great Lakes” because of Egan’s concerns about the threat of invasive species.

There’s a little PG-13 language in this piece, but if you’re familiar with the Daily Show, you don’t need a warning about that.

By Mark Taylor. A native of rural southern Oregon, Mark Taylor has lived in Virginia since serving a stint as a ship-based naval officer in Norfolk. He joined the TU staff in 2014 after a 20-year run as a newspaper journalist, the final 16 as the outdoors editor of the Roanoke Times. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in Roanoke with his wife and, when they're home from college, his twin daughters.