Beth Macy Examines the Opioid Crisis in Factory Towns and Rural America and Finds Hope

Losing the steady paychecks that factory jobs provide can decimate a community, with ripple effects hitting nearly every corner of town. Unfortunately, many former manufacturing centers, like much of rural America, are grappling with an opioid crisis as community members face uncertain futures, but there's hope. In this episode, host Scott Paul and Beth Macy, award-winning journalist and author of "Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America" and "Factory Man", discuss the drug epidemic sweeping America and what we can do to help.

Reading Between the Assembly Lines: Writers Reclaim the Power of the Working Class

Plenty has been written about industrial communities and the "flyover states," but the portrayal of these communities too often reduces to stereotypes. According to Georgetown University English Professor Sherry Lee Linkon, author of "The Half-Life of Deindustrialization", the most accurate portraits of the working class can be found in fiction. In this episode, host Scott Paul and Linkon explore the role of fiction in reclaiming the voice and power of industrial communities.

Steelworker Forges His Family Legacy

Don Jackson wanted nothing more than to follow both his steelworker father and grandfather into the steel mill to work among the sparks and molten metals. It took him 35 years before he could. Listen to learn why Don spent decades searching for his steel job.

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Do You Know Where Your Medicine Comes From?

You may spend hours agonizing over which vitamins or medicines will optimize your health, but have you considered where exactly those medicines are coming from? What you find out may be a bitter pill to swallow. In this episode, Scott Paul sits down with Rosemary Gibson, co-author of "China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America's Dependence on China for Medicine". * Photo courtesy of Victor, licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Workers from the Industrial Heartland are Optimistic, But Cautious

For decades, America's workers have fought against unfair trade practices. Now that America has acted to protect the nation's metals industry, are these communities rebounding? Scott Paul speaks with workers from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana to find out. * Photo courtesy of Catching12 at English Wikipedia [CC BY 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons.

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