Monday, May 09, 2011

University of California Press: Dale Maharidge -- Someplace Like America

Dale Maharidge -- Someplace Like America
University of California Press Blog

... Dale Maharidge, author of Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression, talks about his experiences reporting on working-class America for the last three decades. Maharidge describes the emerging class of “new homeless” in the country, the symbolic significance of Youngstown, Ohio, and why Bruce Springsteen took interest in the project.

He also talks about the practice of “immersion journalism,” which has landed Maharidge in some dangerous situations over the years: ending up in a de facto slave camp in Texas, getting a gun pulled on him, and living in an abandoned grain elevator for three days. Finally, he speaks about the attack on unions in Wisconsin, and why this story is more important than ever.

To Listen to the Interview

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