In the latest UC Press podcast, 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” across the country, the symbolic significance of Youngstown, Ohio, and the way Bruce Springsteen took interest in the project.
Maharidge also talks about the practice of “immersion journalism,” which has landed him in some dangerous situations over the years: working 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 matters today more than ever.
Listen to the podcast now: