40 Years After Black Monday

40 years after ‘Black Monday,’ when 5,000 employees of Youngstown Sheet and Tube lost their jobs, we still feel the effects today. With President Trump promising the return of blue collar jobs in factories and mines, the 40th anniversary of Black Monday falls at the perfect time. Salena is joined by Paul Sracic, Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University in Ohio, to discuss the legacy of Youngstown’s steel industry and how it relates to Trump’s administration.

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Those Who Vote and Those Who Don’t

Today, we join Salena as she talks about her home of “Pennsyl-tuckey” with fellow native Terry Madonna, professor of Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College. They discuss re-election in Pennsylvania’s Senate and House along with a discussion about future politics in the hands of millennials.

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Democrats give away the Rust Belt by alienating Catholics

OHIO VALLEY — A clip of Martha Plimpton’s exuberance over the “best” abortion she ever had played out on the television overhead of a gas-station counter somewhere along U.S. Route 422 between Ohio and Pennsylvania.

A woman with a name tag noting her as the manager rolled her eyes and said to no one in particular as she went about stacking the shelves behind the counter, “And they wonder why people don’t vote for Democrats around here anymore.

Plimpton, 46, is best known for her role in the 1980’s Steven Spielberg classic kid adventure movie “The Goonies.” She made her remark in an interview with Dr. Willie Parker at a #ShoutYourAbortion event in Seattle in June.

 

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Teenage crushes and ‘Dirty Hippies’

Salena is back in the studio, and is joined by her former crush and Pittsburgh radio legend Scott Paulsen. After a discussion on social media’s talent for bringing out the best and worst in humanity, the two pivot to Scott’s new book, “Dirty Hippies.” The novel tells the tale of a small town overtaken by the titular dirty hippies that swarm in for a music festival. Never one to turn down a tangent, Salena talks about politics, social issues, and bell bottom jeans with the author.

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A Fiestaware fiesta with Salena Zito

Described by host Salena Zito as “Fiestaware porn,” Examining Politics brings you an in-depth interview into the history of the Homer Laughlin China Co. and the creation of Fiestaware. Located near Pittsburgh, the company holds a special place in native Zito’s heart and her enthusiasm shows. Joining her is Homer Laughlin CEO Elizabeth McIlvain and her daughter, Katie.

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