The Postindustrial Podcast features conversations with newsmakers about important issues affecting Postindustrial America.
Season 5, Episode 3: Gary Abernathy
On this episode, hear from Gary Abernathy, a contributing columnist for The Washington Post. Gary is also a freelance writer, based in southwestern Ohio with a long newspaper career in Postindustrial America.
After spending 13 years as an editor at three Ohio newspapers, Abernathy worked in Republican Party politics in Ohio and West Virginia. He returned to journalism in 2011, serving until 2018 as publisher and editor of the (Hillsboro, Ohio) Times-Gazette, one of the few newspapers to endorse Donald Trump for president in 2016.
His newsletter on politics and current affairs is available at Substack.
Season 5, Episode 2: Damon Young
Damon Young is a writer, humorist and satirist. His debut memoir, "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker," won a Thurber Prize, among other awards. The book explores the angsts and anxieties "of existing while Black in America."
Damon is also cofounder of VerySmartBrothas, which was sold to Univision. His writing has been featured in the Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Guardian, among others.
Season 5, Episode 1: Gisele Fetterman
Gisele Fetterman believes in “blooming where you live.”
In this episode to kick off Season 5, Pennsylvania’s Second Lady talks about improving her community, what she learned growing up as an undocumented immigrant, and more. Fetterman is a native of Brazil. She became a U.S. citizen in 2009.
She’s the founder of Free Store 15014 in her community of Braddock, just outside of Pittsburgh. She’s also the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, a nonprofit that focuses on reducing food insecurity.
Season 4, Episode 6: Dr. Clay Marsh
What can we learn from the way West Virginia is handling its COVID-19 vaccination program? Plenty. Listen to the state's "coronavirus czar," Dr. Clay Marsh, discuss how a state known for its poor health outcomes, has become a leader in vaccinating its citizens.
Season 4, Episode 5: Nan Whaley
Nan Whaley discovered her love of politics years ago while studying chemistry at the University of Dayton. Now, the mayor of Ohio's sixth-largest city is in play to run for governor or U.S. Senate.
She proved so popular during her first term as Dayton mayor that she was unopposed in her second term. How has she met some of this postindustrial city's toughest challenges and why does she continue to serve?
Season 4, Episode 4: Bertram de Souza
What can other Postindustrial regions learn from the ups and downs in Ohio? Bertram de Souza is a former columnist and editor for The Youngstown Vindicator, a daily staple in the Mahoning Valley for more than a century.
He wrote more than 1,600 columns for the newspaper over 40 years — from politics to public corruption in an area that once boomed, and now struggles with job loss and population decline.
What might it take to get Ohio and the Valley to build prosperity? Listen in for more and as de Souza discusses his recent book: “No Holds Barred – More Than Three Decades of Delving into the Mahoning Valley's Underbelly."