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New Book Explores the Dignity and Identity of Work and the Deep Partisan Split in the US

Farah Stockman, editorial board member of the New York Times and Pulitzer Prize winner, talks about her new book American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears. She follows the lives of three people from the Heartland who are thrown out of work after a factory shuts down to go overseas. But her personal journey described in the book is just as interesting as she reassesses her views on globalization, the importance of factories, the working class, and blue collar support for Trump.

Robin A. Johnson is a governmental relations, public policy and political consultant. He is an expert on government reform issues and has consulted with numerous local governments on consolidation/merger, public-private partnerships and full-cost accounting of public services. Robin has also helped candidates win elections for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, state legislature, judiciary and local government. Robin served as a consultant to the Office of Statewide Performance Review in the Illinois Governor’s Office and is former director of the Illinois Center for Competitive Government, a partnership between the Illinois Comptroller’s Office and the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. Prior to that, he was Director of the Local Government Affairs Division of the Illinois Comptroller’s Office. Robin served on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) in 1999-2000.