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Sarah Smarsh believes there is "an exodus afoot that suggests a national homecoming, across generations, to less bustling spaces."  Does this sound like northern Minnesota to you?

In a recent New York Times Op-Ed Sarah Smarsh goes on to point out that rural folks are not just white people lamenting the loss of their family farm.  Rural places have a diversity of voices  -  a diversity of people in places that get defined by most often by people who live in urban areas.

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For our June edition of Dig Deep we were live on the air discussing national media and what it doesn't get about rural/small towns. 

Tune in for this conversation with our liberal commentator Aaron Brown and our conservative Chuck Marohn. 

If you have a topic you'd like them to tackle - send it our way! 

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Kelly Asche is a research associate with the Center for Rural Policy and Development and he talked with us today about their latest report - The State of Rural 2019

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Chuck talks about how the fake news DOES apply to those of us who live in rural areas....because media doesn't come from small towns, it comes from large urban areas.  So the news that we see on TV, read in papers and listen to on the radio, isn't news from where we live.  Sometimes it feels fake. 

Hear the continuation of this Dig Deep conversation examining the rural-urban divide with conservative commentator Chuck Marohn and liberal Aaron Brown

This time Aaron and Chuck dig deeper - looking at the 2018 elections and how it impacted rural and urban areas and the policies that will come from this change in leadership. 

What does it mean to be rural?  What do urban people think rural means?  These are the questions our conservative commentator Chuck Marohn and liberal Aaron Brown tackle in our next series of Dig Deep....

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I was knocked out by Sarah Smarsh's new book "Heartland:  A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth".  It woke me up to the fact that most of what is written about women, written about being rural, is coming from white men.  Sarah doesn't shy away from the fact that she is white, and what that means to her growing up.  But she looks at things like what the term white trash implies.  What being a teenage mother does to a woman in a rural area.  One of my favorite parts of our conversation was at the end wh

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Minnesota Brown's Aaron Brown and Strong Town's Chuck Marohn finish off our conversation on class today.   

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In this final installment they talk about class and how it affects urban vs. rural people and how class affected the Trump effect in the last presidential election.   Here are some of the books mentioned in this month's Dig Deep:

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