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The radical act of staying in Youngstown

Apr 6, 2021
Director Karla Murthy explains why she chose to follow residents of Youngstown, Ohio, and their work to revive the city.
Those who have chosen to stay and work to revive Youngstown are chronicled in the new "America ReFramed" documentary "The Place That Makes Us," directed by Karla Murthy.
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How Erie is rewriting the Rust Belt narrative

Apr 4, 2017
Entrepreneurs are building a startup culture in the Pennsylvania city and bringing new energy to its economy.
Sean Fedorko heads up Radius CoWork, Erie’s first coworking space.
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Key for Trump voters? Economic anxiety

Nov 11, 2016
White people without college degrees feel the pinch.
President-elect Donald Trump meets supporters during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown. 
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What Rust Belt voters expect from Donald Trump

Nov 9, 2016
The jobs their candidate promised ... but how?
Supporters pledge allegiance to the flag before Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in October at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
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Do people still try to 'Buy American?'

Jan 2, 2014
Fiat is set to acquire full-control of Chrysler in a $4.35 billion deal.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blamed President Obama for selling Chrysler to Fiat.
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Detroit bankruptcy: A long time coming?

Jul 18, 2013
Detroit has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, making it the largest city in U.S. history to do so.

What's a boon for manufacturing? One word: Plastics

Aug 3, 2012
Rust Belt manufacturing isn't just about steel -- an uptick in business is boosting plastics, aluminum, and other products as well.

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Unemployment rate falls in metro areas

Dec 7, 2011
The unemployment rate in a number of cities fell in November, most notably in the Rust Belt.