Rank #1: Preview of New Grapple Episodes Coming Out April 12
Grapple is back with a new round of episodes! We’ll be covering a range of hot-button issues from immigration reform to public school funding and race relations. Listen to our preview and get ready for Episode 14 coming out on April 12th.
Rank #2: Bonus Episode: The Music Behind Grapple
If you love the music on Grapple as much as we do, then don’t miss this bonus episode with musicians Tony Trov and Mike Vivas in their recording studio! They talk about how they composed the music for Grapple, who some of their musical influences are, and the sheer fun they had working on this project, including coming up with ridiculous song titles like Scrapple in the Night. Host Naomi Starobin is also joined by our executive producer Stephanie Marudas to talk about the choices she made around scoring the podcast.
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Rank #3: Episode 12: Breaking Down a Changing America with Maria Hinojosa and Dan Hopkins
On this episode of Grapple, we’ll talk about immigration and our country’s changing demographics with journalist Maria Hinojosa. We’ll also hear from University of Pennsylvania political scientist Dan Hopkins about what contributes to the rise of anti-immigration politics and how it played out in the 2016 presidential election.
Rank #4: Episode 11: Millbourne, Getting Back on Track
On this episode of Grapple, we head to a tiny inner-ring suburb outside of Philadelphia called Millbourne. It’s home to around 1,200 people. You’ll hear about how the closure of a Sears store in 1988 rocked this borough. Today, nearly three decades later, officials are grappling with what to do about the old Sears lot that’s still vacant. At the same time, immigrants primarily from Southeast Asia have increasingly moved into Millbourne over the years because of its affordable housing and convenient public transportation. Check out the photo essay: http://bit.ly/2fv7eve
Rank #5: Episode 10: Breaking Down Gentrification with Jackelyn Hwang
Gentrification is a controversial issue playing out in cities across America. What happens when wealthier residents begin to move into a lower-income neighborhood? Who gets to stay, and who doesn’t? In episode 09 of Grapple, we heard about how the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Hazelwood is on the cusp of change. Residents there are hopeful about a major new development and the potential job opportunities; but they’re also concerned the development could push them out of their community. On this episode, Jackelyn Hwang joins us to discuss some of the latest trends and research around gentrification. Hwang is a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University, and will join the faculty of Stanford University as an assistant professor of sociology in the fall of 2017.
Rank #6: Episode 09: Hazelwood, A Pittsburgh Neighborhood on the Cusp of Change
Episode 09 of Grapple takes you to Hazelwood. It’s a neighborhood in Southeast Pittsburgh that’s only four miles from downtown but hard to get to by public transportation. Besides feeling physically isolated from the rest of the city, residents in Hazelwood have watched other neighborhoods redevelop and cash in on Pittsburgh’s renaissance. But a big change is finally underway in Hazelwood, where a former coke and steel mill site is being turned into a huge site for tech research, commercial use and housing. Check out the photo essay: http://bit.ly/2f7q7EJ
Rank #7: What Are You Grappling With in Your Community?
We’re taking a short break, but will be back with two new episodes of Grapple on Nov. 2. In the meantime, we want to hear from you. Tell us about what issues your community is grappling with. Tweet us at #Grapple, or record a voice memo and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You might end up on the show! And help us get better at what we do. We love when you send feedback.
Rank #8: Episode 08: How American Cities are Making a Comeback with James and Deborah Fallows
We hear a lot of stories about the challenges people in distressed communities are facing, but we also want to hear stories about what communities are doing to come back. On this episode of Grapple, we discuss these ideas with longtime Atlantic magazine writers Deborah and James Fallows. The couple has been traveling around the Unites States for the last three years on a single-engine propeller plane to find out how American cities and towns have been putting themselves back together. Their project is called American Futures.
Rank #9: Episode 07: Clairton, Hometown Pride Still Alive in a Declining Steel Town
On this episode of Grapple, you’ll hear reflections from a steel town in the Pittsburgh region. Back in the 1950s, the city of Clairton was booming with about 20,000 residents. But today there are far fewer people living there and fewer job opportunities than before. You’ll hear from someone who used to work at the mill and also from someone who had to leave Clairton to find work elsewhere. Lastly, you’ll hear about the first settler of Clairton and how the family he was part of was woven into Clairton’s history. Check out the photo essay: http://bit.ly/2diQben
Rank #10: Episode 06 : Breaking Down the American Dream with Robert Putnam
Is the American Dream still possible? In this episode, we’ll talk with leading American political scientist Robert Putnam about why he thinks the American Dream is in crisis. In his most recent work, Putnam examines our nation’s growing income inequality and opportunity gap compared to the 1950s when he was a kid in an Ohio town along Lake Erie. Putnam is a political scientist at Harvard University and the author of the best-seller, “Bowling Alone.”