By Ed Simon 

On Saturday March 9th, I was honored to moderate a discussion at White Whale Bookstore in Pittsburgh between Theda Skocpol and Lainey Newman about their new book Rust Belt Union Blues: Why Working-Class Voters are Turning Away from the Democratic PartyAn exhaustively researched work of sociology, Rust Belt Union Blues is a timely and pertinent analysis of our current political situation, especially in our region. Please enjoy the video of our discussion.

Lainey Newman is a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. Her many books include The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism (with Vanessa Williamson); Upending American Politics (coedited with Caroline Tervo); and Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life.

Ed Simon is the editor of Belt Magazine.