Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
"Deja vu for me"
The United States has never been entirely sure what to do about race. Alone among the countries in the world, it has attempted to construct not just a state of different tribes, but a nation of them - white and black, Christian and Muslim, and many others, too. Its sense of nationalism has evolved unevenly, slowly incorporating an ever-growing chunk of the people within its borders, and it has made steady progress. Yet 2016 offers reasons for unique alarm.
"When It Comes to Baskets, We're All Deplorable" is from the September 21, 2016 Health section of The New York Times. It was written by J.D. Vance and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
"Hey Democrats, Do More Than Talk: J.D. Vance" is from the July 28, 2016, Opinion section of The USA Today. It was written by J.D. Vance and narrated by Paige McKinney .
Tonight on the program, J.D. Vance discusses his book "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis."
We continue with a look at the play "The Front Page" with director Jack O'Brien and actors Nathan Lane and John Goodman.
We conclude with Alexandra Lebenthal, president and C.E.O. of Lebenthal & Co., and Dr. Michael Kaplitt, neurosurgeon at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian.