Four years ago, Hillbilly Elegy was a well regarded memoir, now, with its 2020 Netflix adaptation, the work has become critically panned and the subject of endless controversy. The author, J.D. Vance, wrote about his upbringing in the Appalachian regions of Kentucky and Middletown, Ohio. A look into the history and values in this area of the country, it was recommended by mainstream outlets and cultural leaders in mass for insight into the plights of the white working class that impacted the 2016 election. That praise was short lived, however, when the nearly unanimous edict came down from the media that the trials of impoverished white Americans were insignificant and should be ignored. J.D. joins the show to discuss the book, the media’s harsh shift, and how conservatives can connect with the Appalachian and Rust Belt regions of the country moving forward.
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This is the last Sunday Special of 2020! We will have new episodes coming out in 2021, but we will be trying a new format. Episodes won’t be released on a schedule; they will be recorded as we find the right guest and the right topic to discuss. We have had such an amazing lineup of guests this season, and we’re excited for next year. We’ll see you then!
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Find his book “Hillbilly Elegy” here: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/hillbilly-elegy-j-d-vance?variant=32207704391714
And make sure to watch the film adaptation available now on Netflix.