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The Homecomers

7 EpisodesProduced by thehomecomersWebsite

Hear from champions of small towns, rural lands and working-class communities—places Americans are encouraged to leave behind.

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Episode 6: Mental and Spiritual Well-Being in Agricultural Spaces

October 1st, 2019


Journalist and former vegetable farmer Debbie Weingarten talks with Sarah Smarsh about the dark side of rural existence for people watching their family’s way of life be turned upside down—and how a society that relies …

Episode 5: The Fight for Healthcare Access in Rural America

September 24th, 2019


Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius joins Sarah Smarsh to discuss the long fight for universal health care and the …

Episode 4: Enriching Conservation With Identity-Based Wisdom

September 17th, 2019


Conservation leader Brett Ramey, member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, joins Sarah Smarsh to discuss environmental (in)justice and how our identities can shape the preservation of the planet. Ramey is an …

Episode 3: Reframing the Story of Appalachia

September 10th, 2019


Acclaimed West Virginia documentarian Elaine McMillion Sheldon talks with Sarah Smarsh about getting regional stories right and the universality of addiction. Sheldon is an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker …

Episode 2: Farmworker Pride in the Central Valley 

September 3rd, 2019


Farm-worker rights advocate Leydy Rangel talks with Sarah Smarsh about the family experience that informs and enlivens her professional mission. …

Episode 1: The Richness of the Black Belt

September 3rd, 2019


Political scientist Dr. Veronica Womack joins Sarah Smarsh to discuss the richness of rural American culture and community, and how old farming …

Introducing: The Homecomers with Sarah Smarsh

August 6th, 2019


A national blind spot toward rural and working-class America is driving misleading headlines, broken politics and dangerous fissures in our social …

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