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Exchange Exemplar: "Hillbilly Elegy" Redux


J.D. Vance made quite a splash with his book Hillbilly Elegy.  The book about hard times in Appalachia and environs, and how the people living those hard times see themselves and the country, shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. 

It was seen as a key to understanding how Donald Trump won the presidency.  And Ron Howard will make a movie out of it.  We go back to the beginning in this interview, our visit with J.D. Vance in the summer of 2016, before his work achieved its eventual notoriety. 

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.