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“I think what we journalists too often do is assume the status quo is unchangeable. I think all sorts of issues of political reform [and] electoral reform need more discussion than they get.” —Frank Bruni
“To find a more accurate vision of these United States, we must resist pat narratives about any group—including the working class on whom our current political situation is most often pinned.” —Sarah Smarsh
Frank Bruni is a long-time Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times. He joined the newspaper in 1995 and has ranged broadly across its pages—from being a White House correspondent to writing as the chief restaurant critic. In his columns, he reflects on diverse topics including American politics, higher education, popular culture and gay rights. Sarah Smarsh is an author, educator, speaker and journalist who focuses on socioeconomic class and rural America. Her book Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth examines historic economic inequality and tells the story of her upbringing among the working poor on a Kansas farm. Together, they will discuss recent events and issues facing voters in the upcoming elections.