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Carmen Gentile is the creator and host of the Postindustrial Podcast, featuring conversations with newsmakers throughout the Rust Belt and Appalachia. His book, "Blindsided by the Taliban," documents his life as a war reporter and the aftermath of his brush with death after being shot with a rocket-propelled grenade while embedded with U.S. Army forces in Afghanistan. He is a founder and editor-at-large of Postindustrial Media.

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The Postindustrial Podcast, Episode 6: Derrick McDowell, public speaker and entrepreneur

Derrick McDowell is a public speaker, activist & entrepreneur. His motto? “Action over everything.”

McDowell says he prefers to focus on change through action and the measurable outcomes through which he believes dreams and goals are achieved. In this episode, he talks about lifting up postindustrial communities — specifically his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.

McDowell is the founder of The Youngstown Flea, an outdoor market designed to encourage small business owners. He’s also the community engagement & inclusion coordinator with the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre.

Carmen Gentile

Carmen Gentile has worked for The New York Times and CBS News, among others. His book, “Blindsided by the Taliban,” documents his life as a war reporter and the aftermath of his brush with death after being shot with a rocket-propelled grenade while embedded with U.S. Army forces in Afghanistan. He is a founder and editor-at-large of Postindustrial Media.

Season 5, Episode 3: Gary Abernathy

Can’t we all just be civil to each other? That’s one question longtime newspaperman and contributing Washington Post columnist Gary Abernathy asks in the latest episode of the Postindustrial Podcast. After spending 13 years as an editor at three Ohio newspapers, Abernathy worked in Republican Party politics then returned ...

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Season 5, Episode 2: Damon Young

Damon Young is a writer, humorist, and satirist. His memoir, “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,” won a Thurber Prize, among other awards. The book explores the angsts and anxieties “of existing while Black in America.” Damon is also cofounder of VerySmartBrothas, which was sold to Univision. His ...

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Season 5, Episode 1: Gisele Fetterman

Gisele Fetterman believes in “blooming where you live.” In this episode to kick off Season 5, Pennsylvania’s Second Lady talks about improving her community, what she learned growing up as an undocumented immigrant, and more. Fetterman is a native of Brazil. She became a U.S. citizen in 2009. She’s ...

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