621: Fear and Loathing in Homer and Rockville

621: Fear and Loathing in Homer and Rockville

Jul 21, 2017
This week we look at two different towns grappling with a question the country is trying to make sense of – who do we let in? One town has immigrants that became the focus of national news. The other, a small town in Alaska, hardly has any immigrants at all.
Promo
  • Ira talks to our Senior Producer Brian Reed about a fight that’s been brewing in the remote town of Homer, Alaska over a resolution that states that Homer welcomes immigrants. Which is odd. Because the town has virtually no immigrants. (9 1/2 minutes)ImmigrationPolitics
  • Brian Reed continues his story about the town of Homer, Alaska. He talked to all sorts of people involved in the debate over whether the town should welcome immigrants. He was particularly interested in one guy. A guy named Ben, who didn’t know what he thought about the resolution. (28 minutes)ImmigrationPolitics
  • In the first half of the show, we documented a community that was worried about what might happen, theoretically, if undocumented immigrants arrived. In this act, Producer Zoe Chace looks at a community where the immigrants have already arrived – Rockville, Maryland. It’s a suburb of Washington D.C. where early in 2017, something actually did happen. And the whole community had to deal with it. (18 minutes)ImmigrationPolitics