Gary, Indiana was once a thriving steel town known as the “Magic City.” Since the consolidation of steel mills and the export of jobs overseas, it has lost over half its population (since the 1960s) and now 37 percent of its population lives in poverty. In Northwest Indiana, Hoosiers are struggling with the decline of both factory and retail job opportunities and pollution from former factories. Gary’s Mayor, Karen Freeman-Wilson, is cautiously hopeful, concerned that the new administration’s policies may pull back some of the progress that has been made. She joins Soledad O’Brien to share her unique perspective on the effect of the Trump administration’s policies, the retail apocalypse and looming budget cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency.

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