March 12, 2020 | By Shayndi Raice, John Austin, Brian Hanson

Deep Dish: Think You Know the US Midwest in 2020? Take Another Look.

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While the political importance of the American Midwest in 2020 is clear, the region of 70 million people is all too often written off as an economic has-been and a cultural backwater. Shayndi Raice of the Wall Street Journal and John Austin of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs join Deep Dish to tell a different story, one of bright spots as well as blights in this region encompassing all or part of 12 US states.

Read "A Vital Midwest: The Path to a New Prosperity" by John Austin and Alexander Hitch here.

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