New book on rural America, Rising car and home insurance rates

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A red barn is in front of trees with orange and yellow colored leaves.
A barn in Webster, Wis., is backdropped by fall leaves Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Angela Major/WPR

A new book from Ohio historian Steven Conn argues the image of wide, open spaces in rural America is romanticized and inaccurate. We discuss the book, “The Lies of the Land,” with Conn. Then, we examine the projected continued increases of car and home insurance rates.

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Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Steven Conn Guest
  • Tyler Leverty Guest
  • Scott Holeman Guest
  • Keegan Kyle Executive Producer
  • Trevor Hook Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director

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