(Recorded Tuesday January, 30th, before President Trump’s State of the Union Address.)

According to Salena it’s bigger than Super Bowl Sunday: State of the Union Tuesday. Most probably wouldn’t agree, but joining Salena this week is a man who undoubtedly does. Paul Sracic, Chair of the Department of Politics at Youngstown University joins Mainstreet Meets the Beltway this week to go over the history behind the annual State of the Union address and the theatrics involved.

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The Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito is back in the studio and joined by the mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania: John Fetterman. A self-described democratic socialist, Fetterman has garnered national attention for revitalizing Braddock’s economy. After winning the mayoral election by one vote in 2005, he has been re-elected twice, in 2009 and 2013. Following a failed Senate run in 2016 he joins Salena for another great episode of Mainstreet Meets the Beltway.

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After saying on CNN that $1,500 in extra tax returns is a big deal to most Americans, Salena Zito received plenty of backlash on social media. She and her guest this week, veteran and author Sean Parnell, discuss if this negative reaction is justified or not before pivoting into what they are thankful and not thankful for, during what Salena has dubbed “#thankfultwitterweek.”

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In cooperation with Sirius XM, the Washington Examiner brings you Mainstream Meets the Beltway with Salena Zito. This week Salena is joined by former Congressman Jason Altmire. Salena has a personal connection to the former representative: she covered his political career for six years, which Altmire describes as a turning point in American politics. Together they talk about Rep. Altmire’s new book ‘Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It,’ and about Jason’s life and career.

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Main Street Meets the Beltway is a show about connecting the small town to the big district. Today Salena uses her Pennsylvania roots to tie national news to the local scene. First, while it’s no surprise that newspapers have been less prevalent in the 21st century, Salena explains why this is not just an issue of industry but one of politics and news outreach as well. Then joining the show is a Pennsylvania State Senator; Kim Ward sits down for a long discussion ranging from the personal to the political, in the classic Salena Zito style.

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40 years after ‘Black Monday,’ when 5,000 employees of Youngstown Sheet and Tube lost their jobs, we still feel the effects today. With President Trump promising the return of blue collar jobs in factories and mines, the 40th anniversary of Black Monday falls at the perfect time. Salena is joined by Paul Sracic, Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University in Ohio, to discuss the legacy of Youngstown’s steel industry and how it relates to Trump’s administration.

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Salena is back in the studio, and is joined by her former crush and Pittsburgh radio legend Scott Paulsen. After a discussion on social media’s talent for bringing out the best and worst in humanity, the two pivot to Scott’s new book, ‘Dirty Hippies.’ The novel tells the tale of a small town overtaken by the titular dirty hippies that swarm in for a music festival. Never one to turn down a tangent, Salena talks about politics, social issues, and bell bottom jeans with the author.

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Herbert Hoover was the first president to be born and raised west of the Mississippi, and has the unfortunate legacy of having the stock market crash of 1929 and the following great depression during his single term in office. Salena Zito is joined this week by President Hoover’s great-granddaughter Margaret Hoover. Margaret is the president of the only GOP non-profit fighting for equal rights for the LGBT community, and a CNN contributor along with Salena.

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Described by host Salena Zito as “Fieastaware-porn,” Examining Politics brings you an in-depth interview into the history of the company Homer Laughlin and the creation of Fieastaware. Located near Pittsburgh the company holds a special place in native Salena’s heart and her enthusiasm shows. Joining her is Homer Laughlin CEO Elizabeth McIlvain and her daughter Katie.

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Washington Examiner columnist Salena Zito welcomes Dr. Laura Brown, Director at George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management to the show. Much like Salena, Dr. Brown has an obsessive passion for history and politics. With this joint passion, the two discuss how the 2016 election and current administration has affected the younger generation in pursuing education and careers in politics.

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After a 1,700 mile long road trip, Salena is back home in Pittsburgh, her home city. Pittsburgh always finds a way into the national spotlight, such as Trump’s comment during his speech pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, and Salena and her guests are here to discuss why that is. For everything politics and Pittsburgh, Examining Politics and Salena Zito are the place to be.

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Salena Zito talks to Michael Wear, who directed faith outreach for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history, and he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term.

Michael is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America.

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Salena Zito talks to Sean Parnell: Army Ranger, combat infantryman with the elite 10th Mountain Division, and veteran of 485 days of fierce fighting along the Afghan-Pakistan border. Parnell’s unique leadership skills welded his platoon into one of the most fierce and effective American fighting units in modern military history. What is life like for active-duty military and young veterans in Trump’s America?

Salena Zito’s “Main Street Meets The Beltway” comes to you every Thursday on the Examining Politics podcast, and is a joint production of the Washington Examiner and SiriusXM Radio.

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