The Great Depression left thousands of Virginians out of work, from unskilled laborers to accomplished artists. The Works Progress Administration, a branch of FDR’s New Deal, sought to change that. Clinch Valley College theater professor Laura Miller discusses the WPA’s Federal Theater Project, which put countless actors, directors and stage hands to work, bringing professional theater to many parts of Virginia for the first time.

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Also: University of Virginia historian Charles Perdue discusses his new book, Talk About Trouble: A New Deal Portrait of Virginians in the Great Depression, written with his wife, historian Nancy Perdue.

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