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West Obsessed: Rural discontent feeds the desire for a 51st state

A discussion on the State of Jefferson, a California movement renewed under Trump.


In the latest episode of West Obsessed, NewTowncarShare News editors discuss a zealous political movement — a push for a 51st state — born anew from resentment of California’s liberal “resistance” to Trump.

“West Obsessed” is an occasional audio series produced in collaboration with  in Paonia, Colorado, where the editors and writers of NewTowncarShare News discuss stories about the American West and why they matter. Subscribe to the podcast on: