“Where Did Everybody Go?” – a special from Changing Gears

Joellen Easton
Business Development Manager
Public Insight Network

changing gears: midwest migration map From Meg Cramer, PIN analyst with Changing Gears:

This week, Changing Gears will air “Where Did Everybody Go?,” an hour-long special inspired by the PIN-sourced “Midwest Migration” project. The special examines some of the dynamics of Midwestern out-migration, and the challenges the region faces when it comes to keeping young, talented people from leaving.

The four segments will air this week on WBEZ, with the hour-long special airing on Friday. Michigan Radio will air the special on Sunday, April 22nd at 9PM.

The special focuses on the stories of five people and families that left the Midwest, examining the regional and personal context of their moves and taking a look at what that means for the places they left behind. “Where Did Everybody Go?” also features someone who left the Midwest and came back. All six featured individuals are part of the Public Insight Network, and some have also been featured on the Midwest Migration tumblr blog.

changing gearsIn the special’s first story, we look at the appeal of Portland Oregon to midwesterners.  Michigan Radio also aired this piece summarizing the project.

We will be reviving the Midwest Migration blog, pointing listeners in that direction if they want to read more stories about the Midwest Migration.

Joellen Easton Business Development Manager
Public Insight Network
Joellen Easton gets to chart the next mission for PIN: New ways to use the network for meeting information needs, with new partners and new technologies. All shiny objects cross her desk.

Her background is in anthropology, and she has produced for WGBH, PRI’s The World, and as a freelancer. She first worked with PIN at Marketplace as a PIN analyst for four years, and after that as partners manager for three years, leading the training and support team. She is degreed from Tufts and MIT.