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VIDEO | 07:06
COVID-era Federal Writers Project

COVID-era Federal Writers Project

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Eighty-five years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt saved American writers by creating a federal government project to provide jobs for out-of-work writers during the great depression.

Now, writers across the US are facing Depression-era unemployment levels again. Will history repeat itself? Could another project come to pass?

LA Times critic-at-large and UCLA professor David Kipen wrote about that very question and joined us, along with a recent UCLA graduate, Kennedy Hill.