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Infrastructure may sound like the ultimate bipartisan issue, but it's one of the most fraught topics in American history: The Erie Canal was ridiculed as "Clinton's Big Ditch," and it took the Great Depression to persuade politicians to support a rural electrification project.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks about the politics of infrastructure with historians Brian Balogh (@historyfellow) and Nathan Connolly (@ndbconnolly), co-hosts of the podcast BackStory, which is produced at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

This segment aired on June 8, 2017.

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