Independent Lens: As Goes Janesville
Monday, February 4 at 10:00 p.m.
As goes Janesville, so goes America, a polarized nation losing its grasp on the American Dream.
“As Goes Janesville” catapults viewers to the front lines of America’s debate over the future of its middle class — a debate that has become a pitched battle over unions in the normally tranquil state of Wisconsin.
First, General Motors shuts down Janesville’s century-old plant, causing mass layoffs and exiling residents who must leave in search of work. Then newly elected governor Scott Walker ignites a firestorm by introducing a bill to end collective bargaining, unleashing a fury of protest and sparking a recall election.
Spend three years in the lives of laid-off workers trying to reinvent themselves; business leaders aligned with the governor to promote a pro-business agenda they believe will woo new companies to town; and a state senator caught in the middle, trying to bring peace to his warring state and protect workers’ rights.
"Independent Lens" is hosted by actor Stanley Tucci, pictured at right. Photo credit: Eric Charbonneau.