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Spotlight on South Bend by Mary Bernard

I'm Mary Bernard, a senior at the University of Notre Dame. For my senior thesis, I decided to look into the man who has brought national attention to South Bend — Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

This is Spotlight on South Bend, a five episode podcast series on Mayor Pete, his presidential run and the impacts of the run on his hometown. Professor Eric Haanstad, the director of undergraduate studies in the anthropology department at Notre Dame, advised me throughout the process. I summarize my findings in this short paper.

Learn more about the episodes below, or start listening on Soundcloud.

Meet Pete

In this episode, we get to know Pete and learn about the journey that led him to run for president.

I talk with David Campbell, chair of the political science department at Notre Dame, Professor Geoff Layman of political science, Madeleine McLeester, a post-graduate research associate in anthropology and former Pete for America interns Prathm Juneja and Ana Olavarrieta.

The City under Mayor Pete

In this episode, we discuss Buttigieg's time as mayor and the story of South Bend's revival he invoked on the campaign trail.

I talk with Lou Nanni, vice president for University Relations at Notre Dame, Peg Dalton, owner of the local restaurant PEGGS, Tim Sexton, who works in public relations at Notre Dame, city advocate and artist Jacob Titus, anthropology professor Mark Schurr and city council member Rachel Tomas Morgan.

Controversy and Challenge

In this episode, I look further into Buttigieg's legacy in South Bend and the challenges that continue to haunt him.

I talk with political science professor Christina Wolbrecht, city advocate Jake Titus, former city councilman Oliver Davis, Faith in Indiana members Nicole McLaughlin and Jeff Walker, Fr. Paul Ybarra of St. Adalbert's Catholic Church and South Bend Tribune columnist Jack Colwell.

Mayor Pete and Faith

In this episode, we discuss Pete’s national brand — and in particular, his very public religiosity.

I talk with South Bend Tribune columnist Jack Colwell, Peg Dalton, owner of the local restaurant PEGGS, Notre Dame political science professors David Campbell and Geoff Layman, former Pete for America intern Prathm Juneja and Faith in Indiana members Nicole McLaughlin and Jeff Walker.

The End of the Race

In this episode, we discuss how Pete's presidential run came to an end.

I talk with South Bend Tribune columnist Jack Colwell and Notre Dame political science professors David Campbell and Geoff Layman. We also hear from Pete and Chasten Buttigieg through the speeches they gave when Mayor Pete left the race.

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Created with images by Sticker You - "Black Lives Matter" • Aaron Burden - "Cross during sunset" • Photos of Pete Buttigieg and South Bend by Mary Bernard