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Ready to Work in Braddock, PA

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You may have noticed the ads on directing you to consider Braddock, Pennsylvania. You may have seen the story on our air documenting the struggling steel town as it attempts to rise from the ashes of rust belt recession. You may know something about Braddock. We just want to tell you a little bit more.

Braddock, Pennsylvania, is only a few short miles from Pittsburgh, but unlike its bustling neighbor, Braddock is a mix of boarded-up storefronts, vacant lots, and broken down houses. This is a far cry from the Braddock that was the pinnacle of American prosperity. A town so industrious that Andrew Carnegie put his first steel mill there. But the once mighty hamlet has been bankrupt since the Reagan era, the population has fled, crime has risen, and the city is so post-apocalyptic looking that “The Road” (based on Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel) was filmed there.

But out of the ashes of industry is a city on the move. The mayor, John Fetterman, is a man driven to save the city he loves. With a loyal band of denizens –some natives, some who move to the town for cheap home ownership– have been working for years to raise the tiny town up from a dangerously beleaguered rust belt town to a mecca for artists, entrepreneurs, and social activists.

In Ready to Work: Portraits of Braddock, presented by Levi’s, we go behind the scenes of a city on the move. Here are a few of the background stories of the community members working to make their town better.

Meet The Mayor, John Fetterman:

Here’s Jack:

This is Stephanie:

And, finally, may we introduce Jeb:

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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