America, Interrupted

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 Jan 10, 2021
my favorite news team has a long-form podcast!! so nice to hear news without a political agenda


America, Interrupted is an original podcast from the PBS NewsHour about how our lives have been turned upside down and how we're making sense of it. PBS NewsHour is supported by -

Episode Date
PBS NewsHour Special Report: American Reckoning
We explore what drove the Jan. 6 attack on the nation's capital, the failures to heed warnings about growing anti-government and white nationalist extremism, the role of misinformation and disinformation online, and where we as a country go from here. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Jan 16, 2021
What we saw the day the Capitol was attacked
On Jan. 6, for the first time in more than two centuries, Congress was attacked and overrun, this time by its own citizens. The PBS NewsHour's anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff talks to correspondents Lisa Desjardins, Amna Nawaz and Yamiche Alcindor about what they saw as they reported from inside the Capitol, the grounds that surround it and the White House, respectively-- and what they and other Americans will remember from that day. Watch video of the conversation here PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Jan 08, 2021
What's at stake in the Georgia Senate runoffs
Amna Nawaz talks to Emory University political science professor Andra Gillespie about why the state found itself with not one, but two runoff elections Jan. 5 - and what we can learn from the state's changing political landscape. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Jan 04, 2021
How COVID-19 could worsen America's childhood trauma crisis
In this episode, PBS NewsHour correspondent William Brangham talks to special correspondent Cat Wise and reporter Laura Santhanam about why the pandemic is likely making the childhood trauma crisis worse and how caregivers can help their kids and themselves through this trying time. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Dec 18, 2020
How rocky presidential transitions have shaped American history
For most of American history, the transition from president to president-elect has been smooth. The loser accepts his fate, publicly concedes and the winner prepares to take the reigns. And although this election and President Donald Trump's response to losing is unprecedented, there have also been a handful of other bumpy transitions in American history. In this episode, correspondent Lisa Desjardins talks to Yale University professor Beverly Gage about moments when presidential transitions tested the country, why they were so turbulent and how they shaped our society. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Dec 07, 2020
A grandmother, a granddaughter and a deep post-election divide
After a bruising election, one President Donald Trump has so far refused to concede, Americans are left trying to repair divides that are deeper and more personal than ever. In this episode, PBS NewsHour correspondent William Brangham speaks to a grandmother and her granddaughter in Michigan as they wade through their political differences and hears what advice they have for others having similar conversations in an unusual holiday season. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Nov 23, 2020
Two middle schoolers, their mom and their teacher on what it's like to learn in the pandemic
Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are using all kinds of models -- virtual, in-person or some hybrid inbetween -- to try to keep kids on track and engaged. Parents and teachers say sometimes it feels like none of them are working. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Nov 16, 2020
In an unprecedented election, two key swing states show how we got here
Election Day has come and gone, but there are still many unanswered questions, along with uncertainty about how we got here and where we go next. In this episode, we talk to our reporters who have been covering this election from two pivotal battleground states. NewsHour political reporter Daniel Bush gives a sense of what has driven voters in Pennsylvania to vote in record numbers and just how deep the political divisions run there. And correspondent Miles O'Brien is in Georgia, where he sheds light on the new ways people vote and the changing election infrastructure around it. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Nov 07, 2020
In Pennsylvania, mail-in ballots and legal battles could put our electoral system to the test
The pandemic, a nationwide shift toward voting by mail and a flurry of pre-election lawsuits are upending how voters and election officials prepare for the election. Nowhere is that uncertainty more evident than in Pennsylvania PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Nov 02, 2020
Why voter suppression continues and how the pandemic has made it worse
The disenfranchisement of voters has been a part of America's history for as long as it's held elections, and this year is no different. A look at the history of voter suppression and what it looks like in a pandemic. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Oct 26, 2020
Special Episode: Ricky Kidd on life after a 23-year wrongful conviction
Twenty-three years after he was wrongfully convicted of a double homicide, Ricky Kidd was freed from prison. In this special episode from our Broken Justice series, producer Frank Carlson talks with Ricky Kidd about life after prison, the complications of COVID-19 and the challenges the formerly incarcerated face in restarting their lives. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Oct 05, 2020
A conversation with coronavirus survivors
The coronavirus has killed 200,000 Americans and infected more than 6.5 million. But of those that contracted the virus, more than 2.5 million have now recovered. As researchers learn more about the coronavirus, it is clear that it can affect people in very different ways. And there are many questions about the long term impacts of the disease. In this episode of America Interrupted, PBS NewsHour correspondent Stephanie Sy talks to three COVID-19 survivors to discuss their varying experiences with the virus, what got them through and what they and others can take away from their story. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Sep 21, 2020
The GOP's norm-shattering convention showed how the two parties are worlds apart
PBS NewsHour's senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz talks with White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor and political reporter Daniel Bush about what happened this week and what it means for the 2020 race. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Aug 29, 2020
What happened when Democrats threw an all-virtual convention
It's official: Joe Biden is now the Democratic nominee for president. But there was no confetti, no balloon drop, no applause or even a crowd. The pandemic-era four-day convention was all-virtual -- which meant no chance to sell a vision in person, but did give a rare opportunity to carefully curate a message. PBS NewsHour's senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz talks with political reporter Daniel Bush and correspondent Lisa Desjardins, who covered Biden in Delaware, about what happened this week and what it could mean for conventions of the future. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Aug 21, 2020
Why 1920 can offer clues about the 2020 elections
In 1920, Americans were reeling from a flu pandemic, recovering from an economic crisis and grappling with violence against Black people, creating political divisions and debates that are similar to the ones we're having today. Yale University professor Beverly Gage walks us through how the Republican and Democratic conventions have changed since 1920, what promises politicians made then and what questions we face now. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Aug 14, 2020
How the UK is reopening amid COVID-19 -- and what the U.S. can learn
The United Kingdom is entering a new phase of reopening after more than three months in lockdown. Hair salons, movie theaters and the all-important English pubs can finally do business again. The key question now: How will the government get the economy up and running without causing a new surge in cases or deaths? In this episode, as the United States struggles with reopening and containing the virus, Ryan Chilcote goes across the pond to explore how one of our closest allies is handling the pandemic -- and what others might learn. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Jul 14, 2020
Why police unions are so powerful - and what that means for reform
Police unions are under the microscope like never before. Though police unions play a critical role in protecting officers rights, experts say they can also block reform and prevent officers from being held accountable in cases of misconduct. In this episode, Amna Nawaz explores how police unions became so powerful and what unions do for officers, good and bad, especially when things go wrong. Plus, Mike Williams, the president of the Memphis Police Association, talks about what he would and would not like to see change as calls for reform continue. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Jun 29, 2020
This city already rebuilt its police department. Did it work?
Protesters across the country are continuing to fill the streets, looking to turn their outrage over police violence against black people into action. Many point to the city of Camden, New Jersey, as an example of what reforming a police department can look like. But is it a success story? PBS NewsHour Weekend's Hari Sreenivasan talks to Scott Thomson, the city's former police chief, and Keith Eric Benson, a resident and educator who says the reality is different than it seems. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Jun 15, 2020
'A very long, very loud existential scream'
Amid the largest pandemic in a century, we're also experiencing the biggest protest movement in a generation. In this episode, protesters in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., tell White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor and Political Reporter Daniel Bush about why they've taken to the streets after the death of George Floyd -- and why this moment feels different. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Jun 06, 2020
Why coronavirus misinformation is so hard to fight
If you've been paying attention to the news lately, you've probably heard some wild claims about the coronavirus. We talk to two fact checkers who walk us through what they're seeing during this pandemic -- including one specific claim about the virus' origins -- and a scientist explains why we believe misinformation in the first place. PBS NewsHour is supported by PBS NewsHour is supported by -
May 19, 2020
Introducing America, Interrupted
The coronavirus has disrupted life as we knew it. From the PBS NewsHour, an intimate look at how our communities, jobs and lives are changing -- and where we go from here. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
May 13, 2020
Rural hospitals were already struggling. Then the coronavirus hit.
Much of what we've heard about the coronavirus is from major cities like New York. But what's happening to hospitals in rural America, where there are more high-risk patients, fewer resources and a smaller safety net -- if there is one at all? We talk to two front-line hospital workers in southwest Georgia, and one man in West Texas who has pieced together his own supply chain to get hospitals the equipment they need. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
May 04, 2020
Voices from coronavirus isolation
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, one thing most of us are struggling with, regardless of where or who we are, is an overwhelming feeling of isolation. In this special episode, correspondent Lisa Desjardins and digital arts editor Joshua Barajas talk to listeners -- a school principal without students, a domestic worker with no work, a business owner without a business, and a comedian without a crowd -- about how they're coping. Plus, we hear from some of you. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Apr 07, 2020
Understanding the coronavirus
Since the first U.S. case was reported in late January, the new coronavirus has turned our lives upside down. But how did we get here? And what can we do to protect ourselves? Peter Daszak, a zoologist who has studied outbreaks like the coronavirus pandemic for more than a decade, and PBS NewsHour health and data producer Laura Santhanam join PBS NewsHour correspondent Lisa Desjardins for a closer look at the origins of the virus, and what comes next. PBS NewsHour is supported by -
Mar 19, 2020