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Us & Them

We tell stories from the fault lines that separate Americans. Peabody Award-winning public radio producer Trey Kay listens to people on both sides of the divide.
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Dec 21, 2015

Some feel there’s an attack on this sacred holiday. Others are bothered that this religious holiday has blurred America’s church/state separation. But is this really a war?

Dec 10, 2015

With acts of terrorism in Paris and San Bernardino, some Americans are suspicious of Muslim neighbors and immigrants. Warranted fear or paranoia?

Nov 19, 2015

Would Americans vote for an atheist president? A recent poll says no way. In this episode, a social psychologist tells us why this might be. 

Nov 6, 2015

Jesus said, “Love your enemies." Today’s politicians ask God to bless America, but in the same breath, they call their political opponents "enemies." Labels help us organize the world along fault lines, but is this the best policy?  In a polarized America, is it possible to love our enemies?

Oct 15, 2015

Not that long ago, you could get locked up for being gay. A West Virginia man tells Trey about being sent to a mental institution for violating the state’s sodomy laws.

Oct 3, 2015
Can we reconcile different versions of history? Two American foreign correspondents of color fly from Kenya to Louisiana to report on an unfinished civil war back home.

 

Sep 17, 2015

A recent photo essay depicting Appalachians has stirred controversy in that region.  Some locals feel violated when outsiders come into their communities snapping photos.  Are these shutterbugs depicting reality or reinforcing stereotypes?

 

Sep 1, 2015

When conservatives and liberals fight about school curriculum, the disagreements aren't just about science and history. Even math has been a battleground in the culture wars. Trey talks with historian Christopher Phillips.

Aug 16, 2015

Lots of American school districts have fierce fights over what kids should learn in school, but nobody fights like Texans. And no citizens have had a bigger impact on what goes into public school textbooks than Mel and Norma Gabler.

Jul 31, 2015
The Supreme Court says you can't have organized prayer in public schools. But most Americans don't agree with that call -- and some people are still finding ways to make sure public school children have a chance to hear about God.
Jul 15, 2015

Two men with strong opinions about evolution and climate change are willing to lay their money on the line.

Jun 26, 2015

The Condederate flag and the song "Dixie" -- two enduring Old South icons that make us wonder if the war ever ended.  

Jun 15, 2015

The chair of the University of Minnesota's program for Sexual Health Education tells Trey most sexual health instruction focuses on adolescents and that maybe adults might also need some instruction.

Jun 1, 2015

Despite all the fuss about sex education in America, students get precious little of it.  Jonathan Zimmerman, an education historian, tells Trey how Americans spend more time arguing about what kids should learn about human sexuality in schools than they actually do teaching anything about it.

 

May 15, 2015

If you give money to panhandlers, are you helping them or hurting them? And do they really need help? People have strong opinions. We try to separate the facts from the ideology.

May 1, 2015

Americans' attitudes toward gay relationships have changed dramatically in a short time. Trey Kay returns to his home state of West Virginia to see how this change is playing out in a state where 53 percent of residents believe the Bible is the literal word of God. 

May 1, 2015

Decades before same-sex marriage became legal, the Reverend Jim Lewis of Charleston, West Virginia sparked outrage by blessing the unions of gay men and lesbians in his church. 

May 1, 2015

In 1974, Kanawha County West Virginia was an early battleground in the American culture wars. The fight focused on what children should learn in school. This documentary won a Peabody Award and a DuPont Silver Baton in 2009.

May 1, 2015

A blue state secular liberal and a red state conservative Christian have an unlikely friendship. And a slug burger.

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