Inside America

Inside America

United Kingdom

The issues shaping the US today: identity, race, migration, the economy, faith, and guns.


Searching for Tobias  

A moving human story. If you listen to just one thing today, make it this one. In 2008 Chloe Hadjimatheou was covering Barack Obama's first election campaign when she met a 15-year-old black boy in a Mississippi trailer park. Back then the young Tobias was full of potential and had big dreams of becoming a policeman. "He really made an impression on me when I met him eight years ago. He just seemed like such a smart young man and I was just curious to see what happened to him... I was hoping good things for him." Eight years later, Chloe goes in search of him to find what became of him. Did Tobias ever fulfil his wishes?

How to Win a US Election  

Katty Kay explores the key moments and turning points in the US election campaigns and hears why Trump supporters in the key swing states such as Pennsylvania were so motivated to vote for Trump. Weeks before, in the run up to the first Presidential debate, polls indicated that the candidates were neck and neck. Then the momentum of the campaign changed, with Donald Trump rocked by the leaked tape of his lewd comments and repudiation by some Republicans. Following an astonishing second debate, Trump fought to keep his campaign on the road, returning to the tactics which had originally secured his nomination, firing up his core support with anti-Washington rhetoric and increasingly bitter attacks on Hillary Clinton. For Hillary Clinton, lingering doubts remained in voters’ minds about her trustworthiness, clouding her bid to become the first woman president, and Donald Trump is now President elect of the United States. This podcast is from the BBC World Service programme The Documentary. For more like to go to or search for The Documentary in your favourite podcast catcher.

Trump and the Evangelical Vote  

Donald Trump predicted that if he won the votes of America's evangelical Christians he would win the election, and he was right. A quarter of all voters count themselves as evangelical and 81% of them voted for Trump, despite the deep misgivings and public disagreements among Christian leaders over whether their conscience would allow them to endorse him. Jane Little speaks to four leading evangelical leaders about how they define evangelical Christianity, their hopes and misgivings for the Trump presidency, what role Christian teachings will now play in shaping the country and whether we are in a new era for the religious right in the United States. Presented by Jane Little, produced by Claire Press and Richard McIlroy.

Trump’s World  

What might American foreign policy look like under a Donald Trump presidency? Based on his rhetoric during the campaign, the scale of the departure from the status quo will be profound. He promises to upend long-standing relationships with both America's traditional allies and its foes; he says Europe and Asia should pay more for their own security; and his plans to defeat so-called Islamic State are bellicose but unfocussed. On this week's Newshour Extra, Owen Bennett Jones and his guests take Trump's campaign promises and hold them up to scrutiny. How much of what he's said does he really intend to implement - and will he be able to put policy into practice?

What a Week  

People scoffed, the pollsters dismissed it, the media thought better, the world is shocked - Donald Trump is President elect of the United States. But as one Trump voter put it "He's done something amazing. He has turned the establishment on its end: is a man who never ran for political office, decided he was going to do it, beat the odds. I feel like it's a huge statement." Jon Sopel and Katty Kay, presenter of the World News America, talk about how people voted in the US elections; discuss sexism in politics and - crucially – speculate how Donald Trump’s choice on who to bring into the White House with him will influence the direction of his presidency. Also on the programme what the world thinks about his election with the BBC's correspondents in China, Russia and Turkey.

Change in America  

How has the US changed since 2008? As the world chews its nails, waiting to see how the US election story ends, Lizzie O’Leary looks at data to figure out how America is different now, in November 2016, from the country which elected its first black president eight years ago.

Oklahoma City After the Bomb  

In April 1995 a devastating bomb ripped through the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and 168 people died and many more were injured. Emma Barnett travels to Oklahoma City to find out what happened afterwards. She hears stories of resilience, defiance and success against the odds as the city came together to support and help those who suffered.

Hamtramck: America's Muslim Town  

Hamtramck, Michigan, is the first Muslim majority city in the United States. Just over 50% of the residents are immigrants from Bangladesh, Yemen and Bosnia. Only a few decades ago, the city was dominated by Polish immigrants. Jennifer Chevalier meets its residents and asks, can faith bring this city together?

The Debates Dissected  

After three US presidential debates which have attracted some of the biggest viewing audiences in modern American political memory, what have we learned from these televised clashes? In one of the most bitter and polarised presidential campaigns, how much have Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton actually revealed about themselves, their policies and what they could bring to the White House?

Hispanic in Texas  

San Antonio is now a majority Hispanic city, and home to many entrepreneurial success stories. Joe Miller asks why Hispanic representation in big business has lagged.

America Revisited: The Discussion  

The final programme in the series brings together five of the speakers from the road trip

America Revisited: The Discussion  

Race, migration, the economy, faith and guns - burning issues in the US today - are discussed between a miner, a gun enthusiast, a former convict, a liberal, a Muslim and mixed race entrepreneur.

A Home for Black History  

In what is described as the fitting coda to his administration, President Obama cut the ribbon of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture on 24 September. Journalists Jesse J Holland and Robin N Hamilton are onsite in Washington DC for BBC World Service to hear from the architects, curators, donors, and expectant visitors who have travelled hundreds of miles to celebrate its grand opening. Taking the last spot on America’s National Mall, the museum – a beautiful three-tiered structure sheathed in bronze metalwork - opens after what’s described as the hardest curatorial job in history. It has been more than ten years in the making. It’s a museum that will explain, celebrate and confront the African American experience. At a time of racial tension, its mission to heal is seen as vital too. Museum director Lonnie Bunch, congressman John Lewis and judge Robert Wilkins describe the challenges of creating a museum which aims to tell the story of America through the lens of the African American experience. A story which is bound to provoke distress and anger as well as joy and admiration - something the museum’s 250 volunteers are being specially trained to deal with. We hear from two founding donors, Samuel L Jackson and General Colin Powell about the importance of having a national museum dedicated to African American history and culture. From locations across the USA - Philadelphia, Detroit, Houston, St Louis, Nashville - we uncover stories behind the museum’s varied new acquisitions, largely told by the donors themselves: from Harriet Tubman’s Hymn book to Lauren Anderson’s ballet shoes, protest banners from Ferguson, the late music producer J Dilla’s synthesizer, and a former slave’s printing press. And we follow inspirational young divers in South Florida working in partnership with the museum to locate long-lost slave wrecks.

Challenging America's Two Party System  

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are seen as the most unpopular candidates to have ever stood for the presidency of the United States. So why is it so difficult for a third party candidate to break through and make a real impact? Owen Bennett Jones and his guests discuss whether the US political system, trumpeted as a shining beacon of democracy across the world, really does give the voter the best choice. Photo: A Trump supporter at the first US presidential debate in September 2016. Credit: Getty Images

America Revisited: The East  

Michelle Fleury and Ben Crighton travel from Louisville in Kentucky to New York on the East Coast. Along the way they speak to miners, environmentalists, food bank volunteers, drug addicts and former school students about President Obama’s legacy. Although the economy seems to have recovered from the global financial crisis, they encounter anger and disillusionment, and find that much of the optimism that swept Obama into office in 2008 has been replaced by division in Washington and across the country. In the weeks before the 2008 US election, the BBC drove a bus coast to coast across the US asking people about their lives and their hopes and fears for the future. In the four-part series America Revisited we meet some of those same people again to find out why the country seems more divided than ever.

America Revisited: The West  

Philippa Thomas and Charlotte Pritchard travel from Los Angeles and the glitz and glamour of Vegas to the edge of the country on the US-Mexican border in Texas. They talk to musicians, gun enthusiasts and cowboys about whether President Obama has delivered all he promised. As well as enthusiasm for the new healthcare reforms and the recovering housing market, they uncover the deep tensions and worries permeating this election year. In the weeks before the 2008 US election, the BBC drove a bus coast to coast across the US asking people about their lives and their hopes and fears for the future. In the four-part series America Revisited we meet some of those same people again to find out why the country seems more divided than ever.

America Revisited: The South  

When President Obama stepped into the White House back in 2008, many hoped his mixed heritage would help unite the country, but eight years on America has never appeared more polarised. From Dallas to Nashville Chloe Hadjimatheou retraces a journey she took before Obama’s election across the southern states and stumbles across a gay community under attack, unfettered poverty in trailer parks, the last abortion clinic in Missouri, and meets convicted murderers, to find out why liberal and conservative, black and white, religious and secular Americans harbour so much animosity towards one another. In the weeks before the 2008 US election, the BBC drove a bus coast to coast across the US asking people about their lives and their hopes and fears for the future. In the four-part series, America Revisited, we meet some of those same people again to find out why the country seems more divided than ever.

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