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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 -

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 -


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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 -








The Longest Year: The people we've lost to COVID-19

Four people who lost a loved one in the pandemic tell us about what they remember, how they're grieving and how they're trying to move forward. PBS NewsHour is supported by -


The Longest Year: How the pandemic made inequality in America worse

Generations of inadequate medical care, deeply entrenched economic disparities and a biased system of justice all came to a head, a reminder that for many Americans the hazards of structural racism are a daily reality. We hear the story of the pandemic through people who have experienced these inequalities firsthand. PBS NewsHour is supported by -


The Longest Year: How COVID-19 has reshaped our lives

Take a second to remember what your life was like one year ago. For most of us, it all feels like a distant memory. From how we work to how we learn, who we see and where we can go, our day-to-day has changed drastically. And some of those changes have lasting consequences. PBS NewsHour is supported by -


The Longest Year: Fighting 'the invisible enemy'

In the first episode of a series we're calling "The Longest Year," which tells the stories of the isolation, uncertainty, fear, loss and new understanding that have spread alongside the virus, we focus on the people on the front lines. PBS NewsHour is supported by -


Why we haven't cracked the mystery of COVID 'long-haulers'

For people whose COVID-19 symptoms linger for months, the effects can be devastating and debilitating. PBS NewsHour is supported by -


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 -


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...


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 -


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 -


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...


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 -...


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 -


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...


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 -


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 -


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 -


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...


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 -


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...


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 -