America Revisited: The South

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When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, there was a mood of optimism in America and around the world. No president in history has inspired such hope and promise of change as the first black president to step into the White House.

In the weeks before Obama’s election, the BBC drove a bus coast to coast across the U.S. asking people about their lives and their hopes and fears for the future. Now, as his presidency comes to an end, we retrace that route to gauge the mood in a country where anger among the population has been spilling into the streets. Is the country more divided than ever?

In this episode, "The South", the BBC's Chloe Hadjimatheou travels from Dallas to Nashville, retracing a journey she took before Obama’s election. She comes across a gay community under attack, unfettered poverty in trailer parks, the last abortion clinic in Missouri and convicted murderers. Why do liberal and conservative, black and white, religious and secular Americans harbor so much animosity towards one another?

Airs Sunday, September 18 at 11am on AM820 and NJPR