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20090531

A new series to Radio 4, hosted by Matt Frei from the BBC studio in Washington, DC. Americana gets off the beaten track to present an insider's guide to the people and the ideas shaping the United States today.

In the first programme, Matt gauges the health of the nation in an interview with one of America's top agony aunts, and reveals the city you'd least expect to be beating America's economic blues, by attracting some of the country's top entrepreneurial talent.

And as politicians in Washington argue over who knew what about the use of torture, Americana goes to the grassroots and asks what happens when the soldiers who carried out the abuse return home to civilian life.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the ideas shaping America today.

20090607

Matt Frei speaks to Van Jones, adviser to President Obama on the subject of green jobs, and meets the young Republicans who are looking to revamp the Grand Old Party.

The programme also visits the small town of Greensburg, Kansas. In 2007 it was destroyed by one of the fiercest tornados on record. Today it is being reborn as a 'green town' and has been heralded by President Obama as an example to the world.

Matt Frei speaks to Van Jones, adviser to President Obama on the subject of green jobs.

20090614

Hosted by Matt Frei from the BBC studio in Washington, DC.

Featuring the contrasting tales of two states: why the California Dream has turned into a nightmare and why Iowa is at the cutting edge of social debate.

Plus the enduring appeal of Nancy Drew, the fictional girl detective who has inspired senators, First Ladies and at least one would-be Supreme Court Justice.

Why the California Dream has turned into a nightmare and the appeal of Nancy Drew.

20090621

Matt Frei interviews Sunny Schwartz about her Resolve to Stop the Violence Programme (RSVP) for the San Franscisco Sheriff's Dept - which has cut violent recidivism by up to 80 per cent. The programme also reports from Miami on the extraordinary story of the 70 sex offenders who sleep under the Julia Tuttle bridge.

Plus a real slice of Americana. Linesville boasts one of the biggest tourist attractions in Pennsylvania - ducks walking on the back of fish, fed bread by an estimated half million tourists each year. The threatened banning of bread feeding, and its replacement by pellets, provoked a revolt in the town, and inspired a song.

Matt Frei looks at different responses to America's prison crisis.

20090628

Kevin Connolly talks to Tina Brown about her website The Daily Beast and the future of the news media.

He takes a trip to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley to find out how the baseball players of the future live with local families for a summer league which may open the door to undreamed of sporting success.

Armistead Maupin reflects on 40 years of Gay Power since the Stonewall riots, and examines gay retirement options.

Kevin Connolly talks to Tina Brown about her website The Daily Beast.

20090705

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt celebrates Independence Day, lifts the lid on the underside of America's capital and talks to the small-town mayor with big plans for how to turn around America's struggling cities. He also hears the story of an unexpected American patriot and is joined by a very important visitor.

Matt Frei celebrates Independence Day and hears the story of an unexpected patriot.

20090712

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20090719

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt talks to Jane Roe; she gave her name to the most famous legal decision in American history, Roe versus Wade. But now Norma McCorvey is a full-time anti-abortion activist, and she was arrested in the Senate for protesting at the hearings to select Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sottormayor. We hear about her extraordinary journey.

It has stopped raining in Texas, in the worst drought since 1885. Cattle farmers fear they will soon have to slaughter their herds. Why has the rain stopped falling in the Lone Star State?

And how would you like to be told you are a genius and handed half a million dollars? The programme examines the secretive MacArthur Foundation and their 'genius grants'.

Matt Frei talks to Jane Roe, of Roe-versus-Wade fame. Plus, the drought in Texas.

20090726

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20090802

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20090809

Is President Obama's massive spending rejuvenating the American economy? Jane Little finds out about the effects of the stimulus package.

Jane also visits the oldest new-age institute in the US, and talks to a man whose anonymous name has earned him a place in the spotlight.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20090816

Frei asks why communists are still banned from entering the USA, and why Delaware is the only state in the Union without a national park. Plus, he meets the man who can eat a turkey in a matter or minutes when he uncovers the world of competitive eating.

20090823

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20090830

Kevin Connolly asks if the political influence of Irish America is over with the death of Ted Kennedy.

He also explores the continuing love affair between Americans and Sir Winston Churchill, and talks to a woman who may have met an angel on September 11th.

Is the political influence of Irish America over with the death of Ted Kennedy?

20090906

We go to the biggest gambling city of them all, Las Vegas - the town that's the capital of blowing itself up and reinventing itself, and which is hurting big in the recession. The Las Vegas strip today is lined by unfinished mega-projects and bankrupt resorts, local unemployment and foreclosure rates are surging, and folks just aren't imploding casinos like they used to. For an insider's look, Matt talks with Las Vegas demolition man Josh Clauss.

Adam Burke leads a sound-rich tour of subterranean Las Vegas, including the the storm drains running under the casinos which are inhabited by a remarkable community of homeless people.

Matt referees a discussion on diverging approaches to homelessness and panhandling in American cities. His guests are Anthony David Pirtle, a board member of the National Coalition for the Homeless, who was homeless himself between 2004 and 2006 due to his schizophrenia, and Ron Book, board chair of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, and a proponent of never giving money or food to panhandlers.

Plus, a chance to experience the formerly iconic American pastime of going to the drive-in to see movies outside - with the sound piped through your radio.

20090913

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt Frei talks to Shannon Brownlee, the author of the book Overtreated, about the challenges and priorities of healthcare reform in the United States. She says that, 'About 20,000 Americans die prematurely each year from lack of access. But getting unnecessary care isn't any better for you. In fact, about 30,000 Medicare recipients die each year from overtreatment.'

President Obama kicked off the academic school year with a speech directed at students aged four to eighteen and was full of advice and encouragement. Americana speaks to high school senior Casey Tong about her impressions of Obama's speech. Tong attends the same school that President Obama attended in Honolulu, Hawaii, and she has some of her own advice to offer the President.

Producer Dan Collison offers a montage of Hawaiian voices telling of the impact of a foreigner who came to Hawaii, stayed, and is causing significant impact: a frog called the Coqui.

Shannon Brownlee, author of the book Overtreated, discusses US healthcare reform.

20090920

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt Frei talks to Tom Friedman about President Obama's busy media schedule and Washington's policy promises.

Thomas L Friedman, author and journalist, joined The New York Times in 1981 as a financial reporter specializing in OPEC- and oil-related news and later served as the chief diplomatic, chief White House, and international economics correspondents. A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, his foreign affairs column, which appears twice a week in the Times, is syndicated to 100 other newspapers worldwide.

Americana takes a look at why so many people in the US move so often. From Michigan to Arkansas, moving companies, storage centres and truck rental services help Americans to help themselves move.

Demographer and sociologist William H Frey breaks down the truths about migration across the United States - the hotspots and burnt-out locations that motivate relocation.

William H Frey specialises in US demographics. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and Research Professor at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. Dr Frey received his PhD from Brown University in 1974.

From coast to coast, Americans think about the so-called American Dream, but for some, the goal of owning their own home and the obsession with success can distrupt their actual slumber. Producer Krissy Clarke probes the American dreamworld.

Matt Frei asks pollster John Zogby if the pulse of America is picking up or slowing down these days. Zogby has been keeping tabs for 25 years.

John Zogby is head of Zogby International, an interactive polling group that focuses on public opinion. His company examines the nuances of language and has successfully predicted election results with its unique research methods.

Matt Frei talks to Tom Friedman about President Obama's busy media schedule.

20091004

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Americana explores what it would mean for Chicago, Illinois to secure the position as host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Who are the losers and who are the winners for such a big investment?

Swag - the mugs, scarves, baseball hats and t-shirts sold on corners around the world - can be big money-makers and big message-senders. T-shirt fans from around the US weigh in on the impact a t-shirt can have.

As the US Supreme Court begins its new session, Americana talks to top constitutional law experts about what's on the Court's docket and the possible implications these Supreme Court cases may have on the future of justice in the United States.

Chickens are clucking and pecking their way into some surprisingly urban locations across the United States. Writer Susan Orlean reflects on what it means to have the feathered friends close at hand.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20091011

Matt Frei is joined by two prominent commentators on the American political landscape: Michelle D Bernard, the president and CEO of the Independent Women's Forum (IWF) and an MSNBC political analyst, and Ron Brownstein, the political director for Atlantic Media Company, the publisher of The Atlantic and National Journal.

They find out what is going on with the conservative movement these days. Are politicians still wielding power or have the top media voices taken centre stage? And how is it possible that Sarah Palin's book is wracking up such big sales before it has even been released?

Syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage tells us just how hot the United States is for a good sex scandal. In light of David Letterman's on-screen announcement about his sexual relations, and the sordid history of major figures transgressing, Matt talks to Dan about the line between the appropriate and the passable in American sexuality.

The cold shoulder that the US has given Cuba may be warming up a little. Matt Frei talks to the BBC's Michael Voss in Havana about the changing relationship between the US and its communist neighbour.

90 miles north of Cuba is Miami, Florida, hometown of Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart. Although he has family relations to Fidel Castro, he is a fervent anti-communist. He argues that the US should not be pandering to the Cuban regime.

Owning a home is key to the 'American dream', but how about owning a skyscraper? Matt Frei talks to M Myers Mermel about the surprisingly lucrative skyscraper real estate market.

Matt Frei hears about the current state of the US the conservative movement.

20091018

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

President Barack Obama makes his first visit to New Orleans since becoming president. Matt Frei talks to New Orleans-born trumpeter Irvin Mayfield about what life is like these days in the city still coming back to life from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.

As major news networks scramble to innovate and meet the changing demands of their audiences, Matt Frei talks to former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather about the ways Americans consume news.

Many American big-city newspapers are holding on for dear life - and sometimes not holding on at all - but some small-town papers are doing just fine. Matt Frei talks to publisher Gloria Trotter in Oklahoma, who has co-published the Tecumseh Countywide News and Sun for the last 26 years. She explains how small papers like hers are managing to continue going strong.

After 40 years of Monty Python humour, many Americans can still quote a trove of the troupe's lines, verbatim, and with very bad English accents. Hayes Davenport, editor of the Harvard Lampoon, tries to explain why.

Obama visits New Orleans; the decline in anchor-led journalism; small-town newspapers.

20091025

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt Frei examines what some might call the engine of Wall Street: greed. The Obama administration is going after the hefty bonuses paid out in America's financial district, and Matt visits the street itself to get insider scoop from Rolling Stone magazine's Matt Taibbi, The Nation magazine's Katrina vanden Heuvel, and bonus consultant Marc Hodak. We also hear from a man who has been selling New York skyscrapers at a discount.

Americans minds have begun to turn to thoughts of gloom and doom, anghosties and goblins. With the Halloween season upon us, we hear an excerpt from Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven, dramatized for us by Emon Hassan, producer, director and editor of Hassberry Theatre Company.

Adaptation of The Raven radio script by William Spear; narrated by Thos Shipley, with an original score by Kevin Mahonchak.

Matt Frei examines what some might call the engine of Wall Street: greed.

20091101

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Americans love golf and President Obama is no exception. Matt Frei takes a swing of the club and a look at how exactly the 44th President of the United States, Barak Obama, manages to make so much time to play. He is squeezing in more golf than his predecessor, even in the midst of juggling the challenges of economic recovery and international diplomacy.

Matt Frei talks to former White House press secretary Dana Perino about life on the other side of the podium. After a few years fielding questions on behalf of the George W Bush administration, Perino tells Americana how she feels the Obama administration is handling the media storm so far.

If she looks like Sarah Palin and talks like Sarah Palin, does that mean that Michele Bachmann will be the new Sarah Palin? Bachmann has represented Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives for three years. In that short time she has managed to become a well-known voice within the Republican Party. Matt Frei talks to her about how she has amplified her opinions so effectively and what her hopes are for the Republican Party in the future.

What exactly does a Governor do? Matt Frei talks with Governor Brian Schweitzer, who moved from ranching to running one of the largest states in the US, Montana. Governor Schweitzer took office in 2009 and shares his insight on what it takes to be one of the 50 most powerful state leaders in the nation.

Matt Frei invites the a cappella group Sonos, who are currently touring around the United States, into the Americana studio. With FX pedals and well-known indie tunes, Sonos makes the studio vibrate with a whole new sound.

Matt Frei examines President Obama's love of golf and talks to Dana Perino.

20091108

Americana heads west to sun-soaked Los Angeles. Guest host David Willis is joined by satirist, comedian and commentator Harry Shearer to examine the week's top news through lively discussion, and maybe even a song.

David takes flight with Amelia Earhart, but this Earhart has no record of crashing - she sticks to reporting the traffic over the packed streets of Los Angeles. David rides in the news helicopter with this distant relative of the first lady in flight.

It's a thin line between loving the entertainment world and causing trouble. David Willis tags along with the LA's paparazzi to learn more about the industry and to discuss how much is too much love of the stars - even for Hollywood.

American country music singer Toby Keith visits Americana with songs that embody the spirit of the USA. Keith's music tackles topics from beer, to trucks, to romance, and discusses how politics, too, can become intertwined.

Guest host David Willis is joined by satirist, comedian and commentator Harry Shearer

20091115

Matt Frei talks to newsman George Stephanopoulos and civil rights attorney and political commentator Arsalan Iftikhar about the news that's in the forefront of American minds.

The three discuss America's strategy for moving forward in Afghanistan, the healthcare debate and the impact of the Fort Hood shootings on the American military and America's civil liberties.

Americana visits Dearborn, Michigan where community members discuss the challenges faced by American Muslims in the wake of the shootings at Fort Hood. Dearborn has one of the largest concentrations of American Muslims in the world. Matt Frei talks to Kamran Pasha about how American Muslims at Fort Hood are feeling about their service.

The American company Kraft Foods has put in a hostile bid to takeover Cadbury. Americana travels to Hershey, Pennsylvania where Hershey Kisses line the streets and tourists come to visit the chocolate town. Chocolate lovers there are asked, 'How would you like it if an international company tried to launch a hostile takeover of your chocolate company?'.

Matt Frei is joined by George Stephanopoulos and Arsalan Iftikhar.

20091122

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

As Sarah Palin kicks off her book tour around the nation, Americana takes time to learn more about the women that represent America as well as the women who work each day to make it run. Although females account for over 50 per cent of the population, women in the United States are under-represented in the halls of Congress and the boardrooms of corporate America. Matt Frei talks to National Public Radio's senior news analyst Cokie Roberts. She's the author of the best-selling book We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, and helps to highlight the week's top news as well as the many views and characterizations of women's lives in the United States.

Matt Frei talks with Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of California and Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee about the challenges of working in positions of political power and representing diverse constituencies. American women from around the nation weigh in on the challenges of the glass ceiling or lack thereof.

Matt Frei talks to National Public Radio's senior news analyst Cokie Roberts.

20091206

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

20091213

What do an American lumberjack, an ocean fisherwoman, a Republican senator and an evangelical Christian all have in common? They each have an opinion on climate change. Host Matt Frei is joined by Jon Meacham, the editor of Newsweek, and Steven Johnson, the author of The Invention of Air, to discuss American views on climate change and the week's other top news.

Matt Frei leads a roundtable discussion with American moms about the responsibilities they shoulder in times of economic crisis and in times of holiday cheer.

Hanukah begins this week and according to writer and performer Josh Lefkowitz, 'tis the season for Christmas envy.

Matt Frei is joined by Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek, and author Steven Johnson.

20091220

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20091227

Host Matt Frei is joined by evening news anchor Katie Couric to discuss the most striking American stories of the past decade.

As many across the United States enjoy a white Christmas weekend, a cappella ensemble Sonos warms up the Americana studios with their performance of White Winter Hymnal.

Matt Frei talks to author Sherman Alexie about Christmas in Native American homes, both on and off the American Indian reservations. Alexie's most recent book, War Dances, explores the many shapes and styles of fatherhood found across the United States.

And Americana hears about one particularly disastrous Christmas dinner. A simple sandwich next year might turn out to be a better option than this family feast.

Host Matt Frei is joined by evening news anchor Katie Couric.

20100103

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20100103

Host Kevin Connolly is joined by journalist Farai Chideya to discuss the beginning of 2010. What will be the big stories? What might the decade have in store for America?

Kevin talks with Tea-Party Conservatives about what the ideal US government would look like if Tea Partiers continue to succeed in making a powerful impression on the masses dressing up in colonial attire and raising their voices.

Comedian Margaret Cho talks about what will be funny in 2010, how to make jokes and complain even if things are going your way.

The American football season is coming to a close, with College Bowl football games still to come. Match-ups of college teams bring droves of American fans to bars and parties across the nation. Kevin visits a sports bar in Washington DC to get a sense of the excitement and to talk with Washington Post sports writer Gene Wang.

20100110

It's sex, drugs and rock and roll on Americana.

Matt Frei tackles the week's top news with the help of cultural commentator and blogger Jimi Izrael. The two discuss the future of the Democratic Party, fancy gadgetry, marijuana and pornography.

Matt talks to restaurant owner Steve Horwitz about his new dispensary, Ganja Gourmet. The restaurant's t-shirts read, 'Our food is so great, you need a license to eat it!' Serving only marijuana-enhanced foods, only prescription-carrying customers can enjoy the cuisine but the business model could be replicated in other cities and states.

In Las Vegas a huge convention is taking place showcasing the newest gadgets and technological advancements, but it's not the Consumer Electronics Symposium - it's the Adult Entertainment Expo. The two Las Vegas conventions overlap in timing and in content. Reporter David Willis shows Americana the place where porn meets tech.

Americana wouldn't be complete with just sex and drugs - it needs rock and roll too. Friday 8th January would have been Elvis Presley's 75th birthday. Americana pays tribute.

Matt Frei tackles the week's top news with the help of cultural commentator Jimi Izrael.

20100110

It's sex, drugs and rock and roll on Americana.

Matt Frei tackles the week's top news with the help of cultural commentator and blogger Jimi Izrael. The two discuss the future of American security and civil liberties, fancy gadgetry, marijuana and pornography.

Matt talks to restaurant owner Steve Horwitz about his new dispensary, Ganja Gourmet. The restaurant's t-shirts read, 'Our food is so great, you need a license to eat it!' Serving only marijuana-enhanced foods, only prescription-carrying customers can enjoy the cuisine but the business model could be replicated in other cities and states.

In Las Vegas a huge convention is taking place showcasing the newest gadgets and technological advancements, but it's not the Consumer Electronics Symposium - it's the Adult Entertainment Expo. The two Las Vegas conventions overlap in timing and in content. Reporter David Willis shows Americana the place where porn meets tech.

Americana wouldn't be complete with just sex and drugs - it needs rock and roll too. Friday 8th January would have been Elvis Presley's 75th birthday. Americana pays tribute.

20100117

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20100117

While a nation waits for Obama to deliver his State of the Union Address, Americana asks why wait? We deliver our own State of the Nation programme.

Kevin Connolly hears from the celebrated Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat to learn more about what life is like in Haiti and the view from the United States.

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, joins us to discuss the long-term outlook for United States, and attempts to answer the question 'Can America rise again?'

The United States Census just launched its 2010 campaign. Its work will have a last political, social and economic impact on the country. Census Director Robert Groves explains how the survey works and what powers he has to say 'no' to the man in the White House.

We also hear from some of the nation's newest citizens at a naturalization ceremony in Richmond, Virginia. At a time when so many in the US feel demoralized about the country's future, Americana hears what makes these newbies feel optimistic about officially joining the country.

There is one US citizen who continues to inspire Americans around the nation, even though he is no longer with us. On Monday the United States observes a national holiday in honour of Martin Luther King Jr. Americana hears from third graders in Illinois about what they'd ask Martin Luther King Jr if they had the chance.

20100124

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

A look at Massachusetts - what makes a mostly blue state go red? Two local state leaders take sides to explain the Massachusetts of today. They weigh in on what elections in November may look like with the recent Supreme Court ruling which removes monetary limits on corporate spending during federal elections.

As American troops arrive on the ground in Haiti, the picture of American military operations overseas is refreshed. It's not all about fighting terrorism.

After a week of pointed jokes and fierce deliberations, Conan O'Brien agrees to a 45 million dollar severance package to leave NBC's Tonight Show. Americana learns about the legacy of the late night show and what might come next as host Jay Leno returns to the spotlight.

Considered one of the 100 most influential figures in the United States, talk show host Tavis Smiley talks to Matt Frei about The Tavis Smiley Show and his goals for the future.

Matt Frei presents on how the state of Massachusetts turned from blue to red.

20100124

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

A look at Massachusetts - what makes a mostly blue state go red? Two local state leaders take sides to explain the Massachusetts of today. They weigh in on what elections in November may look like with the recent Supreme Court ruling which removes monetary limits on corporate spending during federal elections.

As American troops arrive on the ground in Haiti, the picture of American military operations overseas is refreshed. It's not all about fighting terrorism.

After a week of pointed jokes and fierce deliberations, Conan O'Brien agrees to a 45 million dollar severance package to leave NBC's Tonight Show. Americana learns about the legacy of the late night show and what might come next as host Jay Leno returns to the spotlight.

Considered one of the 100 most influential figures in the United States, talk show host Tavis Smiley talks to Matt Frei about The Tavis Smiley Show and his goals for the future.

20100131

The US budget is over three trillion dollars. Matt Frei talks to US budget expert Stan Collender to translate what all those zeros in 'trillion' mean for the federal budget and national debt.

Matt Frei talks to Grammy Award-winning musician Steve Earle about how one in ten Americans face unemployment. They discuss how those numbers affect real Americans and the songs sung about them. Americana hears from three people who have lost jobs in the last year, from South Dakota, Nashville and Oregon.

Americans are counting down the days until one of the largest national unified television viewing experiences arrives, the Superbowl. The Superbowl typically draws over 90 million viewers. It also draws over two million dollars for a 30-second window of advertising. The most controversial ad in the Superbowl line-up this year brings the abortion debate to the field.

This will be the 44th Superbowl and sports writer Don Steinberg notes that the nation also just elected its 44th president. Matt Frei talks to Don to learn when, if ever, US leadership is more impressive than in its championship football games.

Matt Frei talks to Stan Collender about the US federal budget and national debt.

20100131

The US budget is over three trillion dollars. Matt Frei talks to US budget expert Stan Collender to translate what all those zeros in 'trillion' mean for the federal budget and national debt.

Matt Frei talks to Grammy Award-winning musician Steve Earle about how one in ten Americans face unemployment. They discuss how those numbers affect real Americans and the songs sung about them. Americana hears from three people who have lost jobs in the last year, from South Dakota, Nashville and Oregon.

Americans are counting down the days until one of the largest national unified television viewing experiences arrives, the Superbowl. The Superbowl typically draws over 90 million viewers. It also draws over two million dollars for a 30-second window of advertising. The most controversial ad in the Superbowl line-up this year brings the abortion debate to the field.

This will be the 44th Superbowl and sports writer Don Steinberg notes that the nation also just elected its 44th president. Matt Frei talks to Don to learn when, if ever, US leadership is more impressive than in its championship football games.

20100207

Matt Frei is joined by conservative commentator Tucker Carlson for a look at the week's top news. He weighs in on the stories of the week, including the nation's renewed examination of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, which excludes gays and lesbians from military service.

Matt Frei talks to actor John Lithgow about his current work and the way Americans can reinvent themselves - sometimes fictionally.

In 1960 four young African American men sat down for lunch at a counter in North Carolina, but when they were refused service they refused to stop asking. They inspired actions for racial justice across the country including sit-ins, protests and marches. Fifty years later, a museum opens on the grounds of that famous lunch spot and Americana hears from Joseph McNeil about what it was like for him when he first sat down behind that Woolworth Company lunch counter.

Matt Frei is joined by Tucker Carlson, Joseph McNeil and John Lithgow.

20100214

Matt Frei talks to John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, the authors of the bestseller Game Change, a candid account of the Obamas, the Clintons, McCain and Palin. Up for debate: political gridlock, the rise and fall of John Edwards and what 'real change' is needed in America

American news types have given us a new word: 'mirandize.' The White House has come under attack after it was revealled the FBI has read underwear bomber Umar Abdulmutallab his 'Miranda' rights. His what? Matt talks to lawyer Robert Shapiro - best known for his successful defence of OJ Simpson - to find out what role these Miranda rights play in the US justice system. Who do they apply to and why they are so important?

Will America ever send a man to the moon again? President Obama has set NASA off on a different course, one that does not involve the planet made of cheese. So a perfect time to hear from the last man to set foot on the moon, Captain Eugene A Cernan. He tells us about that final journey and shares his throughts about what might happen when Americans can no longer reach for the stars - or the moon or Mars.

The America's Cupold, the oldest active trophy in international sport is once again its up for grabs. Faced with high-tech yachts made of carbon-fibre, we cannot help but pine for the boats of days gone by and old-fashioned boat building. We've a slice of boat building life from two guys in Martha's Vineyard in New England who are carving out their living in the old-fashioned way.

Matt Frei hears from authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin and lawyer Robert Shapiro.

20100221

Americana goes underground, for Washington Confidential.

Kevin Connolly talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills about his new book, Bomb Power, and the theory that getting the bomb - and preventing others from getting it afterwards - has turned America into a secretive behemoth.

Kevin takes a tour of Washington's most significant espionage locales with spook-watcher Eamon Javers, and ponders the evolution of an industry which has been the secret beating heart of this town since intelligence services first came into existence in America.

Kevin dons his smoking jacket and sits down with Ed Walker, the host of Sunday night detective serials on American radio, the Big Broadcast.

Kevin Connolly talks to Pulitzer-winning author Garry Wills.

20100314

Matt Frei talks to conservative commentator SE Cupp about how and where politics and religion collide.

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) flew boldly for the United States during World War II but they were not acknowledged as anything more than civilian volunteers. Former pilot Maggie Gee is among the women who will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of her work years ago.

Matt Frei talks to Bill Wasik, senior editor of Harper's Magazine, about the quirky and enlightening Harper's Index. Numbers don't lie, but what truths do they expose?

Matt Frei asks conservative commentator S.E. Cupp about politics and religion colliding.

20100321

Matt Frei talks to journalist Carl Bernstein about the value of staking out the truth, even if it means going forward alone.

Spring officially sets in and it's Sunshine Week in Washington DC, the yearly opportunity for the federal government to highlight its efforts towards transparency in governing. Carl Bernstein offers his thoughts on what we can learn from Watergate and the ways that secrecy continues to play out in American politics.

Author and travel writer Jonathan Raban joins Matt to talk about his most recent escapes and the challenges and benefits of being a lone wolf.

Matt talks to historian and journalist Ellen Fitzpatrick about her new book, Letters to Jackie. The collection of letters sent to Jackie Kennedy on the death of her husband John F Kennedy highlight the emptiness that loss can bring and how the words of Americans from all over the nation served to abate that pain.

Matt Frei talks to journalist Carl Bernstein and travel writer Jonathan Raban.

20100328

So what's next? Matt Frei is joined by one of America's best known and respected broadcasters - Brian Williams of NBC's Nightly News.

The two discuss what's next on the political agenda now that health care reform has been passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama.

American voices illustrate the issues vying for legislative attention.

Matt Frei talks with an immigration reform advocate and undocumented immigrant herself.

Adam Dittrich, CEO of the Americana Community Bank, in Minnesota, offers his two cents about how looming financial reform could impact the value and vulnerability of community banks.

And Matt Frei talks with Emergency Financial Manager of Detroit Public Schools, Robert Bobb, about how to deal with an education crisis.

It's not all politics.

Americana hears from musician Mark Seliger about the musical journey of his band, Rusty Truck.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and stories shaping America today.

20100404

This week on Americana, Matt Frei looks at how America treats its friends, and its enemies.

Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large of the National Review, joins Matt to talk about President Obama's relationships with the international community.

We also hear from Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, author of the new book, Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran." Saberi became a cause celebre in 2009 when Iranian authorities detained her for 100 days and accused her of spying for the US.

We look at the trend of the multi-generational homestead, now making a comeback in the suburbs for economic reasons.

Matt visits with one family in which four generations share the same space.

It's not just The Waltons anymore.

And, who loves their intellectuals more, Democrats or Republicans?

Matt Frei looks at how America treats its friends and enemies."

20100411

David Willis presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

David Willis presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today

20100418

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20100502

Mark Mardell presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Mark Mardell presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today

20100509

David Willis presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

David Willis presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today

20100516

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20100523

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20100613

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20100801

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20100808

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20100815

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20100912

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20100919

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20101003

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20101010

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20101017

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20101031

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20101107

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20101121

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20101128

As Americans continue to celebrate, and recover from, the Thanksgiving holiday, Americana examines US food choices and "going without".

Professor and UN special advisor, Jeffrey Sachs, discusses the increase in poverty and hunger across the nation.

Nationally renowned California chef Alice Waters explains why she thinks everyone can, and should, care about eating organic food and the customers and staff at The Dinner Bell restaurant in Mississippi offer a different view.

Squirrel hunter Hovey Smith steps into his backyard in rural Georgia to share some hunting tips and a family recipe for squirrel stew.

As the holiday season hits the USA, Americana examines food choices and money struggles.

20101205

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20101212

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20101219

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20101226

America's top military award is the Medal of Honor and 25-year-old U.S.

Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Guinta recently became the first living recipient from the Afghanistan War to receive that award.

He tells Americana what it means to receive the Medal and a bit about the harrowing actions that ultimately led to his national recognition.

In the land of make-believe C.S.

Lewis was a master-crafter of fiction but some, including prominent leaders in the United States like Sarah Palin, understand the young adult novels to be full of complex religious metaphors and important truths.

Americana talks with fans and scholars to discuss the land of Narnia.

Far, far away, in a land not of make-believe, deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, two sisters are escaping into a world of books.

The two explain what it takes to survive a cold, dark winter, in a town of scarcely 300 people.

A 25-year-old US Sergeant on what it means to wear America's highest military honour.

20110102

As the new year begins, all across America people are setting resolutions in the hopes of living a healthier life in 2011.

Goals could include a new diet, less alcohol, or just a bit of regular exercise.

New York City Health Commissioner, Dr Thomas Farley, takes Americana along on his daily jog through Central Park (even as New York is buried under the snow from a recent storm) and explains what can be done to improve the health of all Americans.

Every ten years, the US Census Bureau releases a fresh report on where, why and how Americans live from coast to coast.

As the population of the United States continues to multiply, the Latino community is among the fastest growing segment of the population.

Reporter Rajini Vaidyanathan visits the culturally rich, increasingly influential Latino community of Baltimore Maryland.

New Year's resolutions come in all shapes and sizes.

So too, do champion chess players.

Samuel Sevian just became the youngest US Chess Master at the age of 9 years, 11 months and 11 days.

His goal is now to become an international master, but first he agrees to a game against presenter Jonny Dymond.

Though the understanding of America is refreshed each decade with the help of US Census figures, for Elonka Dunin the greatest mystery of America remains unsolved.

She is one of the nation's leading cryptologists and she explains how the Kryptos code, located at the Central Intelligence Agency's headquarters in Virginia, continues to stump even the brightest minds.

How fit is America? A jog in Central Park and humiliation by a 10-year-old chess master.

20110116

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20110123

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20110130

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today, featuring location reports, lively discussion and exclusive interviews.

An insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

20110206

Presidential Doctrine:

Long after U.S. leaders step down, or lose their seats in office, American Presidential doctrines live on. After a week of protests in Egypt, American diplomacy experts Susan Glasser, Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy Magazine, George Friedman, founder of the private intelligence agency STRATFOR and journalist David Millar explain the history of America's past Presidents and how they defined their stances on international policy.

Walk the walk and talk the diplomatic talk:

Future American diplomats, aka American University students, demonstrate what it takes to sit down at the negotiating table and get what you want. Cydney Gumann and Derek Tobias demonstrate the skills, strategies and trends in contemporary American negotiation.

Esperanza Spalding

And Esperanza Spalding has negotiated a space for herself at the top of the music scene. The genre-busting, culture-mixing bass player talks about her music and about how she's created a space that invites everyone in to listen.

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20110213

The American Filibuster:

As the row over filibustering in the UK heats up, Americana takes a look at the history of this increasingly popular senatorial tactic in the U.S. Can it be put to good use - or is it really just the resort of the time-wasting obstructionist?

Melting Pot Myth?

The BBC's Matthew Wells tests out the immigrant's dream of melting-pot New York. Are the streets paved with gold - or is the myth finally wearing thin?

Reclaiming Racist Language:

Throughout America's struggles with integration, the vocabulary of "us" and "them" has spawned some unutterable words. Students from Maryland explain how they are reclaiming the language of racism.

Joyce Carol Oates:

And one of America's pre-eminent authors, Joyce Carol Oates, talks about her new memoire; a raw and candid appraisal of life after her husband's death in 2008.

20110213

The American Filibuster:

As the row over filibustering in the UK heats up, Americana takes a look at the history of this increasingly popular senatorial tactic in the U.S.

Can it be put to good use - or is it really just the resort of the time-wasting obstructionist?

Melting Pot Myth?

The BBC's Matthew Wells tests out the immigrant's dream of melting-pot New York.

Are the streets paved with gold - or is the myth finally wearing thin?

Reclaiming Racist Language:

Throughout America's struggles with integration, the vocabulary of "us" and "them" has spawned some unutterable words.

Students from Maryland explain how they are reclaiming the language of racism.

Joyce Carol Oates:

And one of America's pre-eminent authors, Joyce Carol Oates, talks about her new memoire; a raw and candid appraisal of life after her husband's death in 2008.

As the row over filibustering in the UK heats up, we look at the US use of the tactic.

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20110220

Philadelphia's Return to a Balanced Budget:

As Washington insiders wrangle over the annual Federal budget, guest presenter Adam Brookes takes Americana on the road to Philadelphia -- where Mayor Michael Nutter describes how he has steered his city back into the black. Can the Federal government learn anything from Philly?

Virginia's relics of Elizabethan English:

After stopping for traditional cheesesteaks in Philly, Americana rides the mail boat from the mainland to Virginia's remote Tangier Island. It's a place where some say the remnants of Cornish speech from Elizabethan times can still be heard in the language of watermen today but as business on the sea faces challenging times the dialect may soon disappear.

20110220

Philadelphia's Return to a Balanced Budget:

As Washington insiders wrangle over the annual Federal budget, guest presenter Adam Brookes takes Americana on the road to Philadelphia -- where Mayor Michael Nutter describes how he has steered his city back into the black.

Can the Federal government learn anything from Philly?

Virginia's relics of Elizabethan English:

After stopping for traditional cheesesteaks in Philly, Americana rides the mail boat from the mainland to Virginia's remote Tangier Island.

It's a place where some say the remnants of Cornish speech from Elizabethan times can still be heard in the language of watermen today but as business on the sea faces challenging times the dialect may soon disappear.

A look at how Philadelphia balanced its budget, and who's speaking Elizabethan English.

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20110227

American Unions:

Credited with creating the 40 hour work week and minimum wage, American labor unions are also criticised for creating headaches and hurdles for American businesses. With comment from James P. Hoffa, President of the Teamsters union and son of the late Jimmy Hoffa, experts Judith Stein and Kevin Williamson discuss the history and possible future for unions in the United States.

Protest Songs:

Writer, performer and satirist Kinky Friedman explains the useful melodies and sarcastic wit of protest songs both popular and less well known.

Raising the volume:

Colin Goddard was a student at Virginia Tech University in 2007 when gunman Seung-Hui Cho burst through the classroom door to shoot and kill 10 of Colin's 17 classmates. Goddard recovered from his multiple gunshot wounds and now travels the country to call for increased gun restrictions. He shares his thoughts about the gun debate with Americana.

20110227

American Unions:

Credited with creating the 40 hour work week and minimum wage, American labor unions are also criticised for creating headaches and hurdles for American businesses.

With comment from James P.

Hoffa, President of the Teamsters union and son of the late Jimmy Hoffa, experts Judith Stein and Kevin Williamson discuss the history and possible future for unions in the United States.

Protest Songs:

Writer, performer and satirist Kinky Friedman explains the useful melodies and sarcastic wit of protest songs both popular and less well known.

Raising the volume:

Colin Goddard was a student at Virginia Tech University in 2007 when gunman Seung-Hui Cho burst through the classroom door to shoot and kill 10 of Colin's 17 classmates.

Goddard recovered from his multiple gunshot wounds and now travels the country to call for increased gun restrictions.

He shares his thoughts about the gun debate with Americana.

Matt Frei examines the history of unions in America and what may come next.

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Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

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Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

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Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

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Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

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Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

20110410

Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

20110417

As American companies clock some of the fastest growth in 60 years, with CEO's and executive pocketing salaries and stock options to match, Matt Frei takes a closer look at the widening gap between rich and poor in America.

Film-maker Morgan Spurlock talks about his newest film funded entirely by product placement.

And musician and Louisiana native Tab Benoit, on the edge of the bayou, 1 year after the BP oil spill.

As US companies celebrate record growth, Matt Frei examines the gap between rich and poor.

Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

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Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

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Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

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Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

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Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

20110529

Americana asks why English culture isn't as widely celebrated across the United States, as other European ancestries.

Founding Culture:

Matt Frei talks with author and historian Maya Jasanoff and Brenton Simons of the New England Historic Genealogical Society about what aspects of English heritage are recognized and why.

Founding Sexuality:

Author Michael Bronski explains how English Puritans framed the history of homosexuality in America,

Founding Manners:

Etiquette instructor, Sandy Muscopf Hyde, offers a few lessons in manners from the Midwest.

Morris Dance in Minnesota:

And Americana visits a traditional Morris dance studio where Minnesota residents show off their cultural roots.

Americana asks why English culture isn't widely celebrated across the United States.

20110605

In the melting pot of the US, Americana explores the heated debate over immigration.

As U.S.

Citizenship and Immigration Services launches a new media campaign to encourage immigrants to apply for citizenship, Americana discusses the impact of immigrants on the economics, security and cultural richness of the United States today.

Lewis and Clark were among America's first immigrants - Americana asks what sort of reception they got from the native American tribes back in 1805.

The Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos recalls a childhood between two worlds.

And musician Jauvon Gilliam explains how he had to disguise his identity in his bid to win the coveted position of Principal Timpanist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C.

20110612

Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

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Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

20110626

This week, Matt Frei completes his tenure as Americana's presenter with a look at why so many Americans fetishize their own history - and why so many others can't even name the Vice President.

We'll hear the voices of eminent historians, and ordinary Americans.

Matt also asks author Andrew F Smith about America's unique contribution to culinary history - junk food.

And, as a final lap, Matt tours some of his favorite Washington haunts.

Along the way, he checks in with Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan and with some regulars at Ben's Chili Bowl.

Matt Frei asks why Americans fetishize their history - but many can't even name the VP.

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Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

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Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

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Matt Frei with the insider's guide to modern America.

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An insider's guide to modern America.

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An insider's guide to modern America.

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An insider's guide to modern America.

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An insider's guide to modern America.

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An insider's guide to modern America.

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An insider's guide to modern America.

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An insider's guide to modern America.

20110911

For a special 45-minute live show, Americana comes from Ground Zero, in downtown New York, where Jonny Dymond will talk with Americans about how their country - and mindset - has changed in the decade since 9/11.

Up for discussion - the US sense of security, the experiences of three Muslims living in New York, and the story of an Iraq-vet-turned-chronicler of America's contemporary wars.

Americana comes from Ground Zero, in downtown New York.

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Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt Frei talks to American storyteller, musician, humorist and radio personality Garrison Keillor for some tips on Thanksgiving reading, holiday stories and all things American.

Matt gets the inside track from David Plouffe, President Barak Obama's 2008 campaign manager. They cover everything from Thanksgiving 2007 on the election trail to whether he'd consider running a Sarah Palin 2012 campaign.

From news anchor to cranberry relish-maker, Matt talks to one of the founding women of American public radio news, Susan Stamberg. She shares a few Thanksgiving tips, including her recipe for cranberry relish and some advice about how to outsource the bulk of the Thanksgiving feast preparations.

Matt talks to Master Edward Winslow, an American Pilgrim from the year 1627.

Matt Frei talks to Garrison Keillor about Thanksgiving and all things American.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today.

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David Willis hears the views people in Baltimore about the healthcare debate.

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Host Matt Frei talks to Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile for her view of the week's top news.

The FBI is ready to close more than 100 murder cases committed during the Civil Rights era. Matt talks to special agent Cynthia Deitle about her efforts to close the cold cases, even as some argue not enough has been done to solve them.

Americana hears from visionary musician Yo-Yo Ma. The award-winning cellist explains what's distinctly American about music from the melting pot.

In San Francisco, California the hottest thing on the block just might be curry. Matt Frei visits local food cart operators to learn more about the trendiest mobile foods and the crowds they draw.

Matt Frei hears Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile's view of the week's news.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America.