Americana

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

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Kevin Connolly meets Farai Chideya, Tea-Party Conservatives, Margaret Cho and Gene Wang.

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.

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Kevin Connolly hosts a 'state of the nation' programme and talks to author James Fallows.

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.

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This week: dirty politics, US troops in Haiti, tired TV formats and Tavis Smiley.

This week on Americana: Matt Frei looks at the red and blue politics of Massachusetts, US troops in Haiti, and the contested legacies of talk show hosts.

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Americana plugs in and connects with a look at technology and the internet in the US.

This week Americana plugs in and connects with a look at technology and the internet in the US

Americans of all ages, from coast to coast, explain the role of the web in their lives.

Presenter Stephen Evans crunches the numbers with Susannah Fox of The Pew Research Centre's Internet and American Life Project and technology guru Megan McCarthy.

They discuss what it is that Americans explore, accomplish and build when they spend hours online.

Americana steps behind the curtain of anonymity and talks with expert hacker Daniel Kaminsky about the state of US cyber security.

And a conversation with writer Hal Crowther about how the time Americans spend wired to the web may be dumbing down the nation.

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The politics and personalities of US presidents

Next week would be the 100th birthday of former President and Republican favourite Ronald Reagan.

His son Ron Reagan shares his name but grew up to become quite different from his father.

He talks about life inside the home of Ronald and Nancy Reagan and about what it was like to grow up in the shadow of the actor, turned governor, turned President of the United States.

President Ronald Reagan was a champion of America’s small business economy.

Today, more than half of all Americans either own, or work for, a small business.

Butch and Rita McNinch own Dutch Diner in President Reagan’s hometown.

They talk about the challenges of, and value in, operating a small business in Tampico, Illinois.

This month is the 50th anniversary of John F.

Kennedy’s Presidential inauguration.

The Washington D.C.

arts centre which carry’s his name is celebrating that anniversary though a series of special concerts remembering JFK’s legacy.

The Kennedy Center’s Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and Hollywood film star Richard Dreyfuss share their impressions of the work and the man.

Some claim that the legacies of both Presidents Reagan and Kennedy have grown larger than life.

It might be hard for some to imagine the beginning stages of such careers but for Herman Cain, the beginning is the most exciting part.

Cain is an underdog Republican (Tea Party) candidate.

He talks to Americana about his hopes to lead the nation as the 45th President of the United States.

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With unrest and uncertainty in the Middle East what could or should the US do?

America's role in the Middle East

With violence, protests and chaos rampant in parts of the Middle East Americana asks former US Ambassador Marc Ginsberg what could and should the US do to protect American interests.

What impact will the unrest have on the average US citizen?

Drunkenness of Nations

The legal drinking age across the US is 21 years old but in Wisconsin, the state with the worst binge drinking problems in the nation, some minors can be served legally.

Americana checks in on a Wisconsin watering hole to find out what people think about the relationship between alcohol, youth and trouble.

And author Dan Okrent explains how American drinking styles compare to the habits and patterns of other countries around the globe.

Boxing Clubs

From state to state, Americans are facing massive budget cuts during this recession and when school budgets feel the pinch its often after school programmes which disappear.

Americana talks with a boxing coach in Ohio who is picking up the slack and helping kids stay off the streets.

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Americana examines the state of Science and innovation in America today with Marienetta DiChristina, Editor in Chief of Scientific American.

What's up with science in America?

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

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A look at how the political, social and racial tensions of the Civil War resonate today

Americana investigates the American Civil War.

Civil War Today:

Yale's Professor David Blight joins Matt Frei to discuss the political, social and racial tensions of the Civil War era, still reverberating through America today.

American Voices of the Civil War:

The experiences of ordinary Americans at the Battle of Antietam - STILL the bloodiest single-day battle in American history.

Dean Faulkner Wells:

Dean Faulkner Wells, niece of the double-Pulitzer-prize-winning writer, William Faulkner, recalls her own upbringing in America's Deep South.

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What country singer Dolly Parton thinks about the upcoming Royal Wedding

The 2012 election season is under way and Barack Obama is the man the Republicans need to beat.

There are plenty of contenders out there, but has the GOP (Grand Old Party) found the man or woman with the winning combination?

Joe Scarborough - the host of MSNBC's Morning Joe and a former Republican congressman himself - is on hand to guide us though the 2012 election.

And, with the Royal Wedding just around the corner, we hear from Americans with very different views about the upcoming nuptials.

Even Dolly Parton gives her view and also tells us how she preserves her own uniquely optimistic perspective on life.

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

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.

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

Etiquette instructor, Sandy Muscopf Hyde, offers a few lessons in manners from the Midwest of the US– passed down from early settlers through generations and now supplemented in afterschool programmes.

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

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

As US 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 DC.

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How important is the manufacturing sector to the US economy?

As America's political candidates rack up visits to factory floors across the nation, hoping to garner support, Americana asks experts how important the manufacturing sector continues to be to the US economy.

Further from the industrial centres of the US, America's pea farmers share perspectives on the tough economy.

And one of America's most-beloved country stories, Charlotte's Web, is celebrating 60 years since its first publication.

Biographer Michael Sims describes E B White's sensitive writing about nature of for which White, like Beatrix Potter, became a champion.

And banjo maker Jim Mills explains the history and charm of one of rural America’s most iconic instruments.

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What will it take to get America's silent majority to raise their voices?

As frustration increases across the US with the looming national debt, political analysts Lou Zickar and Eleanor Clift explore the power and potential of America's silent majority.

Throughout her term in office, Governor of Washington Christine Gregoire made tough decisions in order to keep her state's economy from collapse. She talks about how hard times forced her hand and why she's not campaigning to lead again.

Gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson brought to life the crazy and tragic times of America's 1960s and illustrator Ralph Steadman brought those stories into full colour. Mr Steadman reflects upon what those days have in common with contemporary times.

Two political analysts explore the power and potential of America’s silent majority

As frustration increases across the US with the looming national debt, political analysts Lou Zickar and Eleanor Clift explore the power and potential of America’s silent majority.

Throughout her term in office, Governor of Washington Christine Gregoire made tough decisions in order to keep her state’s economy from collapse.

She talks about how hard times forced her hand and why she’s not campaigning to lead again.

Gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson brought to life the crazy and tragic times of America's 1960s and illustrator Ralph Steadman brought those stories into full colour.

Mr Steadman reflects upon what those days have in common with contemporary times.

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Why the United States Postal Service is still important to American communication

The U.S.

Post Master General explains why, during this economic crunch, the United States Postal Service is valuable and will continue to be important to American communication.

Professor Bill Marling discusses James M.

Cain’s American classic, The Postman Always Rings Twice.

As summer wraps up and American politicians squeeze in the last days of their warm-weather escapes, Americana examines how the locals of Martha’s Vineyard feel about the influx of political holiday-takers.

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We'll be at Ground Zero, talking with Americans about how their country and mindset has changed in the decade since 9/11

We'll be at Ground Zero, talking with Americans about how their country and mindset has.

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What will it take to get America's silent majority to raise their voices?

Two political analysts explore the power and potential of America’s silent majority

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

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

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

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With unrest and uncertainty in the Middle East what could or should the US do?

America's role in the Middle East

With violence, protests and chaos rampant in parts of the Middle East Americana asks former US Ambassador Marc Ginsberg what could and should the US do to protect American interests.

What impact will the unrest have on the average US citizen?

Drunkenness of Nations

The legal drinking age across the US is 21 years old but in Wisconsin, the state with the worst binge drinking problems in the nation, some minors can be served legally.

Americana checks in on a Wisconsin watering hole to find out what people think about the relationship between alcohol, youth and trouble.

And author Dan Okrent explains how American drinking styles compare to the habits and patterns of other countries around the globe.

Boxing Clubs

From state to state, Americans are facing massive budget cuts during this recession and when school budgets feel the pinch its often after school programmes which disappear.

Americana talks with a boxing coach in Ohio who is picking up the slack and helping kids stay off the streets.

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University of Risk

Americana examines the value of higher education in a debt laden nation.

Education experts Claudia Dreifus and Peter Brooks debate the popularity of higher education in the US.

Self-Made Man

The pioneering spirit - that persevering, climb-to-the-top work ethic, is largely responsible for the nation's image of the "self-made man." Presenter Matt Frei talks to David Walker Howe about why pulling yourself up by your bootstraps continues to go in and out of fashion.

Barbara Carroll

Jazz pianist Barbara Carroll hasn't always enjoyed the fame and popularity she has today.

She fought through the man's world of jazz to be heard and seen as a musician, and woman, of talent in her own right.

She plays a few songs and shares her story with Americana.

A week for the history books

David Remnick reflects on the impact of the week's announcement that Osama Bin Laden was killed and what it means for future security and leadership of the United States.

Is a university education in America still worth the debt incurred by students?

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

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A look at how the political, social and racial tensions of the Civil War resonate today

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It's looking to be a tough summer for the White House.

Presenter Adam Brookes talks to Jared Bernstein, who recently resigned as economic advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, about what hope remains for the Obama Administration's financial plans for the country.

Lean & Hungry Theater, a Washington D.C.

drama company is about to kick off a new production of A Midsummer Nights Dream- a radio version complete with Midwestern accents and flashy sound effects.

Americana listens in.

And what summer would be complete without the beach? Hawaiian musician Jake Shimabukuro

demonstrates his famous ukulele mastery from the sandy Pacific island's shores.

Presenter Adam Brookes asks why President Obama's economic advisors keep leaving

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

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

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How important is the manufacturing sector to the US economy?

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

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Americana plugs in and connects with a look at technology and the internet in the US.

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What country singer Dolly Parton thinks about the upcoming Royal Wedding

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Why the United States Postal Service is still important to American communication

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The politics and personalities of US presidents

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Louisiana: oil spill impact on communities, America's energy needs, disappearing shoreline

This week Americana takes a closer look at Louisiana.

A visit to T’Pops bait and coffee shop brings shop “regulars” and community disc jockey Ken Friedlander together for a conversation about the impact of the oil spill on the lives of the working people of Louisiana.

Salon's Editor In Chief Joan Walsh explains the political ramifications of the situation in Gulf of Mexico and how America's energy needs gush forward.

And from Mobile Bay, Alabama, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Rick Bragg says goodbye to the shoreline of his childhood.

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How America's "tough guys" get work done in the United States.

Americana takes a swing at the “tough guys” in the United States.

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