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America, Interrupted

Nothing about 2020 has been normal. More than 180,000 Americans have been killed by the coronavirus. Economies have closed and reopened and closed again. The police killing of a black man ignited the biggest protest movement in a generation. And a presidential election waits just around the corner. 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.

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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…

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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…

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.

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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…

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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…

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How the UK is reopening amid COVID-19 — and what the U.S. can learn

The United Kingdom is entering a new phase of reopening after more than three months in lockdown. Hair salons, movie theaters and the all-important English pubs can finally do business again. The key question now: How will the government get…

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Why police unions are so powerful – and what that means for reform

Police unions are under the microscope like never before. Though police unions play a critical role in protecting officers rights, experts say they can also block reform and prevent officers from being held accountable in cases of misconduct. In this…

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This city already rebuilt its police department. Did it work?

Protesters across the country are continuing to fill the streets, looking to turn their outrage over police violence against black people into action. Many point to the city of Camden, New Jersey, as an example of what reforming a police…

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‘A very long, very loud existential scream’

Amid the largest pandemic in a century, we're also experiencing the biggest protest movement in a generation. In this episode, protesters in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., tell White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor and Political Reporter Daniel Bush about why they’ve…

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Why coronavirus misinformation is so hard to fight

If you've been paying attention to the news lately, you've probably heard some wild claims about the coronavirus. We talk to two fact checkers who walk us through what they're seeing during this pandemic -- including one specific claim about…

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Introducing America, Interrupted

The coronavirus has disrupted life as we knew it. From the PBS NewsHour, an intimate look at how our communities, jobs and lives are changing -- and where we go from here.

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Rural hospitals were already struggling. Then the coronavirus hit.

Much of what we’ve heard about the coronavirus is from major cities like New York. But what’s happening to hospitals in rural America, where there are more high-risk patients, fewer resources and a smaller safety net -- if there is…

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Voices from coronavirus isolation

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, one thing most of us are struggling with, regardless of where or who we are, is an overwhelming feeling of isolation. In this special episode, correspondent Lisa Desjardins and digital arts editor Joshua Barajas talk…

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Understanding the coronavirus

Since the first U.S. case was reported in late January, the new coronavirus has turned our lives upside down. But how did we get here? And what can we do to protect ourselves? Peter Daszak, a zoologist who has studied…