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America, Interrupted

Nothing about 2020 has been normal. More than 368,000 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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PBS NewsHour Special Report: American Reckoning

We explore what drove the Jan. 6 attack on the nation’s capital, the failures to heed warnings about growing anti-government and white nationalist extremism, the role of misinformation and disinformation online, and where we as a country go from here.


What we saw the day the Capitol was attacked

On Jan. 6, for the first time in more than two centuries, Congress was attacked and overrun, this time by its own citizens. The PBS NewsHour's anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff talks to correspondents Lisa Desjardins, Amna Nawaz and…


What’s at stake in the Georgia Senate runoffs

Amna Nawaz talks to Emory University political science professor Andra Gillespie about why the state found itself with not one, but two runoff elections Jan. 5 – and what we can learn from the state’s changing political landscape.


How COVID-19 could worsen America’s childhood trauma crisis

In this episode, PBS NewsHour correspondent William Brangham talks to special correspondent Cat Wise and reporter Laura Santhanam about why the pandemic is likely making the childhood trauma crisis worse and how caregivers can help their kids and themselves through…


How rocky presidential transitions have shaped American history

For most of American history, the transition from president to president-elect has been smooth. The loser accepts his fate, publicly concedes and the winner prepares to take the reigns. And although this election and President Donald Trump’s response to losing…


A grandmother, a granddaughter and a deep post-election divide

After a bruising election, one President Donald Trump has so far refused to concede, Americans are left trying to repair divides that are deeper and more personal than ever. In this episode, PBS NewsHour correspondent William Brangham speaks to a…


In an unprecedented election, two key swing states show how we got here

Election Day has come and gone, but there are still many unanswered questions, along with uncertainty about how we got here and where we go next. In this episode, we talk to our reporters who have been covering this election…


Why voter suppression continues and how the pandemic has made it worse

The disenfranchisement of voters has been a part of America’s history for as long as it’s held elections, and this year is no different. A look at the history of voter suppression and what it looks like in a pandemic.


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…


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.


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


‘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…


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…


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.


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…


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…


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…