Us & Them

68 EpisodesProduced by Trey Kay and WVPB

We tell stories from the fault lines that separate Americans. Peabody Award-winning public radio producer Trey Kay listens to people on both sides of the divide.

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‘Us’ Music: a Conversation with Stephan Said

September 12th, 2018

30:46

The Village Voice and Billboard Magazine have compared Stephan Said to Woody Guthrie because uses his music to bridge divides between people. He's taken his guitar to war zones in Iraq, refugee camps in the …

Shack!

August 29th, 2018

41:23

The start of the football season has once again, seen players standing up, kneeling down or not showing up for the national anthem. Some see this as a question of patriotism, others as an issue of free expression. If it …

Hillers and Creekers

August 15th, 2018

35:09

Americans tend to sort themselves into tribes that share similar culture, ideas and values. Trey recalls kids at his West Virginia high school …

The Church Lady

August 1st, 2018

30:53

Are America’s schools hostile to religion? There’s been a tussle over this issue since the early 60s, when the Supreme Court ruled that prayer and …

Gentrification (or that Kumbaya moment)

July 18th, 2018

37:33

Things have changed in the old neighborhood. There are cool little restaurants and cafes, funky little shops and a vibrant art and music scene. On …

The Elephant in the Classroom

July 4th, 2018

34:36

Hey, it’s Independence Day - the official birth of our nation! Watching fireworks on July 4th may be as close as some of us get to expressing a …

Housing in Paradise

June 21st, 2018

33:01

Places like Lake Tahoe, Nantucket and Colorado ski country are playgrounds for the wealthy. To make the playground run smoothly, there’s a dire need …

Revisiting the Grand Palace

June 6th, 2018

39:21

Trey Kay has observed how things have changed significantly for LGBTQ people where he lives in New York. But he’s not sure if anything’s changed in a more conservative place like West Virginia, where he grew up. A …

Love, the Ayatollah, and Revolution

May 23rd, 2018

28:39

America and Iran used to be close allies, but since the Iranian Revolution began in 1979, the relationship has been akin to a bad divorce. After …

Touching the Third Rail with Katharine Hayhoe

May 9th, 2018

35:34

In today’s culturally polarized society, discussing whether the planet is warming and if humans have an impact on the climate is a topic that’s often …

Islamophobia

December 10th, 2015

26:17

With acts of terrorism in Paris and San Bernardino, some Americans are suspicious of Muslim neighbors and immigrants. Warranted fear or paranoia?

A Confederate Reckoning

October 3rd, 2015

52:37

Can we reconcile different versions of history? Two American foreign correspondents of color fly from Kenya to Louisiana to report on an unfinished …

Trey & Alice

May 1st, 2015

31:56

A blue state secular liberal and a red state conservative Christian have an unlikely friendship. And a slug burger.

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