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Us & Them

136 EpisodesProduced by Trey Kay and WVPBWebsite

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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Breaking Bread, Talking Politics

October 22nd, 2020


Keep politics away from the dinner table! This year’s contentious campaign season offers fresh reasons for that advice. But Us & Them host Trey …

Us & Them: Working Man vs. The Political Machine

October 7th, 2020


The 2020 political campaigns are in high gear and the elections are just weeks away. This year, one West Virginia man watches from the sidelines, …

Forced Apart: An Ailing Economy -- Is Workforce Training The Cure?

September 24th, 2020


The coronavirus has created an economic nightmare. About a million jobs have disappeared in six months and more layoffs are likely this fall. In West Virginia, the pandemic doubled the state’s unemployment rate. That …

Can a White Supremacist Alter Her DNA of Hate?

September 9th, 2020


Black and Brown people in America continue to die at the hands of police officers and that's created a season of hate. George Floyd’s killing ignited …

Forced Apart: The 'Delicate and Crazy Dance' of American Health Care

August 27th, 2020


The coronavirus confronts every aspect of our society - with our health care systems front and center in the crosshairs. When hospitals canceled nonessential medical procedures at the beginning of the pandemic, it …

The Vaccination Divide

August 5th, 2020


The race is on to develop a vaccination that can bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers around the world are working on an immunization to slow or stop the outbreak. As that effort ramps up, there’s clear …

Recovery and Resiliency in Kermit

July 22nd, 2020


At the peak of the opioid crisis, drug companies sent 12 million hydrocodone pills to Kermit, West Virginia - a town of about 350 people. Cars would …

Forced Apart: Quarantine and the Danger of Eating Disorders

July 8th, 2020


COVID-19 forces big changes in our society and for our medical systems. When patients with mental health conditions are forced to stay at home …

Us & Them: Abortion Divides

July 2nd, 2020


Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal wing of the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a Louisiana abortion law. The narrow decision may be …

Forced Apart: Shadow Pandemic

June 25th, 2020


COVID-19 has forced millions to stay at home for months. Isolation can feed anxiety and depression and now tens of millions of Americans say that …

The Black Talk

June 19th, 2020


Much of the recent work of our Us & Them team has focused on our day-to-day experience as we live through a global pandemic. But we need to shine …

COVID-19 Takes A Toll On Our Food Supply

June 10th, 2020


The coronavirus highlights many of our vulnerabilities, including the system we use to get food from the farm to the table.  Lately, the pandemic has …

Coronavirus Czar Says Pandemic is a Stress Test for WV Health Care

June 3rd, 2020


It’s about 10 weeks since the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country, including West Virginia. While state officials are now reopening businesses, the pandemic is far from over. Seventy-eight West Virginians …

Forced Apart: Same Pandemic, Unequal Education

May 28th, 2020


West Virginia’s 2020 school year, from kindergarten through college, is wrapping up unlike any other.  In recent years, Mountain State communities …

The Legacy of the Upper Big Branch Disaster

May 13th, 2020


Ten years ago, the Upper Big Branch Mine exploded in West Virginia. 29 men died and an investigation uncovered that a legacy of overlooked safety measures contributed to the disaster. A new play called “Coal Country”

Nurse Eva Travels to a COVID-19 Front Line

April 30th, 2020


The coronavirus pandemic prompts many reactions from people. Some people can be overwhelmed with fear and anxiety. Others step up to help where they can. U&T host Trey Kay splits his time living in West Virginia and …

Forced Apart: A Virus Creates New Divides

April 23rd, 2020


A global public health crisis in the form of an invisible virus, now officially divides us from each other. We’ve learned to call it ‘social distancing.’ But the coronavirus is creating or reopening many layers between …

The Connector

April 8th, 2020


In many cities and towns, there are people in charge, and there are people who get things done. Joe Slack is an instigator for community change in West Virginia’s Upper Kanawha Valley. He sees the needs in his region, …

Upriver Battle: Two Mayors Join Forces to Revive Their Rural Small Towns Against All Odds

March 26th, 2020


Appalachia is a unique region of the country. Its namesake mountain range boasts a tangle of thick forests where the economy has relied on forestry, manufacturing and mining for jobs. The Kanawha River winds through …

Without A Home Can You Be A Good Neighbor?

March 11th, 2020


Homelessness is one of the things that divides us in America. It’s an Us
& Them issue that can spring from, and inform our views on other social
topics. The number of homeless people nationally has dropped in the …

Grandfamilies of the Opioid Crisis

February 27th, 2020


Chemical addictions and the opioid crisis have
divided millions of U.S. families. An addicted parent can abandon
responsibilities to their children. When a grandparent steps in to help, it
creates a new kind of family …

Diversity Divide

February 12th, 2020


There are now more students of color at some universities and colleges in the U.S. In the past decade at Western Illinois University, the non-white …

Should History Be Set In Stone?

January 23rd, 2020


When we learn our history, we see things that reflect our past. Paintings of famous battles and statues of men who were heroes to some. But how we interpret our legacy changes. Time can warp our notion of a once …

Indian Country Relocation: A One-way Ticket to Poverty

January 8th, 2020


North America’s early experiences with Us & Them come from our history with indigineous people. In the 19th century, a nascent U.S. government used treaties with Native tribes and nations to take land and resources. …

Music with a Message

December 26th, 2019


Music can entertain and inspire, and it can be a path into another person’s world. On this episode, two different musicians with roots in Appalachia …

We The Purple

December 12th, 2019


Democracy may need a reboot, or a kickstart. Pick your favorite term, but the fact is, our system of government requires our participation. When we lose trust, it suffers. “We the Purple” is a campaign designed to …

Us & Them: Abortion Divides

November 27th, 2019


Do you disagree with any of your close friends or family members about abortion? When’s the last time you actually talked about it? For many of us, the abortion debate defines Us & Them. Sometimes, it’s better to …

The Bond Buster Says ‘No’ to Public Schools

November 6th, 2019


Paying taxes is one of those things we just can’t avoid… except for the local tax measures we get to vote on. One of the best examples is school …

Three Tales of Coal

October 24th, 2019


For decades, coal was king in West Virginia. It paid good wages, paid the bills for many local services through taxes, and kept small towns alive. But more of our nation’s electricity is starting to come from other …

Losing It All: Natural Disasters and America’s Immigrant Worker

October 9th, 2019


We’re in the midst of the 2019 hurricane season, and people in the Bahamas are still digging out from Hurricane Dorian. In 2018 hurricane Florence …

Us & Them Update: A Surprising Ending to Justice for James Means

October 5th, 2019


For the past three years, the Us & Them team has tracked the case of James Means since the 15-year-old boy was shot and killed by 62-year-old …

Faith in Science

September 26th, 2019


Science and faith can offer a different perspective of the world... of life... and of what we believe. When you mix in a third ingredient - politics …

Update: Killer of James Means Changes His Mind…Again.

September 21st, 2019


The Us & Them team has tracked the case of James Means — a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Charleston, WV by William Pulliam back in …

Update: Farm Wars

September 11th, 2019


Last spring, we put out an episode called “Farm Wars.” It was about Arkansas farmers' never-ending battles with “pigweed” or as some call it “Satan’s Weed.” It’s incredibly hard to get rid of. There’s a controversy in …

Update: Killer of James Means Seeks to Revoke Plea

August 14th, 2019


For nearly three years, the Us & Them team has tracked the case of James Means - a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Charleston, WV, by …

What, Us Worry?: Life After MAD

August 9th, 2019


MAD Magazine, once the touchstone of American satire and snark, is winding down its publication after 67 years. Trey says, as a kid, MAD’s …

Update: Justice for James Means

August 7th, 2019


For nearly three years, the Us & Them team has followed the James Means’ case - a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed  in Charleston, WV, by …

My Friend From Camp

July 25th, 2019


Two men, one a British citizen of Pakistani heritage, and the other a former housing
police officer in the Boston area, were unlikely to meet, until …

Immigrant ‘Concentration Camps’ on the Southern Border?

July 10th, 2019


U.S. immigration policies are very much in the spotlight recently with reports on conditions at some of the southern border detention camps and fresh …

Pride in the Mountain State

June 26th, 2019


June is Gay Pride month across the U.S. and around the world. It’s a celebration of increased social acceptance and expanded legal rights. But as Trey has learned, despite that, there are still attitudes and even words …

Reckoning with Sexual Assault: Righting a Wrong

June 13th, 2019


Two college freshman spend a night together. There’s inexperience, miscommunication and things go wrong -- really wrong. One of them calls what …

Farm Wars

May 22nd, 2019


It’s a tough time to be a soybean farmer in the U.S.  Soybeans are a $40 billion business in America, but crop prices plummeted last year because of  the trade war between the U.S. and China. That has many farmers …

Still Waiting For Justice

May 8th, 2019


Two and a half years ago, an African-American teen named James Means was shot and killed in Charleston, WV. An older white man, William Pullman faces …

Waiting for Justice

April 24th, 2019


In Charleston, WV back in November 2016, William Pulliam, a 62-year-old white man, shot and killed James Means, a 15-year-old African-American boy. …

Opioid Recovery in Appalachia's Ground Zero

April 11th, 2019


America has a drug addiction crisis. Recovery could take decades. Opioid addiction has hit
Appalachia harder than any region in the nation. This …

States Look to Appalachia for Vaccination Laws

March 29th, 2019


Measles cases have spiked in the first quarter of 2019 with
outbreaks in ten states. Vaccinations prevent many communicable diseases, but
measles is …

Reconnecting With Femme Voice

March 13th, 2019


In the winter of 2016, we told the story of Anne Kelly Skinner, a Charleston, WV lawyer, who was transitioning from male to female. As Anne's body …

Scarlet Letters and Second Chances

February 27th, 2019


As a West Virginia teenager, Amber Miller dropped out of school, took drugs and robbed homes. She wound up on the wrong side of the law and served …

Black Talk

February 13th, 2019


How old were you when you first learned that police may think of you as a threat?

You’ve never been told that?

Chances are you’re not African …

Cave Men, The Patriarchy & Fairytales

January 30th, 2019


Throughout history, men have been seen as the dominant gender. Why is this? Some assume the model goes all the way back to the primitive cave man. Others believe the gender pecking order was commanded by God. In this …

My Friend From Camp

January 14th, 2019


Moazzam Begg, a British citizen of Pakistani heritage, and Albert Melise, a former housing police officer in the Boston area, were unlikely to have …

War on Christmas…Really? 2018

December 18th, 2018


It’s that time of year again, when Trey’s Twitter and Facebook feeds flare up with posts about a “War on Christmas.” Every year there’s hubbub over …

Culture Clash: Back to the Border

December 5th, 2018


Back in the 1990s, Trey got into Culture Clash, a trio of Latino comedians who do social satire. He loved that they skewered public figures and poke …

EXTRA: Red State Blue State, Ep.10 -- Origins of the Epidemic

November 30th, 2018


Last year, 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. A lot of those deaths -- about three-fourths -- were caused by opioid medication prescribed by doctors or substances like heroin obtained on the street.

A …

The Great Textbook War

November 21st, 2018


In 1974, a fierce controversy erupted over some newly adopted school textbooks in Kanawha County, West Virginia. School buildings were hit by …

EXTRA: Red State Blue State, Ep.9 -- Make applebutter, not war

November 21st, 2018


Election season’s over, but we sure haven’t put politics behind us. Not with the holidays approaching. Some families avoid talking politics over the …

EXTRA: Red State Blue State, Ep.8 -- The Media

November 16th, 2018


Political debate in this country has become anything but civil. Who do you blame? Nearly a third of Americans surveyed by NPR blamed “the media.” In …

EXTRA: Red State Blue State, Ep.7 -- Two Views

November 9th, 2018


The midterm election results seem to deliver conflicting messages depending on where you live. In California, candidates were rewarded for opposing …

Reading Wars

November 7th, 2018


Researchers say science makes it clear that there's a direct, systematic way we should be teaching kids to read. But lots of people discount the …

EXTRA: Red State Blue State, Ep.6 -- Deana & Linda

November 2nd, 2018


When we cast a ballot, it's personal. About as personal as it gets.

That’s easy to forget when we talk about big blocks of voters, like congressional districts or entire states.

So Blue State host Chery Glaser takes …

EXTRA: Red State Blue State, Ep.5 -- Immigration

October 26th, 2018


The migrant caravan moving through Mexico is nowhere near the U.S. border, but it's smack dab in the middle of the nation’s politics. As we draw near …


October 25th, 2018


According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in the last 2 years, 2 million people misused prescription opioids for the first time. “Steve,” a curious kid from New Hampshire, found his mom’s Oxycodone pills …

EXTRA: Red State Blue State, Ep.4 -- Coal: Hero or Villain?

October 19th, 2018


In the past, President Trump has called climate change a hoax. Then this week, Trump told 60 Minutes that he believes the climate is changing — but …

EXTRA: Red State Blue State, Ep.3 -- Why is Joe Manchin a Democrat?

October 12th, 2018


West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court. Manchin was the only Democrat in the Senate to cross party lines, and he did it in a very public …

Rural Voters: You Can't Ignore Us

October 10th, 2018


Why did rural Americans love Donald Trump so much in 2016? Some say they’ve felt left out of the economic recovery. Others say the culture is …

EXTRA: Red State Blue State, Ep.2 -- The future of the Supreme Court

October 5th, 2018


There have been times time when the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to be apart from the partisanship that’s infected other government institutions. But …

EXTRA: Red State Blue State, Ep.1

September 28th, 2018


If you really listen, we sound like two different countries: Red America and Blue America. Then again, most of us aren't listening. As we head into the midterm elections, WVPB and KCRW are teaming up to try to change …

And Now... on the Radio!

September 27th, 2018


We’re excited to announce that West Virginia Public Broadcasting has invited Us & Them to be a regular part of their radio programming. Starting …

‘Us’ Music: a Conversation with Stephan Said

September 12th, 2018


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 …


August 29th, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …

Heroin: N'ganga Dimitri

April 25th, 2018


As the United States works through what the American Medical Association describes as “the worst drug addiction epidemic in its history,” we revisit the story of Dimitri. This former junkie was delivered from a 27-year …

Under the Microscope: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

April 11th, 2018


Back in 2015, we aired an episode called “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” that didn’t go over so well with a bunch of our listeners. We received messages saying that Trey mishandled a conversation between a …

EXTRA CUTS: My Friend From Camp

April 5th, 2018


As promised, we are posting some additional segments from our last episode, My Friend From Camp that we just couldn’t fit in. If you haven’t heard …

My Friend From Camp

March 29th, 2018


Moazzam Begg, a British citizen of Pakistani heritage, and Albert Melise, a former housing police officer in the Boston area, were unlikely to have …

A Suburb of Hell

March 15th, 2018


For a little more than a century, there’s been at least one concentration camp somewhere on earth. The fact that camps still exist and that humans can justify forcing other humans into such inhumane living conditions is …

The Black Talk

February 28th, 2018


How old were you when you first learned that police may think of you as a threat?

You’ve never been told that?

Chances are you’re not African …

The "Talk"

February 14th, 2018


Despite all the fuss about sex education in America, students get precious little of it. Jonathan Zimmerman, an education historian, tells Trey how …

Trapped on the Turnpike

February 1st, 2018


On Friday, January 22nd, 2016, I was in New York City preparing to head to West Virginia. So was a blizzard called Jonas. The blizzard that took the …

Panhandlers: To Give Or Not to Give?

January 17th, 2018


What do you do when a panhandler hits you up for some money? Whatever your answer is, what experiences or facts inform your policy for giving or not …

A New Year, A Reprise, Amazing Grace

January 4th, 2018


Everyone knows the song "Amazing Grace." People who don’t
even consider themselves spiritual or religious find it meaningful. And
while John Newton …

Feminism Is The Word

December 21st, 2017


Merriam-Webster declared that the word for 2017 is 'feminism.' The term was the most-looked-up on their online dictionary, and there were 70% more …

His Name's DJ

December 7th, 2017


We revisit the story of “Steve,” a young New Hampshire man that we met back in the spring of 2016. In our episode called “The Changing Face of …

Killing James Means

November 20th, 2017


On November 21, 2016, William Pulliam, a 62-year-old white man, shot James Means, a 15-year-old African-American boy, after the two had an argument …

The Church Lady

November 8th, 2017


Trey speaks with journalist Linda K. Wertheimer, the author of Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion In an Age of Intolerance. In her book, she has a …

Community and Cops Talking Across the Divide

October 25th, 2017


High-profile confrontations between African-Americans and police officers have fueled tensions across the country. West Virginia is NOT a place where …

A Policeman is a Person in Your Neighborhood, In Your Neighborhood, In Your Neigh-bor-hoo-ood!

October 12th, 2017


Errol Randle is a cop in Charleston, WV. He thinks police have to do more than arrest bad guys: they should also help fix struggling communities. He …

Shack! - A Civil Rights Story

September 27th, 2017


At a time when the President of the United States questions the patriotism of African American football players protesting social injustice, we present the civil rights struggle of another African American who, nearly …

Two Tales of Coal

September 12th, 2017


Like many from his state, Trey was weaned on the jingle “Coal is West Virginia!”  For this episode, we meet two West Virginians who see the mining industry in completely different ways: one who believes coal is the …

Hillers & Creekers!

August 23rd, 2017


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

Confederate Reckoning: When Will The Civil War End?

August 17th, 2017


The tragedy in Charlottesville, VA makes us wonder if it’s possible to reconcile different versions of history. This episode features two American …

Remembering New Math & Common Core

August 3rd, 2017


When conservatives and liberals fight about school curriculum, the disagreements aren’t just about science and history. Even math has been a …

Deanna, Tymel & Amarie

July 18th, 2017


Deanna McKinney’s been through one of the hardest things a parent can endure. Her teenage son was gunned down on her front porch by a kid looking to join a gang. Now she’s making meaning out of the tragedy by working to …

Amazing Grace

July 1st, 2017


Everyone knows the song. People who don’t consider themselves spiritual or religious find it meaningful. John Newton penned the hymn to connect with …

Sodomy, Stonewall & Pride

June 19th, 2017


Not that long ago, you could get locked up for being gay. A West Virginia man tells Trey about being sent to a mental institution for violating …

The Elephant in the (Class) Room: How I Survived Iraq and Vassar College

June 1st, 2017


After four years of commanding a tank in Iraq, David Carrell, a Republican from Texas, had the opportunity to study at a liberal college in the …

Gentrification: That Kumbayah Moment

May 20th, 2017


When a neighborhood transforms, newcomers can feel unwelcome, while longtime residents feel threatened. But is there a sweet spot when everyone in the community lives in harmony?


What I Learned About Empathy from a Textbook

April 24th, 2017


Empathy... it's a word we've heard a lot in the past year. But what is it? And do we need it? Trey explains what he learned about empathy from... a textbook!

Reasserting Femme Voice

April 5th, 2017


North Carolina repealed its notorious bathroom law, but not necessarily for the better. Transsexuals remain outside NC’s equal protection …

Love, the Ayatollah & Revolution

February 15th, 2017


Essi and Katie fell in love before the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution and growing antipathy between America and Ayatollah Khomeini. Despite many …

Coming Out of the Closet

January 25th, 2017


Where some Trump supporters have been loud and proud, others have remained in the shadows. With the new boss installed, it’s “olly olly in come …

Serious as a Heart Attack

December 14th, 2016


An Us and Them conversation turns ugly and Trey loses it. He becomes concerned about with his physical, mental and spiritual health.

Taking an Ass Whoopin’

November 15th, 2016


The 2016 presidential campaign was one of the most brutal in America’s history. Trey was stunned by the outcome and is trying understand what the …

Hello Mary Lou...

May 21st, 2016


Mary Lou Bruner, who made headlines with her wild accusations about President Obama, is running for Texas State Board of Education. If elected, …

The Changing Face of Heroin

April 26th, 2016


Something has shifted in the way our society thinks and talks about heroin addicts these days. Could it be that smack users seem more like ‘us’ and …

Heroin I - N'ganga Dimitri

March 22nd, 2016


Dimitri Mugianis has an undying love for drug addicts.  He's a former junkie who's been clean for a decade. Now he feels a calling to help other addicts -- "my people," he calls them -- by using unconventional …

Femme Voice

February 29th, 2016


Anne Kelly always felt like she was born into the wrong body. She began life as a man, but is now transitioning into a woman. She’s got the looking like a woman part down. It’s the sounding like a woman thing that’s …


February 5th, 2016


In 1969, James “Shack” Harris became the first African American quarterback to break the color line in the NFL.

Trapped on the Turnpike

February 3rd, 2016


How 27 hours of being snow-bound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike helps Trey file a report to the Keystone State’s “Office of Lessons Learned.”

The Refugee Trail with Scott Carrier

January 17th, 2016


Veteran journalist – or “cultural anthropologist” – Scott Carrier speaks with people fleeing war-torn Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries as …

War on Christmas…Really?

December 21st, 2015


Some feel there’s an attack on this sacred holiday. Others are bothered that this religious holiday has blurred America’s church/state separation. …


December 10th, 2015


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


November 19th, 2015


Would Americans vote for an atheist president? A recent poll says no way. In this episode, a social psychologist tells us why this might be. 


November 6th, 2015


Jesus said, “Love your enemies." Today’s politicians ask God to bless America, but in the same breath, they call their political opponents …

Locked Up For Sodomy

October 15th, 2015


Not that long ago, you could get locked up for being gay. A West Virginia man tells Trey about being sent to a mental institution for violating the …

A Confederate Reckoning

October 3rd, 2015


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

Strangers With Cameras In Appalachia

September 17th, 2015


A recent photo essay depicting Appalachians has stirred controversy in that region.  Some locals feel violated when outsiders come into their …

New Math

September 1st, 2015


When conservatives and liberals fight about school curriculum, the disagreements aren't just about science and history. Even math has been a …

Textbook Watchdogs

August 16th, 2015


Lots of American school districts have fierce fights over what kids should learn in school, but nobody fights like Texans. And no citizens have had a …

The Church Lady

July 31st, 2015


The Supreme Court says you can't have organized prayer in public schools. But most Americans don't agree with that call -- and some people are still …

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

July 15th, 2015


Two men with strong opinions about evolution and climate change are willing to lay their money on the line.

In Dixieland, I'll Take My Stand

June 26th, 2015


The Condederate flag and the song "Dixie" -- two enduring Old South icons that make us wonder if the war ever ended.  

Sex Ed for Grown-ups

June 15th, 2015


The chair of the University of Minnesota's program for Sexual Health Education tells Trey most sexual health instruction focuses on adolescents and …

The Talk

June 1st, 2015


Despite all the fuss about sex education in America, students get precious little of it.  Jonathan Zimmerman, an education historian, tells Trey how …

To Give or Not to Give

May 15th, 2015


If you give money to panhandlers, are you helping them or hurting them? And do they really need help? People have strong opinions. We try to separate …

Revisiting the Grand Palace

May 1st, 2015


Americans' attitudes toward gay relationships have changed dramatically in a short time. Trey Kay returns to his home state of West Virginia to see how this change is playing out in a state where 53 percent of residents …

The Great Textbook War

May 1st, 2015


In 1974, Kanawha County West Virginia was an early battleground in the American culture wars. The fight focused on what children should learn in …

Marrying Gays When It Wasn't Cool - Rev. Jim Lewis

May 1st, 2015


Decades before same-sex marriage became legal, the Reverend Jim Lewis of Charleston, West Virginia sparked outrage by blessing the unions of gay men and lesbians in his church. 

Trey & Alice

May 1st, 2015


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

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