America: Truth, Lies, Power and Division

America: Truth, Lies, Power and Division

In their latest book, Surviving Autocracy, journalist Masha Gessen reflects that ‘Most Americans in the age of Trump are… subjected to constant, sometimes debilitating anxiety’. An anxiety essentially caused by living in ‘two realities’ - one Trumpian and one fact-based. ‘The need to pay constant attention to the lies is exhausting, and it is compounded by the feeling of helplessness in the face of the ridiculous and repeated lies.’

Amidst a relentless, dumbfounding and often deafening Presidential narrative, are the voices, concerns and even the democratic rights of ‘ordinary Americans’ being lost? With just months until the next Presidential election, we shine a light on how today’s America came to be and the possible consequences for all of us if her identity crisis continues.  

Stuart Cosgrove: The Soul Of Muhammad Ali

Monday 17 August 11:30 - 12:30

Following on from his acclaimed trilogy about the American soul music scene in the 1960s, much-loved Scottish broadcaster and writer Stuart Cosgrove returns to the American post-war era with his highly topical new book. In Cassius X: Six Months That...

James Naughtie: The USA, from Reagan to Trump

Thursday 20 August 16:00 - 17:00

Over the years that James Naughtie has been reporting on world politics, the USA has undergone seismic changes. Naughtie first visited the States in 1970 as a student, when the Vietnam War was raging and Richard Nixon was in the Oval Office. Since then,...

Isabel Wilkerson: America’s Unspoken Caste System

Saturday 22 August 17:30 - 18:30

As America seemingly implodes its way toward the 2020 election, pundits and political classes continue to try to understand how the Land of the Free has found itself in such disarray. And — as it has throughout Western democracies — the conversation...
As a war correspondent in the Balkans, through to her time as senior policy advisor to Barack Obama, and her appointment in 2013 as US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power has spent her career committed to resolving international conflict...

Brit Bennett: How the Other Twin Lives

Friday 28 August 19:00 - 20:00

For a novel that begins in 1968, Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half may well be the timeliest fiction book of the year. Back in 2014, following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Bennett wrote an essay for Jezebel called ‘I don’t...