America Amplified: Election 2020 dives into the challenges and concerns facing Americans as they head to the ballot box this November. This six-part, one-hour, weekly talk show airs October 10 – November 14.
Award-winning WABE journalist Rose Scott will host each show joined by co-hosts across the country, from Connecticut Public Radio, Iowa Public Radio, Native America Calling, KQED in San Francisco and elsewhere.
The series will explore local community perspectives, with a mission to foster dialogue over debate; share experiences; and elevate diverse community perspectives.
Episodes will be driven by the topics and issues raised during ongoing national listening sessions and community engagement led by the America Amplified initiative.
Themes under development for the show include the following:
Racism and racial injustice are among many issues dividing us this year. Calls to “defund” the police are answered by calls to “Back the Blue.” We also see deep divisions in how we’re experiencing and responding to the pandemic and to the ongoing environmental crises from the West Coast to the Gulf States. Where do we go from here? And what does this division mean in the midst of this election season?
For some, the quest for the “American Dream” is alive and fruitful. For others, it seems practically unattainable. What benefits, challenges and inequities exist for communities when it comes to things like health care, voting access and taxes? And how do differences affect our views of America and its future?
When it comes to election coverage, we hear a lot about the candidates and the horse race. As we barrel toward the November 3 vote, what’s been missing from national coverage this election season? Do you feel represented? Do we have the information we need and can trust as we cast our ballots?
With co-hosts from the battleground states of Georgia and Florida, we’ll hear how this election has affected communities across the country. Aside from voting, how are we engaging for change at a local level?
It’s our first weekend post election. We’ll invite guests from previous episodes to reflect on what voting meant this year, and how their communities are reacting in the aftermath.
As we near the end of a tumultuous 2020, is there an opening for mutual understanding despite our differences? And, how can we get there, especially in the aftermath of a contentious election? This show will explore what we’ve lost and gained, what we’ve learned and how we will move forward into 2021.