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Left, Right & Center presents: Two Years, Diaries of a Divided Nation

In his inauguration speech in January 2017, President Donald Trump called for an end to “this American carnage” and the unification of a divided nation. That same month, a team of audio journalists began documenting the lives of ordinary people to see how this new political era would unfold on the ground. Two Years: Diaries of a Divided Nation is a people’s history of the forty-fifth presidency, recorded in real time, over the first two years of the Trump presidency.

Two Years follows a group of Americans who differ widely in their politics, personal identities, locations and ages. Six people share their fears, hopes and concerns as they witness the direct and indirect impact of politics on their lives.

You’ve heard from President Trump, Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi. These voices come from outside the halls of government, from the cities and small towns where the rest of us live.

This is an American story that's not in the news and not written in the history books.

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"I have felt that this country has been going down a moral landslide. In other words, this nation needs to get back to God. This nation needs to have its moral compass straightened out again." - Angel


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“It's important to talk to each other. It's important to understand one another, but I can't do that if you're denying me my humanity. I can't do that if you automatically start with the assumption that I don't belong here or that I don't have anything to contribute.” - Irtefa


“To say I'm American just makes me kind of straighten up a bit and really feel proud. I mean, I think I've been blessed. It’s the best place to live in the world… until now.” - Marjorie


“I was born in Mexico and I came to the United States when I was six years old. I really do feel like I am American in every sense of the word except on paper, you know, because I don't have U.S. citizenship.” - Isabel


“I think that I live in an amazing country. There's a lot of opportunities here. And I think that this could be a blip in history and not the final destination. I'm hopeful that things will get better.” - Derek
 

Credits

Reporters: Lenore Bajare-Dukes, John Fecile, Delaney Hall and Elizabeth Nakano.
Lead producer: John Fecile. Co-producer: Elizabeth Nakano. Project coordinator: Max Green.
Editor: Sonya Geis. Additional editing: Delaney Hall
Mix and mastering engineer: Phoebe Wang.
Music by Irwin Helfer.
Executive producer: Jesse Dukes.
Thanks to the Bridge PAI.

Special thanks to Jazmin Aguilera, Kevin Stark, Charlie Driscoll, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, Joe Richman, Leo Hornak, Kelley Libby, Anna Sussman, Nuria Marquez-Martinez and Nikka Singh

To learn more about this project, check out trumpdiariespodcast.com