An investigation into America’s increasingly bitter, divided and toxic politics. PBS, YouTube, 13 Jan 2020.


Part One of the documentary traces how Barack Obama’s promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump.


Part Two of the documentary examines how Donald Trump’s campaign exploited the country’s divisions and how his presidency has unleashed anger on both sides of the divide.

Robert Reich (Full Interview, 58m)

Reich is a professor, author, and economist who has worked with four presidential administrations. [Wikipedia]

Steve Schmidt (Full Interview, 1h 7m)

Steve Schmidt was the senior campaign strategist and advisor to the 2008 presidential campaign of Senator John McCain. [Wikipedia]

David Axelrod (Full Interview, 1h 3m)

David Axelrod is an American political consultant and analyst, best known for being the Chief Strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. [Wikipedia]

Ben Rhodes (Full Interview, 1h 24m)

Ben Rhodes is is a writer and political commentator. During the Obama administration, Rhodes led the negotiations with Cuba that resulted in the December 17, 2014 announcement by President Obama and Raúl Castro that the two countries would normalize relations. Rhodes traveled to Canada and the Vatican for talks with Cuba about a prisoner exchange that led to the release of Alan Gross and a U.S. intelligence asset, along with the decision to re-establish diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. [Wikipedia]

Megyn Kelly (Full Interview, 42m)

Megyn Kelly is an American journalist and attorney who was a news anchor at Fox News from 2004 to 2017, and a talk show host and correspondent with NBC News from 2017 to 2018. [Wikipedia]

Steve Bannon (Full Interview 1, 2h 26m)

Steve Bannon is American media executive, political strategist, former investment banker, and the former executive chairman of Breitbart News. He served as White House Chief Strategist in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump during the first seven months of Trump’s term. [Wikipedia]

Steve Bannon (Full Interview 2, 1h 6m)

Ann Coulter (Full Interview, 59m)

Ann Coulter is an American conservative media pundit, author, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. [Wikipedia]

Frank Luntz (Full Interview, 1h)

Frank Luntz is an American political and communications consultant, pollster and pundit, best known for developing talking points and other messaging for Republican causes. [Wikipedia]

Cliff Sims (Full Interview, 1h 27m)

Cliff Sims worked on Trump’s presidential campaign and then in the White House communications office from January 2017 to May 2018. [Wikipedia]

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