America Amplified: Election 2020

America Amplified: Election 2020 is a national talk show that will dive into the challenges facing America before and after election day on November 3.

This six-part, one-hour weekly radio talk show will air Sundays on WFYI from 3 to 4 p.m. from October 11- November 15.

Award-winning journalist Rose Scott, with WABE in Atlanta, will host the show and will be joined by co-hosts from across the country.

America Amplified: Election 2020 explores local community perspectives, with a mission to foster dialogue, not debate; share experiences; and elevate diverse voices.

Episodes  will be driven by the topics and issues raised during virtual listening sessions with people from across the country — from rural communities in the Mountain West and small towns in Pennsylvania, to coal country in West Virginia and Wyoming, as well as Atlanta, Florida, and across the Midwest.

The topics are also informed by reporting from America Amplified’s partner network.

America Amplified will also be taking comments on our weekly show topics via voicemail. Call 800-444-8652 to participate.

Learn more about the scheduled shows below:

October 11

Theme: What divides us?

Hosts: Rose Scott of WABE and John Dankosky of New England Public Media

Racism and racial injustice are among many issues dividing us this year. We also see deep divisions in how we’re experiencing and responding to the pandemic and the ongoing environmental crises from the West Coast to the gulf states. Have we reached a boiling point? Where do we go from here? And what does this division mean in the midst of this election season?

October 18

Theme: Who has access to the “American Dream” today?

Hosts: Rose Scott of WABE and Kavitha George of Alaska Public Media

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?

October 24

Theme: Do you see yourself and your community represented in national media coverage?

Hosts: Rose Scott of WABE and Tara Gatewood, Native America Calling

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?

October 31

Theme: How are you showing up for your community?

Hosts: Rose Scott of WABE and Luis Hernandez, WLRN in Miami

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? 

November 7

Theme: How do you feel about the country and democracy after the election?

Hosts: Rose Scott of WABE and Charity Nebbe, Iowa Public Radio

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.

November 14

Theme: What’s next? How can we rise above, or learn to live with our divisions?

Hosts: Rose Scott of WABE and Ariana Proehl, KQED in San Francisco

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.

America Amplified: Election 2020 is a national talk show that will dive into the challegnes facing America before and after election day on November 3. This six-part, one-hour weekly radio talk show will air Sundays on WFYI from 3 to 4 p.m. from October 11- November 15. Learn more about Episode 3 below.

America Amplified: Election 2020 is a national talk show that will dive into the challegnes facing America before and after election day on November 3. This six-part, one-hour weekly radio talk show will air Sundays on WFYI from 3 to 4 p.m. from October 11- November 15. Learn more about Episode 2 below.

Courtesy of Maria Duenas Lopez

Last of a four-part series. As we conclude our series on young activists, we meet Maria Duenas Lopez, a first generation Mexican-American who advocates for immigrants. Side Effects Public Media’s Darian Benson interviewed her about the importance of an inclusive democracy.  

America Amplified: Election 2020 is a national talk show that will dive into the challegnes facing America before and after election day on November 3. This six-part, one-hour weekly radio talk show will air Sundays on WFYI from 3 to 4 p.m. from October 11- November 15. Learn more about Episode 1 below. 

This episode of "America Amplified: Election 2020" explores what is dividing our country right now and what can be done to unite us. Guests include former mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin, Katherine Narvaez Mena, a DACA recipient, and Ben Barto, who sells Trump-related products in Wyoming.

Courtesy of Tyshara Loynes

Part 3 in a series. As we continue our series on young activists, we meet Tyshara Loynes, a college student working to protect a street with historic significance for Indianapolis' Black community. Side Effects Public Media’s Darian Benson interviewed her as part of an audio diary project for America Amplified. 

Courtesy of Dyna Martinez

Part 2 in a series. Our series on young people driving community change continues with Dyna Martinez, an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis student who was deeply influenced by her childhood in Honduras. Side Effects Public Media’s Darian Benson interviewed her as part of an audio diary project for America Amplified reporting initiative. 

Courtesy of Taylor Hall

Part 1 in a series. Voting is a big issue as we get closer to Election Day. But that isn’t the only way people are making their voices heard this year. Over the past few months, Side Effects Public Media’s Darian Benson has followed four young activists as part of an audio diary project for America Amplified reporting initiative. One of them is Taylor Hall, a 20-year-old who helped organize one of the summer’s largest protests in Indianapolis.