PBS’ Frontline Explores ‘America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump’

PBS’ Frontline Explores ‘America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump’
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A two-part documentary on PBS titled America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump looks for an answer to the question of how the U.S. got so hyperpolarized. How did the U.S. go from electing its first African-American president to electing a president in immediate succession who has been touted as a totem for racism and xenophobia? The growing political divide in the U.S. is evident in these last two presidencies and is the subject of a new documentary series on PBS. Aptly titled America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump, the two-part four-hour documentary will air as part of the PBS “Frontline” series. Directed by veteran “Frontline” filmmaker Michael Kirk, who has covered everything from the 2008 financial crisis to the Iraq War, the new documentary draws from new interviews with key political and cultural figures, as well as featuring unparalleled archives of broadcast reporting from both presidential administrations. Part one of the new documentary starts chronologically with Barack Obama at his final State of the Union address, in which he cited the increasing mistrust between both political parties was one the few regrets of his presidency. Indeed, the documentary explores how Obama’s original message of hope for the U.S. would be undermined by increasing racial, cultural and political divisions — setting the stage for the rise of Donald Trump. Part Two examines how Trump’s campaign exploited the country’s divisions, how his presidency has fired up both sides of the divide, and what this polarization could mean for America’s […]

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