Response, The [World Service]

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20201017As an election approaches in America, we return to a unique experiment which took the temperature of The USA after the surprise election of Donald Trump.

In 2016 The BBC World Service in association with American Public Media focused on areas which the media had neglected – but made all the difference. We asked for smartphone voice recordings from key areas in the middle of America about their lives now, about why they voted the way they did and their hopes for the future.
Now, in 2020, we return to those contributors to see how their lives changed in the last four years. What do they think of their initial reaction to the 2016 result, and what do they want to happen now?

We also hear from contributors around the world to get an international perspective on the November 3 election. We’ll take a global view of America now and a vote which will have impact across the world.

Presented by Angela Davis of MPR.

Four years on people who reacted to the election of Donald Trump tell us how they feel now

Tell your story to the world \u2013 using just your mobile phone

2020101720201018 (WS)As an election approaches in America, we return to a unique experiment which took the temperature of The USA after the surprise election of Donald Trump.

In 2016 The BBC World Service in association with American Public Media focused on areas which the media had neglected – but made all the difference. We asked for smartphone voice recordings from key areas in the middle of America about their lives now, about why they voted the way they did and their hopes for the future.
Now, in 2020, we return to those contributors to see how their lives changed in the last four years. What do they think of their initial reaction to the 2016 result, and what do they want to happen now?

We also hear from contributors around the world to get an international perspective on the November 3 election. We’ll take a global view of America now and a vote which will have impact across the world.

Presented by Angela Davis of MPR.

Four years on people who reacted to the election of Donald Trump tell us how they feel now

Tell your story to the world \u2013 using just your mobile phone

The Response USA: The return20201017

As an election approaches in America, we return to a unique experiment which took the temperature of the USA after the surprise election of Donald Trump.

In 2016 the BBC World Service, in association with American Public Media, focused on areas which the media had neglected – but made all the difference. We asked for smartphone voice recordings from key areas in the middle of America about their lives now, about why they voted the way they did, and their hopes for the future.

Now, in 2020, we return to those contributors to see how their lives changed in the last four years. What do they think of their initial reaction to the 2016 result, and what do they want to happen now?

We also hear from contributors around the world to get an international perspective on the 3 November election. We’ll take a global view of America now, and a vote which will have impact across the world.

Presented by Angela Davis of MPR.

Image: Angela Davis (Credit: MPR/Nate Ryan)

Americans consider how their lives have changed since the election of Donald Trump

Tell your story to the world \u2013 using just your mobile phone

The Response USA: The return2020101720201018 (WS)

As an election approaches in America, we return to a unique experiment which took the temperature of the USA after the surprise election of Donald Trump.

In 2016 the BBC World Service, in association with American Public Media, focused on areas which the media had neglected – but made all the difference. We asked for smartphone voice recordings from key areas in the middle of America about their lives now, about why they voted the way they did, and their hopes for the future.

Now, in 2020, we return to those contributors to see how their lives changed in the last four years. What do they think of their initial reaction to the 2016 result, and what do they want to happen now?

We also hear from contributors around the world to get an international perspective on the 3 November election. We’ll take a global view of America now, and a vote which will have impact across the world.

Presented by Angela Davis of MPR.

Image: Angela Davis (Credit: MPR/Nate Ryan)

Americans consider how their lives have changed since the election of Donald Trump

Tell your story to the world \u2013 using just your mobile phone

01The Response2016100420161008 (WS)Listeners' stories of incidents and actions that proved to be a turning point in life

For Dan Jeffries, an act of kindness proved to be a turning point that saved his own life. Robert Maxim, faced homelessness but found a way to survive for three months, and Alan Pickard turned his social life around – with dance.

Also, Festo Michael Kambarangwe who lived with 50 siblings and 14 stepmothers; Oladipupo Adeola meets a Muslim for the first time and Pam Hawley finds love in an unexpected way.

With contributions from Alla Salah, Misha Anker, Saba Fahim, Jean Richter.

The Response is a new programme which gives you the chance to broadcast a unique story about yourself. The next theme is What My Parents Taught Me. To take part, just find the voice recorder on your phone, make a two minute recording of yourself telling the story and email that recording to us, marked The Response at worldservice.letters@bbc.co.uk

02The Response2016110120161105 (WS)When Louisa Smith was eight, her father, a Vietnam veteran, dealt with an armed attacker

For the eight-year-old Louisa Smith, a day trip to the beach with her father became an experience which shaped her life. The family car was stopped by an armed man, who makes it clear he is prepared to kill them unless he is driven to where he wants to go. But Louisa’s father is a Vietnam veteran, with a unique insight into how to unsettle their abductor.

Shobande Shina recalls a mistake with money which stayed with him forever, and Nelson Bohorquez from Colombia, offers a unique glimpse of his mother’s sense of humour. And, from Syria, Layal Mahfoud remembers her mother’s lesson in standing up for her future.

Plus, contributions from Debbie Camara, Masiliso Akayombokwa, Dana Silcox, Paola Ribadeneira and Jake Crawford.

The Response is open to all and for the next topic we want you to tell us a story about an inspirational woman. As part of the World Service 100 Women series we are asking for your tales about women who changed your life or your community – or you may be a woman who changed things. How did you do it? Email us a voice memo or message recorded on your phone to worldservice.letters@bbc.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

Picture: A child holding an adult's hand, Credit: Thinkstock

03The Response20161206Gill knew there was a secret in the family. When she found out the truth, the extent of her mother's sacrifices become clear.

Her story is just one sent to The Response from listeners' smartphones after we requested your stories about inspiring women.

In other stories John King recalls a woman whose name he can't remember, but who changed the course of his life.

Taform Isaac Meyahnui from Cameroon remembers being hungry and denied an education, before an aunt offered him a lifeline.

And students from the Liceo Vito Fazio Allmayer language school in Alcamo Sicily tell us about the women who fire their passions, from the Nobel Prize Winning Scientist Rita Levi Montalcini to the Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

There are contributions from Gill Roberts, Fatima Sarr, Melania Trovato, Emanuela Orlando, Giorgia Saullo, Diana Madibekova, Martina Campo, Giullia Accardo, Isabella Garbo and Anna Rodriquenz.

Photo Hiker at summit peak, looking at sunset

Credit: Stanislaw Pytel Getty Images

In other stories John King recalls a woman whose name he cannot remember, but who changed the course of his life. Taform Isaac Meyahnui from Cameroon remembers being hungry and denied an education, before an aunt offered him a lifeline. And, students from the Liceo Vito Fazio Allmayer language school in Alcamo Sicily tell us about the women who fire their passions, from the Nobel Prize winning scientist Rita Levi Montalcini to the Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

(Photo Hiker at summit peak, looking at sunset. Credit: Stanislaw Pytel/Getty Images)

A family secret and the steps taken by one woman to protect her children.