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01America's Story - Part One - The Response - America's Story20170117

Unique stories about the lives of ordinary Americans and their hopes for the future

Who you are and what matters to you \u2013 your hopes for the future under a new US presidency

“No way will you label my child.”

With those words, a battle to get her son the classroom attention he needs turns into an entirely new career for Monica Fabre. A postal worker adjusts to life in a remote mountain town of 35 people, and an immigrant explains the repercussions of an act of violence…

The Response: America’s Story is a BBC Production with American Public Media, which asked Americans to tell us the incidents which shaped their lives – and how these have informed their opinion of Donald Trump.

All the stories were submitted using just the voice recorder on their smartphones, and you can contribute to the next episode on health by emailing theresponse@bbc.co.uk

In this episode you’ll hear contributions from Dave Merz, Monica Fabre, Frederick Leeper, Ray Crough, Vince Trimboli, Jasmine Krotkov, Asma Jama and George Makrauer.

Produced by Kevin Core of the BBC, with Laurie Stern of American Public Media.

(Photo: A young girl running and waving an American flag. Credit: Thinkstock)

01The Response - America's Story20170117

Shaimaa Khalil seeks your unique stories about the lives you lead and your hopes for the future under the new US presidency.

02America's Story - Health - The Response - America's Story20170221

Shaimaa Khalil shares your unique stories about the lives you lead and stories on health

Who you are and what matters to you \u2013 your hopes for the future under a new US presidency

The Response: America’s story has been traveling across the US as we collect Americans’ stories. This episode is about health. We hear from Linda Birch, who gave her partner a kidney on one condition. Dean Carpenter talks about an innovative medical programme in Detroit. Julia Hubbel explains how she went from obesity to the top of Kilimanjaro. Devon Long on her big pregnancy surprise. Sarah Stone reveals a snapshot of her experience of the Affordable Care Act and Ryan Roth's hopes at the beginning of a medical career. We also hear Laurie Kondek standing up for the achievements of her son and Ann Roselle’s stunning career change, after post natal depression.

The next episode is about why you your parents or grandparents came to live in America. To take part, just find the voice recorder on your mobile phone, and record yourself for two minutes, telling us your family history story. (Just tell us rather than reading out your thoughts.) Try to convey what you feel and why it's so important to you. Then email your story to theresponse@bbc.co.uk

The programme is a BBC World Service production with American Public Media.

02The Response - America's Story20170221

02The Response - America's Story20170221

Shaimaa Khalil seeks your unique stories about the lives you lead and your hopes for the future under the new US presidency.

02The Response - America's Story20170221

Shaimaa Khalil seeks your unique stories about the lives you lead and your hopes for the future under the new US presidency.

03America's Story - Migration - The Response - America's Story20170321

Shaimaa Khalil presents your unique stories about migration and the new presidency.

Who you are and what matters to you \u2013 your hopes for the future under a new US presidency

Amazing stories of immigration sent in by smartphone. Krystof Zmudzinski is living the American Dream. He sends his kids to private school and works for a major computer firm. But in the 1980s, he was living under Communism in Poland. He tells us how a radio broadcast of Ronald Reagan prompted a remarkable journey – and he tells us why he cherishes one particular freedom in the US. Haider Al Nuami lives in San Antonio – a world away from the Baghdad he left in 2005. He explains how his work as a translator for the US led to accusations of spying and a new life. Sanel Babic builds space rockets and lives in Colorado. His life in the Balkans changed in the 1990s on the day he realised half of his schoolmates were absent. The conflict in Bosnia was starting, and he was about to learn the meaning of the word “refugee”.

Sylvia Corwin’s parents were immigrants. They endured the London Blitz and a Russian concentration camp – she considers how these remarkable people managed to cope with life better than their children. Meanwhile, Beatrice Berrioz questions what she calls “reverse discrimination” – prejudice against those who have immigrated legally. These are just a few of the stories from The Response America’s Story.

You can take part in the next programme. As Donald Trump approaches 100 days in office – tell us a story about what’s been happening in your life during those 100 days. A life event big or small, personal or political, just find the voice recorder on a smartphone and record your story for two minutes. Tell us why it’s important to you. Don’t write it down! Just chat into the phone and email that file to theresponse@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Kevin Core with APM’s Laurie Stern. The programme is a BBC World Service Production with American Public Media.

03The Response - America's Story20170321

03The Response - America's Story20170321

Amazing stories of immigration sent in by smartphone. Krystof Zmudzinski is living the American Dream. He sends his kids to private school and works for a major computer firm. But in the 1980s, he was living under Communism in Poland. He tells us how a radio broadcast of Ronald Reagan prompted a remarkable journey – and he tells us why he cherishes one particular freedom in the US. Haider Al Nuami lives in San Antonio – a world away from the Baghdad he left in 2005. He explains how his work as a translator for the US led to accusations of spying and a new life. Sanel Babic builds space rockets and lives in Colorado. His life in the Balkans changed in the 1990s on the day he realised half of his schoolmates were absent. The conflict in Bosnia was starting, and he was about to learn the meaning of the word “refugee?.

Sylvia Corwin’s parents were immigrants. They endured the London Blitz and a Russian concentration camp – she considers how these remarkable people managed to cope with life better than their children. Meanwhile, Beatrice Berrioz questions what she calls “reverse discrimination? – prejudice against those who have immigrated legally. These are just a few of the stories from The Response America’s Story.

You can take part in the next programme. As Donald Trump approaches 100 days in office – tell us a story about what’s been happening in your life during those 100 days. A life event big or small, personal or political, just find the voice recorder on a smartphone and record your story for two minutes. Tell us why it’s important to you. Don’t write it down! Just chat into the phone and email that file to theresponse@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Kevin Core with APM’s Laurie Stern. The programme is a BBC World Service Production with American Public Media.

03The Response - America's Story20170321

Shaimaa Khalil presents your unique stories about migration and the new presidency.

03The Response - America's Story20170321

Shaimaa Khalil presents your unique stories about migration and the new presidency.

Amazing stories of immigration sent in by smartphone. Krystof Zmudzinski is living the American Dream. He sends his kids to private school and works for a major computer firm. But in the 1980s, he was living under Communism in Poland. He tells us how a radio broadcast of Ronald Reagan prompted a remarkable journey – and he tells us why he cherishes one particular freedom in the US. Haider Al Nuami lives in San Antonio – a world away from the Baghdad he left in 2005. He explains how his work as a translator for the US led to accusations of spying and a new life. Sanel Babic builds space rockets and lives in Colorado. His life in the Balkans changed in the 1990s on the day he realised half of his schoolmates were absent. The conflict in Bosnia was starting, and he was about to learn the meaning of the word “refugee?

Sylvia Corwin’s parents were immigrants. They endured the London Blitz and a Russian concentration camp – she considers how these remarkable people managed to cope with life better than their children. Meanwhile, Beatrice Berrioz questions what she calls “reverse discrimination? – prejudice against those who have immigrated legally. These are just a few of the stories from The Response America’s Story.

You can take part in the next programme. As Donald Trump approaches 100 days in office – tell us a story about what’s been happening in your life during those 100 days. A life event big or small, personal or political, just find the voice recorder on a smartphone and record your story for two minutes. Tell us why it’s important to you. Don’t write it down! Just chat into the phone and email that file to theresponse@bbc.co.uk

Producer: Kevin Core with APM’s Laurie Stern. The programme is a BBC World Service Production with American Public Media.

04America's Story - Recruitment, Relationships and Racism - The Response - America's Story2017042520170426 (WS)

Americans share their stories about relationships, marriage, hunger and racism

Who you are and what matters to you \u2013 your hopes for the future under a new US presidency

Americans from across the country share their stories of the first 100 days of the Donald Trump presidency – all recorded and sent from smartphones. This programme was recorded at KBSX in Boise, Idaho. Andrea Ignacio tells us she has been working hard to get a new job – but asks how come the rules of recruitment and behaviour in the workplace do not seem to apply to her new president?

And Kate Jackman from Michigan had a very particular reaction to the election win. She got married. She explains that as a lesbian there was an aspect of haste to the decision – she fears rights surrounding gay marriage may be set to change.

On the other side of the political fence, Harrison Judd is a supporter of the president, and he has noticed that the ferocity of anonymous online debate is spilling into the real world. He feels that baseless accusations of racism and extreme anger are souring conversations about politics. The anger comes to a head at a very unpleasant dinner party.

Similarly, Dave from California and Deborah from Oregon are poles apart politically. They tell us about online opinions and arguments which have resulted in the break-up of relationships in the real world.

Joe Medrano tells us about feeling politically homeless after the election and Cheryl Dieter explains how her experience of helping a poverty stricken woman after church made her come to a conclusion about hunger in America.

Producer: Kevin Core for the BBC, with APM’s Laurie Stern.

The programme is a BBC World Service Production with American Public Media.

04America's Story - Recruitment, Relationships and Racism - The Response - America's Story2017042520170429 (WS)

Americans share their stories about relationships, marriage, hunger and racism

Who you are and what matters to you \u2013 your hopes for the future under a new US presidency

Americans from across the country share their stories of the first 100 days of the Donald Trump presidency – all recorded and sent from smartphones. This programme was recorded at KBSX in Boise, Idaho. Andrea Ignacio tells us she has been working hard to get a new job – but asks how come the rules of recruitment and behaviour in the workplace do not seem to apply to her new president?

And Kate Jackman from Michigan had a very particular reaction to the election win. She got married. She explains that as a lesbian there was an aspect of haste to the decision – she fears rights surrounding gay marriage may be set to change.

On the other side of the political fence, Harrison Judd is a supporter of the president, and he has noticed that the ferocity of anonymous online debate is spilling into the real world. He feels that baseless accusations of racism and extreme anger are souring conversations about politics. The anger comes to a head at a very unpleasant dinner party.

Similarly, Dave from California and Deborah from Oregon are poles apart politically. They tell us about online opinions and arguments which have resulted in the break-up of relationships in the real world.

Joe Medrano tells us about feeling politically homeless after the election and Cheryl Dieter explains how her experience of helping a poverty stricken woman after church made her come to a conclusion about hunger in America.

Producer: Kevin Core for the BBC, with APM’s Laurie Stern.

The programme is a BBC World Service Production with American Public Media.

04America's Story - Recruitment, Relationships and Racism - The Response - America's Story20170425

Americans share their stories about relationships, marriage, hunger and racism

Who you are and what matters to you \u2013 your hopes for the future under a new US presidency

Americans from across the country share their stories of the first 100 days of the Donald Trump presidency – all recorded and sent from smartphones. This programme was recorded at KBSX in Boise, Idaho. Andrea Ignacio tells us she has been working hard to get a new job – but asks how come the rules of recruitment and behaviour in the workplace do not seem to apply to her new president?

And Kate Jackman from Michigan had a very particular reaction to the election win. She got married. She explains that as a lesbian there was an aspect of haste to the decision – she fears rights surrounding gay marriage may be set to change.

On the other side of the political fence, Harrison Judd is a supporter of the president, and he has noticed that the ferocity of anonymous online debate is spilling into the real world. He feels that baseless accusations of racism and extreme anger are souring conversations about politics. The anger comes to a head at a very unpleasant dinner party.

Similarly, Dave from California and Deborah from Oregon are poles apart politically. They tell us about online opinions and arguments which have resulted in the break-up of relationships in the real world.

Joe Medrano tells us about feeling politically homeless after the election and Cheryl Dieter explains how her experience of helping a poverty stricken woman after church made her come to a conclusion about hunger in America.

Producer: Kevin Core for the BBC, with APM’s Laurie Stern.

The programme is a BBC World Service Production with American Public Media.

04The Response - America's Story20170425

04The Response - America's Story20170425

Americans from across the country share their stories of the first 100 days of the Donald Trump presidency – all recorded and sent from smartphones. This programme was recorded at KBSX in Boise, Idaho. Andrea Ignacio tells us she has been working hard to get a new job – but asks how come the rules of recruitment and behaviour in the workplace do not seem to apply to her new president?

And Kate Jackman from Michigan had a very particular reaction to the election win. She got married. She explains that as a lesbian there was an aspect of haste to the decision – she fears rights surrounding gay marriage may be set to change.

On the other side of the political fence, Harrison Judd is a supporter of the president, and he has noticed that the ferocity of anonymous online debate is spilling into the real world. He feels that baseless accusations of racism and extreme anger are souring conversations about politics. The anger comes to a head at a very unpleasant dinner party.

Similarly, Dave from California and Deborah from Oregon are poles apart politically. They tell us about online opinions and arguments which have resulted in the break-up of relationships in the real world.

Joe Medrano tells us about feeling politically homeless after the election and Cheryl Dieter explains how her experience of helping a poverty stricken woman after church made her come to a conclusion about hunger in America.

Producer: Kevin Core for the BBC, with APM’s Laurie Stern.

The programme is a BBC World Service Production with American Public Media.

04The Response - America's Story20170425

Americans share their stories about relationships, marriage, hunger and racism

04The Response - America's Story20170425

Americans share their stories about relationships, marriage, hunger and racism

Americans from across the country share their stories of the first 100 days of the Donald Trump presidency – all recorded and sent from smartphones. This programme was recorded at KBSX in Boise, Idaho. Andrea Ignacio tells us she has been working hard to get a new job – but asks how come the rules of recruitment and behaviour in the workplace do not seem to apply to her new president?

And Kate Jackman from Michigan had a very particular reaction to the election win. She got married. She explains that as a lesbian there was an aspect of haste to the decision – she fears rights surrounding gay marriage may be set to change.

On the other side of the political fence, Harrison Judd is a supporter of the president, and he has noticed that the ferocity of anonymous online debate is spilling into the real world. He feels that baseless accusations of racism and extreme anger are souring conversations about politics. The anger comes to a head at a very unpleasant dinner party.

Similarly, Dave from California and Deborah from Oregon are poles apart politically. They tell us about online opinions and arguments which have resulted in the break-up of relationships in the real world.

Joe Medrano tells us about feeling politically homeless after the election and Cheryl Dieter explains how her experience of helping a poverty stricken woman after church made her come to a conclusion about hunger in America.

Producer: Kevin Core for the BBC, with APM’s Laurie Stern.

The programme is a BBC World Service Production with American Public Media.

04The Response - America's Story2017042520170426 (WS)

Americans share their stories about relationships, marriage, hunger and racism

04The Response - America's Story2017042520170429 (WS)

Americans share their stories about relationships, marriage, hunger and racism