Response - America's Story, The [World Service]


01The Response - America's Story20170117Shaimaa Khalil seeks your unique stories about the lives you lead and your hopes for the future under the new US presidency.

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03The Response - America's Story20170321Shaimaa 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

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

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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.