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Us & Them
Us & Them
Trey Kay and WVPB

We tell stories from the fault lines that separate Americans. Peabody Award-winning public radio producer Trey Kay listens to people on both... more

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Us & Them: The Geography of Abortion

State borders are the new front lines in the nation’s abortion battle. On this episode of Us & Them, host... more

07 Feb 2024 · 33 minutes
Us & Them: Expungement — Between Hope and Danger

It’s estimated that more than a quarter of the adults in West Virginia have a criminal record. That includes cases... more

24 Jan 2024 · 51 minutes
Us & Them: Caught Between Two Worlds

American politics is now a very ‘us and them’ world. Insiders know the privilege of power, but loyalties can shift... more

10 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
Us & Them: 2023 Had Some Serious Trust Issues

It’s the time of year to look back on where we’ve been and prepare for what’s ahead. Us & Them host... more

21 Dec 2023 · 51 minutes
Us & Them: Bidding Farewell To My Unlikely Friend, Alice Moore

Friendships that last through the years can be a remarkable gift. In this episode of Us & Them, host Trey... more

13 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
Us & Them: Diminished Trust In Science

Our confidence is eroding. Polls and surveys report we’ve lost trust in one another and in some of our most... more

21 Nov 2023 · 51 minutes
Us & Them: Potluck & Politics

In this episode of Us & Them, host Trey Kay invites his dinner party guests to gather once again for... more

08 Nov 2023 · 48 minutes
Us & Them: Diminished Trust In The News Media

Trust is in short supply in America as social and political divides continue to erode our faith in our democratic... more

25 Oct 2023 · 52 minutes
To Friend or Unfriend? That Is The Question

Many Americans are getting good at ignoring friends and relatives who disagree with them. Roughly four in ten registered voters... more

11 Oct 2023 · 35 minutes
Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars In West Virginia

Overcrowding and understaffing have pushed West Virginia’s prisons and jails to what many believe is a crisis point. On this episode... more

27 Sep 2023 · 51 minutes
Trust: East Palestinians Not On The Same Track

In the aftermath of a disaster, people search for assistance and answers. Since a rural Ohio train derailment sent toxic... more

13 Sep 2023 · 52 minutes
Us & Them Encore: The Right To Compete

At least 20 states have laws banning transgender girls and women from competing on girls and womens sports teams. On... more

23 Aug 2023 · 51 minutes
Us & Them Encore: Leaving The White Bubble

Travel is an activity some people use as a classroom.  Leaving the familiar lets us learn about culture, history, the... more

09 Aug 2023 · 47 minutes
Us & Them Encore: Court of Second Chances?

This episode of Us & Them was first released in December of 2022 and since then, it has received a... more

26 Jul 2023 · 51 minutes
Us & Them: SNAP — Do The Hungry Get More Policy Than Nutrician?

More than 12 percent of Americans, or 42 million people, need help getting enough food to eat. In West Virginia, that... more

12 Jul 2023 · 45 minutes
Us & Them: Who Gets Stuck Behind Bars In West Virginia?

West VIrginia’s state prisons and jails are overcrowded and understaffed. Just over half of those who are incarcerated have not yet... more

21 Jun 2023 · 51 minutes
Us & Them: Larry Bellorín’s Unwritten Song

Larry Bellorín began making his living as a singer, multi-instrumental musician and music teacher when he was a teenager in... more

07 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
Us & Them: The ‘Toxic Stew’ Of School Discipline

Across the nation, students of color and those from poor families are more likely to be suspended from school and... more

24 May 2023 · 52 minutes
A Fiddler Contemplates The Fate of the Mountain State

Phillip Bowen grew up playing the fiddle. The 38-year-old learned classical violin as well as how to improvise on the... more

10 May 2023 · 39 minutes
Us & Them Encore: The Gun Divide

Us & Them was recently honored with a first place award for best documentary from Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters. Our episode... more

26 Apr 2023 · 51 minutes
Diminishing OB Care In Rural America

Children are the future - it’s a common refrain. However, in isolated, rural communities across America, there are people traveling... more

11 Apr 2023 · 30 minutes
Changing A State's Mind About Health

West Virginia often ends up at the bottom of national health reports — the rates of obesity and diabetes, conditions that... more

23 Mar 2023 · 51 minutes
Compassion Fatigue

Homelessness has been on the rise since 2016 and the pandemic only exacerbated an acute shortage of resources to help... more

08 Mar 2023 · 53 minutes
Us & Them: Re-Entry

America’s prison system incarcerates millions of people, but at least 95% of all state prisoners are released after they serve... more

22 Feb 2023 · 52 minutes
The Fight For The Youth Vote

Nothing divides Americans like politics. At the same time, young people are showing up to vote. Turnout in America among... more

08 Feb 2023 · 35 minutes
The Housing Struggle

America is staring down the barrel of its long term housing issues. Now, there are added complications and divisions created... more

25 Jan 2023 · 51 minutes
Finding Your Family

International adoption helped many Americans build families, but a dark side victimized poor people in developing countries. The practice began... more

06 Jan 2023 · 54 minutes
2023: Where Do We Go From Here?

It’s been a year in America with lots of big political news and some very disturbing events. Supreme Court decisions... more

19 Dec 2022 · 52 minutes
Court of Second Chances?

In West Virginia there are nearly 50 specialized court programs designed to help teens and adults kick their drug addictions.... more

07 Dec 2022 · 42 minutes
Reimagining A Region

Imagining the future is at the core of this episode of Us & Them. Earlier this fall, we held a... more

21 Nov 2022 · 51 minutes
Us & Them: Post-Roe Mountain State

There’s a lot of energy and movement on abortion policy and law this fall. Some states have defined their position... more

09 Nov 2022 · 42 minutes
Please Pass The Politics

It’s time for our Us & Them dinner party crew to share a meal in person! This remarkable group of... more

26 Oct 2022 · 51 minutes
Manchin Is Us & Them

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin may be redefining the nation’s political landscape by reconfiguring the middle. While some say he’s tough... more

05 Oct 2022 · 44 minutes
Manchin In The Middle

West Virginia’s U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is the man in the middle. For years, Manchin has used his deciding vote... more

21 Sep 2022 · 51 minutes
Do We Have A Hearing Problem?

Whatever you call what happened at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, a rally - a protest - a riot... more

07 Sep 2022 · 37 minutes
Us & Them Encore: Blair Mountain

More than a hundred years ago West Virginia was home to our nation’s most violent labor uprising. For some, the... more

24 Aug 2022 · 51 minutes
Us & Them Encore: The Dental Gap

Many West Virginians have trouble with their teeth. In fact, there’s a big gap between folks who can reliably access... more

10 Aug 2022 · 35 minutes
The Right To Compete

More than a dozen states have new laws banning transgender girls and women from competing on girls and womens sports... more

27 Jul 2022 · 52 minutes
Us & Them Encore: Kingwood March Exposed a Raw Seam of Rage

2020 presented new levels of outrage over police killings of Black and Brown people in this nation. Police killed George... more

13 Jul 2022 · 33 minutes
Vaccines: Now For Us, Later for Them

Charges of vaccine hoarding and global protectionism are coloring the debate over our  response to new strains of COVID with... more

22 Jun 2022 · 51 minutes
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It’s time for our Us & Them dinner party crew to share a meal in person! This remarkable group of people has... more