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Into America

Into America

This is a show about politics, about policy, and the power both have over the lives of the American people. It sheds light on the candidates and the president they are running to unseat. It connects the dots between policies and voters across the political spectrum. Hosted by Trymaine Lee. Featuring the journalists of NBC News. This is how America sounds. This is Into America.

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Into Life and Loss in a Pandemic

There are moments in life that call for celebration and communion. When a baby is born and when a loved one dies, we cook meals, share stories and help out where we can. These moments of life and death are the moments that pull us together.  

But in the age of COVID-19, we are told to keep our distance. To prevent the spread of the virus, hospitals around the country are placing restrictions on who can be present in the delivery room. And there are limits on who can remain by the side of someone who is dying.  

In this episode of Into America, Trymaine Lee speaks with a first-time expecting mom about how the coronavirus outbreak is changing her birth plan. And MSNBC contributor Eric Deggans talks about the death of his mother and having to coordinate a funeral that many could only attend online. These are stories of life and loss in a pandemic. 

Further Reading: 

Adding insult to injury': Couples struggle with IVF cancellations amid coronavirus pandemicFuneral workers provide critical service but are at high risk of exposure to the coronavirusOur coronavirus confessions special
2020-04-02
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Into Coronavirus for the Uninsured

Coronavirus is continuing to spread and Americans are relying on the healthcare system to save them if they get sick. But what if you?re one of the 30 million Americans who are uninsured? 

Penny Wingard is one of them. As a breast cancer survivor, she?s immunocompromised and facing uncertainty about how to get proper care without coverage. In Charlotte, North Carolina, where Penny is from, federally funded community health centers are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic for the uninsured. The toll that coronavirus is taking, both on the patients and the centers? operations, may be irreversible. 

Host Trymaine Lee talks with Phil McCausland, national reporter for NBC News, about his reporting on the healthcare gap in North Carolina and the patients and providers hoping the system can survive this outbreak. 

If you or someone you know is living without health insurance, find a Community Health Center in your area on the website

Read Phil McCausland?s piece here.

For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/intoamerica.

2020-03-26
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Into Democracy Delayed

This week, the coronavirus outbreak reached all 50 states and is now responsible for more than 140 deaths. Doctors and government officials are scrambling to address the problem.  

As schools close, employers send their workers home, and entertainment venues go dark, Americans are also wondering how the spread of the coronavirus will impact the 2020 election. This week?s primary states saw an increase in absentee ballots, as people heeded the guidance of the CDC to avoid crowded spaces. And Louisiana became the first state to postpone its primary, with several others following suit.  

This week, Into America goes into the intersection of politics and a pandemic. Host Trymaine Lee speaks with the Louisiana Secretary of State about the state?s decision to delay its Democratic primary. And we hear from a Georgia voter who worries how the delays in her state could impact voter turnout. 

Further Reading 

Coronavirus in the US: Map of where cases have been confirmed in the U.S. Louisiana postpones Democratic Primary over coronavirus, the first state to do so 

For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/intoamerica.

2020-03-19
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Into the Future of Lordstown, Ohio

The Mahoning Valley in northeast Ohio is in the middle of an economic transition. 

Manufacturing jobs have been leaving the region for decades, but the closure of the General Motors Lordstown factory last year was a major blow to the community. Some families were split apart as GM employees took transfers to other plants. Others are still mourning the departure of steady union jobs. But new opportunities in technology and warehouse distribution are coming to the area.  

Residents near Lordstown are no stranger to promises. In 2017, President Trump came to the region, saying he would bring jobs back. Now, voters in this swing district must choose whether to back the President or one of his Democratic challengers. 

What will these changes mean for the future of the region? Host Trymaine Lee talks with National Digital Reporter Erin Einhorn about her reporting in the Mahoning Valley, why voters in the area are divided on their pick for 2020, and how the local community is working to carve out a new economy after significant economic loss. 

Further Reading

In Ohio town grieving lost jobs, voters are deeply divided on President Trump 

For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/intoamerica.

2020-03-12
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Into the Fight for Lindsey Graham's Seat

Lindsey Graham is a giant in politics. The three-term Republican Senator has served more than two decades in Congress. He?s now a close ally to President Donald Trump.  

He?s also up for re-election in 2020, and for the first time ever he?s facing a serious challenge to his South Carolina Senate seat. The fight comes from Jaime Harrison, a young, black Democrat, and a relative newcomer to the national stage. Harrison has raised more money than any Democrat running for the seat in state history, but he?s still a relative unknown. 

In this episode of Into America, Trymaine Lee talks to Harrison and Graham?s campaign, to find out why both believe they will win. And we visit the red city of Greenville, to talk to a voter who has supported Graham in the past and is now backing Harrison. 

Further Reading:  

South Carolina voters with no insurance, deep medical debt swayed by health care

For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/intoamerica.

2020-03-05
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Into Bloomberg?s Legacy of Stop and Frisk

Days before announcing his candidacy, Michael Bloomberg apologized for the use of stop-and-frisk, a policing tactic he championed as Mayor of New York City. In their search for weapons, the New York Police Department made nearly 4.5 million stops over the span of a decade. Eighty-eight percent of people stopped were innocent, and the majority were Black and Latino boys and men. 

Now, in order to have a real shot at the Democratic nomination, the former Mayor needs the support of Black voters. But will his decision to support stop and frisk hurt his chances? 

In this episode, host Trymaine Lee goes into East New York, a community that experienced more stops than any other part of the city. Plus, a look at whether Bloomberg?s efforts to shore up support with Black voters nationwide will pay off. 

For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/intoamerica.

Further Reading: 

Bloomberg says he nearly eliminated stop-and-frisk as mayor. But he fought for it to the end.Debate rivals hammer Bloomberg over 'stop and frisk' policing in NYCBloomberg apologizes for 'stop-and-frisk' police practice
2020-02-27
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Introducing: Into America

This is a show about politics, about policy, and the power both have over the lives of the American people. It sheds light on the candidates and the president they are running to unseat. It connects the dots between policies and voters across the political spectrum. Hosted by Trymaine Lee. Featuring the journalists of NBC News. This is how America sounds. This is Into America.

2020-02-20
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