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Marisa Helms

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  • We explore the foundations of the Second Amendment and the cultural and historical beliefs and myths that contribute to our very American divide over guns.
  • The story of who we are as a nation is being challenged. Examining America’s racial history is not easy and not welcomed by everyone.
  • A 1998 study on Adverse Childhood Experiences (also known as “ACEs”) concluded that traumas early in life can lead to poor health outcomes later on. Today, the findings of the study are considered ground-breaking and have sparked a world-wide social healing movement. But some say using such a rubric to assess a person’s traumatic experiences won’t work for everyone and may simply label and limit their future potential.
  • For Thanksgiving, host Trey Kay gathers the Us & Them dinner party around the table to chew over some of the contentious issues of the day.
  • Since 2010, West Virginia has lost nearly 50,000 residents. From 2010 to 2018, it was one of only two states with more deaths than births. That generational imbalance is expected to grow even wider in the coming years. Is the state prepared to care for a growing number of Golden Mountaineers in their sunset years?
  • After a year of extraordinary social, racial, political and economic upheaval, some people say they’ve lost trust in one another, our institutions and our government. What do we risk if we’re unwilling to trust in our fellow Americans?For this episode, host Trey Kay speaks to several Americans, whose sense of distrust prevents them from believing politicians, government agencies, the justice system, the news media and their fellow Americans. He also speaks with social psychologists Dominic Packer and Jay Van Bavel, authors of the soon to be published book called “The Power of Us.” In it, they explore how the groups we belong to shape our identity and reality.
  • COVID-19 exposes an "us and them" divide in healthcare. The coronavirus is about three times more likely to put African-American and Latino people in the hospital and they are twice as likely than whites to die from COVID. For this episode, Us & Them host Trey Kay speaks with Black West Virginians fighting to keep their community healthy during the pandemic.
  • The Us & Them virtual dinner party is back — this time, for a post-election discussion over dessert. Host Trey Kay’s guests — who include Steve Roberts, Margaret Chapman Pomponio and Karen Cross — hail from across the political divide and talk about how honest, open conversation might help bring the country together.
  • US & Them hosts a virtual dinner party that shows political differences don't have to be painful or polarizing.
  • A global public health crisis in the form of an invisible virus, now officially divides us from each other. We’ve learned to call it ‘social distancing.’ But the coronavirus is creating or reopening many layers between us and them.