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Sunday 28 March 2010

Americana: Presented by Matt Frei. So what's next on America's political agenda? Matt is joined by NBC news anchor Brian Williams. The two discuss what's next on the political agenda now that health care reform has been passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama.

American voices illustrate the issues vying for legislative attention. Matt Frei talks with an immigration reform advocate and undocumented immigrant herself.

And Matt Frei talks with Emergency Financial Manager of Detroit Public Schools, Robert Bobb, about how to deal with an education crisis.

It's not all politics. Americana hears from musician Mark Seliger about the musical journey of his band, Rusty Truck.

Our email is americana@bbc.co.uk and you can follow us on Twitter too @bbcamericana.

  • Brian Williams

    Presenter Matt Frei talks with Brian Williams. As anchor of the NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams is one of the most recognizable faces in American media. The two discuss what’s next on the political agenda now that health care reform has been signed into law.

    Brian Williams
  • Immigration Reform

    Even before health care reform legislation was passed, thousands gathered by the Capitol in Washington D.C. to raise their voices for immigration reform hoping to bring it into the spotlight next. Americana talks with one young woman in Massachusetts who has been living with the threat of arrest for years as an undocumented immigrant in the United States.

    Statement by the President Praising the Bipartisan Immigration Reform Framework
  • Useful Links: The National Immigration Forum

    The National Immigration Forum
  • Education Reform, Detroit Public Schools

    Matt Frei talks with Robert Bobb, Emergency Financial Manager of Detroit Public Schools, about how to keeps schools functioning despite financial crisis.

    Robert C. Bobb
  • Rusty Truck: The Band

    Brian Williams follows the news like a hawk but that’s not all he follows. As an informal music critic he has an affection for the band Rusty Truck. Matt Frei talks with lead singer Mark Seliger to learn more.

    Rusty Truck



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