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31/10/2010

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Sunday 31 October 2010

Americana examines the defining and redefining of a nation.

Once every ten years, when U.S. Census figures are updated, American politicians have the opportunity to draw crooked lines to map out districts of political supporters to their advantage. The abuse of power is called gerrymandering. The honest practice is called redistricting. Americana talks with the filmmaker Jeff Reichert about his new film on the history of gerrymandering and about the debate unfolding about how best to keep the system of redistricting honest.

Matt Frei talks to former poet laureate Rita Dove about how to define the culture of a nation through poetry.

And Garry Wills discusses his new book "Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer," a memoir that grapples with how to define oneself.

  • Gerrymandering or Redistricting

    Once every ten years, U.S. Census figures are updated and American politicians have the opportunity to draw crooked lines to map out districts of political supporters to their advantage.

    The abuse of power is called gerrymandering. The honest practice is called redistricting.

    Matt Frei talks to film maker Jeff Reichert about his new documentary "Gerrymandering." The two discussion the history and potential impacts of upcoming election propositions attempting to clean up the process.

    The ReDistricting Game - can you do better?
  • Garry Wills

    Garry Wills discusses his new book, "Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer." The political historian reflects on the moments and people who helped define him through his life.

    Garry Wills
  • Rita Dove

    Rita Dove

    Matt Frei talks to former poet laureate Rita Dove about how to define the culture of a nation through poetry. She shares some of the words that are meaningful to her.

    Rita Dove
  • Rita Dove reads Sing Song

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