Road to November takes listeners down the Mississippi River, all the way to polling day
As the 2020 U.S. presidential election draws near, The Current is taking a virtual trip down the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to Louisiana, to meet some of the people whose lives will be shaped by the election, and discuss what comes next. Catch up on the series, Road to November, and all the stories below.
This Black-owned distillery raised $765K after it burned in Minneapolis protests. Now they're giving it away
Du Nord Craft Spirits was damaged in fires that spread through Minneapolis following George Floyd's death, but its owners have created an opportunity to help other local businesses in their community, and in wider Minnesota.
Registering to vote like trying to 'count the bubbles in the soap' in some U.S. states: activist
Pastor Greg Lewis, of voting rights organization Souls to the Polls, says the process of registering to vote in Wisconsin is complicated and not welcoming for many people — and as a result their voices are not heard.
Trump won swing state Iowa decisively in 2016. Here's how these voters feel 4 years later
Historically a swing state, Republican candidate Donald Trump won Iowa by a wide margin in 2016, but polls say it's tighter this time.
Made in America: How Trump and Biden's rival visions for economic recovery are resonating with Illinois voters
Over the past five years, Republican candidate Donald Trump has promised to bring jobs back to Illinois, and put the United States first. Have those promises been kept, and will workers there vote for him again?
'You get used to being ignored' as a Black voter in the U.S., says St. Louis business owner
In Missouri, Jamila Brantley says nothing changes for her community after the votes have been cast, but she wants more Black people to get involved in politics to address that.
Activists wanted this Black race horse owner to boycott the Kentucky Derby. Here's why he said no
Greg Harbut, one of the few Black horse owners in Derby history, was asked to boycott the race in Kentucky this year amid protests about racism, and the police killing of Breonna Taylor. He explains why he refused the request.
U.S. election is a 'now-or-never' moment, say young voters worried about country they'll inherit post-pandemic
In Tennessee, young voters are concerned about the country and economy they'll inherit after the pandemic, but not all agree who is the right candidate to lead the country through it.
Residents of the 'most racist town in America' say they're working hard to shake that reputation
A viral video from Arkansas this summer bolstered the image of Harrison as "the most racist town in America." We talk to residents who say that isn't true, and offer their views on how issues around race are playing out in the U.S. presidential election.
Devastating floods led this Mississippi farmer to a political awakening
In Rolling Fork, a town in the Mississippi Delta, last year's extensive flooding weighs heavily on farmers and the wider community, and the looming election has become a source of division.
Frustrated businesses want more COVID-19 financial help, but say 'New Orleans isn't going anywhere'
New Orleans tourism and hospitality has been hit hard by the pandemic, and some businesses say the city's landmark venues could face permanent closure if more government aid is not forthcoming.