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"America Divided": Putting a spotlight on inequality

Explore our social justice recaps of America Divided—highlighting resources and insights on the important policy and social justice issues raised in each episode of the powerful docu-series.

The full series, which originally aired on Epix, is available to stream on Amazon Prime and Hulu.

Episode one

Hip-hop artist and actor Common delves into the nation’s broken criminal justice system, actor Rosario Dawson explores the failures that led to the Flint water crisis, and TV writer and producer Norman Lear investigates housing issues in New York City. Read the recap

 

Episode two

Norman Lear’s investigation of New York City’s affordable housing problem and Rosario Dawson’s uncovering of the democratic failures that caused the Flint water crisis continue. And actor and former teacher Jesse Williams introduces viewers to another serious manifestation of America’s inequality problem: the growing opportunity gap between black and white students. Read the recap

 

Episode three

Jesse Williams dives deeper into the resegregation of American schools, uncovering how students of color are being criminalized. Viewers are also introduced to actor America Ferrera as she explores the plight of undocumented immigrants, and actor Peter Sarsgaard, as he works to understand the causes and impacts of the opioid epidemic. Read the recap

 

Episode four

Actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis uncovers the growing influence of big money in politics. And we check back in with America Ferrera as she seeks to lift up the voices of undocumented immigrants, and Peter Sarsgaard as he investigates the opioid crisis. Read the recap

 

Episode five

Actor and comedian Amy Poehler follows domestic workers and caregivers in California as they fight for the state’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. And we follow up with Zach Galifianakis as he examines how voter suppression and racial gerrymandering are challenging democracy in North Carolina. Read the recap

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