Bridging the Divide Between Us and Them | Trey Kay | TEDxMarshallU

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Trey Kay is the host of the “Us & Them” radio program produced by PRX and West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Trey speaks about how his personal journey can help us come together in civil discourse during times of heightened political divisiveness. He tells of his experience living through West Virginia’s Kanawha County Textbook Controversy as a young student and how that experience gave him a front row seat to the differences between people and ideologies. His childhood story comes full circle when he meets and befriends Alice Moore, who was a leader of the textbook wars. Although they disagree about politics, religion, and many other topics, they have developed a strong and lasting friendship. Drawing on his experiences with Alice, Trey reflects on the greater issue of communication and how it takes composure, humility, and patience to truly understand people with views that oppose your own. Through his journey and efforts, he hopes to inspire others to engage in civil conversations about tough topics to expand people’s knowledge and acceptance of others, and to improve the overall tone of political discourse in our society. Radio journalist Trey Kay is host and producer of PRX and West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s radio and podcast program „Us & Them,“ which is devoted to telling stories from all sides of the culture war divide. The program has been honored with two awards from the Public Media Journalists Association. Kay produced the 2009 audio documentary “The Great Textbook War,” which was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award, a national Edward R. Murrow Award, and a duPont-Columbia Silver Baton. In 2005, Kay shared in another Peabody for his contribution to Studio 360’s “American Icons: Moby Dick” program. As a Spencer Fellow for Education Reporting at the Columbia Journalism School, Kay produced the audio documentary “The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom.” His work has been recognized with other notable awards, and he has co-produced programs for PBS Frontline, This American Life, New Yorker Radio Hour, Marketplace and Morning Edition. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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