The Stuff of Life Podcast Heads to Washington, D.C.

Allison Loudermilk

The scene in Washington, D.C., when Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president on Jan. 20, 2017. Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The U.S. is in a weird place right now.

On Friday, Jan. 20, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. People in red hats descended upon the nation's capital to celebrate the victory of Trump, the brash outsider with the itchy Twitter finger. They applauded his repeated promises to put America first and to shake up the Washington establishment once and for all.  

On Saturday, Jan. 21, hundreds of thousands of pink-hatted people spilled into the D.C. streets to protest Trump's election and to stand up for a range of causes. They marched and they chanted for women's rights and environmental rights, for equality regardless of sexual orientation or race, for science, for access to health care.

But here's the thing: Those two sides might have more in common than they realize — despair that things are broken, fear of what the future holds, hope that they can enact change.

So the Stuff of Life team went to Washington, D.C., to record what people had to say about this strange time in the U.S. On the first episode of the podcast's second season, you'll meet some of the people they talked to and learn how we all stay human in times of uncertainty, anger and desperation.

Here's a clip from one group of teens that the Stuff of Life podcast team interviewed:

Look for the second series in early spring. It's going to be great. And don't worry. We'll remind you again when it's out.