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Jon Sopel - If Only They Didn't Speak English

Fri 6th October 2017
7.30pm - 8.30pm
Stratford Artshouse

As the BBC’s North America Editor, Jon Sopel has experienced ‘the Greatest Country on Earth’ from a perspective that most could only dream of: he has travelled aboard Air Force One, interviewed President Obama and seen first-hand the gaudy splendour of Donald Trump’s billion-dollar empire. Jon has also witnessed the darker side of the United States today. He was on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri as the riots took hold; he has visited gun shows, where lethal weapons are exhibited and sold like DIY tools; and he has listened to would-be-presidents turn TV evangelists, as they place their judgements in the hands of a god in whom they believe unquestioningly.

In a fascinating and insight event, he will be saying that for all we think we know the USA, it is – now more than ever – a truly foreign land, and be sharing anecdotes from his book, If Only They Didn’t Speak English -a portrait of American life and politics seen through British eyes. With the combination of his political expertise (as a BBC correspondent of more than 20 years) and his own stories from on the ground, he will set out to answer questions about a country that once stood for the grandest of dreams but which is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division, and increasingly perverse beliefs.

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