NPR News Special: The Making of Clinton and Trump

Sep 7, 2016

On Friday, September 23rd, JPR will broadcast an NPR News special called The Making of Clinton and Trump: Character in the 2016 Election.

Hosted by Weekend Edition's Rachel Martin, the special will examine the characters of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are the most unpopular candidates since modern polling began. Why is that the case? Over the course of the hour, NPR will revisit their personal histories and explore episodes in which their characters were forged. The program begins by exploring the ways in which Clinton and Trump stood out from their peers even at a young age. Then, a look at key moments over the decades that helped cement their public reputations, diving into aspects of their personalities that have turned into liabilities with voters: Clinton's need for privacy and Trump's desire for public attention.

To understand Clinton's character, NPR will feature the perspectives of a former chief of staff, a Republican who worked with her in Congress, a biographer and journalist who has long tracked her career, and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

To understand Trump's character, the show features longtime friends in business, entertainment, and politics such as Piers Morgan and Roger Stone, a current business partner, a former casino regulator, and a biographer of the Trump family.

The Making of Clinton and Trump will air Friday morning, September 23rd at 9am on the News & Information Service (repeated at 9pm), and at 6pm on the Classics & News Service.