In his column for The Nation this week, Gary Younge hit the road to reveal what’s at the heart of Tea Party Nation. In this two-part, companion audio documentary from the BBC World Service, Younge tells the story of President Obama’s fiercest opponents. He spoke to tea-partiers, evangelicals and libertarians; local elected officials, country club members and small business owners to find out why they oppose the President, and what they think of his first year in office. He traveled to rural Arkansas and Kentucky, speaking with dozens of people who believe President Obama is taking the country in the wrong direction.

Listen to both parts below, or download the MP3. Special thanks to the BBC World Service for their production of this feature, and permission to run it at You can listen to more audio documentaries from the BBC World Service here.

Part 1

Part 2