Actor Zach Galifianakis’s home state of North Carolina has it bad. In 2013, the state’s Republican-dominated legislature passed a controversial voter-restriction law that curtailed early voting, ended same-day voting, and instituted onerous voter ID requirements, among other measures. Though key parts of the law were struck down earlier this year to their racially discriminatory impact, the state’s voters will still face another hurdle to democracy this November: gerrymandering.
In a new documentary series that will air on EPIX this fall, Galifianakis joins Amy Poehler, Shonda Rhimes, Common, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Norman Lear, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jesse Williams to examine our country’s crisis of inequality. Over five episodes beginning Friday, September 30, at 9 pm EST, America Divided will shine a light on the issues facing our education, housing, healthcare and criminal justice systems. Check back for exclusive excerpts each Friday morning on The Nation’s website, and watch this preview clip, in which Galifianakis sits down with former Democratic North Carolina state senator Margaret Dickson.