The Making of Clinton and Trump: Character in the 2016 Election

Sep 19, 2016

This NPR News 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. But why is that the case?

Over the course of the hour, we will revisit their personal histories and explore episodes in which their characters were forged. First, ways in which Clinton and Trump stood out from their peers at a young age. Then, key moments over the decades that helped cement their public reputations. And finally, we'll dive 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, we'll 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, we'll feature 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.

Join us on Sunday, September 25 at 7 p.m. for this news special from NPR.