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Clinton's Path to Victory, Mental Health and Justice, A Movie for Greedy Women

Coming up on today's show: It's day four of the Democratic National Convention, but the real test of this campaign isn't likely to be in the Wells Fargo Arena — it's going to take place right outside in the neighborhoods and suburbs of South Philly. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at the strategic importance of Pennsylvania in the 2016 election. After Donald Trump encouraged Russian hackers to find and publish Hillary Clinton's deleted emails, we speak with author writer Gary Shteyngart, who explains how the 2016 election is surfacing old paranoia about Russian influence in the U.S. In 1981, John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity after attempting to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that Hinckley Jr. could be released from a government psychiatric hospital and live full time with his mother in Virginia. Richard Bonnie, a professor of law and psychiatry at the University of Virginia and author of "A Case Study in the Insanity Defense: The Trial of John W. Hinckley," explains. Back in 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge took the world by storm, and this stunt to raise awareness about ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease, actually worked. The ALS Association announced earlier this week that the money they raised helped uncover a gene that contributes to the disease. Bernard Muller, founder of Project MinE and an ALS patient, has the details. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway, interviews with Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner, who created and star in the movie "Equity," which is being billed as the first movie about a female-driven Wall Street team. Author Ryan P. Brown joins The Takeaway to discuss his new book, "Honor Bound: How a Cultural Ideal Has Shaped the American Psyche," which explores the science of honor cultures, and why living up to the expectations of honor and bravery breeds violence and negative behaviors.

Clinton's Path to Victory, Mental Health and Justice, A Movie for Greedy Women

Bill's Influence, Athletic Politics, Punk Protest

Coming up on today's show: Yesterday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially became the Democratic Party's nominee for president. We get the latest on day two of the DNC from Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich, who is on the ground in the City of Brotherly Love. President Bill Clinton spoke at the Democratic National Convention last night. Does his presence hurt or help Hillary Clinton? And what will happen to this charismatic former leader of the free world if she is elected? Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News, weighs in. After a priest was killed in Normandy by two ISIS attackers on Tuesday, The Takeaway explores how the people of France are responding to this latest act of terrorism with Samuel Laurent, author of "Al-Qaeda in France" and "The Islamic State." U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was the first woman and openly gay person from The Badger State to be elected to the Senate. She says that Donald Trump doesn't have a path to victory in her state, which Texas Senator Ted Cruz won in the primaries. Despite numerous leadership changes, Yahoo — an early innovator in the digital age — has struggled for years, and on Monday, the company announced that it would be selling off most of its assets to Verizon. We explore the fight to save Yahoo, and why it ultimately didn't succeed, with Michelle Quinn, a Silicon Valley columnist for the Mercury News. Long known for his apolitical views, NBA legend Michael Jordan says he can no longer stay silent on the issue of African-American shootings and police relations. Cindy Boren, a sports writer for The Washington Post, examines the intersection between sports and politics in America. The Takeaway continues our political protest music series with Victoria Ruiz and Joey DeFrancesco, the lead singer and guitarist of the punk band The Downtown Boys.

Hackers and Elections, Powerful Vocals, The Legacy of Michelle Obama

Coming up on today's show: The Democratic National Convention kicked off in Philadelphia on Monday. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich is on the ground and brings us the latest from the convention floor, and explains what's ahead for the rest of the week. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell represents Michigan's 12th district. She delivers some sage advice for those who are expressing doubts about the mood emanating from Philadelphia this week. After Russian hackers exposed emails from the Democratic National Committee, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has stepped down. It's the latest scandal to rock the Hillary Clinton campaign, and it raises questions about the ability of foreign entities to interfere with American elections. Anne Applebaum, a columnist for the Washington Post, weighs in. Eroding economic conditions have severely impacted the poor and working class in the City of Brotherly Love. Bob Hennelly, an award-winning investigative reporter and political analyst, explains. Singer Marni Nixon, who died on Sunday at the age of 86, made a career dubbing vocals for well known stars. She sang the vocals for actresses in "The King and I," "West Side Story" and "My Fair Lady," just to name a few. Nixon told her story in the 2006 memoir, "I Could Have Sung All Night: My Story." She produced the work with ghostwriter Stephen Cole. Cole, an award winning theatre writer, joins us in the studio today to remember Nixon. Hillary Clinton's nomination this week will signal a milestone in American history for California Congresswomen Anna Eshoo and Barbara Lee, and others like them who have also tried to break the glass ceiling of American politics. Together, Representatives Eshoo and Lee discuss their time in Congress, and the road ahead for women. On the first night of the Democratic Convention, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a passionate speech that rallied a divided party. For a look at Mrs. Obama's convention speech and her legacy, we turn to Kate Andersen Brower, the author of "First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies."

DNC Tension, Global Investment, A Feminist in The White House

Coming up on today's show: It's the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. How will a DNC email leak effect the nominating process on the convention floor? For answers, we turn to Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich, who is on the ground this week in the City of Brotherly Love. Many women around the United States have waited years for a major American political party to nominate a female presidential candidate. U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has been among those waiting. She has been trying to help Hillary Clinton break the glass ceiling for decades, and discusses the significance of this week's convention. Why do some nations struggle and others succeed? Investor Ruchir Sharma, head of emerging markets and chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and author of "The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World," discusses the future of the nation state in our changing global economy. Environmentalist activists are worried about a new bill moving through Congress. If adopted, the legislation may make it easier for big oil companies to secure federal land. Tim Ream, climate and energy campaign director for Wild Earth Guardians, discusses these changes, and what this bill says about the Obama Administration's legacy on climate change. Over the weekend, an ISIS suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan killed more than 80 people and injured hundreds more during a peaceful demonstration. The United Nations called the attack a "war crime." Here to weigh in on the attack is Scott Stewart, a former terrorism investigator with the State Department. Earlier this month, more than two dozen governors met in Des Moines, Iowa for the annual National Governor's Association summer meeting. At the event, The Takeaway spoke with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008. He weighs in on the 2016 election, and the problems and opportunities that are facing state governments. Doreen Mattingly, an associate professor of women's studies at San Diego State University, is the author of the new book, "A Feminist in the White House: Midge Costanza, the Carter Years, and America's Culture Wars." Today on The Takeaway, she discusses her new work, and what it would mean to elect Hillary Clinton.

RNC Wrap Up, Comic-Con International, Finding Solace Amid Grim News

Coming up on today's show: Friday is the halfway point between the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich brings us analysis from the final night of the GOP Convention, and looks ahead to the Democratic gathering next week in Philadelphia. Now that the 2016 Republican National Convention has come to a close, we examine the latest election polls with Harry Enten, senior political writer and analyst at FiveThirtyEight. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will announce her running mate as early as Friday. The two frontrunners are currently Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, though others are still in the running. Angela Rye, a Democratic strategist and principal and CEO of Impact Strategies, weighs in. This week Melissa Locker, culture correspondent for Time, The Guardian, and The Takeaway, fills us in on Comic-Con International, which is underway now in San Diego and is expected to attract about 130,000 people. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway, looks at the big new releases hitting the box office this weekend, including "Star Trek Beyond," "Lights Out," "Absolutely Fabulous," and "Ice Age: Collision Course." Grammy-winning artist Eric Krasno is a guitarist who's played with and written for The Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, 50 Cent, Talib Kweli, and Aaron Neville, just to name a few. He's used to working with established and powerful voices, but on his new solo album, called "Blood from a Stone," Krasno takes a risk in trying to find his voice. When the news is difficult and hard to read about, where do you turn? Susan Johnson Cook, former ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom under President Obama, says we all need to find some sort of solace to retrieve our strength and find common ground to solve the problems facing America and the world.

Cruz Boos, Fox News Drama, The Uncensored Legacy of 'Star Trek'

Coming up on today's show: By failing to officially endorse Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz won a lot of boos from the crowd at the 2016 Republican National Convention. As Trump takes the stage tonight, will he be able to repair this divided party? For answers, we turn to Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich, who is in Cleveland and watching the convention unfold. How have geopolitical shifts changed the Republican Party's official platform? Steve Clemons, editor-at-large for The Atlantic, discusses the foreign policy strategy of a potential Trump administration. The Murdoch family has given Roger Ailes, the chairman and CEO of Fox News, a deadline of August 1st to leave the network or be fired. The move comes in response to allegations that Ailes sexually harassed some of Fox's biggest stars. Gabriel Sherman, national affairs editor for New York magazine and author of "The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News - and Divided A Country," has the details. Unilever announced Wednesday that it would pay $1 billion for the Dollar Shave Club, a California-based razor company. How did this direct-to-consumer company disrupt the legacy razor market? Weighing in is Chad Rubin, an entrepreneur, co-founder of the e-commerce company Skubana, and author of "Cheaper Easier Direct: How to Disrupt the Marketplace and Create Your Own E-Commerce Empire." The Takeaway checks in with Code Pink, a group of protestors that's on the ground in Cleveland, Ohio that have been trying to disrupt events at the Republican National Convention all week. Jodie Evans, co-founder and co-director of Code Pink, joins us. It has been another bloody week in Syria, with French and U.S. airstrikes reportedly killing more than 100 civilians. Videos are also circulating that purport to show Syrian rebels beheading a 12-year-old boy that they say is a Palestinian pro-government fighter. Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, weighs in on the violence. We explore the first 25 years of the original "Star Trek" franchise ahead of the the premier of the new movie, "Star Trek Beyond," which opens on Friday. Edward Gross, co-author of "The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years," joins The Takeaway. Check out some Takeaway photos from the GOP convention below. TONIGHT: After they've had their say, have yours! Join Todd Zwillich for a live convention call-in show from Cleveland. Details here.

Trump Channels Nixon, Crisis in Nigeria, Music to Kill Cynicism

Coming up on today's show: Last night at 7:15 PM Eastern, Donald J. Trump officially became the Republican Party's nominee for president of the United States. We get the latest from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland from Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich. Donald Trump's candidacy has evoked a number of historical comparisons, from George Wallace and Ronald Reagan, to Italy's Silvio Berlusconi. Now, the Trump campaign appears to be turning to Richard Nixon. But Rick Perlstein, a historian and author of "Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan," says The Donald is still too difficult to define. In December, a new secretary general will take the helm of the United Nations, but the election comes at a difficult time for the U.N., which has been criticized for not doing enough to protect the world's most vulnerable people. Jean-Marie Guéhenno, president of the International Crisis Group and author of "The Fog of Peace: A Memoir of International Peacekeeping in the 21st Century," weighs in. In northeastern Nigeria, violence and disruption by Boko Haram has caused widespread food shortages. The region may be on the brink of famine, and the U.N.'s children's agency, UNICEF, says that up to 50,000 children could die in northeast Nigeria unless they receive treatment soon. Chris Stein, the Nigeria correspondent for Voices of America, has the details on this story. What does the future of the Republican Party really hold? We're putting that question to Alexandra Smith, chair of the College Republican National Committee and an alternate delegate at the GOP's convention. A doping scandal has prompted the world's top anti-doping body to ask for the entire Russian delegation to be barred from the summer Olympic Games in Rio, which begin in less than three weeks. Here to explain is Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr., a political scientist and and author of the upcoming book, "The Edge: The War Against Cheating and Corruption in the Cut Throat World of Elite Sports." Despite the rise of far-right nationalism in Europe, and the thinly-veiled demagoguery of Donald Trump's ambitions to "Make America Great Again," musician Billy Bragg remains optimistic. The Takeaway continues its summer protest music series with Bragg, an English singer, songwriter, and activist whose music has intersected with politics for decades.

PTSD and Guns, Nuclear Security, GOP Convention Tour

Coming up on today's show: The Republican National Convention (RNC) is underway in Cleveland, Ohio. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich is on the ground and tours the RNC site to see how it stacks up to past conventions. The state of Pennsylvania sent 54 unbound Republican delegates to the GOP convention — these delegates can vote any way they want at the RNC, despite voter preferences. The Takeaway catches up with Lee Snover, an unbound pro-Trump delegate, to see how things are shaping up. After an African-American military veteran targeted police in Baton Rouge, some are raising questions about the military's role in the gun control conversation in America, and whether those who are most experienced with guns are always in the best condition to remain firearm owners after they return home. Chris Marvin, a retired U.S. Army Black Hawk pilot, weighs in. Today, the Virginia Supreme Court will meet to hear a case brought by Republican lawmakers that challenges an executive order signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe. The order restores voting rights for more than 200,000 felons who have completed their sentences. Sandy Hausman, Charlottesville bureau chief for public radio station WVTF, has the details. Asli Aydintasbas, a journalist living in Istanbul and a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, explains what's happening on the streets of Istanbul and Ankara following last weekend's failed military coup. During the coup attempt in Turkey last week, Turkish authorities cut power to the base that houses NATO's largest nuclear arsenal. As the country's stability seems less and less certain, how safe are these nuclear weapons? For answers, we turn to Eric Schlosser, author of "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety." How does the aesthetic of the 2016 convention compare to earlier years? Jim Fenhagen designed the 2012 Republican National Convention set, and is in Cleveland working on the design for The Daily Show's RNC set. He brings us the latest on the look and design of this year's gathering.

The GOP Convention, Tension in Baton Rouge, Unique Jazz

Coming up on today's show: On Sunday morning, a gunman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana killed three police officers and injured three others. The shooting was carried out near sites where demonstrators have been protesting the death of Alton Sterling, an African-American man who was killed by the police nearly two weeks ago. For the latest from Baton Rouge, we turn to Maya Lau, a reporter with the The Advocate, Louisiana's largest daily newspaper. An unsuccessful coup to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this weekend left an estimated 265 people dead and more than 1,400 injured. Officials have arrested at least 6,000 people, and some 2,745 judges have been removed by the Turkish government. Kim Lane Scheppele is a professor of International Affairs at Princeton, explains where the judicial branch fits into the attempted coup. Asa Hutchinson, the Republican governor of Arkansas, believes his party's national convention in Cleveland this week is a moment for unity. He admits he's had serious doubts about candidate Donald Trump, but says the desire to defeat Hillary Clinton is unifying the party. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich is in Cleveland all this week for the Republican National Convention. He sat down with Sondra Ziegler, a first time Republican delegate from Texas, to find out how the party is coming together. The GOP Convention is drawing a diverse crowd — from #NeverTrump delegates and Black Lives Matter demonstrators, to the most ardent Trump supporters around the country. As the nation turns its attention to Cleveland, The Takeaway hears from Frank Jackson, the city's Democratic mayor. The damage that 31-year-old Mohamed Bouhlel inflicted upon the people of Nice, France, last week was even greater than the 84 lives he claimed. Jack McCord, executive director of Alliance Française de Chicago, the Windy City's French cultural learning center, was out celebrating Bastille Day with hundreds of people when the attack began in Nice. Jazz artist Jacob Collier is a 21-year-old multi-talented YouTube star, or at least that's how he started. His first full album was released on July 1st to great fanfare. He discusses his unique sound and evolving style with Takeaway Host John Hockenberry.

Horror in France, Podcast Picks, Millennial Radio

Coming up on today's show: Mayhem broke out in Nice, France on Thursday after a man in a truck plowed through a crowd during an independence day fireworks demonstration. More than 80 people, including children, were killed by the rampage, which officials are calling a terrorist assault. Ciaran Fahey, a reporter with the Associated Press, and Martin Reardon, a 21-year veteran of the FBI, weigh in. Donald Trump has selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his running mate. Matt Katz, a political reporter who has been following the Trump campaign for WNYC and NPR, has the details. Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, is known for describing Barack Obama as "the part-Kenyan president" who has an "ancestral dislike of the British empire." This week, he was appointed foreign secretary — the U.K.'s top diplomatic position. How will he respond to the attack in Nice? Tim Bale, a professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, weighs in. It's summertime, and whether you're traveling or just taking a day off at home, you may want to kick back and relax by listening to a podcast. With so many options, where do you even start? Melissa Locker, culture reporter for The Guardian, TIME, and The Takeaway, serves as our podcast guide this week. Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway, drops by to review the big new releases hitting the box office this weekend, including Woody Allen's newest film "Café Society," "Ghostbusters," and "The Infiltrator." As Brazil juggles the Zika virus, a dismantled government, and infrastructure problems, the city of Rio de Janeiro is getting a bad rap in the lead up to the 2016 Summer Olympics. But is this just business as usual for host countries, which are often forced to prepare quickly for the Olympics? For answers, we turn to Andrei Markovits, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor who has studied comparative sports culture in Europe and North America. In the wake of violence by and against the police, millennials are taking a more active role in the fight for justice through protests, petitions, and social media movements. In Harlem, New York, the radio program Let Your Voice Be Heard! attempts to give members of the younger generation a platform to engage with the issues facing society today. Stanley Fritz and Selena Hill, co-hosts of Let Your Voice Be Heard!, discuss their program today.

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