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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.

Ani DiFranco, Self-Inflicted Gun Violence, The GOP's Swing Right

Coming up on today's show: More than 33,000 people are fatally shot in the U.S. each year. A major investigation by FiveThirtyEight looks at gun deaths in America, and seeks to better understand the true nature of gun violence. Ben Casselman, a senior editor and the chief economics writer for FiveThirtyEight, weighs in. About two-thirds of gun-related deaths come in the form of suicide. The Takeaway talks to gun advocate Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, an organization that is working to address and prevent the issue of gun suicide. After days of debate, the GOP put forth its party platform on Tuesday, and it appears that the Republican Party is being pushed even farther to right. Giovanni Cicione, a Republican delegate from Rhode Island, explains what is and isn't in the party's platform. A mosque in Boca Raton, Florida was notified this week that it will no longer function as a polling place because some members of the community were uncomfortable with it. Laila Abdelaziz, the spokesperson for Florida's chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has the details. The Global Reporting Centre is trying to bridge that gap between information and society by providing reporting expertise to on-the-ground citizen journalists. Peter Klein, director of the Global Reporting Centre, says the non-profit is hoping to highlight neglected issues around the world. Ahead of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions later this month, Ani DiFranco — a legendary singer, songwriter, feminist icon and mother of two — shares her own songs of protest in this tumultuous summer of 2016.

The Fake 'War on Cops,' Pokémon GO, Bryan Cranston

Coming up on today's show: Is there really a "War on Police" in the United States? According to the numbers that narrative is false: Data finds that the number of intentional police killings has fallen steadily since President Ronald Reagan, and is at it's lowest level yet under President Obama. Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, explains. The impact of stress and trauma on police officers is often understudied, and most officers receive only an hour or two of training on how to deal with such stress. We take a closer look at the impact of PTSD on officer decision making with John Violanti, a former police officer with the New York State Police and a professor at the University of Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions. Professor D. Watkins used to be a drug dealer. Nowadays, he encourages young people to become journalists and reporters in order to create "dispatches from the urban zones where African-American men have become endangered species." With The Baltimore Writers Project, he hopes to give young people an opportunity to see beyond the rhetoric and to not let others define them. Pokémon GO instantly became a viral hit when it launched in the U.S. last week. Though questions about security have already been raised, Nintendo's stock is through the roof and is now worth $9 billion more than it was last Wednesday. Takeaway Producer and Pokémon fan Isabel Angell, along with Allegra Frank, a reporter for Polygon, discuss this gaming phenomenon. Before Martha Stewart and Mary Kay, there was Brownie Wise, an executive who popularized the Tupperware party and mastered the soft sell. But in 1958, Earl Tupper suddenly fired Wise and eliminated her from the company's history. Bob Kealing, author of the book "Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire," explains. Actor Bryan Cranston discusses his new role as Federal Agent Bob Mazur in the new movie "The Infiltrator." The film is based on the true story of an undercover infiltration into Pablo Escobar's drug trafficking ring.

Bernie's Legacy, Unrest in South Sudan, Anna Deavere Smith

Coming up on today's show: The Democratic Primary officially ended today as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced his support for Hillary Clinton. Will the movement Sanders started still have legs in 2020? And what will be his lasting impact on the Democratic Party? Nomiki Konst, host of The Filter on SiriusXM Progress, weighs in. It's expected that Donald Trump will announce his pick for vice president early this week, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence appears to be the front runner for the job. James Briggs, a reporter for The Indianapolis Star, assesses his candidacy and whether the party could usurp Trump's pick at the convention. As it enters its fifth year of independence, South Sudan appears to be on the brink of yet another civil war. Hundreds of civilians are fleeing fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to the Vice President Riek Machar. Nok Nora Duany Bassey, founder The American School of South Sudan, has the details. On Monday in the United Kingdom, British politician Andrea Leadsom pulled out of the contest to become the Conservative Party leader, leaving Theresa May as the only choice for the U.K.'s next prime minister. As David Cameron prepares to step down on Wednesday, Philippa 'Pippa' Malmgren, founder of the economic advisory firm DRPM Group, looks at the road ahead after Brexit. On Tuesday, an international tribunal in The Hague issued a landmark ruling in the dispute between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea. Will the ruling change the political and military dynamic in the Pacific? For answers, we turn to Peter Dutton, a professor and director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. As the prison population continues to grow, states looking to cut costs have turned to private companies to transport prisoners long distances. A new Marshall Project investigation has uncovered a pattern of abuse and neglect in the industry. Eli Hager, a reporter for the Marshall Project, and Roberta Blake, one of the voices featured in the investigation, weigh in. Today, President Obama will attend an interfaith memorial service in Dallas for the five police officers who were killed in the city last week. Actress, Playwright, and NYU Professor Anna Deavere Smith has dedicated much of her work to issues of race in America. Today on The Takeaway, she discusses how we can find solutions to the problems facing America today.

Race and Tension, Gary Johnson, Hidden Lunar Code

Coming up on today's show: After a week of violent tension, some are asking if America is seeing the beginnings of a race war. But can there ever be winners and losers in such a fight? Stanley Nelson, a documentary film director and MacArthur fellow who made documentary "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution," joins The Takeaway to look back at the history of race relations and violence in the United States. Gary Johnson, the 63-year-old Libertarian Party nominee for president and former governor of New Mexico, just might make it to the debate stage this fall if he can poll at 15 percent. If there's ever an election where an independent candidate has a chance, is it this one? The Takeaway speaks with Gov. Johnson today. In oil-producing regions in Texas, school districts are facing a serious budget crunch as the drilling frenzy of the past few years subsides and oil prices fall into the gutter. Kiah Collier, a public education reporter for The Texas Tribune, explains. When the computer code used in the Apollo moon missions was uploaded to a popular programming website last week, it was revealed that the MIT engineers who originally wrote thousands of literal pages of code had left behind secret messages and Easter eggs buried between orders controlling the lunar spacecraft. Keith Collins, a reporter with Quartz, has the details. Science writer Carl Zimmer has obtained the raw data to map every single one of his genes. In a three part series, "Game of Genomes," Carl begins to explore how his DNA shapes the molecules that make up his body. He talks to The Takeaway about this project today. In 2012, Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood was decimated by Hurricane Sandy, and in many ways, the storm highlighted the gross inequalities present in the city. A group of actors from the Falconworks Theater Company has met with real residents to craft "The Sandy Monologues." Three youth actors — Chance Dixon, Mateo Vidals, and Dontae McCoy Freeman — explain what impact the play has had on their community.

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