Republican Defectors, Understanding ISIS, Creative Comedy

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Coming up on today's show:

  • The Takeaway speaks with two Republicans who are considering leaving the party or voting for a Democrat because of Donald Trump. We hear from John William Schiffbauer, former deputy communications director for the New York State Republican Party, and Evan Oxman, a Republican voter in Chicago, Illinois.
  • This week, a former security official with the self-proclaimed Islamic State leaked a trove of documents. Rukmini Callimachi, foreign correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains what Westerners are learning about the extremist group from these documents.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee meets today to discuss the vacancy on the Supreme Court. The chairman of the committee, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, is coming under fire for his denial of Obama’s nominee. He's up for reelection — is he vulnerable in his home state? Jason Noble, politics reporter at Des Moines Register, answers.
  • Comedian and pop culture critic Jolenta Greenberg talks with comedian John Early about a new Netflix special, "The Characters," which provides a handful of-up-and-coming experimental comedians a 30 minute episode to do just about anything.
  • Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, looks at the new releases hitting the box office, including the action comedy "Brothers Grimsby," and the sci-fi action thriller "10 Cloverfield Lane."
  • We end our program with a conversation we've been having with you all week. Rebecca Carroll, producer of Special Projects on Race at WNYC, discusses the language we use when we talk about gentrification.