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Convention Night Call-In: DNC Thursday

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Each evening during the conventions, Brian Lehrer hosts a convention call-in from 7-8pm, from WNYC in New York and around the country on the "(Mostly) Swing-State Radio Network". Get analysis of the convention, previews of that evening's speeches, and a chance to talk with public radio listeners in swing states around the country.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Matt Taibbi on the Conventions, Wall Street, and the Election

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Matt Taibbi, Contributing Editor for Rolling Stone, talks about the election and the complicated relationship the Obama administration has with Elizabeth Warren and with the financial industry.

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The Takeaway

Sandra Fluke Speaks Out on 'War on Women' in Charlotte

Thursday, September 06, 2012

There have already been dozens of references to a Republican 'ware on women' at the Democratic National Convention this week. Conservatives have denied that such a war exists. If it does, then there is already one clear victim: Sandra Fluke.

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Governor Deval Patrick Grades His Predecessor, Mitt Romney

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Like many other speakers at the Democratic National Convention, Deval Patrick was very critical of Mitt Romney. But unlike other Democrats, he stands in a unique position to assess Romney and his political skills. Romney was Patrick's direct predecessor as Governor of Massachusetts.

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Clinton Boosts Obama in Rousing Convention Speech

Thursday, September 06, 2012

In an impassioned speech that rocked the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed Wednesday night, "I know we're coming back" from the worst economic mess in generations and appealed to hard-pressed Americans to stick with Barack Obama for a second term in the White House.

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Bob Hennelly in Charlotte

Thursday, September 06, 2012

WNYC’s Bob Hennelly gives us an update from the Democratic National Convention and what to expect from the party this week.

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Transcript: Bill Clinton's Convention Speech

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Transcript of former President Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention.

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DNC Dispatch: Fire Drill Over Jerusalem Leaves Delegates Scrambling

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

After adopting a convention platform Tuesday night with not one objection, the Democrats started Day 2 with two modifications to the platform: adding a mention of God and declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

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Convention Night Call-In: DNC Wednesday

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Each evening during the conventions, Brian Lehrer hosts a convention call-in from 7-8pm, from WNYC in New York and around the country on the "(Mostly) Swing-State Radio Network". Get analysis of the convention, previews of that evening's speeches, and a chance to talk with public radio listeners in swing states around the country.

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What a Candidate's Wife Must Do at a Political Convention

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The role of the candidate's wife has evolved over time, but at political conventions, she is often called upon to "soften" her husband. This was certainly Ann Romney's approach at last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa. How does first lady Michelle Obama's speech compare?

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The Future of America According to Delegates

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Although delegates are entrusted with the task of choosing their party’s next presidential nominee, modern-day convention voting is little more than a well-rehearsed ritual. Mitt Romney has been the Republican Party’s nominee for months, while Barack Obama has been the Democratic Party’s 2012 candidate for years.

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Who Is Julian Castro?

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

At only 37-years-old, San Antonio mayor Julian Castro is one of the youngest politicians to be granted the honor of keynote speaker in the Democratic National Convention's history. And with his Chicano background, he’s also the only Latino.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Baratunde Thurston on the Democratic National Convention

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

WNYC Special Correspondent Baratunde Thurston, author of How to Be Black, gives us an update of the events in Charlotte.

 

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Jonathan Capehart on the Democrats' Message

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Jonathan Capehart, of the Washington Post, talks about what we've heard from the Democratic National Convention so far.

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Convention Night Call-In: DNC Tuesday

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Every evening during the Republican and Democratic conventions, Brian Lehrer hosts a call-in on stations in swing states around the country. Tune in from 7-8pm and call 1-800-543-2543 to join the conversation!

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Meet the Delegates: A Mississippi Democrat

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Last week, we heard from a range of delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. This week, we are hearing from delegates on the other end of the ideological spectrum.

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Political Scientists Cover the Election in a New Book, Published in Real Time

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

In a new approach to finding out how politicians win elections,"The Gamble," a book by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck, offers a real time analysis of the election. The e-book is being updated as the campaign unfolds, and draws upon data about the economy, public opinion, and news coverage.

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In Defense of Political Conventions

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Every four years, political conventions inspire absurd antics, from Vice President Al Gore's excruciatingly long smooch with then-wife, Tipper, to Clint Eastwood's recent conversation with an empty chair. Is it time to put an end to political pseudo-drama every four years?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Democratic Convention Coverage Part 2

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Our coverage continues of the DNC live from radio row, featuring:

  • Bob Hennelly on the NYS delegation in the wake of the Vito Lopez and Sheldon Silver scandal
  • Liz Bartolomeo, communications manager for government transparency advocacy group The Sunlight Foundation
  • and a call-in for women of both parties on how they weigh reproductive rights against other issues when deciding which presidential candidate gets their votes.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Anna Sale on the Democratic National Convention

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

WNYC's Anna Sale gives an update on what's happening today in Charlotte and what to expect at the Democratic National Convention.

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