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Melania’s plagiarized speech, Ted Cruz’s prime time refusal to endorse Trump, Mike Pence’s well-received speech...some pros and cons from the GOP Convention. Also from Cleveland, a report on the spectacle and theater around the convention. For the week’s web overview, why tech billionaire Peter Thiel wants Trump to be president and how effective Twitter and Facebook are at tackling trolls and gun sales on their platforms. Then advice columnist Heather Havrilesky talks about her new book, “How to Be a Person in the World,” and some of the most interesting letters she’s responded to over the years. And a look at what Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have to do with a federal lawsuit to take back lavish Los Angeles properties allegedly purchased with money stolen from a public investment fund in Malaysia.  

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

The RNC 2016: A Success or a Failure? 9 MIN, 3 SEC

Senator Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement speech last night is yet another example of a convention that has not quite gone according to plan. Does this incident along with other controversies like the Melania plagiarism kerfuffle reflect what a Trump presidency would look like?

Guests:
Rich Galen, Mullings.com (@richgalen)

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Vignettes From the Floor of the Republican National Convention 10 MIN, 55 SEC

Conventions aren’t just formal nominating venues, they’re also big parties. Press Play producers in Cleveland walk us through scenes of revelry replete with costumed delegates, vendors, floods of journalists, and a mighty show of force from law enforcement.

Guests:
Anna Scott, Producer, 'Press Play' (@AnnaKCRW)
Mike Schlitt, contributor, 'Press Play' (@schlitthappenz)

Weekly Web Roundup 9 MIN, 12 SEC

Peter Thiel is Trump’s biggest supporter in Silicon Valley, but what are his tech counterparts back in California thinking about his endorsement? And how Twitter and Facebook are -- or are not -- protecting their platforms from trolls and peer to peer gun sales.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

An Advice Columnist on How and Why She Gives Advice 14 MIN, 19 SEC

Heather Havrilesky is the author of the new book “How to Be a Person in the World.” It’s a collection of her advice columns for New York Magazine. Havrilesky explains how she chooses the letters she responds to and what she learned about herself after years of telling other people how to deal with their problems.

Guests:
Heather Havrilesky, New York Magazine

The Hollywood Connection to a Billion Dollar Malaysian Embezzlement Scandal 5 MIN, 26 SEC

Wednesday, the Justice Department took action to seize assets worth a billion dollars, including a few posh Los Angeles homes, a Beverly Hills hotel, and a stake in the Oscar winning film “The Wolf of Wall Street.”  The lavish properties were allegedly purchased with money stolen from a public fund in Malaysia. Following the money, led the Feds on a trail to Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese.

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)

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