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Donald Trump unveiled details of his economic policy plan Monday in a speech in Detroit, and Hillary Clinton is expected to lay out her economic plan there later this week.  Michigan has become an important focus for both campaigns, which are wooing so-called blue collar voters hit hard by manufacturing job losses. How hard have trade agreements hit Motor City? Also, Donald Trump has repeatedly complained that the upcoming Presidential election will be “rigged.” Saying that may or may not be an effective way to sway voters to vote for him. But there are security analysts who believe that it wouldn’t be too hard to hack not the political system... but the vote itself. Then, KCRW producer Matt Holzman accompanies Art Talk host Edward Goldman to St. Petersburg and his beloved Hermitage Museum. Next, Mary Elizabeth Williams had terminal, stage-four melanoma before she joined a clinical trial for immunotherapy treatment. She’s in complete remission today, and for her, immunotherapy has been nothing short of miraculous – but she’s the exception not the rule. And finally, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives us the lowdown on Netflix’s The Get Down.

Image: Netflix's The Get Down

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

How hard have trade agreements hit Motor City? 9 MIN, 46 SEC

Donald Trump unveiled details of his economic policy plan Monday in a speech in Detroit. Some of the details of Trump’s plan are typical Republican fare – an across-the-board tax cut, reforming the tax code, and repealing and replacing Obamacare. But there were also some departures from the Republican play book. Trump proposed making child care costs tax deductible and attacked trade deals like NAFTA and the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership. Michigan has become an important focus for both campaigns, which are wooing so-called blue collar voters hit hard by manufacturing job losses. Hillary Clinton is expected to lay out her economic plan in Detroit later this week. But just how hard have trade agreements hit Motor City?

Guests:
Charles Ballard, Michigan State University

Could hackers disrupt election day? 8 MIN, 1 SEC

Donald Trump has repeatedly complained that the upcoming presidential election will be “rigged.” Saying that may or may not be an effective way to sway voters to vote for him. But there are security analysts who believe that it wouldn’t be too hard to hack not the political system, but the vote itself. Specifically, modern electronic voting machines.

Guests:
Shane Harris, The Daily Beast (@ShaneHarris)

Touring the Hermitage Museum with Art Talk's Edward Goldman 8 MIN, 40 SEC

Edward Goldman has been talking about art on KCRW with his distinctive Russian accent for almost three decades. That accent is no affectation. Goldman grew up in St. Petersburg, and that is where he fell in love with art as a kid visiting the Hermitage Museum. In his twenties, he worked in what was the Winter Palace of Catherine the Great, and is now one of the world’s leading repositories of art. Recently Goldman returned to St. Petersburg to give a tour of his beloved Hermitage and Press Play producer Matt Holzman went along.

Edward Goldman and Matt Holzman on the Ambassador's Staircase.

Art students learning from the masters.

Guests:
Matt Holzman, Producer, 'Press Play' and 'First Take' (@KCRW_Matt)
Edward Goldman, Host, Art Talk (@RussianEdward)

The promise of immunotherapy 13 MIN, 33 SEC

Six years ago, the writer Mary Elizabeth Williams got a terrifying diagnosis. She had melanoma, a deadly skin cancer. It eventually spread to stage 4, and the prognosis was terminal. As a last-ditch effort, Williams joined a clinical trial for a still-novel treatment called immunotherapy. And today she is not only alive, but she’s been in complete remission for almost five years. For Williams, immunotherapy has been nothing short of miraculous, but she’s the exception. Most cancers, so far, don’t respond to these new experimental treatments.

Link to Mary Elizabeth’s book

Guests:
Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon (@embeedub)
Jedd Wolchok, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

The lowdown on Netflix's 'The Get Down' 9 MIN, 57 SEC

Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann explores the birth of hip-hop – 1977 in the South Bronx – in the new Netflix series The Get Down. Luckily, the series employed an impressive list of collaborators and consultants, including Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow, who weren’t just there for the birth of hip-hop – they fathered it.

Link to Eric Deggans on twitter

Guests:
Eric Deggans, NPR (@Deggans)

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