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One thing was clear from Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the closure of the Republican National Convention: Americans ought to be very, very afraid. But is there any real basis for this dark outlook and how does this depiction work in Trump’s favor? In Los Angeles, crime were released from the LAPD and both violent and property crimes have gone up. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is Hillary’s leading pick for vice president, why? Our movie critics walk us through the latest Star Trek and a new film from Mike Birbiglia called Don’t Think Twice. Then what’s drawing crowds at Comic-Con 2016.

Image: REUTERS/Rick Wilking


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

Donald Trump's Acceptance Speech and the Use of Fear as a Tool 8 MIN, 31 SEC

Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the RNC last night was all about fear. After the attacks in Orlando and Nice, police killings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Trump made a strong call for law and order. But do politicians create the fear, or does it exist already and it’s just tapped by politicians like Trump?

Guests:
Barry Glassner, Lewis & Clark College

New Statistics Report an Uptick in Crime in Los Angeles 9 MIN, 7 SEC

Friday morning, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti presented statistics for the first half of this year. The bad news is violent crime is up again for the second year running. And property crime is also up.

Guests:
Andy Neiman, Los Angeles Police Department (@LAPDNeiman)

Who is on Hillary Clinton's Shortlist for VP? 9 MIN, 39 SEC

About 99 percent of political journalists are calling Virginia Senator Tim Kaine the winner of Clinton’s Veepstakes. Rumor has it that she will be making the announcement sometime Friday or Saturday. But until the final decision has been made, what are the pros and cons of a few other contenders still in the running?

Guests:
Molly Ball, The Atlantic (@mollyesque)

Movies: Star Trek, Divergent, Don't Think Twice 13 MIN, 12 SEC

Our movie critics talk about this weekend's premieres: What Trekkies have to look forward to in the third installment of the Star Trek reboot, failure and success among a circle of improv players in Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice, and why dystopian teen saga Divergent is being dropped from theatrical release and going straight to TV.

Guests:
Tim Grierson, Film Critic (@TimGrierson)
Witney Seibold, Crave Online (@witneyseibold)

Highlights from Comic-Con 2016 8 MIN, 20 SEC

Pokemon Go, Oliver Stone's Snowden, Star Trek at 50 and other offerings are making convention goers gush this year.

Guests:
Kyle Buchanan, Editor (@kylebuchanan)

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