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As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton get ready to announce their vice presidential running mates, we look back at the worst VP picks in history. Then, the Emmy nominations were announced today. Who’s in and who’s out? Next, we look at the rules around body cameras for cops and whether they’re being followed. Author Susan Faludi talks about her new memoir, “In the Darkroom,” and reconnecting with her estranged father who had gender reassignment surgery. And finally, the legal dangers of sharing HBO Go passwords and other web news in our Thursday Internet roundup.

Image: Portrait of Aaron Burr (1756-1836); Collection of the New Jersey Historical Society, Attributed to Gilbert Stuart

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

History's Worst Vice Presidents 7 MIN, 58 SEC

From Aaron Burr to Spiro Agnew, presidents and presidential nominees have made some really bad choices for running mate in the past. Now that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are carefully weighing their options for VP, we thought we’d help them by going back to look at some of the worst vice presidents in U.S. history.


Guests:
Tim Naftali, New York University (@TimNaftali)

Emmy Nominations: What Made the Cut? 6 MIN, 29 SEC

One former Vice President is having a great day today. The fictional Selina Meyer, of the HBO comedy Veep. The show’s up for 17 Emmys. The full list of Emmy nominations dropped this morning.  Voting members of the television academy were also all about “The People vs OJ Simpson,” “Game of Thrones” and “Mr. Robot.” Not so much on some other critically-acclaimed shows. What made the cut and what didn’t?

Guests:
Margaret Lyons, New York Times

When Cops Wear Body Cameras, Who Gets to See the Footage? 7 MIN, 36 SEC

Police in Fresno released video footage Wednesday of two officers shooting and killing a 19-year-old man. The shooting happened last month. The department’s chief said he decided to release the graphic body camera footage because of intense interest in the shooting. The footage shows the man reaching behind his back and grabbing an object that officers believed was a weapon. He can be heard saying he hates his life before officers open fire. Police departments across the country are equipping officers with body cameras, but many questions remain over who gets to see the footage.

Guests:
Nancy La Vigne, Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center

Susan Faludi on Her Father 15 MIN, 43 SEC

Susan Faludi has made a career of examining the politics of gender. Her first book, “Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women,” was a rallying cry for feminists in the early ‘90s. She followed that up with an examination of men in American society. Now the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist has turned her investigative pen on herself, her father and the politics of family. In her new book, “In the Darkroom,” Faludi reconnects with her estranged father after he becomes a she. Steven Faludi had gender reassignment surgery when he was in his 70s and became Stephanie Faludi. Susan spends 10 years with her father, trying to understand her and the bigger issues of how gender, religion and identity shape a family and a society.

Guests:
Susan Faludi, Journalist and Author

Web Roundup: Sharing Passwords 7 MIN, 32 SEC

If you’ve ever shared a Netflix or HBO Go password and you know you have, you might be a felon. Or maybe not. We talk about the murky legal ground of sharing passwords and other news of the digital world in our regular weekly Internet roundup.

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

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