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Against a background of police killings, terrorism and an attempted coup in Turkey, Republicans are gathered in Cleveland to nominate Donald Trump. 

Later on the program, after this weekend's failed military coup, is Turkey on the way to becoming another Iran?

Photo: Cleveland law enforcement are out if force before the RNC. (Saul Gonzalez)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sasa Woodruff
Andrea Brody
Gideon Brower
Jenny Hamel

Protestors Descend on Cleveland for the Republican National Convention 6 MIN, 2 SEC

Nominating conventions are traditionally called "political infomercials." But there's confusion about what message the Republicans are sending this year. Before this week's meeting had even begun, there was action on the streets outside the convention hall. Saul Gonzalez, who is part of our To the Point convention team, joining us from the studios of WCPN Idea Stream, has more on protests at the RNC.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

The Trump National Convention in Cleveland 33 MIN, 22 SEC

Against a background of police killings, terrorism and an attempted coup in Turkey, Republicans are gathered in Cleveland to nominate Donald Trump. It's begun as a convention unlike any other, with some delegates still determined to prevent Trump's victory and 48 protest groups on the streets outside. Ohio's "open carry" law has added a new kind of uncertainty. For various different reasons, many of the Party's most familiar figures won't be attending. The official message this week is "law and order," for an event where dis-order may be more the rule than the exception.

Special thanks to WCPN-Ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio.

Guests:
Dane Waters, Delegates Unbound (@DelsUnbound)
Ron Elving, NPR (@NPRrelving)
Walter Shapiro, Roll Call / Yale University (@MrWalterShapiro)
Lisa De Pasquale, conservative activist, author and columnist (@LisaDeP)
Jared Yates Sexton, Georgia Southern University / New Republic / Atticus Review (@JYSexton)

More:
'Unbound: The Conscience of a Republican Delegate'
Elving on Trump's party, not your grandad's GOP
Shapiro on Trump's promise to bring us all together
De Pascuale on media's narrative that no one wants to speak at the RNC
Sexton on live-tweeting at a Trump rally, being threatened

After Failed Coup, What's Next for Turkey? 10 MIN, 4 SEC

This weekend's failed coup in Turkey could make for major changes in an important US ally. With fervent backing from religious crowds in the streets, will President Recep Erdoğan crown himself as an Islamic leader?


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attends a funeral service for victims of the thwarted coup
in Istanbul at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016.

(Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

As a coup plot led by some military leaders was unfolding against his administration, Erdoğan called for prayers of support in the country's 80,000 mosques. It was early in the morning, but tens of thousands of Turks took to the streets. Soner Cagaptay, who reports for the Wall Street Journal and is author of The Rise of Turkey: The 21st Century's First Muslim Power, looks at how this weekend’s failed coup could make for major changes in an important US ally.

Guests:
Soner Cagaptay, Washington Institute (@sonercagaptay)

The Rise of Turkey

Soner Cagaptay

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