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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly called this election “rigged” and said that voter fraud is widespread. There is no evidence to support either claim, but the declarations may have a lasting, deleterious effect.

Trump has also said that there is a vast media conspiracy against him, and many of his supporters see the coastal elite status of the media as evidence.

The Richard Nixon Presidential Museum and Library has reopened after a year-long renovation. And this new iteration takes Watergate head on.

A new film about the killing of migrants on the US and Mexico border is a cautionary tale according to its director. Jonás Cuarón says his film, Desierto, is what could happen if the US accepts inflammatory rhetoric about immigrants.

Another film out now, Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids, is just the latest in a long line of concert films. Which are the best?

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore. 

Trump claims the election is rigged 10 MIN, 30 SEC

Donald Trump tweeted this morning that voter fraud is widespread and that it’s naive for Republican leaders to deny it. There is no evidence to support Trump’s assertions. And the GOP establishment - including his running mate Mike Pence - are trying to pour cold water on Trump’s theory that the election is rigged. But what does this talk of an unfair election mean for after the election?

Guests:
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

How the media missed Trump's rise 8 MIN, 47 SEC

The media is helping to orchestrate this so-called “rigged” election, according to Donald Trump. Trump has repeatedly attacked the press during this campaign but those attacks have escalated amid reports that he’s sexually assaulted multiple women. The Republican nominee has also encouraged his supporters to direct their anger toward reporters covering him at his rallies, and the crowds have obliged with boos and taunts. One supporter even had a sign with a swastika next to the word “media.”

Guests:
Jim Rutenberg, New York Times (@jimrutenberg)

A trip to the new Nixon Library 8 MIN, 40 SEC

The Richard Nixon Presidential Museum and Library reopened this weekend after a year-long reboot. With 70 new exhibits and hundreds of new artifacts, the library takes a more comprehensive look at Nixon than ever before.

Guests:
Mike Schlitt, Historian and Producer, 'The Document' (@schlitthappenz)

Desierto: A political horror film 12 MIN, 48 SEC

Hundreds of migrants die each year crossing the border between Mexico and the United States. Many die of exposure in the brutal desert heat, some drown in the Rio Grande. In a suspenseful new movie, the odds for one group of immigrants crossing the badlands are worse than normal… because they’re being hunted by an American armed with a rifle and a vicious dog. The story may be a bit-far fetched. But there’s something about the film that speaks to the desperation of the people trying to find a new life in the US - and the Americans who feel overwhelmed by immigrants coming across the border.

Guests:
Jonás Cuarón, filmmaker (@JonasCuaron)
Gael García Bernal, actor, director, and producer (@GaelGarciaB)

Justin Timberlake and concert films 8 MIN, 57 SEC

Whether you’re driving back from weekend two of the Desert Trip concert, or preparing for next year’s Coachella, shelling out hundreds of dollars to watch live music is a price some of us will gladly pay. But there’s always been the cheaper, less time-consuming option: watching a concert film. There’s a new one on Netflix that’s attracting some positive reviews. Not just for the artist, Justin Timberlake, but for the filmmaker, Jonathan Demme. He directed what’s considered one of the best concert films of all time called Stop Making Sense, about the band Talking Heads. The new film is called Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids.

Guests:
Tim Grierson, Film Critic (@TimGrierson)

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