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Donald Trump may or may not be America's next president, but there's no doubt his outrageous campaign has struck a chord with millions of Americans.  We hear different theories of how Trump Nation came to be and what it means for the future.

Also, Trump unloads on Hillary Clinton in a major speech. Later on the program, Bashar al-Assad's war against medicine in Syria.

Composite photo: Evan Guest and Fibonacci Blue

Trump Unloads on Hillary in Major Speech 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Donald Trump delivered a much anticipated address on foreign policy today, including a full-throated attack on Hillary Clinton and her record as Secretary of State.

McKay Coppins is senior writer for BuzzFeed News' politics team, one of those banned from covering the Trump campaign, but allowed in today at the last minute.

McKay Coppins, The Atlantic (@mckaycoppins)

The Wilderness

McKay Coppins

Donald Trump and a Divided America 32 MIN, 46 SEC

Negative ratings for Donald Trump are off the chart, but he beat 16 other Republicans to become the Party's presumptive presidential nominee. Reporters and fact checkers say much of what he says isn't true, but do his supporters really care what he's saying? Theories of what constitutes Trump Nation include anxiety about the global economy, demographic change, a sense of political betrayal and racism. We hear what it's like at Trump rallies across the country and get different theories about how he's struck a chord with millions of Americans. Whether he wins or loses, what does it mean for the nation…now and in the future?

NOTE: Today's interview with Trump supporters were gathered by our public radio partners, KERA in Texas and KQED in San Francisco.

Jared Yates Sexton, Georgia Southern University / New Republic / Atticus Review (@JYSexton)
Paul Taylor, author and demographer (@paultaylordc)
Michael Barone, Washington Examiner / American Enterprise Institute (@MichaelBarone)
Jamelle Bouie, Slate (@jbouie)

Yates Sexton on attending a Trump rally, "a homophobic, misogynistic, racist nightmare"
Taylor on the demographic trends shaping American politics in 2016 and beyond
Pew Research Center on partisanship and political animosity
Barone on whether the lack of social connectedness explain Trump's appeal
Bouie on how white voters hope Trump will restore the racial hierarchy upended by Obama

The Next America

Paul Taylor

The Fight to Train Doctors under Siege in Syria 10 MIN, 4 SEC

The regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad has systemically destroyed hospitals and assassinated doctors thought to sympathize with rebels. In the process, entire families have died from the lack of care. We hear about David Nott, a British surgeon who's risked his own life teaching desperate people how to give medical treatment.

Dr. David Nott

A young medical worker in Syria works on a man who's been shot in the throat and the stomach…learning how to perform surgery from a doctor in Britain who's coaching him over the phone. That scene begins "The Shadow Doctors: The underground race to spread medical knowledge as the Syrian regime erases it," Ben Taub's unforgettable article in this week's New Yorker magazine. 

Ben Taub, New Yorker magazine (@bentaub91)

David Nott Foundation
Taub on NPR discussing Nott's underground efforts to train doctors in Syria

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