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The 50 states are central to America's political system, but real power now lies in the growing metropolitan regions that cross state boundaries. We hear how cities are getting together to overcome our national gridlock before unsolved problems reach the crisis stage.

Later on the program, some Republicans may be running for cover, but President Obama says Donald Trump has to be taken seriously. 

Photo: Illustration from Parag Khanna's Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization

Sadiq Khan Becomes London's First Muslim Mayor 6 MIN, 30 SEC

After eight years of Conservative rule, the City of London has a new Lord Mayor. Sadiq Khan won't be the first Labor Party MP to lead the city, but he will be the first Muslim. Michael Goldfarb has lived in London for many years. The former NPR correspondent has more on Khan's election.

Michael Goldfarb, First Rough Draft of History (podcast) (@MGEmancipation)

Will the United States Become the United Cities of America? 33 MIN, 40 SEC

The 50 United States are accidents of history, unrelated to current population density or productivity. They were never designed to solve today's problems. Now there's a movement for something new: connections across state borders between the vast metropolitan regions where power really lies. And cities around the world are getting together -- hoping to end national gridlock and address security, pandemic disease and climate change.

Parag Khanna, global strategist and author (@paragkhanna)
Aaron Renn, Manhattan Institute (@urbanophile)
Benjamin Barber, Political theorist and author (@BenjaminRBarber)

Khanna on megacities as the world's most dominant, enduring social structures
Khanna on what Trump gets wrong about US neighbors
Renn on rethinking American cities' success strategies
Renn on what President Trump would mean for cities
Barber's 'If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities'
Global Parliament of Mayors
Hugh Evans TED Talk on what it means to be a citizen of the world


Parag Khanna

Will the Media Scrutinize Trump Like Other Candidates? 9 MIN, 47 SEC

Donald Trump's presidential candidacy started out as a joke, but he's now being taken seriously at the White House. What about the media? Today, for the first time, President Obama addressed Donald Trump's presumptive candidacy to be his successor — taking a swipe at political coverage and urging reporters to take Trump as seriously as they take other candidates for high public office.

Walter Shapiro has covered 10 presidential contests. He's now a columnist for Roll Call and a lecturer on politics and the media at Yale. His latest book is Hustling Hitler, about his own uncle — a consummate confidence man.

Photo: CJ

Walter Shapiro, Roll Call / Yale University (@MrWalterShapiro)

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