FROM Jared Yates Sexton
The Trump National Convention in Cleveland 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.
Donald Trump and a Divided America 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.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?