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Protests And Presidential Nominations: What Went Down At The National Conventions

The Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention have concluded their events. The conventions solidified the Donald Trump versus Joe Biden presidential ticket.
The Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention have concluded their events. The conventions solidified the Donald Trump versus Joe Biden presidential ticket.
The Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention have concluded their events. The conventions solidified the Donald Trump versus Joe Biden presidential ticket.
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The Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention have concluded their events. The conventions solidified the Donald Trump versus Joe Biden presidential ticket.

Last night marked the close of the most unusual political conventions in American history. Both the Republican and Democratic national conventions looked radically different this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. For the Democrats, roll call was a virtual parade of state and territory landmarks, including Rhode Island’s trademark calamari. Host Frank Stasio talks with political analyst Ken Rudin about the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

For Republicans, it was an in-person roll call of people gathered at the convention in Charlotte. Standout speakers for the Democrats included former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, while Republicans gave the mic to multiple members of Trump’s extended family. The conventions solidified Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for the Democratic ticket, while Republicans are sticking with Donald Trump and Mike Pence. The days of speeches reflected drastically different positions on the pandemic, racial justice and what factors pose the biggest threat to the future of the American people and economy. Host Frank Stasio talks with political analyst Ken Rudin about key takeaways from the DNC and RNC. 

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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Kaia Findlay is a producer for The State of Things, WUNC's daily, live talk show. Kaia grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a household filled with teachers and storytellers. In elementary school, she usually fell asleep listening to recordings of 1950s radio comedy programs. After a semester of writing for her high school newspaper, she decided she hated journalism. While pursuing her bachelor’s in environmental studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, she got talked back into it. Kaia received a master’s degree from the UNC Hussman School of Journalism, where she focused on reporting and science communication. She has published stories with Our State Magazine, Indy Week, and HuffPost. She most recently worked as the manager for a podcast on environmental sustainability and higher education. Her reporting passions include climate and the environment, health and science, food and women’s issues. When not working at WUNC, Kaia goes pebble-wrestling, takes long bike rides, and reads while hammocking.