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

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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. 

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.


Kaia Findlay is the lead producer of Embodied, WUNC's weekly podcast and radio show about sex, relationships and health. Kaia first joined the WUNC team in 2020 as a producer for The State of Things.
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.
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