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Coming up on "Connections:" Thursday, July 4, 2024

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12:00: Special programming — NPR News Special: We the Voters - Issues That Matter

1:00: Special programming — Selected Shorts: "Wishful Thinking"

We bring you special national programming today.

In the first hour, NPR has been digging into the issues that voters say matter most when choosing a leader. Consistently top of mind for NPR listeners and readers are gun violence, the economy, immigration, reproductive rights, and health care. In this special program—derived from the highlights of the “We the Voters” issue weeks—host Steve Inskeep presents a one-hour dive into these topics to help people make sense of the issues. In new interviews, we will look at the records of Trump and Biden on all of these issues and hear how voters' opinions have evolved.

Then in the second hour, it's summertime, and the living is easy, and if it isn’t, all you need is a charming trio of works curated by the producers of Selected Shorts about summer wishes and wishful thinking:

  • Author Zadie Smith turns a lazy holiday in Spain into a humorous musing about idleness and privilege, and she reads “Lazy River” herself.
  • An unlikely pair find romance—and maybe a little myth making—in Carys Davies' “Sibyl,” performed by the brilliant comic actress Jane Kaczmarek.
  • “The Sound of Summer Running” is what Ray Bradbury—a master of sci fi and fantasy—wants to hear when he’s staying right here on earth. Sean Astin performs this piece about a boy’s longing for the perfect sneakers.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.

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