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Senator Bernie Sanders says that Democrats must listen to what voters want, and Sanders says the answer is not "Republican light." He wants a strong set of populist policies going forward.

Our panel of voters who supported Sanders in the primary explain some of the concerns they have with the Democratic Party, and how it might respond to the recent election losses. Our guests:

  • Joe Guest, Sanders supporter who voted for Jill Stein
  • Jason Peck, visiting assistant professor at the University of Rochester
  • Kevin Sweeney, former Sanders delegate

Hillary Clinton is leading in the polls, so how should we expect she would govern?

The recent release of audio from this past February includes Clinton telling private donors that supporters of Bernie Sanders were idealistic, but maybe not realistic in what could be accomplished. She describes herself as a centrist, a term that is sure to irk Sanders voters who wanted to believe she would pick up their banner. And her comments to banks indicate a private view that conflicts with her public comments that banks' greed sank the U.S. economy.

Our guests are Sanders voters who discuss what this all means for their agenda:

  • Kevin Sweeney
  • Bill Benet
  • Jen Werle
  • Mary Lupien

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the first presidential debate Monday night.NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.


Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face one another in the first of three presidential debates Monday night. If you’ve already made up your mind regarding your vote in the election, you might be surprised that these events could determine the outcome, but they certainly could. Longtime political analyst and strategist Matthew Dowd says that from here on out, the polls will be influenced by only two things: major external events, and the debates.

In advance of the first debate, we focus on what makes for an effective debater. Our guests:

  • Sandy Foster, debate coach, and history faculty at The Harley School
  • Ben Plotnik '17, member of the debate team at The Harley School
  • Sebastien Lazardeux, professor in St. John Fisher College’s Political Science Department

Hillary Clinton - in a nod to Bernie Sanders - is proposing free tuition at public colleges and universities for roughly 80% of American students. Politico reports that the plan is already under sharp attack by private college presidents, who say it could rob families of choice and put some private colleges out of business. The Clinton campaign says it's about making higher education more accessible. Our panel discusses it:

Did the DNC's first night, capped off by Bernie Sanders, do enough to unify the party? Sanders delegates on the convention floor were saying no, but polls show that Hillary Clinton is picking up at least 80% of Sanders voters.

We discuss the state of the race with reporter Karen Dewitt in Philadelphia, and our guests:

  • Josh Keaton, local Democratic activist and Clinton supporter
  • Kevin Sweeney, Sanders delegate

As the DNC opens in Philadelphia, we consider a question posed by New York Magazine: "It’s worth asking to what degree charisma, as we have defined it, is a masculine trait. Can a woman appeal to the country in the same way we are used to men doing it?"

As the magazine points out, say what you want about Donald Trump, but he is widely recognized as having charisma. That holds true for many male political leaders.

Our discussion, however, will range beyond politics to cover the experiences of women in business and community leadership. And we ask them: who is on the list of charismatic women, and is it time to redefine "charisma?" Our guests:

  • Andrea Holland, communications coach, and event speaking and group learning strategist
  • Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, president of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation
  • Kate McArdle, leader of the Penfield Democratic Committee

President Obama has now endorsed Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Can the party unite? History says the answer is yes. Some of Senator Bernie Sanders' more fervent supporters are saying they'll move their support to Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party.

We talk to both Clinton and Sanders supporters about the path to November. Our guests:

  • Josh Keaton, Clinton supporter
  • Kevin Sweeney, Sanders supporter
  • Carrie Gilroy, Sanders supporter

Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie, joins us in the first half hour to examine the results of New York's presidential primary.

Then, our panel looks at what we learned on Tuesday, and where we go from here. Our guests:

What exactly is Democratic Socialism?

Bernie Sanders held a Tuesday rally in Rochester, and the presidential candidate continues to say that he can win New York State next week. Hillary Clinton has pointed out that Sanders is not raising money for other Democrats, and in fact, he's not a Democrat -- he's just running as one. Sanders is a Democratic Socialist, and this hour, we explore what that means. We also discuss how Sanders can impact the Democratic Party if he's the nominee. Our guests:

  • Robert Hoggard, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity masters student in Kairos studies and a Sanders supporter
  • Karen Vitale, co-chair of the Rochester Area Democratic Socialists and a Sanders supporter
  • Sandra Frankel, former Brighton Town Supervisor and a Clinton supporter
  • Larry Knox, political and communications coordinator for SEIU and a Clinton supporter