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photoAt the Democratic National Convention, the focus is on the upcoming November election. But long-term party issues are pushing their way to the forefront of convention conversations. While party experts advocate stability to ensure a successful presidential campaign, some new voices are clamoring for change.

Reverend Jesse Jackson gives his take on the soul of the Democratic Party.

Matt Bai, contributing political writer for the New York Times, discusses a progressive group of democrats who have been talking about a venture capitalist approach to investing in successful new ideas.

Harold Myerson, Editor-at-large at The American Prospect, talks about the confusion within the Democratic Party and how Clinton's speech last night shrewdly brought clarity to democratic ideals while blasting the Bush administration.

Tune in to hear these conversations plus WBUR's Audie Cornish live report from the convention floor and On Point news analyst Jack Beatty's perspective on the night's events and the race for the White House.

Guests:

Reverend Jesse Jackson, two-time Presidential candidate and founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH coalition

Terry McAuliffe, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee

Matt Bai, contribuitng political writer for the New York Times

Harold Meyerson, Editor-at-large at The American Prospect

Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation and the Center for American Progress

Sen Bob Graham, D-FLA, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs

Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst and a senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on July 27, 2004.

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