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In this image from video, Eva Longoria, serving as moderator, speaks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)
In this image from video, Eva Longoria, serving as moderator, speaks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)

Day two of the Democratic National Convention. We examine the party’s platform in detail. From ideas on controlling the pandemic to resuscitating the economy, what’s the Democratic vision for America? And is it achievable?

Guests

Kimberly Atkins, senior opinion writer for the Boston Globe. (@KimberlyEAtkins)

Brittany Packnett Cunningham, activist, educator and writer. (@MsPackyetti)

Brad DeLong, professor of economics at U.C. Berkeley. (@delong)

Rep. Ro Khanna, Democratic representative for California’s 17th Congressional District. (@RoKhanna)

From The Reading List

NPR: "Democrats Meet Virtually To Approve Platform That Builds Off Biden-Sanders Effort" — "Democrats met remotely Monday afternoon to approve a lengthy policy platform that seeks to balance the interests of the Democratic Party's more moderate and liberal factions."

Associated Press: "Michelle Obama warns at DNC that Trump is ‘in over his head’" — "At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama told party members that 'when they go low, we go high.'"

The Hill: "Biden seeks to win over progressives and Republicans on night one" — "Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden gambled on Monday night that he could use his nominating convention to win over skeptical progressives and swing Republicans, a balancing act his campaign hopes will cut off President Trump’s path to reelection."

New York Times: "Democrats Find Trump to Be a Uniter, of Their Party" — "The Democratic primary race began as a clash of ideas. But when the Democratic National Convention convened on Monday, the party assembled with a singular aim: defeating President Trump."

Wall Street Journal: "Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders Open Democratic National Convention With Case Against Trump" — "Democrats launched their general-election pitch during the first night of their virtual convention, presenting Joe Biden as someone who could heal a nation battling a coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest while criticizing President Trump’s handling of those upheavals."

Washington Post: "Opinion: It’s clear why John Kasich showed up at the Democratic convention" — "The evolution of John Kasich from 1980s Reagan Republican member of Congress to featured speaker on the opening night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention might be somewhat shocking to Americans who only know the former Ohio governor from his 2016 presidential campaign."

Reuters: "Key takeaways from the first virtual Democratic National Convention" — "A Democratic National Convention like no other began on Monday, with virtual guests beamed in from across the country, prerecorded speeches delivered straight to camera and a handful of Republicans urging fellow conservatives to vote for Joe Biden instead of President Donald Trump."

CNN: "Transcript: Bernie Sanders' DNC speech" — "Read Sen. Bernie Sanders' speech from the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery."

This program aired on August 18, 2020.

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