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Reporting on the Republicans
Setting the Table for the RNC at Cleveland's Downtown Restaurants
Akron Police Try to Build Bridges in Tense Times With Ride-Alongs
Downtown@Dusk Extends Summer to September
Community Conversations in Wayne County
Kenyon College, In Rural Ohio, Considers State's Politics As Republicans Descend On Cleveland
Truckers Take The Wheel In Effort To Halt Sex Trafficking
Larry The Cat Stays Put Amid Upheaval Of British Politics
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After the walls come down in Cleveland, there is another political story to be told as the Democrats head to Philadelphia from July 25-28 with the intention of naming Hillary Clinton as the party's nominee for President. WKSU's M.L. Schultze will be in Philly as well, reporting on the Ohio Delegation and the issues of interest to Northeast Ohio and the state in general. Listen to WKSU for her reports during Morning Edition, Here and Now and All Things Considered and for NPR extended coverage Monday through Thursday from 8-11 p.m.
This Issue's Features

 Reporting on the Republicans

This has been a busy, and transformative, time for Cleveland. Even as more than a million people packed downtown for the Cavs victory parade, Public Square was being reimagined, debuting as the Republican National Convention arrived in town to nominate Donald Trump for the presidency.

With the RNC has come politics in its highest form. The parking garage at the Q is currently media headquarters and NPR's On Point, Here and Now and The Takeaway are broadcasting daily from there with All Things Considered settling in at PlayhouseSquare.

As events culminate tonight (7/21) as Mr. Trump accepts his party's nomination, revisit stories from the week's activities on HERE on WKSU's Election 2016 page at WKSU.org. M.L. Schultze has been on the ground in Cleveland, reporting and posting tweets @WKSU and @MLSchultze. Listen for more stories during WKSU news and hear combined NPR and PBS coverage tonight from 8-11 p.m.

 Setting the Table for the RNC at Cleveland's Downtown Restaurants

The owners of Cleveland's downtown restaurants set the table for the RNC with mixed emotions: Simmering excitement with just a dollop of dread. Logistics have been challenging. Security remains a concern. For Quick Bites, WKSU's Vivian Goodman reports Cleveland's chefs are hoping to "wow" the RNC.

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 Akron Police Try to Build Bridges in Tense Times With Ride-Alongs

The City of Akron has had a program allowing citizens to ride-along with police for years. Interest was a lot higher following the killing of five police officers in Dallas and two police-involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia rode along with two Akron officers on a typical Saturday night.

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 Downtown@Dusk Extends Summer to September

This past Saturday, the Akron Art Museum opened its new Bud & Susie Rogers Garden with great fanfare. The event pushed back the launch of this summer's Downtown@Dusk concert series, which now call the Rogers Garden home. For seven Thursdays from July 28 to Sept. 8, enjoy free performances by many of your favorite groups. Thursday is also free day at the AAM - arrive early and take in the galleries!

Downtown@Dusk 2016:
July 28 - Moustache Yourself (French Gypsy Jazz)
Aug. 4 - Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Orchestra (Latin Jazz)
Aug. 11 - Red Light Roxy (Jump Blues, Swing)
Aug. 18 - 15 60 75 The Numbers Band (Classic Blues)
Aug. 25 - Half Cleveland (Geezer Rock)
Sept. 1 - Angie Haze Project (Indie Folk)
Sept. 8 - J.D. Eicher (Indie Pop Rock)

Find more information at AkronArtMuseum.org.

 Community Conversations in Wayne County

The giant influx of visitors from around the country for the RNC threw a spotlight on everything that's great about Northeast Ohio. When WKSU's Community Conversations come to the Wooster Inn on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 6:30-8 p.m., it's your opportunity to join in a conversation of the good - and not so good - things happening in Wooster and Wayne County.

WKSU's Community Conversations are open forums that encourage sharing of ideas and experiences. At the Wooster Inn, Program Director Ele Ellis and News Director Andrew Meyer will be joined by Reporter/producer Tim Rudell to answer your questions and listen to your stories.

The event is free with registration. Go HERE to reserve your space. Find more information at WKSU.org.

NPR Notes
 Kenyon College, In Rural Ohio, Considers State's Politics As Republicans Descend On Cleveland

Kenyon College, a highly-selective liberal arts college in Gambier is the oldest college in Ohio. It boasts a total enrollment of more than 1,600 students, many of them politically-active and involved. Kenyon College itself played an outsize role in the 2004 presidential election and now, as another presidential election heats up, Ohio is again set to take center stage.

 Truckers Take The Wheel In Effort To Halt Sex Trafficking

Better not mess with the Truckers Against Trafficking. With the group's help, hundreds of victims of sex trafficking have been freed. "You know, it's an everywhere problem," says the group's co-founder, "but truckers happen to be everywhere."

 Larry The Cat Stays Put Amid Upheaval Of British Politics

Even as Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped down, the prime mouser has held firm. Larry, the U.K.'s feline in chief, has faced down a police dog and allegations of mousing incompetence, and apparently has no plans to exit 10 Downing Street anytime soon.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 12 p.m. July 23: Captain's Log. Stories behind those cryptic notations that mark a long journey -- including a concentration camp in China that housed groups of Girl Scouts. Also, Aziz Ansari explains the significance of a Thanksgiving text message, and Etgar Keret destroys a marriage piece by piece.


Saturdays at 2 p.m. July 23: The Secret Emotional Life of Clothes. Stories about sunglasses that ward off bullies, a doctor's lab coat that makes you smarter, and a pair of pink converse sneakers that might not work for a man in the way he hoped. Seven separate stories about how the clothes we wear affect us more than we think.


Saturdays at 3 p.m. July 23: Love Supreme. This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is a legal battle that has entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. July 23: (repeated July 24 at 10 a.m.) A broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater that originally aired in fall 1999. Quintessential New York folksinger Dave Van Ronk brought his guitar, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings sang their soon-to-be classic "Time (The Revelator)" and bluesman Geoff Muldaur stopped by.

 On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. July 24: Xavier Le Pichon. Xavier Le Pichon, one of the world's leading geophysicists, helped create the field of plate tectonics. A devout Catholic and spiritual thinker, he raised his family in intentional communities centered on people with mental disabilities.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. July 24: This week, Nordic Chef, Magnus Nilsson, sets the record straight about what Nordic cuisine is really all about -- and believe it or not, taco quiche figures quite prominently.

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Arts On-line
 Kent State University Trumbull presents 'Schoolhouse Rock Live'
Kent State University Trumbull Theatre
Friday, July 15th - Sunday, July 31st

Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs as "Just A Bill," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly" and "Conjunction Junction."

July 15-31, Kent State University Trumbull, Library/Theatre Building, Warren, 330-675-8887

 Thibaudet Plays Grieg at Blossom
Cleveland Orchestra
Saturday, July 23rd

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Conductor Jahja Ling and The Cleveland Orchestra for a program that includes Stravinsky's Four Norwegian Moods, Grieg's Piano Concerto and Symphony No. 1 from Sibelius. WKSU member half-price night at Blossom (use your WKSU member card when purchasing tickets in person for the discount).

Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111

 Ohio Shakespeare Festival presents 'Robin Hood: An Adventure with Music'
Ohio Shakespeare Festival
Thursday, July 21st - Sunday, July 24th

A rollicking time for the whole family, OSF's Family Theatre programming features original stagings of beloved literary classics. Robin Hood: An Adventure with Music is entertainment for the whole family. Prior to the performance, stroll the gardens at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, and meet Robin, Marian, and the Merry Men.

July 21-24 at 7:30 p.m., the Lagoon at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, 1-888-71-TICKETS

 Renaissance Theatre presents 'Beauty and the Beast'
Renaissance Theatre
Saturday, July 30th - Sunday, August 7th

One of the most beloved musicals of our time, this heart-warming Disney classic comes to life before your very eyes. A treat for the entire family, featuring a cast of local professional and amateurs under the direction of Michael Thomas.

July 30, 31, Aug. 6, 7, Renaissance Theatre, Mansfield, 419-522-2726

 Lakeside presents Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
Friday, July 22nd

With more than 70 awards to their name, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage is the most celebrated band in bluegrass. Their honors include a coveted Entertainer of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a staggering seven consecutive IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards.

Friday, July 22 at 8:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside, 419-798-4461

 Porthouse Theatre presents 'Footloose'
Porthouse Theatre Company
Thursday, July 28th - Sunday, August 14th

When high school student Ren moves from Chicago to a rural town, he isn't prepared for some of the town's strict rules, such as a ban on dancing. Teaming up with the local reverend's daughter, Ren sets out to prove that dancing isn't dangerous but just a fun part of life. Based on the hit movie.

July 28 - Aug. 14, Porthouse Theatre, the Grounds of Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, 330-672-3884

 Heinz Poll Dance Festival presents NEOS Dance Theater
Heinz Poll Summer Dance Series
Friday, July 22nd - Saturday, July 23rd

NEOS Dance Theater is a regional company that has performed in over 10 states, with over 8 major symphonies, and has collected a repertoire of well-known international choreographers. The company is committed to taking dance everywhere, breaking barriers with new audiences. Next up: VERB Ballets at Hardesty Park on July 29 & 30.

July 22 & 23, children's program at 7:45 p.m., performance at 8:45 p.m., Firestone Park, Akron, akrondancefestival.org.

 Weathervane Playhouse presents 'Willy Wonka'
Weathervane Community Playhouse
Friday, July 29th - Sunday, August 14th

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film along with new numbers, Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.

July 29 - Aug. 14, Weathervane Playhouse, Akron, 330-836-2626

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