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‘The Stakes’: Saints And Poets

Another week, another (sort of) political podcast

Welcome to “The Stakes,” where we’re doing our best to bury the sustained psychic trauma of the Republican and Democratic conventions deep inside our souls while also blocking out the 102 days until the election that are still to come. It’s a delicate balance, but we are nothing if not graceful and talented aerialists! We have a great show for you today, and we swear to holy heaven above that we will spend most of it talking about things other than the election (though we will have a little on that). Coming up:

Part 1: Ana Marie Cox speaks with Sarah McBride, the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign who made history Thursday night by being the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention.

Part 2: Jaime Fuller tracks down two millennial delegates, one Democrat and one Republican, to explain why they each gave up a week of their summer for a musty convention center.

Part 3: Doreen St. Félix discusses the power of photography with Aperture Magazine guest editor Sarah Lewis. For the first time in its 223 volumes, the summer edition of Aperture is devoted to photographic representation of African-Americans.

Part 4: Jessica Hopper talks to poet and music writer Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib about his new book of poetry, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much.

Part 5: Our poet-in-residence Marcus Ellsworth explores how the idea of America changes, depending on where you stand.

Thanks for listening, and be sure to subscribe to “The Stakes” on iTunes.