President Trump speaks to French President Emmanuel Macron.

President Trump traveled to Paris on Wednesday, two days before Bastille Day, the French national day. Trump will participate in a joint news conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron where Trump will likely be asked about the revelations that his son met with a Russian lawyer who offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. NPR will cover the conference live.  In this two-hour show, Forum discusses the president’s visit to France and the developing news about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.


Mike Dorning, deputy White House editor, Bloomberg News

Mugambi Jouet, fellow, Stanford Law School, author, “Exceptional America: What Divides Americans From the World and From Each Other”

David Mark, executive editor, Morning Consult

Bruce Cain, professor of political science, Stanford University

Attendees wear their campaign memorabilia while waiting to hear Donald Trump speak at U.S. Bank Arena on October 13, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A 2013 Gallup poll found that six in 10 American voters would choose to get rid of the electoral college and instead elect officials based on the popular vote. But like it or not, on Tuesday the next president of the United States will have to reach 270 electoral votes. In this hour, we’ll refresh your memory about how the electoral college actually works and hear why critics want it abolished or reformed.

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F.B.I. Director James Comey testifies before the House Judiciary Committee September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC.

On Sunday, FBI director James Comey told Congress that a review of additional Hillary Clinton emails does not change the bureau’s conclusion that she should not face charges. With one day before the election, we talk about how the Comey announcement might affect the presidential race. We’ll also look at the states still in play, the latest early voting numbers, and what to watch for in campaign’s final day.

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A man dressed up as Uncle Sam on Super Tuesday.

Although they may not be voting in it, people outside America are keeping a close eye on who becomes our next president. In this hour, we talk with foreign journalists about how the election is being perceived outside the U.S. and what impact our next president might have on foreign policy, human rights, trade and other policies of particular interest to the international community.

Republican nominee Donald Trump’s supporters are hoping Wednesday’s third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas will help him regain momentum against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. We’ll analyze the debate and discuss the ongoing fallout of the Clinton campaign’s leaked emails and the continued allegations of sexual assault against Trump.

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On Wednesday presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for the third and final presidential debate. In this half hour we’ll  preview that debate and discuss the newest turns in the saga that is the presidential race. This weekend Trump charged that the election is rigged, as members of his own party distanced themselves from that statement including Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence.

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Maureen Dowd poses for a portrait.

It’s been quite the week in politics and who better to help us make sense of it than New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. Her new book, “The Year of Voting Dangerously,” explores the drama and dysfunction of the 2016 presidential election. We’ll talk with the Pulitzer-Prize winner about the ongoing fallout from Trump’s comments about grabbing and kissing women without their consent and discuss the Clinton emails released by Wikileaks.

Donald Trump attends a press conference to announce the PGA Grand Slam of Golf site at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles March 10, 2015 in Palos Verdes Estates, California.

As the nation continues to discuss the leaked video of Donald Trump’s offensive comments about kissing and grabbing women without their consent, Forum talks with a panel of feminist thinkers about sexism and misogyny in America. Is the national conversation about sexual assault and misogynistic language moving the country to a better understanding of women’s issues? Or will impressionable young men look to Trump for clues of what is acceptable behavior toward women? Forum discusses how the presidential race is shaping our conversation about women.

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silhouettes of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump return to the stage Sunday night for the second presidential debate of the general election. The town hall-style forum at Washington University in St. Louis will use questions from the audience of undecided voters and from moderators Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper. We discuss the debate and how the candidates fared.

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NPR’s Fact Check of the Debate

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More than 40 percent of Americans are unable to name the vice presidential nominees for either major party, according to a recent ABC News survey. But Tuesday night, voters will get a chance to see and hear Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine face off in the only vice-presidential debate of this election. We’ll get reactions to the debate from a panel of political analysts … and our listeners.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.

Many analysts predict that Monday’s night debate could be the defining moment of the presidential election, bringing together for the first time the wildly divergent styles of veteran politician Hillary Clinton and maverick campaigner Donald Trump. Heading into the debate, a Bloomberg Poll has the candidates each receiving 46 percent in a head-to-head competition and Trump edging out Clinton 43 to 41 percent when third-party candidates are included. We’ll check in with political commentators about who performed well and who fell flat during the highly anticipated match up.

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Trump surrounded by reporters.

Earlier this week New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet signaled a shift in the paper’s approach to campaign coverage: “We have decided to be more direct in calling things out when a candidate actually lies,” he told Quartz. His comments came in the wake of Donald Trump’s press conference where the GOP candidate reversed course and said he now believes that President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. For her part, Hillary Clinton has frustrated reporters with her lack of accessibility. In this hour, we’ll talk about how the mainstream media is struggling with and evolving in response to an unusual election cycle.

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