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Roundtable: Conventions Kick Off Home Stretch For 2020 Election

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks d...

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Above: Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention, in Wilmington, Del.

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Aired: August 21, 2020 | Transcript

Roundtable: Conventions Kick Off Home Stretch For 2020 Election


Michael Smolens, columnist, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Maya Trabulsi, anchor, KPBS News

Steven Woods, co-host of Ben & Woods, 97.3 The Fan

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The 2020 Campaign Heats Up

The Democratic Party held its modified National Convention this week. With no crowds allowed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, speeches were made in host-city Milwaukee, Wisconsin and around the country. Republicans will hold their National Convention next week to nominate President Donald Trump for a second term in office. This is the unofficial starting point for the home stretch of the 2020 election campaign. San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Michael Smolens talks with us about the state of the campaigns at the local and national levels as voters prepare to make some major choices.

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Women’s Right To Vote Turns 100

This week marked 100 years since enough states ratified the 19th Amendment, granting women the constitutional right to vote. KPBS anchor Maya Trabulsi tells about her recent work digging into how women in San Diego pushed for equality at the time. We also discuss how COVID-19 has forced changes to traditional election night parties and how the media will cover the results in November.

RELATED: ‘Songs Of Suffrage’ Celebrates 19th Amendment

The Young Padre Bringing Change To Baseball

The San Diego Padres found themselves in the middle of a national discussion this week on how the game of baseball is re-thinking its so-called unwritten rules. The electric play of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is part of a trend of young international stars at the center of a changing culture within the game. Steven Woods, co-host of the Ben & Woods morning show on 97.3 The Fan joins us to discuss this week’s controversy and how fans are reacting.

RELATED: MLB Commemorates The 100th Anniversary Of The Negro Leagues

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