So, that happened. The primary season, for the Democrats, is now over, and the hard task of knitting up rival factions, and acknowledging the youthful vigor and obvious durability of Bernie Sanders' movement is now the responsibility of the victor, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It's going to be one of the more interesting political challenges that any major party nominee has ever faced.
Still, this is a good moment to note that Clinton's nomination has real import for all of us, whether we're inclined to vote for her or not. For all of America's storied history, we've lagged behind the rest of the world when it comes to being accepting and comfortable with women steering the ship of state -- a threshold that nations in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa crossed years ago.
Of course, the chance to make history isn't really a reason to elect a president, something that Clinton had better understand. On this week's podcast, however, we're taking a minute to commemorate the moment.
Also on this week's podcast: Donald Trump has found his own support with Republican elites eroding badly, days after he'd earned the endorsement of House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump's problem may be the fact that the general election season brings a higher intensity of scrutiny than he's ever faced in his career. But Trump's saving grace may be that, with so much to scrutinize, it's hard to see how any of it will stick. Maybe too much of a bad thing is a good thing?
Finally, we are weeks away from the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Rio de rio de, Brazil. Back when Rio won the International Olympic Committee's bid, Brazil was enjoying a booming economy and looking forward to joining the ranks of elite nations. Now, in the midst of a historic recession, massive political strife, and the ongoing Zika outbreak, this Olympic Games might be a disaster in the making, with Rio's impoverished population caught in the middle.
“So, That Happened” is hosted by Jason Linkins, Zach Carter and Arthur Delaney. Joining them this week: Huffington Post reporters Amanda Terkel, Travis Waldron, and Christina Wilkie.
This podcast was produced, edited and engineered by Christine Conetta.