The Issue Is Podcast: Coronavirus, The RNC, and racial justice intensified

Another week like no other.

On the coronavirus front, The United States surpassed 180,000 deaths.

On the political front, President Trump accepted the Republican nomination at a national convention unlike any seen in modern history.

And on the streets of many of America’s major cities, protests for racial justice intensified following the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake.

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To break it all down, Elex Michaelson is joined on The Issue Is by columnist LZ Granderson, political strategist Bob Shrum, LA Times reporter Melanie Mason, and political analyst Gianno Caldwell.

The Issue Is is a weekly show that airs on FOX 11 Friday nights at 10:30 PM and on several stations throughout California. We take on discussions and debates with top newsmakers about the most controversial and interesting issues impacting the state, hosted by FOX 11’s Elex Michaelson. For showtimes and more information, go to

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The Issue Is Podcast contains the audio from the broadcast and often includes extended interviews of the guests we have on the show. The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Audioboom.

Host Elex Michaelson also co-anchors FOX 11 News weeknights at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. with Christine Devine. He co-hosts the "FOX 11 Special Report" with Dr. Drew Pinsky weeknights at 7 p.m.