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Phtoto of the 'Republicans are Coming'
With nearly 5,000 delegates, 250,000 protestors and the international media swarming around West Thirty-Fourth Street, hordes of New Yorkers are simply cashing in on their vacation time and skipping town during the week of August 30, as the city hosts its first Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden. Broadway musicals are gearing up for big sales, while luxury hotel concierges and political activists hosting out-of-town protestors work to make their guests feel right at home.

Phtoto of woman entering hotel
In the first of two special half-hour shows on the convention, NEW YORK VOICES gets the perspectives of several different New Yorkers as they prepare for the event: a protester, a volunteer, a former activist, and two New York essayists.

The second episode follows a Republican delegation and a group of protestors from Northern Michigan as they experience the city and make their voices heard. The show also features an extended interview with veteran journalist Jim Lehrer about the purpose of political conventions and their importance as news events.

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A Bird's Eye View:
NewsHour host Jim Lehrer has been covering political conventions since 1968.
Jim Lehrer
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Out-of-townersOut-of-towners:
Delegates from Pennsylvania and protestors from Michigan spend a week in the city.
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The Convention Outside:
Protestors use new tactics to make their voices heard.
The Convention Outside
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A Big City WelcomeA Big City Welcome:
As a 22-year old Republican New Yorker, Bonnie Long hopes to make the city's GOP guests feel at home.
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The Wrong Approach:
Columbia University historian and journalist Todd Gitlin worries that protestors planning acts of civil disobedience could do harm to their own cause.
The Wrong Approach
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The Real New YorkThe Real New York:
Joyce Purnick of the NEW YORK TIMES urges delegates to break out of their luxury cocoons and see the city as it really is.
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Meet The Delegates:
If New Yorkers open their minds and see the real Republicans, journalist Bill Tucker thinks they just might see something strangely familiar.
Meet The Delegates
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