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The Turkish government ordered the closing of 131 media outlets and dismissed nearly 1,700 military personnel on Wednesday. The actions come as part of a state of emergency that was instituted after a failed military coup to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier this month. In the weeks since the coup attempt, Erdoğan has purged tens of thousands of government employees and jailed thousands of people. Human rights groups claim that Erdoğan is using the bid to unseat him as a chance to silence — and detain — his critics. We’ll get the latest on the situation in Turkey.

Since the Nuremberg Trials, the United States has often been at the forefront of holding war criminals accountable and fighting genocide. But some critics wonder whether the war on terror has undermined America’s moral authority. A new book, “Hiding in Plain Sight,” examines that tension as it traces the dramatic pursuit of fugitive war criminals from World War II to the present day. We talk to two of the book’s authors.

On Wednesday, Donald Trump said he hoped Russian hackers would find the 30,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State that she did not turn over to federal investigators. Clinton’s campaign said that Trump’s challenge was tantamount to encouraging Russian espionage and foreign interference in a domestic election. We’ll discuss Trump’s statement, the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s emails and how foreign powers influence U.S. elections.

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As Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican presidential nomination last Thursday, many Americans were left wondering how the outspoken businessman who has never held an elected office managed to be a presidential frontrunner. Cognitive linguist George Lakoff sees Trump’s rise as anything but surprising, especially when one considers the candidate’s approach to political speech. We talk to Lakoff to get his thoughts on Trump, this year’s Democratic National Convention and the implications of the language being used on this election’s political stage.

San Francisco-based Aaron Davidman was 25 years old when he first visited Israel in 1992. The experience resonated deeply with him, he says, as a progressive American Jew trying to wrap his head around the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. That struggle was the basis of his 2014 play “Wrestling Jerusalem,” a one-man show starring Davidman as 17 different characters from various sides of the conflict. The play, which Davidman wrote, was recently turned into a film and premieres this month at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

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A California wildfire has scorched over 23,000 acres and continues to spread in the mountains along the northern end of the Big Sur coast. The Soberanes fire has destroyed 20 homes and forced the evacuation of 300 people so far, according to CAL FIRE. We’ll get the latest on the blaze and check in with some experts on what’s being done to contain it.

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Smoke From Big Sur Fire Prompts 3rd Straight Spare the Air Alert (KQED News)


Public hearings began Tuesday on Governor Jerry Brown’s $14.9 billion proposal to construct two 35 -mile tunnels below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Supporters say the project, officially named “California WaterFix,” will stabilize water delivery across the state. But opponents argue the tunnels are too costly and will harm the estuary. We’ll get an update on the controversial project.

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The Oakland City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to put the establishment of a police oversight commission on the November ballot. The measure comes in response to a number of scandals within the Oakland Police Department, the most recent being the handling of a sexual misconduct case involving several officers and the teenage daughter of a police dispatcher. Supporters say that the proposed panel will have strong oversight powers, but some argue that last-minute changes made to the ballot measure have weakened the commission’s independence. We’ll discuss the proposal and its likelihood of passing. But first, we’ll check in with KQED’s reporters at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


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Federal Monitor: Police Crisis Could Be Most Trying Time in OPD’s History (KQED News)

VIDEO: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Defends Handling of Police Scandals  (KQED Newsroom)

Ursus arctos horribilis, the grizzly bear, roamed California in large numbers until the early 1900s, when Gold Rush settlers decimated the population. Now, an environmental group is circulating a petition asking California’s Fish and Game Commission to study the feasibility of reintroducing the bear into remote parts of the Sierra Nevadas. We’ll discuss what the proposed return of the grizzly bear could mean for the state’s ecology and for its residents. We’ll also hear from experts about the history and current status of the endangered animal, which can run as fast as 35 miles per hour despite weighing over 400 pounds.

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After a major leak of Democratic National Committee emails raised questions about the party’s impartiality in the primary election, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on Sunday that she would resign following this week’s party convention in Philadelphia. The leak comes at a bad time for Hillary Clinton, who is set to become the first female presidential nominee of a major party but who hopes to win over supporters of her primary rival Bernie Sanders. Some progressives were already unhappy with Clinton’s pick of Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as a running mate, which she announced on Friday. In this hour, we’ll discuss the ongoing fallout from the DNC leak, analyze the Kaine pick, and preview the convention.

People often see negotiating as an adversarial process, says Stanford Business professor Margaret Ann Neale. But that’s wrong, she says. In her new book, “Getting (More of) What You Want,” Neale suggests that the best negotiators focus on problem solving and building relationships. She joins us in-studio to offer strategies for negotiating in the workplace and at home, whether it’s getting a raise, selling a company or just figuring out who should put the kids to bed.

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