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On Sunday, Justin Caldbeck, co-founder of Binary Capital LLC, resigned amid detailed sexual harassment allegations from six female tech entrepreneurs. While the tech industry’s diversity problems are well known, the process by which most startups receive funding introduces a uniquely one-sided power dynamic into business relationships. Additionally, women make up only 7 percent of investing partners at the top 100 VC firms and a Bloomberg analysis found that among companies receiving at least $20 million in funding, women-led organizations got an average of $77 million, compared to $100 for male-led organizations. Forum discusses the latest allegations of sexual harassment in Silicon Valley and takes a close look at the culture and practices of venture capital firms.

Ellen Huet,
reporter, Bloomberg Business

Kate Mitchell, partner, Scale Venture Partners

Joelle Emerson, CEO, Paradigm

San Jose

Last week, the San Jose City Council voted to start negotiations with Google to sell the company 23 acres of city owned land near the Diridon Caltrain Station. The purchase is part of Google’s plan to build a massive transit oriented village that would include six to eight million square feet of office and retail space and bring up to 20,000 Google employees to the city. Community activists are concerned about pressures the development may exert on wages and housing prices and the overall impact it may have on San Jose’s culture. In this hour, we’ll learn about Google’s possible San Jose campus and we want to hear from you — if your town is home to a large company — what are the benefits and drawbacks?

Kim Walesh,
director of economic development and deputy city manager, city of San Jose
Jeffrey Buchanan, director of public policy, Working Partnerships USA
Richard Florida, director of cities, Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto; author, ‘The New Urban Crisis.’

Seventy percent of Santa Clara County’s homeless population resides in San Jose. The city recently passed a $950 million housing bond with $700 million allocated for homeless housing alone. The money will go toward short and long term building projects such as micro housing units and permanent housing in churches. But some San Jose residents are getting fed up and want the homeless to move on: Caltrans is in the process of building an eight foot tall fence to stop the homeless from returning to an encampment near one neighborhood. We talk with San Jose’s homelessness response manager Ray Bramson and Destination:Home’s Jennifer Loving about how the city is coping with the crisis of homelessness in Silicon Valley. We’ll also check in with Eileen Richardson, founder of Downtown Streets Team.

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Protesters greet senators leaving Ronald Regan Washington National Airport in Terminal B on June 22, 2017 in Washington, DC

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging the Trump administration’s travel ban executive order. The ban covers six majority Muslim countries that the government says present a higher risk of terrorism. The court also let the ban go into effect for some travelers, reversing the actions of two lower courts that had put it on hold. In this hour, we’ll get the details on that decision, as well as get the latest on the Senate health care legislation, which faces an uncertain future as Republicans try to rally support for the controversial measure.

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Marisa Lagos, reporter, KQED’s politics and government desk
Ron Elving, Washington Desk senior editor and correspondent, NPR
David Mark, editor, Morning Consult

Temperatures hit record highs all over the Bay Area this week. While the weather can be a convenient excuse to hit the beach, this week’s temperatures spiked high enough to cause two heat-related deaths in Santa Clara County. And scientists say extreme heat will only become more common as the climate changes. Forum considers what a hotter climate could mean for the Bay Area and how we can adapt.

Travis O’Brien, scientist, Lawrence Berkeley Lab; adjunct professor in atmospheric sciences, UC Davis
Dan Brekke, blogger and online editor, KQED News

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, a Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. Today, nearly 20 percent of newlyweds are married to someone of a different race or ethnicity – that’s a fivefold jump from when the Loving case was decided. As part of Forum’s “In My Experience” series, we talk to two couples about their interracial relationships. And we would like to hear from you: If you’re part of an interracial couple, what ways – big or small – does race affect your relationship?

Nives Wetzel de Cediel
Andres Cediel
Brandi Brandes
Kevin Carnes

an Oakland police patrol car

Top Oakland city officials mishandled allegations of sexual misconduct within the city police department, according to a report released Wednesday by a federally-appointed investigator. The report found the former police chief and other department leaders oversaw a hasty and inadequate internal and criminal investigation into allegations that police officers sexually exploited an underage woman, and made an effort to keep the scandal quiet. The report also faulted the mayor for not adequately reviewing the police department’s handling of the case. We’ll get the details on the report and hear how Oakland city officials and the police department are responding.

Darwin BondGraham, Staff Writer, East Bay Express.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) approaches the microphones before talking with reporters with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) (L), Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) (R) following the weekly GOP policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol June 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate plan to release the text of their health care legislation on Thursday. A draft of the bill was obtained by the Washington Post on Wednesday. The plan, which has been kept under wraps by Republican lawmakers, reportedly includes provisions to dramatically roll back Medicaid and eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The draft bill is similar to the Obamacare replacement that narrowly passed the House last month, though the Senate version provides more subsidies for low-income people. Forum discusses what’s in the new proposal and the politics surrounding it.

Page Winfield Cunningham,
health care reporter, The Washington Post
Carrie Feibel, health editor, KQED

Adultery. War. Human sacrifice. Colm Tóibín’s new novel, “House of Names,” is a fresh take on an ancient Greek myth. King Agamemnon is about to set sail for Troy, but there’s no wind to fill his fleet’s sails. So, he chooses to offer a sacrifice to the Gods — his own daughter. The Guardian recently called Tóibín “a giant amongst storytellers.” His other books include “The Testament of Mary” and “Brooklyn,” which was made into an Oscar-nominated film. Tóibín joins us in studio to talk about his writing and the enduring relevance of Greek Tragedy.

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Uber Travis Kalanick gestures as he speaks at an event in New Delhi on December 16, 2016.

After months of scandals and a major review of the company’s culture, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned under pressure from investors. Kalanick’s critics hope the leadership shakeup will change the culture at the ride-hailing company, which has been facing allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. We’ll discuss the resignation and what it could mean for the San Francisco-based company, its employees, investors and customers.

Eric Newcomer,
technology reporter, Bloomberg
Queena Kim, senior editor, KQED’s Silicon Valley desk

two women in front of Chronicle books

Chronicle Books is a child of the Summer of Love, born in a time of radical politics and art. The Bay Area publisher has stayed independent since 1967, while carving out a niche for printing colorful and whimsical books ranging from “The Beatles Anthology” to “How to Speak Wookie” to “Tartine Bread.” Chronicle Books is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an exhibit at San Francisco Center for the Book, a reading day at San Francisco library branches, and, of course, a book. We’re joined by CEO Nion McEvoy.


Nion McEvoy, chairman and CEO, Chronicle Books; great-grandson of San Francisco Chronicle founder M.H. de Young

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Supporters of Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff wave at cars passing by St. Mary's Orthodox Church of Atlanta on June 20, 2017 in Roswell, Georgia.

Republican Karen Handel defeated Democratic challenger John Ossoff on Tuesday in a special election for Georgia’s 6th congressional district. About $55 million was spent in the race, the most ever for an election for the House of Representatives. The race drew wide national interest — Osoff raised more money from California then from his own state of Georgia. Republicans have held the seat for nearly 40 years, but Democrats had hoped anti-Trump sentiment would flip the district blue and serve as a harbinger for mid-term elections.

Jessica Taylor,
political reporter, NPR

Johnny Kauffman, reporter, WABE in Atlanta

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