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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.

Guests:
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.

Guests:
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.

Guests:
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.

Guests:

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.

Guests:
Jessica Taylor,
political reporter, NPR

Johnny Kauffman, reporter, WABE in Atlanta

Author and activist Naomi Klein has spent decades studying and writing about corporate power, climate change and politics–including how politicians exploit national crises to push through controversial policies. Klein, the award-winning author of “No Logo” and “The Shock Doctrine” thinks that Donald Trump’s ascendence is a symptom of private wealth’s oversized influence in politics. In her new book, “No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need,” Klein urges the left to stop pointing fingers about the 2016 election and instead, move on to set an agenda for change.

Guests:
Naomi Klein,
senior correspondent, The Intercept; author, “No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need”

UC Davis sociology professor Bruce Haynes’ comes from a prominent African American family: his grandfather founded the National Urban League and was a protege of W.E.B Dubois. His grandmother was a prominent social scientist and children’s author. Yet, the succeeding generations struggled. Hayne’s book, “Down the Up Staircase,” tells the story of three generations of his Harlem-based family and explores the tenuous status of middle class African Americans. Despite looking like the model black family, Haynes writes that his family was “never secure in our futures, each generation walking a tightrope, one misstep from free fall.”

On Monday, Russia warned the United States that any planes belonging to the U.S.-led coalition that fly west of the Euphrates River would be potential targets. The move came after a U.S. warplane downed a Syrian military plane on Sunday, killing the pilot. Meanwhile, Iran said on Sunday that it launched missiles into eastern Syria, targeting Islamic State fighters in retaliation for attacks that hit Tehran on June 7th. Forum discusses the latest developments in the Syrian conflict, now in its sixth year. We’ll also discuss potential next steps in U.S. policy toward Syria, a country the size of Washington state.

Guests:

Aaron David Miller, vice president for new initiatives and distinguished fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center

Steven Heydemman, professor, Middle East studies, Smith College

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