Photo: Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou (C) greets Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (L) as House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) applauds during a White House event where the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn announced plans to build a $10 billion dollar LCD display panel screen plant in Wisconsin, in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
The president’s ban on transgender people serving in the military is on hold. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is siding with an employer who fired an employee for being gay. We find out what is and isn’t protected under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Adam Romero, UCLA School of Law; Williams Institute
Republican senators are still debating various versions of the health care bill. Two years ago, Republican senators passed a complete repeal. The GOP’s continued inability to make good on its promise to repeal Obamacare is frustrating some of the party’s big financial donors.
The chairman of Foxconn announced a new $10 billion factory in Wisconsin to make flatscreens and other electronics. Foxconn is the Taiwanese company that makes iPhones and iPads for Apple. But it has a habit of not following through with big announcements.
Defcon, one of the world’s largest hacking conventions has kicked off. It includes Voting Village, a place where hackers can carry out attacks on various voting machines to show how vulnerable our elections are. Also, the little vacuum robot Roomba is mapping your house.
We talk to robots like Siri and Alexa. But why can’t we use artificial intelligence to talk to real people, especially those who died? That’s what James Vlahos wondered as he watched his dad die of lung cancer last year. He tinkered with some readily available A.I. technology and came up with something he called a Dadbot. His dad would live forever through artificial intelligence.
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Veterans against arming teachers Some veterans are coming out against the idea of arming teachers. They say they know from experience what semi-automatic weapons can do. They’ve been writing blog posts and op-eds, and tweeting with #VetsForGunReform. Bob Bateman and Joe Plenzler started the movement. They served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Inside the job of a border patrol agent The hardening of the U.S. border means more migrants taking dangerous paths from Mexico to the U.S., traveling through deserts -- sometimes with little water. We talk with a former border patrol agent about what he saw and why he quit.
LA high school senior fights gun violence After the mass school shooting in Florida, many young people are taking action against guns. We talk about the growing protest movement with an 18-year-old activist in LA. We also look at what other countries have done to prevent shootings, like mandatory training and age restrictions.
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