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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)

What the Civil Rights Act means for sexual orientation in the age of Trump 8 MIN, 8 SEC

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.

Guests:
Adam Romero, UCLA School of Law; Williams Institute

More:
The Justice Department Just Argued Against Gay Rights In A Major Federal Case

What do Republicans' big donors make of the health care mess? 8 MIN, 30 SEC

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.

Guests:
Kenneth Vogel, New York Times (@kenvogel)

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Conservative Groups Fume Over Failed Repeal Votes

Foxconn plans to build first U.S. factory, but is it real? 7 MIN, 36 SEC

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.

Guests:
Will Oremus, Slate.com (@WillOremus)

More:
Foxconn Says It Plans to Build Factory in Wisconsin, Adding 3,000 Jobs
Apple’s Silence Is Trump’s Win

Your Roomba is spying on you, should you care? 8 MIN, 33 SEC

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.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

Dadbot: Keeping dad alive through artificial intelligence 12 MIN, 30 SEC

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.

Guests:
James Vlahos, freelance writer; author "TALK TO ME: Inside Silicon Valley's Quest for Conversation" (@jamesvlahos)

More:
A SON’S RACE TO GIVE HIS DYING FATHER ARTIFICIAL IMMORTALITY

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