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Photo: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), flanked by Senate Republican Leaders, speaks with reporters about healthcare legislation after the weekly party caucus luncheons outside the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. July 18, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

The death of the Senate health care bill, and where the GOP goes from here 15 MIN, 37 SEC

The Senate GOP bill to replace Obamacare is dead -- for now. Several senators have come out against the idea to immediately repeal the current health care law. So now what? Will Republicans suffer politically in next year’s midterm elections? What does this mean for their agenda and their party?

Guests:
Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times (@NoamLevey )
Rich Lowry, National Review / KCRW's Left, Right & Center (@RichLowry)

More:
The Daily 202: After Senate bill falls apart, Republicans don’t have the votes to repeal Obamacare
Senate Republicans' new plan to repeal Obamacare threatens even more widespread disruptions to Americans' healthcare

R. Kelly faces accusations of running a cult 11 MIN, 5 SEC

The R&B singer was last tried and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008. Now there are revelations that Kelly lured several young women to live with him and apparently controlled their every move. They are all legally adults, so not much can be done by the authorities.

Guests:
Jim DeRogatis, music critic; Sound Options (@JimDeRogatis)

More:
Is R. Kelly Finally Having His Bill Cosby Moment?

Summer reading recommendations: One high brow, one a beach read 13 MIN, 27 SEC

Host of KCRW’s Bookworm, Michael Silverblatt discusses “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,” a new novel from Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy. It’s about India’s complicated political landscape, and Roy’s dedicated it to “the unconsoled.” He also recommends Daniel Riley’s “Fly Me,” which is set on the beaches of Los Angeles in 1972.

Guests:
Michael Silverblatt, host, 'Bookworm'

When U.S. sperm donation goes unregulated, what does it mean for the kids? 11 MIN, 38 SEC

Unlike Europe, the U.S. has few rules and oversight around sperm donation. That means one man can biologically father dozens of kids. One blond, blue-eyed rugby player from Virginia has at least 150 offspring. It’s all led to concerns around the spread of diseases and accidental incest when siblings don’t know each other.


Jacqueline Mro
z is author of "Scattered Seeds."(Photo by Steve Hockstein)

 

Guests:
Jacqueline Mroz, author, “Scattered Seeds: In Search of Family and Identity in the Sperm Donor Generation” (@Jackiemroz)

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