Chicago Protests, America's Swimming Anxiety, A Literary Magazine Made by Machines

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Coming up on today's show:

  • Over the weekend there were protests in Chicago following the release of footage from the officer-involved shooting of 18-year-old Paul O'Neal, who was black and fatally shot in the back. Lori Lightfoot, president of the Chicago Police Board joins us to address what could be a serious setback for Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who was appointed in March to restore the community's trust in the police department.
  • Following the failed coup attempt in Turkey, coverage in the West has largely focus on President Erdogan’s purge as a response. But people like Mine Eder, a professor at Bogazici University, feel the European Union and the West need to provide more support in this time of uncertainty and less criticism of what appears to be increasingly authoritarian rule.
  • What has the impact of the migrant crisis and recent terrorism events been on the daily life of Europeans? Michael Gigl, Director for Austrian Tourist Office in New York joins us to talk about how travel routines have been disrupted across Europe.
  • After Stephen Colbert reintroduced his "Colbert Report" character at the Republican National Convention earlier this month, his former employer Viacom told him it was their intellectual property. We talk to intellectual property lawyer Tom Ewing about the complexities of copying characters in entertainment.
  • In an unprecedented move, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, was ordered to serve as public-defender and provide legal aid to the state’s poorest defendants. Robin Steinberg, the executive director of the Bronx Defenders, talks to us about the current crisis facing the public-defender system and the country's struggle to sufficiently defend the poor. 
  • With the Olympics underway in Rio much of the world’s focus will be on the swimmers. But more than 50 percent of all Americans failed to meet Red Cross standards for swimming skills. Terry Laughlin, a swim coach who developed the "Total Immersion" method of swim instruction, joins us today.
  • By day, Karmel Allison works in computational biology, but by night she's the editor in chief of CuratedAI.com. That "AI" stands for artificial intelligence — not quite the theme you'd expect for a literary magazine. Allison tells us about her published writers, who are actually machines that have learned to mimic human poetry and prose.