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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Rollback of Campus Sexual Assault Protections; Plus: DARK MONEY film traces corporate money and US elections

7:08 – KPFA News: Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke came to California Friday, hosted by Congressman Jeff Denham (R-10) to tour two dams and reservoirs in the Sierras. Denham along with California Congressmen Ken Calvert and David Valadao inserted three riders to the Interior Department appropriations bill, which would allow federal regulators to divert more water to agribusiness, while shifting power over the state’s water allocation decisions to the federal government. That bill passed the House on July 19th. At a press briefing at Denham’s field office in Modesto today, Bay-Delta advocates slammed Denham and Zinke for betraying the right of Californians to control their own water, and legally challenge water projects. Vic Bedoian (@VicBedoianreports from Modesto.

7:13 – Alastair Bonnett is a professor of social geography at Newcastle University. He joins us to discuss his latest book Unruly Enclaves, Ghostly Places, Emerging Lands and Our Search for New Utopias. 

7:35 – George Ayala is the Executive Director of MPact: Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights. Naina Khanna (@nainadevi) is the Executive Director of Positive Women’s Network. They are speaking out against the AIDS conference scheduled for 2020 in San Francisco. 

8:08 – KPFA News: A federal judge in San Francisco is considering a lawsuit aimed at blocking a Trump administration policy that critics say rolls back Obama-era protections for sexual abuse survivors in schools and universities. Advocacy groups are suing education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education, saying the new policy is unconstitutional and based on stereotypes about women making false claims of sexual assault because of regrets or misunderstanding. Christopher Martinez (@mrtnz16) reports.

8:13 – Emily Martin is the Vice President for Education and Workplace Justice with the National Women’s Law Center. She discusses the lawsuit and what’s behind Secretary DeVos’s attempt to reverses Obama-era policy on campus sexual assault investigations.

8:33 – KPFA News: Zimbabwe Election Creates Unrest Between Parties. Garikai Chaunza (@ChaunzaGarikaireports from Harare.

8:42 – Kimberly Reed (@dotkimis an award-winning director and producer. Her latest film is DARK MONEY, a documentary examining the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials, in Bay Area theaters next Friday, July 27th.

8:54 – Richard Wolinksy, KPFA’s theater critic, reviews Sunday in the Park with George.  The show will be playing at the San Francisco Playhouse through Saturday, September 8th.

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