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February 12 2014

14:18

Episode 12: Its Broken | We Are The Smiths

2nd week in a row, pretty awesome, Talking about how technology is breaking on us, new photo stuffs and a hawk that killed a pigeon in our back yard, plus some other stuff.       LINKS! The PoppySony QX10 and QX100L.A. has installed LED Street Lights Share this:More http://www.wearethesmiths.net/episode-12-its-broken/

January 27 2014

15:00

California Drought And The U.S. Food Supply

The drought emergency in California, and what it may mean for the nation’s food supply.

With the edge of Folsom Lake, Calif., more than 100 yards away, Gina, 8, left, and Sydney, 9, Gerety walk on rocks that are usually at the waters edge, Thursday Jan. 9, 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown said he would meet Thursday with his recently formed drought task force to determine if an emergency declaration is necessary as California faces a serious water shortage. Reservoirs in the state have dipped to historic lows after one of the driest calendar years on record. (AP)

With the edge of Folsom Lake, Calif., more than 100 yards away, Gina, 8, left, and Sydney, 9, Gerety walk on rocks that are usually at the waters edge, Thursday Jan. 9, 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown said he would meet Thursday with his recently formed drought task force to determine if an emergency declaration is necessary as California faces a serious water shortage. Reservoirs in the state have dipped to historic lows after one of the driest calendar years on record. (AP)

They are praying for rain in California.  And facing drought.  A drought emergency, Governor Jerry Brown declared last week.  Worst in years.  Winter weather so warm you’ve got a confused bear wandering through skiers on the slopes last week.  So dry that farmers are thinning herds and letting fields go fallow.  Wondering which crops to lose.  Up in the Sierra Nevada, only 20 percent of the normal snow pack.  Less to melt, less to drink.  It’s just dry.  This hour On Point:  fire, food, climate and the drought emergency in California.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Bettina Boxall, water and environmental issues reporter for The Los Angeles Times. (@boxall)

Jeanie Jones, deputy drought manager and interstate resources manager for the California Department of Water Resources.

Heather Cooley, co-director of the water program at the Pacific Institute. Co-author of “The World’s Water,” “A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy” and “The Water-Energy Nexus In the American West.”

Daniel A. Sumner, director at the University of California Agricultural Issues Center and Frank H. Buck, Jr. Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis.

From Tom’s Reading List

Los Angeles Times: California declares drought emergency — “Brown’s drought proclamation follows California’s driest year on record and comes amid dropping reservoir levels and no sign of relief in the near future. Some Northern California communities dependent on shrinking local supplies have already imposed rationing and others are asking residents to eliminate outdoor watering. Many Central Valley irrigation districts are warning growers to expect severe delivery cuts this spring and summer.”

Significant Figures: What Californians Can Expect from the Drought – “It is not too late for some big storms off the Pacific Ocean to bring relief. But the odds are against it andcurrent meteorological conditions are not encouraging. If the rest of the winter months are dry, or even of average wetness, the state will have much less water than normal, and much less than water users want – from cities to farms to our natural ecosystems.”

TIME: Hundred Years of Dry: How California’s Drought Could Get Much, Much Worse — “Californians need to be ready, because if some scientists are right, this drought could be worse than anything the state has experienced in centuries. B. Lynn Ingram, a paleoclimatologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has looked at rings of old trees in the state, which helps scientists gauge precipitation levels going back hundreds of years. (Wide tree rings indicate years of substantial growth and therefore healthy rainfall, while narrow rings indicate years of little growth and very dry weather.) She believes that California hasn’t been this dry since 1580, around the time the English privateer Sir Francis Drake first visited the state’s coast.”

December 20 2013

01:15

This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California's Hungry

November 01 2013

05:56

Imperial Priest: California’s Father Junípero Serra

Father Serra and the tough history of the priest and colonialist who brought the Spanish Empire and the church to California, three centuries ago.

Guests

Steven Hackel, professor of history at the University of California, Riverside. Author of “Junípero Serra: California’s Founding Father” and “Children of Coyote, Missionaries of Saint Francis: Indian Spanish Relations in Colonial California.”

Andy Galvan, curator of Mission Dolores San Francisco.

Rubén Martinez, journalist, performer and teacher, professor of literature and writing at Loyola Marymount University. Author of “Desert America: A Journey Through Our Most Divided Landscape,” “The New Americans,” “Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail” and “The Other Side: Fault Lines, Guerrilla Saints, and the True Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” (@Ruben6211)

From Tom’s Reading List

Los Angeles Times: Immigrant-friendly laws show California’s political shift — “For much of its history, California was a Republican bastion, producing both electoral votes and national leaders such as Hiram Johnson and Earl Warren, who ensured, along with Presidents Nixon and Reagan, that the Grand Old Party was inextricably linked to the great Golden State. Over the last two decades, however, California has become something altogether different: a Democratic stronghold in presidential politics, a party fortress in Congress and the Legislature, and a dead zone for any Republican with statewide ambitions.”

Wall Street Journal: ‘The Gentle Padre’ – “As most any fourth-grader here can tell you, Junípero Serra (1713-1784) was California’s first Franciscan missionary. But Steven Hackel, author of ‘Junípero Serra: California’s Founding Father,’ says few people really understand the ‘early apostle of the Golden State’ who abandoned his life as a priest and university professor in Mallorca, Spain, in 1749 to convert Indians to Catholicism in Mexico. (He didn’t come to California until 20 years later.)”

CityWatch: Why California Keeps Repeating Junipero Serra’s Mistakes — “As a manager and grandiose visionary (he wanted to build enough missions so that no Californian would be more than a three-day trip away from salvation), Serra faced a conundrum not so different from that confronting California’s political leaders today: How can we use our limited resources to construct and maintain statewide networks that connect sprawling communities that don’t much care about one another? ”

Read An Excerpt of “Junipero Serra: California’s Founding Father” by Steven Hackel

September 26 2013

21:27

Studio 360: "Death of a Valley" (2004)

In 1956 Pirkle Jones got a call from Life Magazine for a photo assignment like no other. The farm town of Monticello California would soon be submerged under Lake Berryessa and vanish from the face of the earth. Jones joined his hero, the photojournalist Dorothea Lange, to document Monticello’s final days...

July 13 2013

02:29

Interview with Fred Castaneda of Struggling Entrepreneur, Part 2

Two-part conversation with Fred Casteneda, a podcasting machine! We talk about his passion, organization, and dialog in his podcasting empire. http://theaudacitytopodcast.com/tap014-interview-with-fred-castaneda-of-struggling-entrepreneur-part-2/

August 06 2010

02:45

The Golden Gate’s Long History

The Golden Gate bridge as cultural monument. We track the storied span of its history.
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