Drought, Jamzilla and Japan's Fake Beethoven
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President Obama is visiting the Central Valley today to discuss drought mitigation efforts. We talk to a farmer in Fresno. Plus, a scientist says California’s drought could last decades. We also get the scoop on a beloved Japanese composer who turns out to be a total fraud. We check-back in with the luger from La Cañada who blew up online with her warm-up routine. We’ll also talk about this weekend’s huge traffic warnings as officials close part of the 405, and we’ll get the latest news out of Hollywood.
Banner Image: Folsom Lake without very much water, Stuart Rankin
Farming Through the Drought ()
President Obama is visiting the Central Valley today to discuss drought mitigation efforts. We talk to a farmer in Mendota, a small farming community especially hard hit by the water shortage.
- Bill Diedrich: farmer
How Long Will This Last? ()
California’s historic drought conditions may not ease up anytime soon. Paleoclimatologist Lynn Ingram says this severe water shortage could last decades.
- Lynn Ingram: UC Berkeley
Robocop, Noah's Ark and Shia LaBeouf ()
Kim Masters and Ben Fritz join us for our weekly roundup of Hollywood news. Today we talk about the new Robocop reboot, Shia Labeouf’s increasingly odd behavior, and a film of biblical proportions.
Japan's Fake Beethoven ()
Japanese Olympic figure skater Daisuke Takahashi will probably be remembered for something other than his technical skill on the Sochi ice. Unfortunately, he chose to skate to music composed by one of Japan’s most beloved composers - who, it turns out, is a total fraud. We’ll get the background on Mamoru Samuragochi, who admits that he didn’t write his famous pieces and has been exaggerating about his hearing loss.
The Olympic's Dancing Luger ()
We check back in with Kate Hansen, a SoCal luger who made it all the way to the Sochi Olympics. Kate blew up on the internet earlier this week when her unusual warm-up routine was caught on tape: Kate likes to blast Beyoncé in her headphones and dance around before hopping on her luge.
Jamzilla, Self-Aware Cars and Corvette Calamity ()
Transportation officials are warning drivers to avoid the 405 this weekend while they shut down northbound lanes through the Sepulveda pass. We’ll talk about that and other auto-related news, including a push to make cars aware of each other on the road and Toyota’s massive recall of Prius cars.