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LA County got a C in UCLA’s new Environmental Report Card. The report finds that even though Angelinos use about 16 percent less water than we did in the year 2000, we still have a long way to go when it comes to conservation. More and more Californians are ripping out traditional green grass for drought resistant plants. But are lawns being unfairly demonized in the drought? Hillary Clinton announced her presidency by video yesterday. Marco Rubio told donors this morning that he’ll officially announce tonight. What’s behind the announcement strategies? Writers are some of the most important, and least respected, people in Hollywood. How has the craft and the industry changed in the last 100 years? The much anticipated Game of Thrones season 5 premiered last night. With somewhat less nudity and gore, season 4 of “Veep” also premiered. Our weekly TV roundup takes a look at HBO’s big sunday night.

Banner Image: A dry riverbed in California.

Producers:
Jolie Myers
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

LA Water Conservation Lags Behind 9 MIN, 56 SEC

UCLA has just come out with its Environmental Report Card and LA County’s water gets a C. That’s a general grade for quality, how much we use, and where we get it from. The good news: Angelenos have clean drinking water and it’s safe to swim at our beaches, at least when it’s not raining, during the summer. But the report finds that even though we use about sixteen percent less water than we did in the year 2000, we still have a long way to go when it comes to conservation.

Guests:
Stephanie Pincetl, California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA (@stephaniepincet)

More:
Environmental Report Card FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY

In Defense of Lawns 10 MIN, 28 SEC

Like almonds for the ag industry, lawns have become a symbol of consumer water waste in the drought. More and more Californians are ripping out traditional green grass for drought resistant plants. But are lawns being unfairly demonized?

Guests:
Jim Baird, Professor of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside.

Let the Presidential Campaigns Begin 8 MIN, 25 SEC

Hillary Clinton announced her presidential campaign by video yesterday. Meanwhile, Senator Marco Rubio told donors this morning that he’ll officially announce his candidacy tonight. He joins an increasingly crowded GOP primary ticket. Both Rand Paul and Ted Cruz tried to make a splash when they announced they’ll run. What’s behind the announcement strategies? What does it say about the voters they’re courting?

Guests:
David Graham, Atlantic magazine (@GrahamDavidA)

The History of Hollywood Writers 13 MIN, 23 SEC

Writers are some of the most important, and least respected, people in Hollywood. But so many people still want to be screenwriters. There are as many how-to books for writers as there are aspiring writers. But a new book isn’t about the art and craft of writing. It’s about the job of writing, and how that’s changed over the last 100 years or so.

Guests:
Miranda Banks, assistant professor at Emerson College and author of “The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and Their Guild.” (@mmmbanksy)

The Writers

Miranda J. Banks

HBO Premiers New "Game of Thrones" and "Veep" 10 MIN, 5 SEC

HBO was all about politics last night. The much anticipated Game of Thrones season 5 premiered, and what is that series if not a political drama. With somewhat less nudity and gore, “Veep” also premiered. Selina Meyer has officially made the title of the show obsolete for Season 4. Our weekly TV roundup takes a look at HBO’s big sunday night.


Guests:
Sarah Mesle, Los Angeles Review of Books (@sunsetandecho)

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