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Los Angeles has seen record rainfall for July and with it, flooding and general infrastructure problems from power outages to delayed flights at LAX. With an El Niño predicted for this winter, what do we need to do to prepare?

Then, people had to abandon their cars on the 15 freeway this weekend because of a brush fire. News helicopters captured the scene—but there were other aircraft actually getting in the way of fire fighting planes: private drones. It’s the fifth time in a month that this has happened.

And breast cancer screenings may be doing more harm than good, according to a new study by researchers at Dartmouth and Harvard. The study finds that early screening has lead to over-diagnosis, over-treatment, and a whole lot of unnecessary anxiety for women who get mammograms.

Then, comedian Dani Klein Modisett was fighting with her husband a lot. But she knew that laughter is one of the keys to a successful marriage. When she couldn’t find a self help book that would tell her how to bring humor back to her relationship, she wrote one. It’s called Take My Spouse, Please.

Finally, Sharknado 3: Oh, Hell No! debuts Wednesday night on the SyFy channel. Madeleine discusses the return of the ‘nado, cartoons for adults, and Denis Leary’s return to cable.

Banner Image: Warning sign on Venice Beach after a storm; Credit: Andy Sternberg

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Preparing for El Niño 7 MIN, 37 SEC

It still feels like Florida outside. This weekend, Los Angeles saw record rainfall for July. And that meant, of course, flooding and general infrastructure problems from power outages to delayed flights at LAX. So, with an El Niño predicted for this winter, what do we need to do to prepare?

Guests:
Jean-Pierre Bardet, Urban Water Institute at the University of Texas at Arlington

Drones in the Line of Fire 7 MIN, 40 SEC

The Southland’s apocalyptic weekend began on Friday when people had to abandon their cars on the 15 freeway because a brush fire was bearing down. News helicopters captured the scene— but there were other aircraft actually getting in the way of fire fighting planes: private drones. It’s the fifth time in a month that this has happened.

Guests:
Keith Kaplan, Tesla Foundation

Overscreening for Breast Cancer 9 MIN, 16 SEC

Breast cancer screenings may be doing more harm than good, according to a new study by researchers at Dartmouth and Harvard. The study finds that early screening has lead to over-diagnosis, over-treatment, and a whole lot of unnecessary anxiety for women who get mammograms. Most importantly, the authors say, the rise of early screening has done nothing to reduce cases of deadly, late-stage breast cancer.

Guests:
H. Gilbert Welch, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

'Take My Spouse, Please' 13 MIN, 21 SEC

Comedian Dani Klein Modisett was fighting with her husband a lot lately. But she knew that laughter is one of the keys to a successful marriage, so she looked for a self help book that would tell her how to bring humor back to her relationship. There wasn’t one… so she wrote it. It’s called Take My Spouse, Please.

Guests:
Dani Klein Modisett, author, 'Take My Spouse, Please' (@DaniModisett)

Take My Spouse, Please

Dani Klein Modisett

TV Roundup: 'Sharknado 3,' Grownup Cartoons, 'Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll' 7 MIN, 55 SEC

Sharknado 3: Oh, Hell No! debuts Wednesday night on the SyFy channel. Madeleine discusses the return of the ‘nado, cartoons for adults, and Denis Leary’s return to cable.

Guests:
Linda Holmes, NPR (@nprmonkeysee)

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