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President Obama has announced his intention to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary in the Pacific Ocean. Desalination is being considered as a possible source of drinking water during the drought; but recycling and purifying our wastewater could be a cheaper and more energy efficient solution. Whooping cough is now officially an epidemic in California. Why are people who’ve been vaccinated getting the disease? We talk about the early history of rock and pop in LA with longtime local music journalist and author Harvey Kubernik. And we check out 250 new emojis and the controversy over their lack of racial diversity.

Banner Image: Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles; Credit: Mike Dillon

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Ocean Protection 8 MIN, 19 SEC

President Obama announced that he intends to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary. He plans to use his executive powers to extend protections to a vast area of the Pacific. Details are a bit sparse, but early reports say the protected area will be 782,000 square miles roughly bounded by Hawaii, Samoa and Guam.

Guests:
Matt Rand, The Pew Charitable Trusts (@mattfishrand)

Drinking Our Waste Water 8 MIN, 39 SEC

Desalination could be one answer to our drinking water problems here in California. But recycling and purifying our wastewater could be a much better and cheaper solution. The problem is the “ick factor”: People don’t like the idea of drinking something that used to be sewage.

Guests:
Eric Holthaus, Slate.com (@EricHolthaus)

More:
Thirsty West: Why Californians Will Soon Be Drinking Their Own Pee

Why Whooping Cough? 7 MIN, 16 SEC

The whooping cough is now officially an epidemic in California, with a huge spike in the number of cases. Why are people who’ve been vaccinated getting the disease?

Guests:
Nathan Seppa, Science News (@nathanseppa)

Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles 14 MIN, 34 SEC

When people think of LA, they almost always think of Hollywood and the film industry. But it’s no secret that the LA music scene has been one of the most influential in the world. It’s the place where artists recorded some of rock and pop’s greatest hits. And the people who introduced those hits were DJs like Dave Diamond, Wolfman Jack, Art Laboe, and Casey Kasem -- men who became tastemakers for the entire country and the world.

Guests:
Harvey Kubernik, music journalist and author

Turn Up the Radio!

Harvey Kubernik

Emoji Diversity 8 MIN, 42 SEC

The group that sets the standards for digital communications has released 250 new emojis - the little symbols and images used in text messages. But the new batch of characters doesn’t address a growing concern over a lack of racially diverse emojis.

Guests:
PJ Vogt, WNYC’s “On the Media” and co-host of the podcast “TLDR” (@PJVogt)

More:
250 New Emoji Characters Announced

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