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Despite the ongoing drought, California gives local water providers control over water restrictions. Will local agencies lower their conservation targets? And will Californians continue to conserve?

Republicans and Democrats might not agree on the dangers of global warming, but the American military has called climate change an “urgent and growing threat to our national security.”

Also, California voters will likely have to decide between two completely opposite death penalty ballot measures this November.

Then, during his campaign for New York Mayor, Anthony Weiner gave unprecedented access to a former staffer. The result is a new documentary called Weiner.

And finally, we’ll talk about Facebook, Google, and web news with Xeni Jardin.

photo credit: David Kosling

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher
Sarah Sweeney

Despite Ongoing Drought, California Loosens Water Restrictions 8 MIN, 4 SEC

California could be in a permanent drought, but the state is making changes to the way it restricts water use, giving local water providers control over conservation targets. State officials approved the change Wednesday, saying tough restrictions are no longer needed in all areas thanks to a wet winter, adding that they expect that communities won’t abandon their water-saving efforts. Will local agencies lower their conservation targets? And will Californians continue to conserve?

Guests:
Rhiannon Bailard, Director of Pepperdine Center for Sustainability

Is Climate Change a Threat to National Security? The US Military Thinks So 8 MIN, 7 SEC

Republicans and Democrats might not agree on the dangers of global warming, but the American military has called climate change an “urgent and growing threat to our national security” and is already preparing for its impact. According to a study in the latest issue of Scientific American, the military is taking action in Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, and in the Arctic to prevent threats that could lead to conflict that might endanger U.S. interests.

Guests:
Andrew Holland, American Security Project (@TheAndyHolland)

Voters to Decide on Future of California’s Death Penalty 7 MIN, 23 SEC

California voters will likely have to decide between two completely opposite death penalty ballot measures this November. Pro-death penalty advocates are turning in signatures today on a measure that would speed up the execution process. Meanwhile, death penalty opponents have already turned in signatures on a measure that would abolish the death penalty in the state.

Guests:
Franklin Zimring, UC Berkeley Law Professor

Anthony Weiner Bares All in a New Documentary 14 MIN, 24 SEC

A lewd photo that appeared briefly on Twitter launched Anthony Weiner into the national spotlight. The New York Congressman was forced to resign in 2011, but just two years later, he was back and running for the Mayor of New York. For reasons that are somewhat confounding, he gave unprecedented access to his campaign to a former staffer named Josh Kriegman and his camera. The result is a new documentary called Weiner and we’ll speak with Kriegman and his co-director about it.

Guests:
Josh Kriegman, documentary director and producer (@jkriegman)
Elyse Sternberg, filmmaker

Conservatives Descend on Facebook Headquarters 8 MIN, 48 SEC

Facebook invited a group of conservatives to their headquarters in Menlo Park after the web site Gizmodo claimed they were suppressing conservative news. Meanwhile, Google seems to have invited the rest of the world to the Googleplex for their developer conference. We’ll talk about that and more web news in our weekly chat with Xeni Jardin.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

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