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New studies show an Antarctic ice sheet larger than Mexico is likely to melt much sooner than had been predicted. It could mean disaster for coastal civilization. But, despite the potential consequences for young people living today, policy makers.

Later on the program, a massive release of leaked documents reveals billions in offshore financial holdings by close friends of Vladimir Putin and other world leaders. We hear about the "Panama Papers." 

Photo: Pixabay

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Christine Detz
Jenny Hamel

SCOTUS Unanimously Upholds One Person One Vote 6 MIN, 10 SEC

All eight members of the current US Supreme Court today rejected efforts to shift voting power away from urban centers to rural districts with smaller populations. The unanimous decision was a blow to conservatives. Jess Bravin covers the court for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal (@JessBravin)

The Climate Is Changing while Politics Stays the Same 35 MIN, 13 SEC

Climate change denial has been overtaken by observable facts — like the rapid melting of ice sheets that will increase ocean levels worldwide. It's happening, and the latest predictions of what's likely to come include disastrous flooding during the lifetimes of people living today. Polls show there's public concern -- but politicians can still ignore it — despite the scientific consensus that there's no time to lose. The cost of reducing greenhouse emissions may be a lot less than the cost of inaction.

Guests:
Justin Gillis, New York Times (@JustinHGillis)
Andrew Dessler, Texas A&M University (@AndrewDessler)
Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian newspaper (@suzyji)
Robert Kopp, Rutgers University (@bobkopp)

More:
Gillis on climate model prediction that West Antarctic ice sheet could melt rapidly
Gillis on scientistific warnings of perilous climate shift in decades, not centuries
Dessler's 'The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate'
Goldenberg on White House warning that climate change is a greater threat to public health than polio

Economic Risks of Climate Change

Robert Kopp and Trevor Houser

Massive Leak Exposes How the World's Wealthiest Hide Money 7 MIN, 54 SEC

More than 100 news organizations are investigating a trove of leaked documents called the "Panama Papers." The "Panama Papers" are 11.5 million documents leaked from Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in Panama that specializes in setting up offshore companies. That dwarfs previous leaks by Edward Snowden or Wikileaks and it has widespread international ramifications. The clients include the leaders of several countries and their close friends. The McClatchy Newspapers is among the agencies reporting the story. Kevin Hall is chief economics correspondent.


Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is among those said to be hiding cash
Photo: Control Arms

Guests:
Kevin Hall, McClatchy Newspapers (@KevinGHall)

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