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On his way to the climate change summit in Paris later this year, President Obama needs a major accomplishment he can point to.  But it won't come easy.  We'll hear about his plan for generating electrical power from renewables instead of fossil — and its potential impact on global warming, air pollution and American households. 

Also on the program, Ta-Nehisi Coates is a public intellectual focused on racism in America from the slavery of the past to contemporary police abuse. We hear his advice to his teen-age son.

Photo: Walter

Budget Deal Reached, but Will GOP Go Along? 6 MIN, 30 SEC

For the first time in five years, Congress may be able to pass a budget.  Republican and Democratic leaders made a deal late last night after lengthy negotiations behind closed doors.  Calling the bipartisan agreement "a solid agreement," outgoing House Speaker John Boehner said he saw no reason why any member should vote against it.

Kelsey Snell is a reporter for the Washington Post.

Kelsey Snell, Washington Post (@kelsey_snell)

Climate Change, Renewable Energy and the Environment 33 MIN, 34 SEC

After a lengthy buildup, the EPA issued final rules last Friday for President Obama's Clean Power Plan. He calls it, "the single most important step America has ever taken...against climate change."

But even before the sun went down, 24 states and a host of powerful private interests filed lawsuits against the plan. The stage is set for a historic battle about changing the way we generate electricity and the consequences of switching from fossil fuels to renewables. Public health and the health of the planet will be part of the action, along with America's utility bills.

Gabriel Pacyniak, Georgetown Climate Center (@Climate_Center)
Daniel Simmons, American Energy Alliance (@AEA)
Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists (@UCSUSA)
Darren Samuelsohn, Politico (@dsamuelsohn)

Georgetown Climate Center on resources to better understand the Clean Power Plan
Georgetown Climate Center on state actions and responses to the Clean Power Plan
American Energy Alliance on the EPA playing politics with carbon regulation
Union of Concerned Scientists skepticism of oil, gas industry's Rx for addressing climate change

Ta-Nehisi Coates Talks about Black Life in America 9 MIN, 58 SEC

Can America's history of racism be overcome?  How can black people live with it in the meantime? We hear some challenging answers to those questions from Ta-Nehisi Coates. A national correspondent for the Atlantic magazine, he's also the author of Between the World and Me. (Part II of this conversation.)

Photo: Alex Pieros

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Atlantic magazine (@tanehisicoates)

Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act (HR 40)

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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