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More than 150 heads of state have recognized the science of climate change, but denial is alive and well in the US Senate. We hear how that helped shape this weekend's international agreement in Paris.

Later on the program, a political who-dunnit in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Photo: Eiffel Tower lights up with news of a climate agreement

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Andrea Brody
Evan George

Terror Threat Shuts Down LA Schools 6 MIN, 13 SEC

The LA Unified School District – the second largest public school system in the United States — was shut down completely today in response to what Superintendent Ramon Cortines called a "credible threat of attack." New York schools also received a threat today but determined it was a hoax. Jack Weiss, a former City Council member in Los Angeles, who is now making communications software for police departments, assesses the situation.

Guests:
Jack Weiss, BlueLine Grid (@bluelinegrid)

More:
Los Angeles Times live updates on LAUSD threat

Diplomacy, Money and Climate Change 34 MIN, 46 SEC

Unanimous on the part of almost 200 nations, this weekend's "Paris agreement" is being hailed as "historic" — even though there's no way to enforce promised reductions of greenhouse emissions. Public disclosure is required every five years, with the prospect of "naming and shaming" countries that don't meet their commitments. It's also being called a "signal to investors" that the "age of fossil fuels" is ending. That's aimed at Republican US Senators and other climate deniers. Will the international marketplace supply the enforcement mechanism that diplomacy failed to provide?

Guests:
Stephen Eule, US Chamber of Commerce (@Energy21)
Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian newspaper (@suzyji)
David Sandalow, Columbia University (@ColumbiaUEnergy)
Navroz Dubash, Centre for Policy Research (@NavrozDubash)
Jonathan Katz, journalist and author (@katzonearth)

More:
Goldenberg on how US negotiators ensured Paris climate deal was Republican-proof
Guardian on James Hansen calling Paris talks 'a fraud'
US Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy on the climate change conference
Katz on how the rich are working to stay rich at climate talks
Dubash on why India has a point at the climate talks

The Big Truck That Went By

Jonathan M. Katz

Who Owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal? 8 MIN, 42 SEC

Tonight's Republican presidential debate will be on stage at the Venetian hotel and casino, creating new interest in a local political mystery. The biggest newspaper in Nevada was changing hands. Is the owner of the Venetian also the new owner of Nevada's major newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal?


Las Vegas Strip at night
Photo by Jon Sullivan

Michael Calderone, senior media reporter for the Huffington Post, says the mystery raises other issues.

Guests:
Michael Calderone, Huffington Post (@mlcalderone)

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