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Of the coast of California seems serene and stable, remember tsunamis, landslides and earthquakes.  We hear what the geologic past can teach us about the future.

Also on the program, Trident II missiles and supposedly secret tests are disrupting commercial landings until 6am Thursday. It’s all part of a multi-billion dollar program that’s officially classified.

Photo: Wonderlane

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Charlotte Duren

The US Navy has Trouble Keeping a Secret 6 MIN, 5 SEC

Missile-launches off the California coast aren't secret any more thanks to eerie light in the evening sky, cellphone cameras and social media. The Navy has now confirmed launches of Trident II missiles on Saturday night and yesterday afternoon. Landings at LAX will be restricted between midnight and 6am through Thursday. But a lot of questions remain, as we hear from Paul Carroll in the San Francisco office of the Ploughshares Fund.

Guests:
Paul Carroll, Ploughshares Fund

How the Southern California Coast Came to Be 10 MIN, 18 SEC

The California coastline is some of the world's most valuable property. A walk on the beach provides a sense of eternal serenity. But if you speed up the process of geologic time, "the sea pops up and down, earthquakes crackle without letup, tsunamis wash ashore and islands lurch up from the sea." That's the story of a new book by Mira Costa College professor Keith Heyer Meldahl. It's Surf, Sand, and Stone: How Waves, Earthquakes and Other Forces Shape the Southern California Coast.

Guests:
Keith Meldahl, Mira Costa College (@ucpress)

Surf, Sand, and Stone

Keith Heyer Meldahl

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