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Stealing smartphones is California's latest epidemic, and law enforcement says apps that allow users to track them down can lead to dangerous encounters. A proposed law would require "kill switches" so users could make them not worth stealing. But replacing smartphones means billions for Apple, Samsung and other major lobbyists in the Capitol.  Also, climate change and California's biggest business: agriculture.

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Producers:
Mike Kessler
Jenny Hamel
Andrea Brody

The New Climate Change Report and California Agriculture 7 MIN, 48 SEC

Yesterday's climate change report from the Obama White House focuses, in part on California—and it's not all about floods, fires, erosion and rising sea levels. California's biggest business depends on climate conditions and weather. Glenda Humiston is California State Director of Rural Development for the US Department of Agriculture.

Guests:
Glenda Humiston, United States Department of Agriculture (@USDA)

Will the Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Get New Life in Sacramento? 14 MIN, 41 SEC

Three million smartphones were stolen last year nationwide. In Los Angeles alone, 3000 were taken away. Legislators in Sacramento are considering a new law to require a "kill switch," so you could disable your phone, making it useless to thieves. For the moment, iPhone owners have an alternative, an app called "Find My iPhone."  New York Times reporter Ian Lovett wrote about how that worked for Sarah Maguire in West Covina. Maybe that worked for Maguire, but law enforcement says chasing after your stolen cellphone can lead to unintended consequences.

Guests:
Ian Lovett, New York Times (@iglovett)
Andrew Smith, Los Angeles Police Department (@LAPDHQ)
Jessica Calefati, San Jose Mercury News (@Calefati)

More:
Calefati on Senator Leno's 'kill switch' legislation
Wireless Association (CTIA) on smartphone anti-theft voluntary commitment

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