What Would a Government Shutdown Mean for California?
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Calls to the IRS will go unanswered. Don't plan a trip to Joshua Tree National Park, where rock climbers already there will have two days to pack up their campsites and pull out. The military-industrial complex will be hard hit — including the National Guard, which responds to an emergency every three days. We hear what pain some Southern Californians might begin to feel starting tomorrow. Also, surfing has become a global industry with roots in colonialism, technology, fashion and real estate development. We look at the history of an ancient pastime gone modern.
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the federal government hasn't shut down yet, but Democrats and Republicans are already blaming each other. We hear about the differences that divide the parties…and what's dividing Republicans from one another. It's not just about Obamacare.
Banner image: Campers at Joshua Tree National Park. Photo: Ross Doering
The Federal Shutdown and Southern California ()
Early this afternoon, Pacific Time, President Obama outlined the furloughs and other actions he'll implement if the House and the Senate can't agree to fund the government before the money runs out at midnight tonight. Southern California is a major population center that depends on the nation's capital in many ways. How will it be affected if the government shuts down?
- Evan Halper: Los Angeles Times, @evanhalper
- Lorna Shuman: Joshua Tree National Park, @JoshuaTreeNP
- Kate Kirkendall: Santa Monica National Recreation Area
- Will Martin: California National Guard, @theCaGuard
- Lynn Reaser: Point Loma Nazarene University, @PLNU
A Totally Rad History of Surfing ()
Did Christian missionaries really try to stop Hawaiians from surfing? A new book provides at some interesting facts and dispels some myths about the history of that ancient sport. The jacket of this new book has a picture of two middle-aged guys in wetsuits floating on surfboards. They're professors at UC Santa Barbara and their book is The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing. One is Peter Neushul and the other is Peter Westwick, who joins us here in our studio.
- Peter Westwick: University of Southern California
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