FROM David Helvarg
The Many Faces of the California Coastline From rocky cliffs at the Oregon border, to the Golden Gate, to the Southland's sunny beaches, the California coast is 1100 miles long. In his new book, The Golden Shore : California's Love Affair with the Sea, environmentalist and reporter David Helvarg explores how the coastline has helped shaped the state’s unique identity. KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez talked to him a few steps away from the Redondo Beach Pier. (Helvarg's top five "must visit" places on the California coast.)
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White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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