FROM Kevin Stierhoff
White Abalone on Brink of Extinction The waters off Southern California used to teem with white abalone, a large sea snail that clings to the rocks and has to be pried off with devices like crowbars. In 1990, they were legally protected from over fishing. Since then, matters are so much worse that extinction is a real possibility. Kevin Stierhoff at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla was lead author of a recent study for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.