FROM Tom Scott
Is LA at Risk for a Giant Wildfire? High winds, high temperatures and low humidity have made for extreme—and unpredictable—fire conditions in Northern California. With at least 39 homes burned so far by the Rocky Fire near Napa, Cal Fire officials are telling residents to “stay vigilant and adhere to any changes in evacuations and road closures.” Could it happen here? Tom Scott studies natural resources at the Center for Conservation Biology at UC Riverside. Jason Funk is Senior Climate Change Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
How We Fight Wildfires It’s been a catastrophic wildfire year in California, with more than 5,000 so far. Yesterday, a pilot died when his tanker plane crashed near Yosemite National Park. The weather and lack of water are big factors, but what about our fire management practices? Are they also to blame? Helicopters drop water and fire retardant on the Harris fire, near the Mexican border, in 2007 to stop the wildfire from advancing
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.