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
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?