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Photo: US-Mexican border wall along Highway 2, Sonora Desert, Mexican side. (Wonderlane)

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Avishay Artsy

The Future of Santa Monica Airport 18 MIN, 2 SEC

When a charter company named JetSuiteX cooked up plans to "Uber-ize" aeronautics, offering low-cost seats on private jets flying out of Santa Monica Airport starting next week, little did they expect to cause the airport to close.

But after hearing of JetSuiteX's plan, the City went back to the Federal Aviation Administration and, after decades of struggle, reached an agreement to shut down the almost century old airport in 2028, and to shorten the runway that enables jet flights, right now.

DnA spoke to elected officials, city staff and local activists who've fought for years to replace the drone of overhead airplanes with birdsong. We asked how the deal was made, and what comes next for the 227 acres of land.


Douglas R4D-3 ‘N242SM' 'Spirit of Santa Monica' at the
Santa Monica Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport
Photo by Alan Wilson

Guests:
Rick Cole, City of Santa Monica
Joseph Lawrence, City of Santa Monica
Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica
Frank Gruber, Huffington Post
Alex Wilcox, JetSuiteX (@JetSuiteCEO)

More:
Los Angeles Times reports on deal to close Santa Monica Airport
DnA reports on 2014's Measure LC to give Santa Monica local control of the airport

Trump's border wall 10 MIN, 28 SEC

President Trump vowed throughout his campaign to build a "beautiful" wall along the 2,000-plus-mile US-Mexican border -- and to make Mexico pay for it. Mexico is saying no way.

But the US-Mexican border already has a wall and critics question its usefulness. So what exactly is the point of the second wall, would it work and who stands to benefit most?

Michael Dear spent several years traveling along both sides of the border and shares findings from his book Why Walls Won't Work: Repairing the US-Mexico Divide.

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Children play along the US-Mexican border at Tijuana
Photo by Quim Gil

Guests:
Michael Dear, University of California, Berkeley

More:
Excerpt from Michael Dear's 'Why Walls Won't Work'
LA Times: You can build a wall -- except where a river runs through it
Fortune on Trump not really caring if Mexico pays for the wall
New York Times on big money as the one certainty of Trump's wall

Why Walls Won't Work

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