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Report paints an apocalyptic future for California 9 MIN, 20 SEC

A new report says that over the next few decades, California can expect to see some of its iconic beaches nearly swallowed by rising sea levels, significantly hotter weather, a dwindling water supply, more destructive wildfires, and thousands more heat-related deaths each year.

Guests:
John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources (@calnatresources)

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The Fourth Assessment is part of California’s comprehensive strategy

Building new housing in a wildlife area: Good idea? 9 MIN, 39 SEC

There’s a proposal to build some 20,000 new affordable homes in a new town filled with shops and services. The LA County Planning Commission will consider the plan for Tejon Ranch on Wednesday. It would be a private development near the grapevine -- just across from the Los Padres National Forest, which is currently home to mountain lions, black bears, elk and wildflowers.

Guests:
Stephanie Pincetl, California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA (@stephaniepincet)

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Consistent with the Antelope Valley Area Plan

James Baldwin's picture book shows realities of urban black childhood 19 MIN, 42 SEC

Acclaimed writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin wrote a picture book called “Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood.” It follows TJ, a 4-year-old boy living in Harlem. It has mature themes such as poverty, violence, crime, and drug addiction. It was published in 1976, but soon went out of print. English professor Nicholas Boggs spent some 15 years to help get it published again. We speak with him, plus James Baldwin’s niece, who inspired one of the characters in the book.


James Baldwin with his nephew Tejan. Courtesy of Baldwin Family Photos.


Book illustrations by Yoran Cazac. 


Guests:
Aisha Karefa-Smart, niece of James Baldwin
Nicholas Boggs, New York University

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Is there a path to redemption for #MeToo men? 8 MIN, 10 SEC

A couple of nights ago, Louis CK made a surprise appearance at the Comedy Cellar in New York. It was his first stand-up act since he admitted to sexual harassment allegations less than a year ago. He’s not the only #MeToo guy trying to work his way back into the limelight.

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)

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