FROM Chuck McFadden
Governor Jerry Brown: From Moonbeam to Pragmatist Governor Brown has $23 million in campaign money he’s not spending on his campaign for a fourth term in next month’s election. Neel Kashkari came to KCRW for an interview with Which Way, LA? Governor Brown hasn’t responded to our invitation. In 1970, Brown became Secretary of State—on a platform of political reform. He sponsored the Political Reform Act, which was passed by the voters. Brown went on to be elected Governor four years later. But this year, the former reformer vetoed three bills that would have imposed tough restrictions on gifts from lobbyists to legislators.
How Green Is Governor Jerry Brown? Jerry Brown's famous advice to politicians is, "Paddle a little on the left, paddle a little on the right and keep on going right down the middle." It sounds practical enough but, put into action, it’s a formula that can upset the expectations of an elected official’s supporters. During his third term as Governor, Brown has been preaching about climate change. But, he's also been paddling on the other side.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.