FROM Daniel Berlant
California's Wildfires: Reckoning and Recovery There are several human casualties so far, but major fires are still burning in Northern California, and there could be more. The Valley Fire has scorched much of Lake County and parts of Sonoma County, both North of Napa. The Butte Fire has charred Amador and Calavares Counties. Even as fires are still burning, negotiations with insurance companies are already under way. Some homeowners prepared for potential disaster by buying insurance — but others did not, and the details of insurance policies aren't always easy to understand. We update the personal cost of damage that's displaced some 20,000 people.
Drought Creating a Tinder Box in California's Forests Firefighters have already responded to 2800 wildfires since January…that's 1000 more than occur in the first six months of an average year. We hear more about firefighters' unprecedented challenge this time around -- the need to conserve water.
A Dry Winter May Mean a Bad Wildfire Season It's hot and dry in much of Southern California, and officials say it's likely to stay that way. That means fire season is already with us. Bill Patzert is climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Lab in La Canada-Flintridge. A trained firefighter, Daniel Berlant is a spokesman for Cal Fire.
Warm and Dry Spring Fans the Flames It’s early Spring, but Governor Schwarzenegger has already declared a drought in California. Dry conditions plus high temperatures plus high wind constitute the formula for brush fires raging out of control, and that’s what’s happening in Northern California .
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.