FROM Nathan Halverson
KCRW Live: The Human Face of Drought The recent rain in Southern California has many rejoicing, but scientists say we should prepare for hotter, drier years ahead. In a special live broadcast from Santa Barbara, KCRW's Jonathan Bastian speaks with three water experts who take us on a local, state and global tour of the people and places being impacted by water instability.
Saudi Arabia's Water Woes, a Cautionary Tale California's water authority is voting today on how much we'll have to cut back. And it's going to be a lot more than we've cut so far. New figures show that in March, residents in the state cut back by just 3.5 percent, far lower than the Governor's mandated 25 percent. Agriculture, meanwhile, is a different story. Water from the snow pack and federal authorities has been slashed, so farmers are increasingly pumping water from underground. Some farmers have dug so deep, they're hitting water that fell to the earth tens of thousands of years ago. Turns out that's what Saudi Arabia did too; now that country is giving up on farming. We hear what could be a cautionary tale for California.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?