The Brian Lehrer Show Published by The Brian Lehrer Show In The Midst Of The Polar Vortex, A Drought In California Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/343618/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Now in its third straight year of drought conditions, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years, and reservoirs throughout the state have low water levels. (Getty Images ) i In light of California Governor Jerry Brown's declaration of a drought emergency, Lauren Sommers, science and environmental reporter at KQED, discusses the political and environmental effects of the drought.