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The Leonard Lopate Show

Drilling for Water in California

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

As cities face mandatory cuts in water use, farmers drill wells at a frantic pace to save millions of pounds of thirsty crops like tomatoes and almonds.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Parched West and the Birth of a Theorem

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The great Pacific Coast drought. The life and work of Tennessee Williams. Ballet star David Hallberg. French mathematician Cédric Villani.  

On The Media

California's #DroughtShaming

Friday, April 10, 2015

In California, the search is on for who is most to blame for the drought. Neighbors report water waste using hashtags and apps, and finger-pointing has extended to national media.

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WNYC News

Can NY Help California During the Drought?

Friday, April 10, 2015

An expert says it's not as easy as cutting back on foods like almonds and blueberries.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

California's Water Problem

Monday, April 06, 2015

Environmental reporter Mark Hertsgaard discusses the drought in California, and how misguided water and agriculture policies have contributed to the state's environmental problems.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Investigating Supplements; An AA Critique; the End of 'Mad Men'

Monday, April 06, 2015

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on the supplements industry; more on the Iran deal; California's drought; a critique of AA and the beginning of the end of "Mad Men."

The Takeaway

Drought: A Dry Pill to Swallow in California

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The state has periodically struggled through dry years over the decades, but this is the first time a governor has ever imposed mandatory restrictions on water usage.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cheap Water. Big Crisis.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In parts of California, the water shortage is so bad that restaurants won't offer any to customers and people can't bathe. Here's how the cheap cost of water is threatening our supply.

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The Takeaway

Despite Drought, California Officials Ignore Water Regulations

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

In the midst of California's drought, a new investigation finds that some of the officials behind the local water restrictions are profligate water users.

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The Takeaway

New Tech Enables Weather When You Want It

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Cloud seeding," a decades-old method of pumping silver iodide overhead to encourage rainfall, is on the rise as rainfall declines. And scientists can finally say with confidence that it works.

 

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The Takeaway

How Farmers Skirt Water Laws in CA

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New revelations uncovered by the Center for Investigative Reporting show that farmers who take most of the precious water in California do not want the government looking over their shoulders.

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The Takeaway

Sleepy New Mexico Towns See Oil Boom

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The oil boom of the southwestern United States has rapidly transformed Hobbs, New Mexico and other once-sleepy towns into the stereotypical boom towns. But the environmental impacts are acute in one of the most water-stressed regions of New Mexico.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Will Drought Ruin the Southwest?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Harper's contributing editor Christopher Ketcham reports on the dying Colorado River, which has been diverted by a series of dams to supply water to the parched Southwest. Ketcham talks about rafting down the river from Utah to Arizona with an environmentalist and the water manager for the city of Denver—two men with dramatically opposed views on how this precious resource should be used. A solution must be found, though, because neither the cities of the Southwest nor California agriculture can ultimately survive if the river runs dry. His article "Razing Arizona" is in the April 2014 issue of Harper's.

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The Takeaway

Punishing Drought Threatens California

Monday, February 03, 2014

A sandy drought has swept across California and is now threatening the state’s drinking water supply. The drips are coming to an end and people have been given notice all over the state to expect their supplies to be turned off soon. The main municipal water distribution system has announced it doesn't have enough water to supplement local supplies—so for the first time in history the spigot is being turned off. Dan Macon owns the Flying Mule Farm in Auburn, CA joins The Takeaway to discuss this punishing drought. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

In The Midst Of The Polar Vortex, A Drought In California

Monday, January 27, 2014

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. 

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Life of the Law

Water Rights

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

When a serious drought hit just months after an Oregon court awarded senior water rights to the Klamath Tribes, the tribe made a ‘call’ for water. The call meant enough water in its rivers and streams to keep the Upper Klamath Lake full,

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cloud Seeding

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Writer Ginger Strand explains cloud-seeding, the process of spraying silver iodide into clouds to make it rain. Her article “Silver-Lining Playbook” appears in the Fall 2013 edition of On Earth magazine. She's joined by Jeff Tilley, Desert Research Institute’s director of weather modification.

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The Takeaway

A Battle for Water When the Rio Grande Runs Low

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A 70-year-old treaty between the U.S. and Mexico is supposed to keep the waters of the Rio Grande River flowing between the bordering states. But in a time when the rains can longer be relied upon, Mexico has fallen behind on its part of the deal. Monica Ortiz Uribe, a senior field correspondent for Fronteras, went down to Chihuahua to find out more about this battle for water and shares her findings with The Takeaway.

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The Takeaway

City of Austin Appeals to Residents to Fight 5-Year Drought

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In Austin, Texas, a drought has plagued residents for five years. Now there is an initiative to replant parts of the city with “native” or “drought-resistant” plants that better suit the city's rocky ecology. These drought-resistant plants would also save water in the future. To stay green, Austin is willing to parch it's many lawns for a greater community good. Joy Diaz, reporter for KUT in Austin, Texas, explains.

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The Takeaway

Drought in New Mexico Town Leaves a Village Without Water

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Magdaelna, a village in Socorro County New Mexico has a small population of around 1000 people. This month, the town ran out of water. Residents only had 24 hours of notice before the tap water was turned off. Fronteras reporter Monica Ortiz Uribe went to Magdalena and got a chance to speak to the locals about the drought. She joins us today from Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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