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A monthly reality-check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. How did everything change so fast? Where are we headed? The conversations are informal, edgy and always informative. If Warren's asking, you want to know the answer.

A monthly reality-check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. How did everything change so fast? Where are we headed? The conversations are informal, edgy and always informative. If Warren's asking, you want to know the answer.

Location:

Santa Monica, CA

Networks:

KCRW

PRI

Description:

A monthly reality-check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. How did everything change so fast? Where are we headed? The conversations are informal, edgy and always informative. If Warren's asking, you want to know the answer.

Language:

English

Contact:

1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183


Episodes

LA’s 1970s pop culture affects today’s politics. Plus controlling wildfires with fire

7/1/2021
CNN’s Ron Brownstein says LA was so creative with music, movies, and TV in the 1970s that it’s still shaping American politics today. He writes about that in his new book “Rock Me on the Water.” KCRW also hears how California firefighters are updating an ancient Native American practice despite the risk of being sued.

Duration:00:58:22

Supreme Court could outlaw abortion once again

6/3/2021
For most of American history, abortion has been legal, outlawed only from 1867 to 1973. Now the U.S. Supreme Court might outlaw it again by overturning Roe v. Wade. Also, young activists blame governments for climate change.

Duration:01:12:05

In Our Backyard No. 6 (bonus): Warning! This is your Tortoise Service Announcement

5/27/2021
With rising heat, deadly drought, and erratic storms, the desert tortoise needs your help. And there are many things you can do, especially if you are camping over the weekend or driving to Las Vegas. Susanna Mann and Gabby Barnas from the Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility will tell you all the little things that make a big difference for our wildlife friends in the desert. This is a special sixth bonus episode to In Our Backyard EP6: Life in the desert demands resilience, especially...

Duration:00:07:53

In Our Backyard No. 6: Life in the desert demands resilience, especially when lightning strikes

5/27/2021
California deserts are unique in the world, but heat and drought threaten plants and animals with extinction. At the same time, desert windmills and solar farms provide clean energy to millions of people.

Duration:00:36:20

In Our Backyard No. 5: Sea level rise means life on California’s beaches is ending up on the rocks

5/20/2021
Scientists say that all 800 miles of California beaches may disappear in the next 80 years because of sea level rise caused by climate change. Scientists say large-scale interventions will be required to save them. Warren Olney finds that current practices are making things worse rather than better.

Duration:00:35:25

In Our Backyard No. 5 (bonus): Melting icebergs are the least of your worries when it comes to rising seas. Satellites prove it

5/20/2021
Rising seas got you confused? Severine Fournier from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab explains the basics of our warming ocean as a result of climate change. What she’s got to say might melt your brain. This is a special fifth bonus episode to In Our Backyard EP5: Sea level rise means life on California’s beaches is ending up on the rocks.

Duration:00:07:20

In Our Backyard No. 4 (bonus): Are you ready for the next wildfire? Get set for the hottest tips on preparedness when it’s time to go

5/13/2021
California wildfires are dangerous, but they don’t have to be deadly. Don Butz, Lakeside Fire chief and San Diego Fire Safe Council president, says we can protect ourselves by following simple steps from American Red Cross’ Ready, Set, Go plan. We cover everything from managing gardens to assembling supply kits. This is a special fourth bonus episode to In Our Backyard E4: Fire is part of California’s natural landscape. We’ll always be waiting for the next, inevitable smoke out.

Duration:00:16:07

In Our Backyard No. 4: Fire is part of California’s natural landscape. We’ll always be waiting for the next, inevitable smoke out

5/13/2021
Native Californians used fire to fight fire for thousands of years, but the cultural burning was virtually banned when settlers arrived. Since then, mismanagement, development, and now climate change have increased wildfires and the need for widespread evacuations. But host Warren Olney learns that state and federal governments are gradually reviving traditional practices.

Duration:00:37:53

In Our Backyard No. 3 (bonus): Heat islands are killers, but they don’t have to be

5/6/2021
Live in a heat island? Want to know more? This is a special third bonus episode to In Our Backyard: Heat is the deadliest aspect of climate change. It’s turning LA’s neediest neighborhoods red hot.

Duration:00:06:25

In Our Backyard No. 3: Heat is the deadliest aspect of climate change. It’s turning some underserved LA neighborhoods red hot

5/6/2021
Redlining and other forms of discrimination have turned LA’s Black and Brown neighborhoods into “urban heat islands” that are especially vulnerable to climate change. In episode three of "In Our Backyard," community activists tell Warren Olney they’re organizing to demand a seat at the table for tree planting and stopping a planned expansion of freeways in residential neighborhoods.

Duration:00:44:58

‘Black community’ implies homogeneity and people are more libertarian than they think, says Jane Coaston

5/4/2021
KCRW’s Warren Olney talks with Jane Coaston, host of the New York Times podcast “The Argument,” about politics and race.

Duration:00:49:21

In Our Backyard No. 2 (bonus): Fresh air is hard to find in the big cities. Here are tips to keep you safe

4/29/2021
Pollution blows. Here are some helpful ways to keep your lungs healthy. This is a special second bonus episode to In Our Backyard: Greenhouse emissions we can't see are often out of mind, causing pollution power lines

Duration:00:05:35

In Our Backyard No. 2: Greenhouse emissions we can't see are often out of mind, causing pollution power lines

4/29/2021
LA smog isn’t as visible as it used to be, but what’s out of sight can’t be out of mind. Air pollution is a major component of greenhouse emissions, as well as contributing to environmental injustice. In episode two of “In Our Backyard,” host Warren Olney hears how fighting both global warming and environmental injustice go hand in hand.

Duration:00:42:43

In Our Backyard No. 1 (bonus): Sherman Indian High School, from an institution of cultural genocide to a place of healing

4/23/2021
Sherman Indian High School was once part of systematic genocide against Native Americans. Now, it’s a place of healing. This is a special bonus episode to In Our Backyard: Warren Olney looks at the changing climate in Southern California

Duration:00:04:18

In Our Backyard No. 1: Warren Olney looks at the changing climate in Southern California

4/22/2021
Southern California has a unique relationship with climate change. So what’s happening now? How did we get here? And what can we do? This first episode of the limited series "In Our Backyard."

Duration:00:35:45

Introducing 'In Our Backyard'

4/20/2021
In Our Backyard is a six-part series that explores how Southern California is changing in the face of global warming, and how we can respond.

Duration:00:02:40

Everything must change when it comes to climate, says author

4/8/2021
KCRW’s Warren Olney talks with Ben Ehrenreich about his recent New Republic article titled “We’re Hurtling Toward Global Suicide.” Ehrenreich is a freelance journalist and author of “Desert Notebooks: A Roadmap for the End of Time.”

Duration:00:33:20

Texas blames blackouts on the Green New Deal, and Joe Biden says ‘America’s back’

3/4/2021
Warren Olney talks about the blackout during the Texas deep freeze with meteorologist John Morales and USC energy expert Kelly Sanders. Andrew Bacevich of the Quincy Institute has a warning about President Biden’s boast that “America is back.”

Duration:00:59:23

Right-wing US terrorists go global as Janet Yellen copes with climate crisis

2/4/2021
Warren Olney talks about the globalization of America’s right-wing extremists with ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella and American University professor Carolyn Gallaher. Later on, Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, tells him that Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will help Joe Biden combine his agendas for climate and economics.

Duration:01:06:45

Political and religious violence at the US Capitol

1/11/2021
Warren Olney talks about the U.S. Capitol insurrection with presidential historian Tim Naftali and David French, an evangelical Christian and columnist for the Dispatch and Time magazine.

Duration:00:49:09