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KCRW

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

In Our Backyard E4B: 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 E4: 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 Americans banned it in the early 1900s. 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 ancient practices.

Duration:00:37:53

In Our Backyard E3B: 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 E3: 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 E2: 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 E2: 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 E1B: 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 E1: 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

What’s next for Biden, climate change and Trump’s big lie?

12/3/2020
KCRW’s Warren Olney talks with Harvard law professor Jody Freeman and Princeton international affairs professor Michael Oppenheimer about Biden’s climate plans and what it means to reach “net zero” by 2050. Then Brown University politics professor Corey Brettschneider warns that phony claims of election fraud are dangerous to democracy.

Duration:01:06:07

Authoritarianism in America: What it means for Republicans and Democrats

10/29/2020
Win or lose, Joe Biden has a personal story of tragedy and ultimate survival. KCRW’s Warren Olney talks with Evan Osnos, author of “Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now.” He also hears from John Dean, former White House Counsel under President Nixon and co-author of “Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump and His Followers.”

Duration:01:22:49

Trump v. Biden on climate change

10/8/2020
President Trump denies climate change. But Joe Biden has laid out “the boldest plan of any candidate in history,” says UC Santa Barbara environmental scientist Leah Stokes. KCRW hears how climate change threads the political difference between fossil fuel workers — who are worried about their jobs — and advocates of the “Green New Deal.”

Duration:00:20:30

A new low for US presidential debates and election integrity

10/1/2020
The first debate of the 2020 presidential campaign was like no other. Forget Lincoln-Douglas, Kennedy-Nixon or Reagan-Carter. Can a hallowed democatic institution be restored before the November election?

Duration:01:09:02

America’s caste system is more than just racism, says author Isabel Wilkerson

9/11/2020
The U.S. has a history of repressing people of color, but systemic racism doesn’t tell the whole story. Isabel Wilkerson traces it to the caste system in India, which had echoes in Hitler’s Germany. She describes an infrastructure that is not seen by whites or people of color, but needs to be looked at.

Duration:00:21:58

Promised vaccine and athlete activism: How will they impact the election?

9/3/2020
The Trump administration claims a COVID-19 vaccine could be available as early as November, just in time for the election. Also pro athletes are being more politically active — will their message resonate with African American men?

Duration:00:54:25