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Two Journalists and a Dog on a California Drought Roadtrip

Los Angeles Times reporter Diana Marcum and photographer Robert Gauthier join us to discuss their road trip across California to meet people impacted by the drought, to see lakes that are disappearing and rivers that are still flowing. We'll talk to the two about how the drought is reshaping a place where landscape and livelihoods are inextricably linked.

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Trending in Politics: GOP Debate, Planned Parenthood Vote and a Biden Bid?

On Tuesday, Fox News executives will check the latest polls and decide which candidates will qualify for Thursday's prime time Republican presidential debate. We'll preview the debate and discuss other political developments, including GOP efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood and Vice President Joe Biden's possible entry in to the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Federal Wildfire Legislation Sparks Debate on Salvage Logging

Record-breaking wildfires in recent years as well as heightened concerns over the drought are prompting debate about how best to manage forests to prevent wildfire. A bill pending in Congress would expedite salvage logging of dead trees in national forests. We'll discuss the legislation and best practices to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire while safeguarding forest ecology.

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State Schools Chief on His New Blueprint for California Schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson joins us to talk about his new road map for educating California's kids. The four-year plan is an updated version of his 2011 blueprint, and focuses on teacher shortages and hastens the state's move toward Common Core standards.

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Medicare: 50 Years and Counting

Medicare was created 50 years ago as a health insurance program for seniors and people with disabilities. Today it has over 5.6 million enrollees in California alone. We'll discuss how the entitlement program has changed the face of health care in America. And we'll examine its accomplishments and ongoing challenges, including how to pay for the extra 10,000 baby boomers who become eligible for the program each day.

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SF Bicycle Activists Want to Yield (Not Stop) at Stop Signs

If you're riding a bike on a street in Idaho, it's legal to treat a stop sign like it's just a yield. One San Francisco bicycle activist group named the Wigg Party wants that to become the law here, too. The group says local police are overzealous about ticketing cyclists who don't come to a full stop. When police announced they would step up enforcement, cyclists staged a protest earlier this week. Should cyclists yield or come to a full stop at stop signs?

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Report: Rising Sea Levels Threaten $21 Billion Development Plans

A new special report from the San Francisco Public Press says there are $21 billion worth of planned real estate developments along the Bay's waterfront that could be in jeopardy if sea levels rise. According to the report, waters would "most likely" rise three feet, with some models predicting as high as eight feet, along thousands of acres of shoreline. The Press also warns that policy changes, which might stem the development tide, are inching along and may not be fast enough to affect any projects currently in the pipeline.

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How UC Berkeley Physicist Ernest Lawrence Helped Launch the Era of 'Big Science'

In 1931, UC Berkeley scientist Ernest Lawrence invented the cyclotron, which transformed nuclear physics, earned him a Nobel Prize and paved the way for the devastating bombs that helped win World War II. We'll talk with LA Times reporter Michael Hiltzik about his new book "Big Science," which outlines Lawrence's contributions to the Manhattan Project and the rise of the military-industrial complex.

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Killing of Cecil the Lion Resurrects Trophy Hunting Debate

The killing of a popular Zimbabwean lion named Cecil by a Minnesota dentist on a hunting trip has reignited the debate over big-game trophy hunting. Cecil the lion was reportedly lured outside the protected area of Hwange National Park, and was hunted by bow-and-arrow and rifle, then left skinned and headless outside the park. The dentist, who paid $50,000 to hunt the lion, says he relied on local guides and thought the hunt was legal. But the killing has sparked a global backlash against him. We discuss trophy hunting, and why some hunters and conservation groups say it helps with protecting animals in the long run.

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Android Flaw Leaves 950 Million Phones Vulnerable to Hacks

A San Francisco mobile security firm uncovered a bug that leaves about 80 percent of the world's smartphones vulnerable to hacks via text message. The computer flaw, nicknamed "Stagefright," affects Android phones and is being called one of the worst security holes to date for the mobile operating system. The hacker only needs to know a cell phone number to send a malware-infected text message, giving the hacker access to data and photos, and the ability to hijack the phone's camera and microphone, among other things. Some victims might not even realize they have received a message. What are the implications for Android users?

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