Ranchers Fighting For Water During The West's Drought : Planet Money : The Indicator from Planet Money As our week on water ends, we go to the heart of the conflict. On today's show, the ranchers on the frontlines of the Western drought are caught between a political battle and the climate crisis.

When A Drought Boils Over

When A Drought Boils Over

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Rachel Beaubien, a rancher from Burns, OR, drives her pickup through a field that would normally be flooded with irrigation water in April. (Ashley Ahearn)
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The climate crisis is taking a real toll on the West, and ranchers are finding they're caught not just between crippling drought and raging wildfires, but also political protests and threats of violence.

Today we meet some of those trying to fight for survival and restoration. We dig into some of the history that got us to this moment, and find that even in the midst of overwhelming odds, the people at the center of this struggle for survival aren't giving up yet.

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