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Insight: Megadrought Preparedness / Syria Update / Author Anthony Marra / Trombonist Natalie Cressman


  

 

Megadrought Preparedness The water level at Folsom Lake is lower than it has been in five years and marina officials ordered boat owners to pull their vessels from the water this weekend because the docks are resting on dry ground. As California's water shortage worsens and the state heads into what could be a difficult drought, Capital Public Radio's Sierra Reporter Ky Plaskon has learned that not all water managers have plans for severe "megadroughts.” Plaskon has been studying signs of an imminent megadrought in the Lake Tahoe Basin and joins us to explain the situation.

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Syria Update Fighting in Northern Syria is intensifying, leaving observers to believe the country is dissolving along sectarian lines and disintegrating into a mismatch of regional ethnic strongholds. Professor of Modern Islam and Director of the Human Rights Initiative at UC Davis Keith Watenpaugh joins us to explain the ever-evolving civil war in Syria.  

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Anthony Marra Award-winning writer, Stanford University Stegner Fellow and Oakland resident Anthony Marra recently released his debut novel, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena." The work centers around an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbor a hunted young girl in the midst of the Russian-Chechen war of the late 90s and early 2000s.  Marra joins us with a preview of the book ahead of his appearance at the Cap Radio Reads event Monday night with Morning Edition Host Donna Apidone.

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Natalie Cressman Singer, songwriter and trombonist Natalie Cressman is currently touring the West Coast with her newly released sophomore album "Turn the Sea." This project, launched as "indie jazz," incorporates influences from indie rock, jazz, R&B and world music. The San Francisco native and current Manhattan School of Music student joins us to share some of her new songs before her shows in Truckee this weekend.     

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Monday, August 12, 2013
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