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Monday, January 27, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Political Junkie Goes West / Ranchers and the Drought / Price of Wheat and Hay / Broadway Augmented Arts Project

Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio



Political Junkie Goes West The Political Junkie is turning his analytical gaze west. Ken Rudin, known to NPR listeners from his many years talking all things politics with Neal Conan on "Talk of the Nation," joins Insight host Beth Ruyak for a new signature segment that puts California politics in the context of the national scene. Rudin joins us from Washington D.C. in effort to put it all in perspective.

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Drought: Impact on Ranchers The drought is hitting California ranchers particularly hard, forcing many to sell some of their herd or go out of business. CapRadio's Environment Reporter Amy Quinton explains the scope of the the problem.

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UC’s Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center is holding conference this week to help ranchers survive the drought and stay in business.


Price of Hay and Wheat A local wheat grower and a Central Valley wheat broker discuss  how the drought has impacted California agriculture and the global market of grain prices.

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  • -- Eric Freese with Freese Farms in Davis, CA
  • -- Geoff Schulz, crop adviser with Penny Newman Grain Company
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Broadway Augmented Arts Project The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission is launching an augmented reality art project with help from an NEA grant. Broadway Street in Sacramento will undergo what is being called as a "radical transformation" but it won't be seen with the naked eye.

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