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Thursday, January 30, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Explaining MyRA / California Asparagus and the Drought / Sierra Snow Report / Sound Advice

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

MyRA President Obama revived an economic proposal in his State of the Union address this week – MyRA – which would help Americans without employer-based 401(k) plans save for retirement. Insight is speaking with financial columnist John Wasik about what Obama’s MyRA proposal might accomplish and why it doesn’t go far enough.

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California Asparagus and the Drought Despite the drought, the Stockton Asparagus Festival will be plush with the green speared vegetable this year. But that doesn’t mean asparagus farmers won’t be hurting if this year stays dry. Asparagus growers in Sacramento and San Joaquin County are worried reduced flows in rivers will cause salty sea water to backup into the Delta and hurt their crops. Plus, asparagus may be the only food left for bugs as everything around it dries out. Joining us to explain how the drought is affecting asparagus in the Sacramento and Stockton regions is Marc Marchini, asparagus farmer, chairman for the California Asparagus Commission and board member of the Stockton Asparagus Festival. 

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 Photo from Stockton's 2013 Asparagus Festival: Ray Bouknight / Flickr 


Asparagus Festival 2012 / Stockton Asparagus Festival Facebook Page

Sierra Snow A storm is dumping rain in the valley and snow in the Sierras after a dry spell. Insight will touch base with Donner Ski Ranch to find out what weather conditions are like in the mountains.

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Photo from Heavenly Ski Resort / Twitter

Sound Advice Jazz gets a special showcase in this week’s Sound Advice. Insight traveled to downtown Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum for a special edition of our weekly music segment. Taped before a live studio audience, Capital Public Radio’s Gary Vercelli introduced Insight host Beth Ruyak to a wide variety of current jazz recordings from Tower of Power, Myra Melford and Bobby Hutcherson.

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