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Insight: Capitol Chat / Avocado / River City and Valley Life / Darrell Effinger

Capitol Chat Gov. Jerry Brown and other state leaders are preparing an urgency measure that would authorize more than half a billion dollars in short-term anti-drought actions. Insight will talk with CapRadio's State Government Reporter Katie Orr joins us for this week’s Capitol Chat to talk about high-speed rail, unfunded pension debt and State Senator Rod Wright being found guilty of perjury and voter fraud.

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Avocados Insight continuous its focus on California crops and how they're being impacted by the drought. Today, we'll discuss avocados -- a key ingredient in guacamole and one of the staple snacks during Super Bowl Sunday. Ed McFadden, chairman of the board for the California Avocado Commission will speak about how growers are faring throughout the state. 

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River City and Valley Life Sacramento was founded as an exchange point for gold coming out of the mountains and supplies going in. But, over the past 160 years the Sacramento Valley has seen an immense transformation into the capital of the world’s 9th largest economy by rerouting rivers and becoming a worldwide center for agriculture  Now, there’s a book out that explores the history of how humans changed the natural environment to create what is currently Sacramento. River City and Valley Life: An Environmental History of the Sacramento Region is a collection of essays by 17 contributors and was edited by Sacramento State History Professors Lee Simpson and Chris Castaneda. Castaneda and Simpson joins Insight to talk more about the book.

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Darrell Effinger A retired local school teacher with a passion for folk music has written a new song in honor of Pete Seeger, the folk music icon and activist who passed away Jan. 27, 2014 at the age of 94. For more than 28 years, Darrell Effinger taught elementary school and passed his love of folk music on to his students, while also continuing to perform professionally. He will perform “Ya Gotta Sing Out (Ballad of Pete Seeger)” in studio.

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Friday, January 31, 2014
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