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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Effects Of Drought On Agriculture / Ukraine's Future / Sacramento and Davis Shakespeare Festivals

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio



UC Davis researchers presented a report in Washington D.C. Tuesday outlining the effects the current drought will have on farmers in the state. The study shows that farmers in San Joaquin and Tulare Counties will be hit the hardest in the state and the drought is likely to stretch to a fourth straight year, through 2015, if not longer - regardless of El Nińo conditions. Joining us to talk more about the report and the expected effects of the ongoing drought is one of the sponsors of the report, Josue Medellin-Azuara, a UC Davis agricultural economist. Plus, California Farm Bureau President and Modesto-based nut grower Paul Wenger.


Economic Impact of the 2014 California Water Drought by Capital Public Radio

Ukraine’s newly-elected president, Petro Poroshenko, must navigate in a highly fluid political landscape in the near future. On the one hand, he faces expectations from pro-western Ukrainians for economic and political reforms and closer ties with the rest of Europe; on the other, he must contend with active, sometimes violent pro-Russian separatist militias in several cities in Eastern Ukraine. This Thursday, the World Affairs Council of Sacramento is hosting a conversation focused on Ukraine’s ongoing crisis, featuring Natalia Budaeva, a former country director at the International Republican Institute in Moscow, and Chester A. Newland, a Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor Emeritus in Public Administration at the University of Southern California. Both of the guests join us ahead of Thursday’s discussion to talk about what might lie in Ukraine’s future.
Sacramento Shakespeare Festival is in it's 29th outdoor season (plus 20 years of summer indoor productions before that). Because of city budget cuts, the festival needs to raise $35,000 to make it to the 50th season next year. Organizers are  looking for new ways to raise money, including an upcoming event on July 24th.
0716 Much Ado About Nothing
Critics are praising this season’s Davis Shakespeare Festival, which features Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and the chamber musical “She Loves Me,” from the songwriting team who produced "Fiddler on the Roof." Plus, artistic director Rob Salas has lined up a roster of experienced and professional actors including Davis-High-grad-turned-Broadway-actor Matt Edwards. Joining us to talk about the shows and the ensemble that are making this season a success are Edwards, Salas and Susanna Risser, who plays Beatrice in “Much Ado About Nothing” and Ritter in “She Loves Me.”
0714 Shakespeare Davis


  • UC Davis Report: Drought's Expected Effect On Agriculture

    A new UC Davis report features how the state is impacted by the drought.

  • Pavlo Palamarchuk / AP

    Conversation About Ukraine's Future

    Insight discusses what's next for Ukraine.

  • Sacramento Shakespeare Festival's 29th Outdoor Season

    Christine Nicholson and Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin joins Insight to talk about Sacramento's Shakespeare Festival.

  • Davis Shakespeare Festival

    The first Davis Shakespeare Festival is another opportunity to watch Much Ado About Nothing.

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