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Insight: Affirmative Action and Civil Rights / Plastic Bag Ban / "The Golden Shore" / James Rollins


 
 
 
Affirmative Action and Civil Rights The Supreme Court ruled this morning to send Fisher vs. University of Texas back to the lower court. The Affirmative Action case was discussed last week on Insight and we’ll speak again with Constitutional Law Professor Adam Winkler about the ruling and what impact is has on California, if any. We’ll also learn more about the original Voting Rights Act from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law Professor Brian Landsberg. The court is expected to hand down a ruling in regards to that issue this week as well.
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Plastic Bag Ban Los Angeles has just become the largest city in the United States to approve a law that bans grocery stores from passing out single-use plastic bags. In effect, customers who don't bring their own re-usable bags will have to pay a 10-cent fee for every paper bag they use. The California senate shut down an effort to implement the ban statewide - but more than 70 local California governments have approved similar initiatives. Here in Sacramento, city council members are looking into legislation that would prompt another citywide plastic bag ban. We'll talk about the bans with Nathan Weaver, the Oceans Advocate for Environment California, which works to remove plastic bags from use; and Phil Roznski, the Policy Chair for the American Progressive Bag Alliance, an arm of Hilex Poly, the largest manufacturer of retail plastic bags and recycled plastic bags, which is working to recycle plastic bags for multiple use.
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"The Golden Shore" Author of "The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea" and executive director of Blue Frontier Campaign David Helvarg talks about what makes California's link to the ocean so powerful and how we relate to the sea as both a culture and an economy on the West Coast.
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James Rollins Sacramento resident and "New York Time"-bestselling author James Rollins released the newest installment of his "Sigma Force" summer thriller series today. He joins us to talk about the book, "Eye of God," which is a combination of scientific theories and historical and religious trivia.
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Monday, June 24, 2013
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