California Sun Podcast show

California Sun Podcast

Summary: The California Sun presents conversations with the people that are shaping and observing the Golden State


 Bob Calhoun’s obsession with the gruesome and lurid | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:08

The author of the new book “The Murders That Made Us” shares 170 years of Bay Area history through its most heinous crimes.

 Dan Walters’ post-pandemic biopsy of California | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:31

The longtime Sacramento journalist joins us to share a bearish post-pandemic forecast for California.

 Jassen Todorov tells us stories through music, photography, and flight | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:15

A violinist turned music teacher, turned pilot, turned photographer captures the essence of the artistic renaissance man in the 21st century.

 George Geary on California’s real culinary legacy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:27

A look at some of the 20th-century food startups that became California's culinary offspring, including Bob’s Big Boy, McDonald’s, Winchell’s, In-N-Out, Peet's Coffee, Taco Bell and many others.

 Doug Thompson and Robin Kobaly on the thirsty golf courses of the Coachella Valley | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:53

The ecologists discuss the heavy water usage by more than 120 golf in the Palm Springs region and the lack of any long or short-term plans to mitigate it.

 Richard L. Brown and California's public employee unions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:23

The new leader of California's largest pubic employee union looks to take the union out of politics and increase its power to protect jobs and increase wages.

 Michael Hiltzik on the Gilded Age, then and now | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:56

A look at the Gilded Age of the nineteenth century, and how the tycoons of railroad and shipping were similar to today's tech billionaires.

 Gene Slater on the unsavory history of California's real estate industry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:56

A look at how the California real estate industry drove housing shortages and residential segregation and pushed individual liberty at the expense of community good.

 Miriam Pawel wraps up the recall and looks at what’s next | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:33

The California recall is behind us. Did any of it matter? And what’s next for Gavin Newsom and the state's problems?

 Woody Hastings and Jenny Blaker think we have enough gas stations | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:39

The environmental activists in Sonoma County helped spark a statewide campaign to halt the construction of any new or expanded gas stations.

 Lizzie Johnson on how Paradise portends a future written in flames | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:38

The author of "Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire" discusses her minute-by-minute account of America's deadliest wildfire.

 Daniel O’Connell and Scott Peters on local farmers vs. industrial agribusiness in California. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:30

The story of the century-long and battle between local Central Valley farmers and the feudalism of industrial agribusiness.

 Mizgon Zahir Darby on California's Afghan diaspora | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:30

A longtime leader in the Bay Area Afghan community shares her sorrow over events in Afghanistan and looks at how it impacts people close to home.

 Jaime Lowe on fighting fires and doing time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:51

A look at California’s long practice of relying on female inmate firefighters, who are now battling an intense and endless fire season for low pay and bleak future prospects.

 Rick Doblin on the value of psychedelics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:43

The founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is joined by his colleague Ismail Ali to discuss the use of psychedelics in the treatment of PTSD, depression, other mental illnesses.


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