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Take Two for August 8, 2013

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A house threatened by the Silver Fire, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.
A house threatened by the Silver Fire, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.

Today on the show, we'll talk about a new report that says California's larger wildfires are due to climate change. We hear from a New York Times reporter about how Colorado farmers are cautiously growing hemp. In addition, New York is now offering parents low-interest loans to pay for childcare. Could that work in LA? Prison officials are questioning the motives of some of the hunger striking prisoners in California. Plus much more.

The past decade, California had three of the largest fire years on record. A new report by the state points to cause: climate change.
Quarantines didn't stop the psyllid from establishing itself across Southern California, but with such high stakes, what else can farmers do?
Inmates say they are protesting the use of solitary confinement, which they call inhumane. But corrections officials say some leaders of the protest head up violent prison gangs and aren't operating with the purest of motives.
The nine activists taken into custody two weeks ago after crossing into the U-S from Mexico were freed Wednesday afternoon in Tucson. Michel Marizco was there and reports that they may be free for now but their legal troubles have just begun.
Richmond is still struggling with underwater mortgages and foreclosed homes, so city officials came up with a plan to use eminent domain to seize the mortgages and reduce the amount still owed by homeowners. Now some major banks are suing the city, arguing that the plan is unconstitutional.
A pilot program, set up by City Council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, will give 40 families a six-percent interest rate to finance up to $11,000 a year to pay for daycare.
Next time you're in your car, pay attention to the various sounds your vehicle makes. Many of the sounds you hear inside your car are carefully engineered.
If you haven't been fortunate enough to get to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, you're in luck this weekend. Sundance is bringing an offshoot to Los Angeles for the first time starting tonight.
It's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout California. To help us with that, we're joined by KPCC political reporter Alice Walton and politics editor Oscar Garza.
From the Fronteras Desk, Kate Sheehy profiles a school in Southern Nevada struggling to meet the needs of its Latino student body.
Researchers are finding their presence there is having a surprising effect. In a roundabout way, the wolves of Yellowstone are giving a boost to the diets of Grizzly Bears.
The legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has opened up new opportunities for farmers. Not to grow pot plants, but hemp, a related cannabis product that can be used in everything from cooking oils to clothing.
Schools have been pushing their start dates earlier and earlier. Some are starting almost a month before Labor Day, which has lost its place as the last summer weekend.
Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.
The snack-turned-prime course item made its debut at the Smorgasburg Festival in Brooklyn last weekend, and has a secret sauce with scallions and arugula.
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