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Coachella Valley Chronicles is a highlight of the individuals and visionaries who started the growth of this Valley and have turned it into oneof America's most desired geographies. Whether it's discussing the history of construction and new development in the region or the growth of it as a center for Arts and Entertainment, Randy wil talk to the people who were there and who built this oasis! The program will be one hour weekly and also be available as a podcast. Host Randy Florence, whose ...
 
Welcome to the Star Wars party! Brews and Blasters is your chance to kick back and enjoy everything about that galaxy far, far away. From the prequels to the original trilogy to The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi and Solo, hosts Chris Salton and Joe Tavano sit down every week to do what would be doing anyway–talk about all things Star Wars, tell some stories, and have a good time. Join them as they share their love for Star Wars, the most obscure Star Wars characters, Boston’s North ...
 
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During last decade’s severe drought the State of California passed the Open and Transparent Water Data Act in recognition of the critical role of data in water management. That led to the formation of the California Water Data Consortium, a nonprofit that works with the state, local water agencies, farmers, NGOs, and others to improve organization,…
 
As I sit here, days away from an epic milestone of being married for 20 years, I have to pinch myself. I am the luckiest girl in the world to be married to Chris Brooker. After being married for 20 years, people ask me all the time how we “make it work” or “what’s your secret” and I usually just give the same response: respect, laughter and a lot p…
 
Larry Bohannan has been writing at the Desert Sun for 35 years. This week, the discussion with Randy Florence will focus on Larry's career covering major sports and news events, some of the most memorable PGA and LPGA tournaments and their participants, and how his career began.By iHub Network
 
The greatest challenge facing the ocean is climate change, which is raising water temperatures, altering chemistry, and shifting major currents. But simultaneously there are opportunities to make progress in ocean health through changes to U.S. policy, particularly in the areas of energy, aquaculture, protected areas, and natural solutions, as expl…
 
Four dams on the Snake River in Washington State have pushed salmon to the brink of extinction, threatening not just the species but the broader ecosystem, the culture of Native American tribes, and the region’s economy. This crisis led the Snake to be named America’s Most Endangered River in 2021 by American Rivers as explained in this episode by …
 
For the Colorado River to have a sustainable future, it’s vital to understand its past and present. Blood of the West is an in-development documentary series about the Colorado River that will take viewers on a journey from headwaters to delta and explore the history of the river. In this episode with J.R. Robinson, director of Blood of the West, h…
 
The Salton Sea is a unique waterbody that has suffered from high salinity levels, agricultural runoff, and water consumption by cities in Southern California, pushing the ecosystem to the brink and threatening the health of surrounding communities. Efforts to help the Salton Sea include expanded resources from the state, wetland restoration project…
 
Water drainage is critical for farms in the Midwest. But farmers don’t usually receive comprehensive and unbiased information about water management and drainage solutions, and have to focus on short-term costs instead of long-term equity. Taking a holistic and objective approach can improve farms and water quality, as explained in this episode wit…
 
I was so excited to talk to Lacy Camp and her daughter Darby Camp about their acting careers! This mother daughter duo are teaming with talent. So much so, they are both starring in the new UPTV movie “When We Last Spoke.” Darby plays a younger version of the character her mom plays named Juliet. “When We Last Spoke” airs April 4 on UPTV. “When We …
 
Crime, the Salton Sea, clowns with guns……New York Times Bestselling writer, Tod Goldberg, joins the Coachella Valley Chronicles with Randy Florence this week. We explore Tod and his over-achieving family, how he came to understand the seedy underside of the desert, and how he turned those into some of the most intensely satisfying stories you’ll re…
 
Proper attention was not paid to sustainability of water resources as the U.S. developed and expanded across the continent over the past few centuries, not only straining water availability for people but for nature itself. There are ways to move from scarcity to sustainability, however, through cooperative relationships, deliberate decision making…
 
Many lakes around the country suffer from poor water quality in the same way as Greenfield Lake in Wilmington, N.C. - stormwater runoff into the lake from hard surfaces like roads, parking lots, and buildings causes nutrient pollution, algae growth, and even fish kills. But lakes can go from green to clean through a combination of science, partners…
 
Ever wonder about Modernism Week? The stories behind the homes and the people who built and designed those homes? This week on the Chronicles, Lisa Vossler Smith talks to Randy about many topics including her current role as the Executive Director of Modernism Week. And as always, the Chronicles dives a little deeper to find out what turned Lisa in…
 
Crews in The Ocean Race, the iconic around-the-world sailing competition, have noticed changes in the water such as more trash and less marine life. But increasingly sailors and organizers are steering toward sustainability, including by gathering scientific data at sea and making changes to the event’s footprint. In this episode Anne-Cecile Turner…
 
Communities of color and low-income suffer disproportionately from polluted water and delivering environmental justice in these situations is essential for achieving broader equity in society. This is reflected in the fight against waste from concentrated animal feeding operations, fossil fuel pipelines, and contaminated drinking water in North Car…
 
Our first episode with Bruce Fessier only touched on his impact on the Coachella Valley. In the next installment we’ll get deeper into Bruce’s writing style, the story behind his first awarded story and more discussion around the Desert Sun and the future for Newspapers in general. And we start to hear more about his inspiration, his wife Jane and …
 
The U.S. coast is unprepared for the increasing impacts of storms and sea level rise on communities, infrastructure, the economy, and the environment itself. Comprehensive changes in leadership, policies, programs, and funding could create a more resilience coastline. In this episode Jeff Peterson discusses his book A New Coast, which offers strate…
 
In the Mississippi Delta there is no bigger force on the economy and the environment than agriculture, with its tens of millions of acres of farmland that both feeds a nation and impacts water quality. In Arkansas programs can help both if they arise from collaboration and provide benefits for farms and conservation, as discussed in this episode wi…
 
He spent four decades covering the people, the events and the culture of the Coachella Valley for The Desert Sun. Two years after entering retirement, journalist extraordinaire Bruce Fessier sits for the first of what will undoubtedly be multiple conversations with Randy Florence on the Coachella Valley Chronicles. From his youthful passions to wri…
 
Although New Mexico receives far less attention than many other western states, it is at the precipice of a water crisis, with climate change further straining the arid state and groundwater impacted by the oil and gas industry. The situation is discussed in this episode with Laura Paskus, author of At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate, …
 
Last century’s approach to water management was based on controlling nature, a fragmented infrastructure system, and general sense there was plenty of water. But the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century have spurred a transition to a water management approach revolving around circularity, scarcity, and nature itself. The past, present, …
 
Waymond Furman joins Randy Florence on this episode of the Coachella Valley Chronicles on this last week of Black History Month. Mr. Fermon is a lifelong Indio resident and one of the few African Americans who has been involved in the governing of the Coachella Valley's largest city. He is also a law enforcement professional and involved in many ot…
 
A lack of information on groundwater has historically posed challenges for management. Now emerging tools are expanding and organizing the data available for decision-making, as discussed in this episode with Ben Kerr of Foundry Spatial, Melissa Rohde of The Nature Conservancy, and Tom Gleeson of the University of Victoria. They talk about using te…
 
Residents of Toledo, Ohio deal with water challenges ranging from pollution in Lake Erie to lead pipes for drinking water to increasing utility bills. Toledo’s communities of color and low-income have historically lacked information and input in water issues such as these. But now that’s changing through community outreach as discussed in this epis…
 
The first time Richard Oliphant, Sr. was on the Coachella Valley Chronicles, we barely got him to the Coachella Valley. On this episode, we continue with Dick telling us about the building of the initial infrastructure of the Valley. Dick will share stories about developing the first volunteer ambulance service, they first volunteer fire department…
 
Budgets are struggling to keep up with the scale and scope of water projects that need funding in communities across the U.S. At the same time, it is extremely difficult for public agencies to take risks on solutions that could address water challenges in more affordable and effective ways. In this episode Eric Letsinger, CEO of Quantified Ventures…
 
The Colorado River is managed under the “Law of the River,” a complex series of agreements, laws, legal decisions, and regulations that originated with the 1922 Colorado River Compact. There are important lessons and successes from the past 100 years to remember as the basin faces urgent water challenges driven by climate change and population grow…
 
Michael Jackson, Robert Wagner, Candice Bergen, Johnny Carson. These are the stars of the stories told by this weeks guest, Judy Vossler. Among the many important positions Judy held in the valley was that of General Manager of the La Quinta Resort and Hotel for many years. Judy will share stories of these celebrities and many more. Judy has been r…
 
Oysters are an iconic and important part of Louisiana’s coastal ecosystem, culture, and economy. But in addition to harvest pressure, the oysters are under stress from increased freshwater, either from heavy rainfall fueled by climate change or diversions of water from the Mississippi River. In this episode Morgan Kelly, an Associate Professor of B…
 
You know I love a good documentary! Two new documentaries have the Internet buzzing this week and we need to talk about them. The first is “Fake Famous,” a documentary from former New York Times and Vanity Fair reporter Nick Bilton. It follows three people who claim to want to be famous, at any cost and explores how easy it is to create fame on pla…
 
Historically bulkheads, seawalls, and other hardened structures were used along the Carolina coast to protect from the forces of erosion, waves, and storms. But there is a rise in the use of living shorelines, a stabilization technique that uses natural materials like rocks, oyster reefs, and plants. Living shorelines are better for water quality, …
 
Had this episode's guest taken one road rather than the other, he might have ended up being the lead guitarist on Eye of the Tiger for the band Survivor. Joe Wallace is truly one of the Valley’s most interesting men. Currently the CEO and Chief Innovation Officer at the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, Joe has come a long way since his upbrin…
 
A common market-based approach to environmental conservation is stream mitigation banking, which allows an entity to degrade or destroy a stream while developing property in exchange for restoration of a stream someplace else. A new book Streams of Revenue explores the history of this practice and is authored by Martin Doyle, a professor at the Nic…
 
Listen, we’ve all got a lot on our plates these days. Between the pandemic, the insurrection, and a crumbling economy, who really has time to worry about the Golden Globe or the SAG Awards noms? Well, Hollywood does! Every year without fail, the stars drag out their botoxed butts to get their accolades and this year will be no exception. Heather Br…
 
Richard R. Oliphant, a pioneer, businessman and philanthropist in the Coachella Valley, is Randy's first guest on the Coachella Valley Chronicles debut. They will discuss how Dick relocated from Iowa first to Tucson, and later to the Coachella Valley where he was instrumental in the creation of what is today the Palm Desert Country Club, and subseq…
 
The higher temperatures and reduced precipitation in the Colorado River Basin are no longer viewed as a short-term drought, but as a longer-term aridification caused by climate change. The alarming strain on the region’s water resources is being met with a more holistic approach to management, a deeper sense of collaboration, and a variety of innov…
 
As the drinking water crisis unfolded in Flint, it became clear that removing all of the lead pipes to people’s homes would be a daunting challenge. Among the reasons - a lack of records on locations, competing approaches for the order, and a community that was distrustful and in many ways disconnected. But more than five years later most lead pipe…
 
Conversation and collaboration are key ingredients in accelerating change in water management across Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania, where aging infrastructure, mining and fracking, and emerging pollutants like PFAS are part of the water challenges. In this episode Alison De Luise, Senior Advisor at the Water Center at Penn, and Karl Russ…
 
Listen, 2020 was a doozy of a year to say the least. And just when we thought 2021 could save us all, a bunch of nuts stormed our Capitol and people died. If that’s how this year is going so far, I don’t have a lot of hope for the rest of the year. So I invited Chris Brooker to chat with me about politics, the pandemic and what we can look forward …
 
The spectacular California coast is incredibly diverse, from the mega-urban areas of Southern California and the Bay Area to the rugged rural areas of the Central Coast and Northern California. The water challenges are equally diverse, with climate change, stormwater, agriculture, the energy industry, and more as problems. In this episode Sean Both…
 
The crew kicks ass, Mando gets a cool new weapon, cylon/terminators attack, a daddy says goodbye to his son, and a minor OT character returns. Pretty boring episode honestly. So where is season three gonna go from here? Where’s the podcast gonna go from here? The Star Wars party starts now! It’s time for Brews and Blasters.…
 
You know ya boys from Boston are major believers in The Believer! We believe this was one of the finest roles ever for Bill Burr, and a huge turning point for one masked man. The repercussions from this episode are going to be felt throughout the series, not the least of which is Boba Fett rearmed! It’s all about that matte paint, baby! The Star Wa…
 
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Greg Characklis is Director of the Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems at the University of North Carolina. In this episode Greg explains the financial risk to society from variability in the environment, including rainfall, water levels, and temperature, as well as extreme weather events. He discusses the increased attention on the r…
 
Philip Berke is the Director of the Center for Resilient Communities and the Environment at the University of North Carolina. In this episode Philip explains the pressing need for communities to focus on planning to become more resilient to climate change. He discusses a variety of approaches, from hardening of infrastructure to managed retreats, t…
 
Kathryn Lucero is Community Environmental Management Specialist at Communities Unlimited. In this episode Kathryn talks about colonias, the Spanish word for neighborhood, which is used in reference to residential areas along the U.S.-Mexico border that often have substandard housing and lack basic infrastructure such as water. She discusses how eff…
 
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