Talkies – June 20, 2019

On this episode of the Talkies:

High Speed Rail. It’s been a part of the transportation infrastructure of much of Europe and Asia for decades, but has never really had much support in the US. That is until Californians voted in 2008 to authorize nearly $10 billion in bonds to link the Bay Area to Los Angeles via high speed rail. However, since then the project has hit all sorts of road blocks. And earlier this year Governor Newsom announced California is scaling back its efforts to focus on just the central valley portion of the network. Guest host Max Pringle speaks with transportation expert Ethan Elkind today about High Speed Rail. He’s Director of the Climate Program at the Centre for Law, Energy & the Environment at the UC Berkeley Law School.

Then, it’s that time of year again. The San Francisco Mime Troupe is set to kick off its summer season of performances with a new production Treasure Island. It’s a modern take on the classic Robert Luis Stevenson adventure tale. Max Pringle chats with the SF Mime Troupe’s head writer Michael Sullivan.

Then we’ll end the show with a pre-recorded conversation host Kris Welch had with performers Naomi Newman and Susanne DiVincenzo. They’ll be discussing their new show “World on Fire.” It’s a mix of poetry and music all about the Climate Change challenge.

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