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Will a “Godzilla” El Nino end the drought? Plus: the fight for media democracy — 70 years ago

el ninoWe take you back to the very first battles over media democracy in this country. We’ll ask what lessons media reformers today can draw from the fights of the 1930s and 1940s, the rise of of the first broadcast monopolies, and the birth . . . of Pacifica Radio. But first: government forecasters say that the Pacific is poised to deliver a historic El Nino. So, does that mean the drought is over?

Guests:

  • Mike Halpert, Deputy Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center
  • Victor Pickard, assistant professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy

 

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