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Why the former head of the Bureau of Reclamation wants to tear it down

We’ll glen canyon damtalk drought with someone who has seen this country’s water policy from the inside – Dan Beard used to head the federal agency behind most of our massive dams and aqueducts. Now, he wants to close the agency, and start tearing down the dams.

Plus: does wanting to cut down a tree from Australia make you a Xenophobe? Does wanting to save it make you anti-science? We’ll look at the now two-year-long fight raging over whether to clear Eucalyptus trees in the east bay hills.

Finally, one San Francisco author on the stories of a city in the grips of gentrification.

Guests:

  • Daniel P. Beard, Daphne Gottliebformer Commissioner of the US Bureau of Reclamation, now author of Deadbeat Dams: Why We Should Abolish the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Tear Down Glen Canyon Dam
  • Daphne Gottlieb, a San Francisco writer whose 10 books include poetry collections, a graphic novel, letters from a serial killer to her childhood best friend, and now a collection of stories called Pretty Much Dead

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