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California’s slice of the Build Back Better pie; The story of a man released from prison only to face deportation; Can California accelerate the timeline for climate action?; Plus Mark Bittman on his latest book Animal, Vegetable, Junk

Inside an Bay Area Rapid Transit rail car. | Image by Sharon Hahn Darlin is licensed under CC 2.0

On today’s show:

0:08 – Dan Walters (@DanCALmatters), political columnist for CalMatters joins us to discuss California’s piece of the bipartisan infrastructure bill that the US senate approved last week.

0:19 – In theory, California is a Sanctuary state. But in the first five months of 2020, California transferred nearly 600 people from its jails and prisons to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Lucy Kang (@ThisIsLucyKang) has the story of one such person who served 17 years in California prisons. Who did so much to turn his life around *from prison* that the governor gave him a commutation. And who is now, after his sentence was commuted, being held for deportation to a country he left as a child. See the full story here. More information can be found at bit.ly/FreeEnrique.

0:34 – Manuel Pastor (@Prof_MPastor), Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California and Daniel Kammen (@dan_kammen), Senior Advisor for the United States Agency for International Development join us to discuss their report on Accelerating the timeline for climate action in California

1:08 – We spend the second hour with Mark Bittman (@bittman), former food journalist, columnist, and lead magazine food writer at the New York Times who joins us to discuss his most recent book, Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal.

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