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One Planet: The history of water in California

A pistachio orchard in western Kern featured in the book "The Dreamt Land" by Mark Arax. (Joel Pickford)

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, journalist Mark Arax will discuss his new book, The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California

Arax travels the state to learn about water distribution systems that are struggling to keep up with California’s explosive growth. He also writes about how droughts have shaped California’s history and Big Ag’s quest for even more water. What’s next for the state’s water wars?


Mark Arax, award-winning journalist and author of The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California

Web Resources:

The California Sunday Magazine: A Kingdom of Dust

The Guardian: Sinking land, poisoned water: the dark side of California's mega farms

WIRED: Desalination is Booming as Cities Run out of Water


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.