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The Sacramento Bee presents California Nation, your go-to source for the latest political news from the world's fifth-largest economy. Each show, we focus on what's happening way out West and how it could shape the national conversation.

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The Sacramento Bee presents California Nation, your go-to source for the latest political news from the world's fifth-largest economy. Each show, we focus on what's happening way out West and how it could shape the national conversation.

    California Republican Mike Madrid says 'Trumpism' just beginning

    California Republican Mike Madrid says 'Trumpism' just beginning

    In this episode of the California Nation podcast, Sacramento Bee opinion editor Gil Duran speaks with California Republican Mike Madrid about the rise of 'Trumpism,' which will outlive Donald Trump's presidency.
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    • 22 min
    California Nation: A Sacramento doctor speaks out on COVID-19 surge

    California Nation: A Sacramento doctor speaks out on COVID-19 surge

    Sacramento emergency medicine Dr. Alex Schmalz volunteered to go to New York City during last spring's COVID-19 surge. Now he's back in Sacramento as cases surge in California, and he has a message for those who don't take the virus seriously.
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    • 17 min
    California Nation: Do Gov. Gavin Newsom's climate actions go far enough?

    California Nation: Do Gov. Gavin Newsom's climate actions go far enough?

    In this episode of the California Nation podcast, Sacramento Bee Opinion Editor Gil Duran talks to climate activists and industry representatives to get their take on the governor’s bold announcement that California will ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. This week’s guests:
    ▪ RL Miller, climate “hawk” and chair of the California Democratic Party’s environmental caucus.
    ​▪ Nalleli Cobo, climate activist from Los Angeles.
    ​▪ Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA).
    ▪ Anne Smart, vice president of public policy at Chargepoint.
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    • 28 min
    California faces eviction tsunami, ponders wealth tax

    California faces eviction tsunami, ponders wealth tax

    In this week’s episode of the California Nation podcast, I talk to community advocates and legislators who say California must take urgent action to protect people from the economic fallout of the pandemic. Conversations with Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, and David Chiu, D-San Francisco, as well as Christina Livingston and John Kim of United Front CA.
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    • 31 min
    Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris for VP

    Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris for VP

    In this episode of the California Nation Podcast, The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board discusses Biden’s history-making pick. What does Biden’s choice say about his strategy against Trump? Will Harris’ historic candidacy boost turnout among key voter groups? Will Trump’s attacks on Harris as a “radical” stick? And how does Biden’s pick affect the fates of other California Democrats with presidential ambitions?
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    • 24 min
    Could California's Karen Bass be Joe Biden's vice president?

    Could California's Karen Bass be Joe Biden's vice president?

    Most Americans don't know Rep. Karen Bass, but she's on Joe Biden's shortlist for vice presidential picks. The lifelong activist and former speaker of the California State Assembly speaks with Sacramento Bee Editorial Board members Marcos Breton, Gil Duran, Lauren Gustus and Jack Ohman about her path to politics and what she would bring to the Biden campaign.
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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

nicervin ,

School closures

I appreciated the episode on schools closing for the fall. The discussion was informed and very real. Thank you

Daedalix ,

Pirate radio to polished opinion

Bryan Anderson jumpstarted this podcast with a pirate radio (read: cruddy audio but earnest) but it lapsed when he left the Sacramento Bee. The Bee's editorial staff picked it up in 2020 and built out into full interviews with analysis. Always good to hear local journalism at work.

FAT Traveler ,

California

The subject matter and guests are good but the sound quality is so poor that it’s impossible to give 5 stars.

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