The Madeleine Brand Show for July 23, 2012

What the Midwest drought means for Californians

Severe Drought Threatens Midwest Corn Crops

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ASHLEY, IL - JULY 16: Marion Kujawa looks over a pond he uses to water the cattle on his farm on July 16, 2012 in Ashley, Illinois. Kujawa has been digging the pond deeper after it began to dry up during the current drought. According to the Illinois Farm Bureau the state is experiencing the sixth driest year on record. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The nation's breadbasket is still in the grips of the worst drought since the 1950's. In certain regions the soil is parched and cracked. Some farmers have seen entire corn and soy fields wilt away. But for Southern California, it has been a mild summer. The heat in states like Oklahoma, Iowa and Minnesota can seem far removed from the temperate times on the coast. So, Los Angeles based reporter Sanden Totten called up someone to get a Midwestern perspective on the dry spell... he called himself. As a former Minnesotan, Totten figured if he conjured up his past self, he may be able to explain the ripple effects of the drought to his current self.


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