State Librarian Emeritus Kevin Starr On California's Future

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, August 14, 2009
State lawmakers face some big challenges ahead as they return to work Monday (08.17.09) following a three-week summer recess. 
They’ll be focused on the state’s overcrowded prison system, budget constraints, and possibly the elusive issue of water.
But, a historian says another enormous task lies ahead: getting California out of the recession and restoring the state as a land of opportunity.

Kevin Starr is a former state librarian who’s written a series of eight books on California history. His latest book was just published and it focuses on California’s so-called “Age of Abundance” from 1950 to 1963.

Starr recently spoke with Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley.
Starr says the economic turmoil and state budget crisis have a lot of people wondering if the California Dream is still alive...
Kevin Starr Interview (runs 3:35 minutes)
Intro: “I don’t think necessarily that the California dream is dead...but state government...”
Outro: “Thank you, Steve...I hope you enjoyed the book...”

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley speaking with author Kevin Starr.  Starr is a state librarian emeritus and a California historian. 

His latest book is titled:  "Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950 to 1963."