Last weekend, All Things Considered interviewed Boom editor Jon Christensen about the history of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Boom’s Fall issue looks at the Aqueduct at 100, exploring how the project transformed the American West, and arguably, the world. Many people remember the Aqueduct from the 1974 film, Chinatown. However, Polanski’s film gets the environmental politics of the deal wrong, Christensen argues. Listen to the interview to hear the real backstory of the city of Los Angeles’s relationship with the rural Owens Valley. For more on the Aqueduct, listen to Christensen’s interviews on KCRW and KPCC.
And below, watch a short video produced by the UCLA Newsroom about this important anniversary and what it means for the future of Los Angeles’s water.