California Crackup cover In this UC Press podcast, Joe Mathews and Mark Paul reveal that in the slapdash political climate of the Gold Rush, California modeled its constitution after Iowa’s. The reason? It was short.

Mathews and Paul, the authors of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It, go on to explore the improvisational origins of the state, the political impact of California’s changing demographics, and unanticipated consequences of the infamous Proposition 13. But enough of the bad news; what are the authors’ prescriptions for change?

Listen to the podcast to find out:

Read Mark Paul’s interview with SF Appeal on why Californians shouldn’t vote for governor.