As Californians file into the voting booth this November and try to decipher the complicated list of propositions and initiatives, many will think, “There has got to be a better way.” In this interview with KQED’s This Week in Northern California, Joe Mathews and Mark Paul, authors of California Crackup, discuss some of the proposals in their book for reforming the state’s election system and ending the annual gridlock in Sacramento. We have “finally reached the end of the line,” they argue, and are left with a system that “doesn’t work because it can’t work.” Watch the 6-minute video below:

You can hear more from the authors on the UC Press Podcast.