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‘Science Friday’s’ Ira Flatow, NASA’s Jay Famiglietti to speak on water in Charlotte

Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist for NASA, and Ira Flatow, host of public radio’s “Science Friday,” will discuss America’s uncertain water future on Dec. 1 at Booth Playhouse.
Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist for NASA, and Ira Flatow, host of public radio’s “Science Friday,” will discuss America’s uncertain water future on Dec. 1 at Booth Playhouse.

Join public radio’s Ira Flatow, host of “Science Friday,” and Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist for NASA, for an on-stage conversation 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Booth Playhouse about America’s water crisis and the outlook for the Carolinas.

The two are appearing through “Our Times Re-Imagined,” a speaker series from The Charlotte Observer and Bank of America that brings major voices to Charlotte to discuss important matters of the day.

Famiglietti, called the “Al Gore of Water” for being one of the earliest scientific voices to predict a major drought for the Western United States, will show NASA-produced images of the depletion of fresh groundwater throughout the nation. He and Flatow will discuss how California found itself in the fourth year of a drought that threatens the world’s richest food producing area – and how the rest of us can learn from its predicament.

The two will also touch on the Charlotte region and the Catawba River, which one advocacy group has labeled one of the nation’s most endangered rivers owing to contamination, increased demands from growth and recurring droughts.

The audience is invited to a post-event reception with Flatow and Famiglietti. In addition, each audience member will take home a beautiful poster of the Catawba River.

Our Times, Re-Imagined: A conversation on America’s uncertain water future with Ira Flatow and Jay Famiglietti

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 1

Where: Booth Playhouse, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St.

Cost: $10

Register: CLTwater.com

Questions: Charlotte Observer Innovations Editor Jen Rothacker, jrothacker@charlotteobserver.com, 704-358-5081.

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