Land use attorney, Tony (Antonio) Rossmann, gives a clear and compelling interview about how the ancient Public Trust Doctrine applied to the Mono Lake decision as well as other important land use decisions in California.  In 1983, early in the battle to save Mono Lake, the Supreme Court of California ruled that Mono Lake had “public trust values” that must be considered in any decisions about the lake’s water. Tony was instrumental in the Mono Lake public trust litigation case, which allowed the lake to be restored as an important ecological area. Since the California Supreme Court’s decision in 1983, which is considered one of the top ten environmental law cases of the 20th century, the Public Trust Doctrine continues to be used to protect natural resources in the United States.  

Radicalism and participatory democracy intersect at Tom Hayden. Tom became an activist in the early 1960s when he was a "freedom rider" in the south and president of the Students for a Democratic Society. Tom shares his thoughts about his 50 years of activity in civil disobedience, marches, direct action, and ultimately how and why he came to represent the people in California state office.

When it comes to protecting natural resources, Patricia Schifferle explains why it is important to keep the pressure on politicians.