Caustic Hosts Joe, Toren, and Kevin get thirsty discussing the causes and effects of droughts including tumblefirenados, the Syrian Civil War, Indian and Chinese famines, the California Water Wars, Lake Karachay, a super-dry extremophile, the horrors experienced in Virginia’s Jamestown Colony, “shade ball” debunking, plus pop culture!

Music: “Quantum of Solace” by Miracles of Modern Science




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  • Derek

    Wow! I think that episode grossed me out pretty much more than any other. There was an awful lot of cannibalism for an ep about droughts! Them’s the breaks, I guess.

    A point on the condition where rain evaporating – I think that’s the case on Venus, where it’s super cloudy and moist, but the ground is bone dry. The glasshouse effect means it’s so warm that any rain that falls doesn’t make it to the ground.

  • Lara

    For the “controlled burn” of the tumbleweeds, a large fire will absolutely cause dust devils. Here’s a video of the art project that we burned at Burning Man 2014, you can see one after another being spawned as the structure burned.