MYS242: In 1915, during a particularly bad drought, San Diego hired rainmaker Charles Hatfield, who gave them more than they bargained for. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli get to know Hatfield, how he tried to make it rain, and what happened in San Diego.
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Links for this episode:
- Clark Spence’s book The Rainmakers: American Pluviculture to World War II
- Robert Graves’s book I, Claudius
- Robert Graves’s book Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina
- 1956 film The Rainmaker
- 1974 film Chinatown
- Charles Hatfield
- Milford Donaldson’s master’s thesis
- Sabine Hossenfelder on Rainmaking
- Vincent Schaefer
- Vincent Schaefer snow-making demonstration
- Rainfall in San Diego
- Rainfall in Boston
- Rainfall in Fayetteville, AR
- California Water Wars
- True West article “Bombs Over Texas”
- JSTOR Daily article on Hatfield
- Dust Bowl
- E Clampus Vitus
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