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Podcast: Take a deep breath.  Let’s talk about our air


Wildfires in the American West this summer spewed smoke-laden with particulate matter that darkened the skies, created unnaturally beautiful sunsets, and increased health risks in the distance. This problem has worsened over the years. So how are we going to move forward?

Today we’re convening our monthly Masters of Disasters panel to discuss what makes wildfire smoke so special, how to protect yourself, and what the future might be. We also discuss reasons for optimism. And no, we don’t apologize for the cheesy jokes. You’re welcome.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: LA Times air quality reporter Tony Barboza, wildfire reporter Alex Wigglesworth and earthquake and COVID-19 reporter Ron Lin

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