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A Half-Century After The Clean Air Act: "Choked" Worldwide

Smoky Pittsburgh at midday in the 40s.

It's stunning to look at pictures of American cities before we got serious about curbing air pollution.  A heightened environmentally sensibility and the Clean Air Act has made a big difference in the quality of the air we breathe. 

Then again, it only takes a wildfire or two to bring the smoke rolling into our communities today.  And other parts of the world face air pollution on a daily basis. 

Beth Gardiner gives us a world tour in the book Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution.  The author talks about clean air and global attitudes toward it. 

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.