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The reporters who investigated the region's 'Dangerous Air'

<p>Smoke covers a hillside in the Applegate Valley of southwestern Oregon during a prescribed burn operation.</p>

Jes Burns

Smoke covers a hillside during a prescribed burn

Smoke during summer wildfires has become a fact of life in the region. And analysis of the quantity and duration of smoke reveals how bad it can be for health, here and across the country.

NPR's California Newsroom recently released a series of reports under the heading "Dangerous Air: As California Burns, America Breathes Toxic Smoke."

The reports show that parts of our region have seen smoky days per year double, and that areas thousands of miles away also see (and breathe) smoke from our part of the country.

Two of the reporters, Aaron Glantz and Farida Jhabvala Romero, join us to listen to the reports and add further information to one of the big stories of our time and place.

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