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    Episode 1
    The Big Burn: The New Normal
    We examine one particularly pivotal wildfire - the Tubbs fire of 2017.Preppi is giving a free emergency kit with any purchase over $100. Go to for more informationVisit today to get 10% off your first month.Support for this podcast is made possible by Gordon and Dona Crawford, who believe that quality journalism makes Los Angeles a better place to live, the Strelow Family, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

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As the world enters a new age of wildfires, science reporter Jacob Margolis dives deep into personal stories that illuminate the history of how we got here, why we keep screwing things up, and what we can do to survive and maybe even thrive while the world around us burns.

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On Thursday, September 29, at 7 PM, The Big Burn podcast host Jacob Margolis (he/him) and guests will get to the root causes of megafires and whether there’s any hope to be found, or if our entire world is destined to turn to ash.
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