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The sun rises over Seattle as a massive plume of smoke from wildfires burning in California and Oregon makes it's way into the area on Friday, September 11, 2020.
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Another week of wildfire smoke. But it’s not because of antifa

It looks like we’re in for another week of wildfire smoke. We’ll find out why and when it’s expected to start clearing. And, there are stories going around Oregon that antifa set some of the wildfires...or maybe the Proud Boys. We’ll look at how those conspiracies proliferate and why they’re dangerous. And, how to recreate outdoors without “wreck-reating”.

Individual segments are available in our podcast stream or at www.kuow.org/record.

Why the wildfire smoke isn’t going anywhere

Washington State Department of Ecology atmospheric scientist and Washington Smoke Blog contributor Ranil Dhammapala says everyone was hopeful the smoke would clear out today...but that didn’t happen. He tells Bill Radke what to expect this week, and when the smoke might clear.

No, Antifa didn’t start the Oregon wildfires

Jevin West from the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public looks at how two conspiracy theories proliferated about the wildfires, and why those stories are dangerous. And he explains how to vet stories we see on social media.

Please don’t "wreck-reate” when you hike or camp

The Seattle Times’ Lynda Mapes is mostly happy more people got outside this summer for physically-distant hiking and camping. But she discovered a lot of us don’t know how to act when we’re in nature. She says we really need to learn.

Foster care failures

Investigate West’s Rachel Nielsen reported on the record-breaking 1,800+ instances of foster children being housed in hotels and state offices over the last year, and why they weren’t housed in foster family homes or group homes.

Covid-19 and the Yakama Nation

Emily Washines of the Yakama Nation on the people the tribe has lost to Covid-19 as the state heads toward 2,000 deaths.