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Crosscurrents is our award-winning radio news magazine, broadcasting Mondays through Thursdays at 11 a.m. on 91.7 FM. We make joyful, informative stories that engage people across the economic, social, and cultural divides in our community. Listen to full episodes at kalw.org/crosscurrents

Bay Area Tops List Of Smoky Cities Nationwide

Photo Illustration by Marissa Espiritu / Photo by Andrew Nixon

In a months-long investigation, the NPR California Newsroom investigated how wildfires are affecting the state and the country. They looked into our air quality, and reported on how the smoke resulting from wildfires has affected California communities. Using the data they compiled, they ranked US cities by how many ‘smoke days’ they have per year and Bay Area cities are at the top of that list.

The report is called "Dangerous Air." In this interview with Aaron Glantz, head of investigative reporting for the California Newsroom, we hear about their findings and what can be done.

Click the play button above to listen to the interview.

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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ellen (she/her) has a background in oral history, communication studies, and music. For the past two years, she has worked as a homelessness case manager in South Minneapolis. As a social worker, she got to hear compelling stories from her clients every day and is driven to amplify personal narrative as a source of empowerment and change. In her free time she bikes, plays double bass, and does queer stuff.