What Next

The Wildfires to Come

California was built to burn, and it will leave behind unspeakable devastation—until we decide to do something about it.

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Steve Pyne has made fire his life’s work. He put them out for 15 summers and has thought about them ever since. Today on the show: the conversation we’re not having about wildfires and why despite the devastation in California this week, he remains hopeful that we can figure this out.

Here’s how you can help the victims of the California wildfires.

We’ll be piloting What Next in public for the next several weeks. Tell us what you think: whatnext@slate.com.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon. Engineering by Terence Bernardo.