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Hazy New England Skies Caused By Wildfires In The West Are 'Astounding And Quite Troubling'48:29
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In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo, a firefighter battles the Creek Fire as it threatens homes in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, Calif. (Noah Berger/AP)
In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo, a firefighter battles the Creek Fire as it threatens homes in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, Calif. (Noah Berger/AP)

Here's the Radio Boston rundown for Sep. 16. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins reflects with us on the death of the Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants. We also ask about a new study on racial sentencing disparities in the state's criminal justice system.
  • The state is stepping in to take the lead in contact tracing at Boston College. The move comes amidst growing criticism of the college's coronavirus strategy. The school reports cases have fallen, but is that enough? We hear from Newton's Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and WBUR's Max Larkin gives the latest update. 
  • Did you notice the unusual hazy sky this week? Smoke from the massive wildfires on the West Coast has made its way to New England. On top of extraterrestrial skies, we're coming out of the hottest summer on record here in Massachusetts. We take stock on how these climate-change fueled events resonate in New England, and what they mean with a climate scholar and activist.

This program aired on September 16, 2020.

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