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how we found out that his home is gone. I mean, even as we were staying there he could point to the screen show me the exact block which was his and it was just rubble it’s just devastating. Lauren we have any idea how many people are still missing. There’s actually a big list of names at the shelter maybe a 1000 names on it of people that are being searched for and many have been found on that list. But there’s still a lot that are unknown Ted Lusk was searching the list there. He has to tenants in line I have a family and the wife is hope eyes you see why pregnant 8 months and we’ll talk to him two days ago, but they had no idea that it would proceed disasters he’s hopeful there OK based on where they live, but he’s not sure because the power has been out near liner and communication has been really tough I mean I think a big question that a lot of people have is just how the fatality count could be so devastating. You work with our climate asking I know that you have covered a lot of fires. Do we know what it was about these fire specifically that made them so dangerous and so deadly Yeah I mean wind was certainly a big part of it. It was at least 60 miles per hour. And that’s what can cause a wildfire to move so quickly. The trade winds are a normal part of Hawaii but in this case, Hurricane Dora was passing South of the islands and that created a big difference in air pressure which led to those high winds. I mean, certainly the fires with big fatalities in the Western US like the camp fire in California in 2018. Those also had really dangerous winds. But then the other factor is what’s there to burn and now he does have landscapes that are very flammable right I mean many of us learning this week that wildfires are not uncommon in Hawaii. So where does the greatest risk come from in Yeah these are naturally drier sides of the island and the land has changed quite a bit in some places because it was converted into fields like for sugarcane and pineapples. I talked to Clay Trier nicked who’s an ecosystem specialist at the University of Hawaii Manoa, and he says, you know, as agriculture has shrunk those former fields have an overrun by invasive grasses. When I’m talking grasslands. I’m not talking about kind of like me Hi Prairie this is like waste overhead tropical grass is which got 18 amazing amounts of biomass and so when they burned they burn really explosively, that’s a big risk especially as climate change makes it hotter and drier so if Y is going to reduce that risk dealing with those fuels is going to be key Lauren summer from NPR’s climate desk reporting from alley. Lauren thank you. Yeah, thanks. Florida is the state to approve videos made by Praeger you kids for use in public schools. The content is geared toward conservative values. It includes videos animated in a way that is a Healing to kids, as Carrie Sheridan from member station W. SF. Reports, teachers can now use it as they see fit. Prager U is not an accredited university. It presents itself as educational, but it’s primarily an online media organization. Prager you kids produces these catchy short videos. Here’s an intro to one of them. Fregger, you kids is dedicated to teaching what MO schools aren’t our American values, history and blessings. In another video slavery has portrayed is just something normal for its time. It even shows a recreation of Frederick Douglas, who escaped slavery and became an abolitionist in the eighteen hundreds. There was no real movement anywhere in the world to abolish slavery before the American founding. Slavery was part of life all over the world. It was America that began the conversation that ended, but video ignores that Denmark, Britain and France had already out law the trading of slaves, while slavery continued here. According to Vice news, two of the main funders of Prager, you are fracking industry billionaires Dan and Ferris Wilkes, and prager. You kids has a video questioning the origin of climate change age. In this one, a narrator sets up a conversation between a girl and her parents, but when her anxiety gets high and she tells them that fossil fuels will soon lead to a climate disaster, they challenge her with some thought-provoking questions. They encourage her to consider how the planet has been warming and and cooling since prehistoric times, long before car and emissions were a factor. Can she explain that the sun of greenhouse gas emissions doesn’t come up in this video? Jessica Wright, Vice President of the Florida Freedom to Read project, says the videos have elements that are accurate, but sometimes they mix in opinions and skip over important facts. I think that a lot of educators who have a traditional education background or they’ve been in the profession for a long time they’re going to be able to recognize in those materials that prager used, representing what we