This is not the podcast to learn about wildland fire
This was rough. How does an organization with the resources and networks of REI produce something so journalistic for a topic that’s so scientific and begging for something beyond the typical “story?” When the corporation’s former CEO was Secretary of the Interior, one can reasonably expect some hard-hitting interviews with the top experts - policy makers and scientists, practitioners and observers. Heck, I only bumped this up to 2 stars because the journalists managed to get a basic interview with Stephen Pine. This podcast is best for the REI customer awaiting her annual dividend. This is for the urban yuppie dipping his toe into the overly-visited hot spring off the washboarded forest road traveled by dust/covered Subaru’s who isn’t really interested in wildland fire that’s reasonably never going to impact his downtown flat. This podcast is not for wildland firefighters, especially seasonal feds who could teach this subject with expert-like perspective by the start of their third season, but could be for municipal firefighters who are unlikely to ever cut line. Here’s another thought: if I wanted to inform you about international reporting by major domestic news agencies, would you get the better perspective on that process by hearing from international bureau chiefs at The NY Times, WaPo, etc, or should I offer you the take of the Carson City-based Nevada Appeal? The Nevada Appeal reports international news, technically. Right? So if I wanted to inform you about wildland fire management and the incident command system, should I find a type 1 incident commander or information officer or operations chief from a national team or should I let you hear from a municipal fire captain on a local/state team to give you the overview of a process originated out of Southern California in the 1970s and refined by federal teams? Like I said, this isn’t a podcast for wildland firefighters (but kudos to that fire captain who hat tipped USFS handcrews - that guy gets it and knows what he does, and does not, want to do!). You can read the other reviews concerning editing, style, pronunciation, etc (I concur). For me, this missed the mark and reflects far too many cliche journalistic attempts to frame wildland fire as their own story when it never was/is in the first place. 👎
Schoncher via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/21/20
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