After Paradise

6:30 p.m. every weekday
  • Hosted by Tess Vigeland

Hosted by Tess Vigeland, veteran journalist and former anchor for American Public Media’s “Marketplace,” “After Paradise” is dedicated to post-Camp Fire recovery information. Each weekday, Tess and the NSPR News Team will bring you the latest from government officials, rescue organizations, financial planners, trauma experts and local reporters.

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Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 36 days since the Camp Fire started. Tonight an important update on emergency shelters housing the pets of fire victims. If you haven’t claimed yours, you need to do so soon. Plus… Airbnb’s Open Homes Program. And we hear about and from three people whose names are intertwined with this disaster… Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, Reverend Ron Zimmer of East Avenue Church, and Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea… who is now, apparently, everyone’s homie.

After Paradise: Day 35

Dec 14, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 35 days since the Camp Fire started. With the city of Paradise wiped off the map… at least for the time being… Chico now finds itself contending with a sudden surge in population, using infrastructure that isn’t prepared for the influx. There isn’t enough housing. Roads are clogged with new traffic. Anger spilled over at a city council meeting last night. We’ll hear the latest and talk with Chico’s new mayor, who’s been in office for just over a week. Plus… a Paradise tradition moves to a new home. Despite the loss of their town, the Parrott Family Christmas show WILL go on.

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 34 days since the Camp Fire started. In almost every crisis, it helps to know that other people have been through something similar, and come out on the other side. The trauma currently being experienced by people who lost their homes and so much more in Paradise, is a familiar one to so many just in this state who’ve been through the same thing. So today we hear from three people who lost everything in last year’s Tubbs Fire. They share slivers of hope to help Camp Fire victims get through the long recovery process.

After Paradise: Day 33

Dec 11, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 33 days since the Camp Fire started. The death toll from the Camp Fire remains at 85, but the number of missing now stands at three. Tonight we hear the latest on the staggering financial cost of the recovery effort. Plus… an update on what PG&E is doing to change its safety inspection program for transmission lines. And we’ll talk with a social worker from the Butte County behavioral health department about how to help children through the trauma of surviving a disaster that’s taken their homes, their schools, and their sense of safety in the world.

After Paradise: Day 29

Dec 7, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 29 days since the Camp Fire started. Toxic debris removal from burned out properties has already begun. Now, Butte County is asking fire victims to sign up to allow cleanup of the rest of the materials. We’ll have details. Plus a North State non-profit is giving the Red Cross 100-thousand dollars to help replace medical devices and glasses that were lost to the fire. And the author of a book about grief talks about the best ways for friends, family, and coworkers, to help victims through the recovery process.

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 28 days… exactly four weeks… since the Camp Fire started. Tonight we’ll hear from a local legend in Magalia. Jaki’s Hilltop Café survived the fire, but Jaki Snead’s house did not. She’s still pondering what the future holds. Plus a commentary from a fire survivor who’s taken to calling himself a “climate change refugee.” And a woman who lived through Hurricanes Katrina AND Harvey shares her thoughts on recovery, and the importance of asking for help.

After Paradise: Day 27

Dec 6, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – – it’s been 27 days since the Camp Fire started. Butte County had a severe housing crisis BEFORE the fire. Now, it’s scrambling for places to put the people who lost some 14-thousand homes in Paradise, Magalia, and Concow. We’ll talk with the director of the county housing authority. We’ll also hear what happened with the rebuilding effort after the Thomas fire, which erupted a year ago near Santa Barbara. Plus… the founder and CEO of Sierra Nevada Brewing – Ken Grossman – shares the story of “Resilience” – a new brew raising funds around the country for fire recovery.

After Paradise: Day 26

Dec 4, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 26 days since the Camp Fire started. Butte County healthworkers heard today from the CEO of Adventist Health about the future of the Feather River Hospital and other clinics in the area. We’ll have a report. Plus a tour through FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center at the old Sears building… we’ll take you through the process of registered for help and benefits. And first thing we do… we expose all the lawyers who go after clients in the immediate aftermath of disasters like this one.

After Paradise: Day 25

Dec 3, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 25 days since the Camp Fire started. Today was the first day back at school for students in Butte County. Eight of the nine schools in Paradise burned down. Those kids are now in classrooms that are foreign to them. Residents of Magalia held an impromptu town hall over the weekend. Concern is growing over their inability to pass through the primary roads to and from Chico. And a 15-year-old from Paradise shares her Instagram post about allowing yourself to feel sad, when everyone wants you to feel better. 

After Paradise: Day 22

Nov 30, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 22 days since the Camp Fire forever changed the lives of so many here in Butte County. Most of the thousands of search and recovery workers dedicated to the fire’s aftermath have now been sent home. Tonight we talk with Sheriff Kory Honea about what that means for those still listed as missing. And Butte County district attorney Mike Ramsay walks us through the complex legal issues faced by the families of those still missing. Plus… the latest on the investigation into PG&E’s role in this catastrophe.