Discovery Channel embeds with California firefighters in new series ‘Cal Fire’

The Discovery Channel, in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), is taking viewers to the front lines of the state’s horrific wildfires in a new multi-platform series.

“Cal Fire” won’t premiere until later this year, but Discovery will air a “first look” episode at 10 p.m. tonight (Sept. 22) that delivers what the network calls “an in-depth view” of the current wildfires ravaging parts of California. Viewers can also follow the heroic firefighters during wildfire season now on the  Discovery GO app or at

Discovery says multiple camera crews have been embedded with Cal Fire’s firefighters across the state — from Shasta in the North to San Diego in the South — for the past three months. They’re using “cutting edge technology” including fire-resistant helmet cameras to bring viewers “an ultra-immersive perspective” on the blazes.

Crews were required to undergo “Red Flag” training

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Ethics, Society and Technology Hub embeds ethics in teaching and research

In recent decades, ideas originating with Stanford students and faculty brought technologies that have disrupted industries, revolutionized business and eased communication in our daily lives. But they have also been linked to societal problems such as widening inequality, racial bias and lack of privacy.

Political science professors Margaret Levi and Rob Reich will co-lead the Ethics, Society and Technology (EST) Hub. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

As a way of ensuring that technological advances born at Stanford address the full range of ethical and societal implications, the Long-Range Vision launched the Ethics, Society and Technology (EST) Hub, co-led by Margaret Levi and Rob Reich, both professors of political science.

“Stanford is home to outstanding ethicists and social scientists but they haven’t been well integrated into the ways we teach about, or do research related to, technology,” said Debra Satz, the Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean of the School of

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