Insight creates conversation to build community, exploring issues and events that connect people in our region. Insight covers breaking news and big ideas, music, arts & culture with responsible journalism, civil discussion and diverse voices. The town of Paradise and areas nearby were devastated by the Camp Fire that started on Nov. 8, 2018 in Butte County. Today’s program is a view from Paradise, both before and after the Camp Fire. Journalist Mark Arax traces the long history of the town of Paradise, from gold mining through the area’s agricultural and urban growth. Arax looks at this through the lens of politics, examines early fire-fighting approaches and explores the circumstances leading up to last November’s fire. He calls this “a myriad of factors that lined up in perfect continuity.” Then, an encore broadcast of the conversation with Sacramento artist Stephanie Taylor. She created an art project, book and exhibit with Paradise resident Christy Heron-Smith, whose family’s homes were destroyed in the fire.  Mark Arax is an award-winning author based in Fresno. His latest book is “The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California.” He’s written a recent piece ...