"Smoke" is the metaphor or image people commonly use to warn that the heat from a small combustion may soon become a much larger blaze. And that's the word that came to my mind in listening to Brian Whitmer's discussion of populist politics in Europe.
The word smoke does of course still carry an important literal meaning -- as in, the stuff that does your lungs no good. This week, the literal and metaphorical smoke we spotted in the news adds up to mood-driven events.
Listen on to hear what we see.