In this weekly broadcast, Dr. Jones shares how the world works, why you might feel the way you do about a particular disaster, and how you can manage the chaos around you that is real life. The topics range from earthquakes to other disasters that affect people, as well as the history of science and big disasters, and how through understanding why, we are more able to manage it and be more successful at “getting through it.”
Episode 19 - Earthquake Swarms
Dr. Jones is often telling people that "when you have a lot of earthquakes, you have a lot of earthquakes." This rings truest when an area is experiencing an earthquake swarm -- many earthquakes around the same size without their being one largest earthquake as the main shock. In this episode, we explore the concepts of earthquake swarms, what they mean, and what you can do if you're feeling one or hear about one happening.
Episode 18 - Why ShakeOut?
Go back in time with Dr. Jones and John to hear the history of the Great ShakeOut: how it was formed back in 2007 and the social science research that was the basis for its initial success. This episode explores how this one day event has now reached tens of millions of people each year, and why it's important for everyone to participate -- including Dr. Jones!
Episode 17 -The Air You Can See
Just in time for Clean Air Day, we spend this episode talking about the air you can see, which is not good air. In fact, air pollution affects millions of people around the globe and is a disaster in its own right. Compounding this is the fact that air you can't see can be polluted and also contributes to climate change. Take a journey with Dr. Jones back to her childhood in Southern California where smog days kept her home from school, and find out what you can do now to help clean up the air as an individual and a member of your community.
Episode 16 - Why You Feel What You Feel in an Earthquake
Have you ever felt an earthquake and tried to guess how big it is? You're not alone! In this episode, Dr. Jones explains how magnitude is assigned to a quake, why Charles Richter developed his scale, and why we should really be more concerned with intensity. As we wait for the big one, join us as we help you understand how you can put meaning to what you feel and get through the next earthquake.
Episode 15 - Time and the Inevitability of Disasters
Time is constant, and we often make decisions on a scale that fails to recognize our own limits in understanding time. With a planet that's about 5 Billion years old, and a written history no more than 5000 years old, we have to really work to realize that the natural processes operate on a different scale. This episode delves into the ideas of geologic time, the likelihood of disasters, and how we can manage our moment in time.
Episode 14 - Science in a Crisis: Better, not Perfect
This episode reveals why that latest scientific study may not be your answer in making you feel better during a crisis. As you seek to take control during a disaster, Dr. Jones shares how science is not always about the big picture; it's about going into the weeds and really: isolating a single weed. We share the process of how science can help inform policy-makers in their efforts to address urgent issues in the natural environment, and that no scientific information keeps you perfectly safe, it just makes society safer than without it. Science makes life better, not perfect.
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It’s All About Communication
Science is processes and any scientist learns to think process as part of their training. This is why frequently information about a subject can change with time.
Unfortunately in the US, many people think science is an answer instead of a process, and are unsatisfied when scientists don’t seem to be able to automatically come up with a single answer.
Also Dr. Jones’s expertise on disaster reporting and planning gives her insights on why people are not always getting the information than the public health experts want the public to know.
It all about communication. And by the way, If you are around other people wear a mask!