21 episodes

From LAist Studios, the creators of The Big One, the second season of The Big Disaster series will provide you with a wildfire survival guide that includes not just tangible safety tips — but hope for our future.  As the world enters a new age of wildfires, science reporter Jacob Margolis hosts Season 2: The Big Burn, a deep dive into personal stories that illuminate the history of how we got here, why we keep screwing things up, and what we can do to survive and maybe even thrive while the world around us burns.

Season 1: The Big One -  When The Big One hits it’ll take under two minutes for more than 10 million Southern Californians to lose internet, power, and a sense of security. Host Jacob Margolis and Producer Misha Euceph take you on a journey to understand what the catastrophic earthquake will mean for Los Angeles, the U.S., and the world. This is what you need to know to survive. 

Support for this podcast is made possible by Gordon and Dona Crawford, who believe that quality journalism makes Los Angeles a better place to live, the Strelow Family, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

The Big Disaster: The Big Burn LAist Studios

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    • 4.4 • 1.5K Ratings

From LAist Studios, the creators of The Big One, the second season of The Big Disaster series will provide you with a wildfire survival guide that includes not just tangible safety tips — but hope for our future.  As the world enters a new age of wildfires, science reporter Jacob Margolis hosts Season 2: The Big Burn, a deep dive into personal stories that illuminate the history of how we got here, why we keep screwing things up, and what we can do to survive and maybe even thrive while the world around us burns.

Season 1: The Big One -  When The Big One hits it’ll take under two minutes for more than 10 million Southern Californians to lose internet, power, and a sense of security. Host Jacob Margolis and Producer Misha Euceph take you on a journey to understand what the catastrophic earthquake will mean for Los Angeles, the U.S., and the world. This is what you need to know to survive. 

Support for this podcast is made possible by Gordon and Dona Crawford, who believe that quality journalism makes Los Angeles a better place to live, the Strelow Family, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    The Big Burn: The New Normal

    The Big Burn: The New Normal

    We examine one particularly pivotal wildfire - the Tubbs fire of 2017.

    This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.

     

    • 39 min
    The Big Burn: Saving Our Giant Sequoias

    The Big Burn: Saving Our Giant Sequoias

    Why trees that are adapted to living with fire are now burning… and how we might save them.

    This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.

     

    • 30 min
    The Big Burn: How It All Went Wrong

    The Big Burn: How It All Went Wrong

    Gold, genocide and colonialism: our path to seeing fire as the enemy.

    This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.

    • 34 min
    The Big Burn: Setting A Forest On Fire

    The Big Burn: Setting A Forest On Fire

    What it’s like to put good fire to the ground.

    This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.

    • 35 min
    The Big Burn: The Impediments

    The Big Burn: The Impediments

    We know prescribed burning is a major solution…so why aren’t we doing more of it?

    This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.

    • 38 min
    The Big Burn: Taking A Step Back

    The Big Burn: Taking A Step Back

    Digesting what we’ve learned. Plus, how other places in the U.S. have figured out fire management.

    This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

Marvin072560 ,

This is an Important Podcast; for Everyone!

I just completed listing to Episode 5 and I am so very humbled. There is so much I did not know or realize about the indigenous communities that lived here before Europeans arrived on this land. Please listen and learn. I trust that Mr. Margolis will help see a way forward.

ireill1 ,

Bait and Switch

I really enjoyed Season 1 from Laist Studios. It did an excellent job of portraying what The Big One was, why it's expected, and how people should react before, during and after that event. But this season, which they represent in their own byline as a survival guide for wildfires, is anything but.

Six episodes in, we're still just talking about prescribed burns. And we get it, they're effective, native peoples invented them, we should respect their knowledge and revive the practice on a national scale. We even get a hearty helping of white guilt. What we don't get, is any discussion of how people should react before, during and after a wildfire.

There are some fascinating relevant stories told. We follow a native tribal leader on a prescribed burn, getting a first hand view of how it impacts the land, or a wildfire survivor recounts how he scrambled to a residential pool and fought for his life in the water for hours. And those stories could have been part of a larger narrative of how to react to disaster.

It just seems like they lost the plot of what they set out to create here. It's a shame, because there are a ton of aspects I would have loved to hear about. Hopefully they'll get back to the narrative in Season 3.

SteviDunehew ,

A must listen for everyone!

I can’t recommend this podcast enough!

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