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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

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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.

CaptainChaz ,

Nice Presentation of Ads interrupted by a “podcast”

Too many ads and annoying 2nd person presentation.

~ Violet ~ ,

Ad Load

Hard to listen to a show with so many ads. There are too many in this podcast and they’re too long. I know it’s somewhat unfair to criticize one specific show for the entire podcast ad environment. But I’m listening to fewer and fewer shows now because there are too many ads in them. It’s time for the podcast community to rethink monetizing podcasts, and what part ads could and should play in that. If ad dollars must float big budget shows, please make the ads vastly shorter, quieter, less repetitive and with fewer total ad breaks. I can’t even name one advertiser for this show and yet I’ve quit listening a few minutes into the first episode many times now.

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