11 episodes

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.

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    • 4.4, 1.4K Ratings

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.

    'California City,' Episode: “Turning Desert Dust Into Gold”

    'California City,' Episode: “Turning Desert Dust Into Gold”

    Introducing a new show from LAist Studios, "California City." Deep in the Mojave Desert, there is a little town with a big name and a bizarre history: California City. For decades, real estate developers have sold a dream here: if you buy land now, you’ll be rich one day. Thousands of people bought this dream. Many were young couples and hard-working immigrants looking to build a better future. But much of the land they bought is nearly worthless.  In this new podcast from LAist Studios, host Emily Guerin tells a story of money, power and deception. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

    In 2017 Ben Perez goes to a Mojave desert resort for a free vacation and ends up signing away his life savings. Turns out Ben is one of tens of thousands to believe a version of this dream over the past 60 years. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. 

    California City is a limited series with 7 episodes. Show support by subscribing wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 47 min
    The Wake-up Call

    The Wake-up Call

    lessons learned from our recent big one.

    • 14 min
    The Perfect World

    The Perfect World

    We’re back at Union Station, moments before the Big One hits, but this time you, our hero, and the city are prepared. And then back to reality and the team from TBOYSG reflect on the lessons they have learned while making the show. 

    • 26 min
    The Lessons

    The Lessons

    In this episode, a rat learns to skateboard and we learn how our brain processes (or doesn't) the idea of a big one. 

    • 38 min
    The Plan

    The Plan

    After six months of research, Jacob finally makes an earthquake kit and ends up asleep outside in the rain on Christmas Eve. 

    • 28 min
    The Buildings

    The Buildings

    The Buildings Every day when you walk into work you assume your building is safe. What if it's not? We try to get answers about two 52-story towers in downtown L.A. built using construction methods that structural engineers no longer use. 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

AnitaReality ,

The actual fear

This is very detailed in giving a realistic view of the threat we in California face with this big earthquake coming. 10 million people affected... that’s crazy. Currently we’re all stuck in our homes so if it happened now that would be devastating. I found this to be an interesting dive into a very real threat we need to be prepared for.

Haydaychamp ,

Incredible.

Doesn’t matter where you live this is excellent story telling and excellent food for thought. If you’ve ever been through a natural disaster give this a listen, it will be highly relatable and comforting. And most of all, if you live in California PLEASE listen right now. This is too good to miss.

Iroman68 ,

Could be better

It could be better if they don’t try to tell people that they don’t need a firearm for their preparation plan.

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