12 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.

The Big One: Your Survival Guide KPCC | Southern California Public Radio

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    • 4.4 • 1.5K 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.

    The Earthquake

    The Earthquake

    You’re at Union Station when the big one hits. The next two minutes are terrifying. By the time you make your way outside, the Los Angeles you know is gone. In Episode One, you experience what the first hours after a massive earthquake could be like.

    • 30 min
    The Walk

    The Walk

    No car, the trains are down, the road's a mess and you need to get home. In this episode, you walk 15 miles back to your house through a city that feels unrecognizable.  

    • 33 min
    The Science

    The Science

    A polar bear killer, a Sputnik-inspired scientist, a man who uses the past to see the future and seismologist Lucy Jones. What do they all have in common? Without them, we wouldn’t understand the what, when, why and how of the big one. 

    • 34 min
    The Choice

    The Choice

    You wake up in a city that feels unfamiliar and watch as neighbors choose to hunker down or head out. The aftershocks are unrelenting and you are almost out of clean water. Will you stay or will you go? 

    • 27 min
    The Economy

    The Economy

    After the big one, the Los Angeles economy will be shook. Hollywood might be too big to fail but what does an economic hit like this mean for you? 

    • 26 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
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

BosBackBae ,

Amazing

Can we bring this back, maybe with a different topic? Such a great format.

Atticus17 ,

Almost liked it

Is it possible to just make a podcast and let people enjoy your work and NOT make it political???? Not everyone is going to agree with each other’s opinions on certain stances and once you step on my toes I’m going to delete your podcast and move on.

it's just Gigi ,

Ignorance

Was a great podcast until they started showing their ignorance of the 2nd Amendment and guns in general. The more people like you preach about guns the more guns I buy. Stay in your lane. Hopefully mostly leftie liberals live near the fault line. Population control. Also the host sounds like he wears a man bun and couldn’t save himself from a bad dream much less The Big One.

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