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”
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.
The Wake-up Call
lessons learned from our recent big one.
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.
In this episode, a rat learns to skateboard and we learn how our brain processes (or doesn't) the idea of a big one.
After six months of research, Jacob finally makes an earthquake kit and ends up asleep outside in the rain on Christmas Eve.
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.
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Thinking this is dramatic is denial of reality
To live in LA, we buy into a cultural cognitive dissonance that perceives a major quake as a possibility rather than an inevitability. And we can’t meaningfully prepare while we deny the risk we incur on behalf of ourselves and children.
This woke me up to the reality of the impact. While recommending this podcast to friends, it still took me months to move past the first episode because it’s terrifying. And it took me months more to fully prepare my home and car. And having more fully accepted the reality of this risk, I’m seriously looking at property out of state.
Motivated me to be prepared
I avoided purchasing water. I avoided packing my go bag. I avoid the conversations with my spouse about emergency plans. I avoid putting spare shoes and a blanket in the trunk of my car. Until I listened to this podcast. Seriously, if you need motivation, LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST. You’ll be glad you’re finally prepared. Excellent writing and podcast production!
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.