The Big One: Your Survival Guide 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

The Big One: Your Survival Guide

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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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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. Hosted by Jacob Margolis. Reported by Misha Euceph and Jacob Margolis. Written by Misha Euceph, Arwen Nicks, and Mary Knauf. Edited by Megan Garvey. Produced by Misha Euceph. Sound designed by Arwen Nicks. Music by Andy Clausen. Engineering by Valentino Rivera and Shawn Corey Campbell. Made possible by members of KPCC.

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. SHOW NOTES: Hosted by Jacob Margolis. Reported by Arwen Nicks and Jacob Margolis. Written by Arwen Nicks and Mary Knauf. Edited by Megan Garvey. Produced by the AMAZING Misha Euceph. Sound designed by Arwen Nicks. Music by Andy Clausen. Engineering by Valentino Rivera and Shawn Corey Campbell.

The Plan

After six months of research, Jacob finally makes an earthquake kit and ends up asleep outside in the rain on Christmas Eve. SHOW NOTES: Hosted by Jacob Margolis. Written and reported by Jacob Margolis Edited by Megan Garvey. Produced by Misha Euceph. Sound designed by Arwen Nicks. Music by Andy Clausen. Engineering by Valentino Rivera. Production and reporting help from the incredible Mary Knauf.

The Buildings

Episode 6: 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. SHOW NOTES:Hosted by Jacob Margolis. Written and reported by Jacob MargolisEdited by Megan Garvey and Arwen Nicks.Produced by Misha Euceph. Sound design by Arwen Nicks.Music by Andy Clausen. Engineering by Shawn Corey Campbell and Valentino Rivera. Production and reporting help from Mary Knauf.

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? SHOW NOTES:Hosted by Jacob Margolis. Written by Misha Euceph, Mary Knauf and Arwen Nicks.Reported by Misha Euceph and Mary Knauf, with help from Jacob Margolis.Edited by Megan Garvey.Produced by Misha Euceph. Sound designed by Arwen Nicks, with help from Misha Euceph. Music by Andy Clausen. Engineering by Shawn Corey Campbell and Valentino Rivera.

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? SHOW NOTES:Hosted by Jacob Margolis. Written and reported by Misha Euceph, Mary Knauf, Arwen Nicks and Jacob Margolis.Edited by Megan Garvey.Produced by Misha Euceph. Sound design by Arwen Nicks. Music by Andy Clausen. Engineering by Shawn Corey Campbell and Valentino Rivera.

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.

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.

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.

The Big One Is Coming

If Los Angeles was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake would you be ready? Scientists say The Big One is coming and when it hits it'll take under two minutes for more than 10 million Southern Californians to lose water, power, and a sense of security. Want to know how to prepare yourself? Listen to The Big One: Your Survival Guide January 10th, 2019.

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