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.

Episodes
Meet the team

Episodes

New episodes of The Big One are available every Thursday. Stream full episodes below or get them from wherever you get your podcasts.

Meet the team

Jacob Margolis
Jacob Margolis
Host

Born and raised in earthquake country, Jacob knows firsthand what it's like to be ripped from your bed in the middle of the night with the ground shaking beneath your feet. Hoping to help make sense of our crazy world, he became KPCC's science reporter and host of The Big One.

Misha Euceph
Misha Euceph
Producer

Misha grew up in Pakistan thinking earthquakes were a fun way of getting out of school. After producing this show, she cowers under her dining room table every time she feels a train go by, mistaking it for the Big One.

Arwen Champion Nicks
Arwen Champion-Nicks
Executive Producer & Story Editor

Arwen has spent collective months of her life watching action and disaster movies but had no clue what she would do in the case of an actual natural disaster until she begain working on The Big One. She now owns a flint, a compass, life straws and a whole bunch of distilled water.

Megan Garvey
Megan Garvey
Editor

Megan Garvey grew up in the Midwest and once toured the San Andreas fault with her father and a geologist. It didn't make her feel one bit better about earthquakes. She's a veteran of editing stories on impending structural doom but still needs an earthquake kit. Claim to fame? She's the only person on this project with a printed phone book at home.