New episodes of The Big One are available every Thursday. Stream full episodes below or get them from wherever you get your podcasts.
The EarthquakeEpisode available Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
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 WalkEpisode available Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
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 home. Reuniting with your family takes you through raging fires, downed power lines. You barely have cell service. Twenty-five years after the Northridge quake, the city still is not prepared.
The ScienceEpisode available Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
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 ChoiceEpisode available Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
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? Will you even have a choice?
The EconomyEpisode available Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
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?
The BuildingsEpisode available Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
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.
The PlanEpisode available Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019
After six months of research, Jacob finally makes an earthquake kit and ends up asleep outside in the rain on Christmas Eve.
The LessonsEpisode available Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
In this episode, a rat learns to skateboard and lessons on how our brain processes the idea of a Big One.
The Perfect WorldEpisode available Thursday, March 7, 2019
We’re back at Union Station, moments before the Big One hits, but this time you, our hero, and the city are prepared.
Meet the team
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 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 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 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.