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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.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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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.

30mins

10 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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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.  

33mins

17 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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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. 

34mins

14 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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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. 

34mins

24 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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The Plan

After six months of research, Jacob finally makes an earthquake kit and ends up asleep outside in the rain on Christmas Eve. 

28mins

21 Feb 2019

Rank #5