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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: The Walk

The Big One: The Walk

2019-01-1734:41

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 Big One: The Science

The Big One: The Science

2019-01-2435:592

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 Big One: The Choice

The Big One: The Choice

2019-01-3129:061

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? 
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 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. 
The Big One: The Plan

The Big One: The Plan

2019-02-2129:36

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

The Big One: The Lessons

2019-02-2840:051

In this episode, a rat learns to skateboard and we learn how our brain processes (or doesn't) the idea of a big one. 
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. 
For the first time in a generation, a pair of big earthquakes shook Southern Californians. If you felt it  -- or even just heard about it -- you may have some questions. In this episode lead producer, Misha Euceph gets answers from hometown hero, seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones.
As the world enters a new age of wildfires, science reporter Jacob Margolis dives deep into personal stories that illuminate the history of how we got here, why we keep screwing things up, and what we can do to survive and maybe even thrive while the world around us burns.  
We examine one particularly pivotal wildfire - the Tubbs fire of 2017. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.  
Why trees that are adapted to living with fire are now burning… and how we might save them. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.  
Gold, genocide and colonialism: our path to seeing fire as the enemy. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.
What it’s like to put good fire to the ground. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.
We know prescribed burning is a major solution…so why aren’t we doing more of it? This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.
Digesting what we’ve learned. Plus, how other places in the U.S. have figured out fire management. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.
Why prescribed burning won’t solve all of our fire woes. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.
We check out an unconventional solution to wind-driven fires. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.
Jacob and retired LA County Fire Captain Derek Bart answer your burning questions.  This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/bigburn and get on your way to being your best self.
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Steven Theroux

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May 4th
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Steven Theroux

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May 4th
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Riley Crump

I would love it if they wrote down for each suggestion for you to do in the episode in the episode notes in a comment section. Or somewhere I could read.

Jul 26th
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Amy Seeberger

Would love a just-the-facts edit; violin music gives me an earache.

Apr 11th
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