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Genie Chance and the Great Alaska Earthquake

Genie Chance and the Great Alaska Earthquake

Update: 2020-05-2229
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There are moments when the world we take for granted changes instantaneously — when reality is upended and replaced with the unimaginable. Though we try not to think about it, instability is always lurking, and at any moment, a kind of terrible magic can switch on and scramble our lives. 

You may know the feeling.

In 1964, it happened to Anchorage, Alaska, and to a woman named Genie Chance. Today, the author Jon Mooallem tells her story — and the story of the biggest earthquake to hit North America in recorded history — using sonic postcards from the past.

Guest: Jon Mooallem, author of the book “This Is Chance.” For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily 

Comments (2)

Albert H

Amazing story! I have never heard of it before and thanks to you I just learned something new.

May 25th
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N Me

beautiful! it's curious, when governments are not pitting human against human, we realize our biological imperative, to give a sh** about each other benefits our species as a whole...any who, great story & I love Genie!

May 22nd
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Genie Chance and the Great Alaska Earthquake

Genie Chance and the Great Alaska Earthquake