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A Look Inside 'The Big One,' A KPCC Podcast About Earthquakes

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The Golden State Freeway was one of many roadways to fail during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake of magnitude 6.7 that struck near Los Angeles. A 2008 report estimates a M7.8 quake nearby could cause more than 1,800 deaths and $200 billion in damage.

Earthquakes have likely been on many Californians’ minds recently, ever since two big quakes focused in the rural Mojave Desert jolted California over Independence Day weekend.

If you’re someone thirsty for more knowledge about the kinds of earthquakes that could strike California, and how to be prepared, you might enjoy a new podcast out of KPCC in Los Angeles called The Big One. Part first-person narrative, part survival guide, it’s all about being prepared for that huge quake that could devastate Southern California.

In this interview, KPCC podcast host and The Big One lead producer Misha Euceph explains how the show was created, how listeners responded to it, and what Euceph herself learned while reporting on an impending disaster in the city where she lives.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.