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Blue Dot 133: The Big One


Dave is joined by Blue Dot's expert on all things seismological, Ken Hudnut from the United States Geological Survey in Pasadena as they interview the host and creator of The Big One podcast from KPCC (also in Pasadena!).


Jacob Margolis narrates The Big One, which starts with an audio simulation of what happens to a Los Angeles resident when a magnitude 8 earthquake strikes while he is at work downtown, miles from his home and family in the San Fernando Valley.

Along the way, the podcast turns to scientific and emergency response experts to educate listeners about what is surely to come in the near future and how to prepare for it. And the lessons apply beyond Southern California to the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest which both anticipate similar events in the not too distant future.


Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.