Getting Through It
Episode 77 - Why Be Thankful 2021

Episode 77 - Why Be Thankful 2021

November 26, 2021

This week, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, we take a look at what we can be thankful for in the face of calamity and uncertainty in the last year. And some of it might surprise you!

Episode 76 - California’s Other Big One (Part 4)

Episode 76 - California’s Other Big One (Part 4)

November 19, 2021

We have lost the collective memory of what major floods can do to California and so flood risk is always underestimated. In this final episode of our four part series on the impacts of rain, flooding, and cascading disasters that come from it, Dr. Jones explains our normalization bias and how we should be thinking about upcoming storm events influenced by climate change.

Episode 75 - California‘s Other Big One (Part 3)

Episode 75 - California‘s Other Big One (Part 3)

November 12, 2021

In the third episode of our four part series about the impacts of rain, flooding, and cascading disasters that come from it, and what it means for California, Dr. Jones discusses what a repeat of California’s worst flood in written history could look like today. Using a model, ARkStorm, to create synthetic storm conditions based on California’s past flooding events, we can anticipate the staggering impacts of this other “Big One.”

Episode 74 - California‘s Other Big One (Part 2)

Episode 74 - California‘s Other Big One (Part 2)

November 5, 2021

The “Big Ones" are not just big disasters; they fundamentally change society. This episode is the second in our four part series about the impacts of rain, flooding, and cascading disasters that come from it, and what it means for California. In this second episode, Dr. Jones explains what happened in the flood of 1861-62, the worst flood in California’s written history, and how it changed the state's main industry and more. 

Episode 73 - California‘s Other Big One (Part 1)

Episode 73 - California‘s Other Big One (Part 1)

October 29, 2021

Rain is something we don’t fear in California, but we should. This episode is the first in a four part series about the impacts of rain, flooding, and cascading disasters that come from it, and what it means for California. This first episode reveals the true reality of floods, atmospheric rivers, and storms in California. 

Episode 72 - Fire + Rain = Debris Flows

Episode 72 - Fire + Rain = Debris Flows

October 22, 2021

Post-fire debris flows are lesser known, but are just as dangerous as other more commonly known disasters. In this episode, Dr Jones defines what debris flows are and talks about her experience studying their impacts in Southern California.

Episode 71 - The Real Cost of Oil

Episode 71 - The Real Cost of Oil

October 15, 2021

What does oil cost? This includes costs that are not only monetary, but also concern health and quality of life. With a recent oil spill impacting beaches across southern California, this episode looks at what the cost and impact oil has on the planet.

Episode 70 - Prediction: The Future Holds 3 Times as Many Disasters

Episode 70 - Prediction: The Future Holds 3 Times as Many Disasters

October 8, 2021

A study found that younger people will be facing more disasters than the generations preceding them. To understand this study, Dr. Jones defines risk as the consequence of the disaster to human beings and our constructs. It is calculated by multiplying hazard by exposure by fragility. This equation shows us that to decrease our risk, we have to decrease our fragility by building our society to handle what is coming. 

Episode 69 - Breaking the Disaster Cycle

Episode 69 - Breaking the Disaster Cycle

October 1, 2021

What is the disaster cycle and how do we get out of it? This episode breaks it down and gives insights on how each of us should approach a disaster so we can work to minimize its impact on us.

Episode 68 - All Models Are Wrong

Episode 68 - All Models Are Wrong

September 24, 2021

Unlike earthquakes, volcanoes have some key precursors to let you know what is imminent. Unfortunately, assumptions based on simple models reported by the media and lack of reporting on the change in the science can lead to misconceptions of what is possible in an eruption event. As Dr. Jones reminds us in this episode: the scientific process is more than one, peer-reviewed paper.

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