Getting Through It
Episode 81 - Surviving Omicron

Episode 81 - Surviving Omicron

December 23, 2021

In this episode, Dr. Jones breaks down how COVID-19 variants form, how Omicron might play out, and her approach to managing an increase risk of getting infected.

Episode 80 - Our Dubious Distinction: U.S. is #1 in Tornadoes

Episode 80 - Our Dubious Distinction: U.S. is #1 in Tornadoes

December 17, 2021

In the central part of the U.S., there are about ten times as many tornadoes as anywhere else in the world. But even if you don’t live in this “tornado alley”, a tornado can still form — even in Los Angeles! This week, with the reminder of how devastating tornadoes can be, Dr. Jones explains how tornadoes form and the impact of climate change on tornado "outbreaks".

Episode 79 - What is Risk?

Episode 79 - What is Risk?

December 10, 2021

We tend to think of risk as an objective quantity, but actually risk is a human construct. It can help us make decisions and manage any danger we face. In this episode, Dr. Jones assesses risk as emotions, risk as analysis, and risk as politics— and we need all three to take action!

Episode 78 - The Earthquake Weather Fallacy

Episode 78 - The Earthquake Weather Fallacy

December 3, 2021

“Earthquake weather” is one of the oldest and most pervasive earthquake myths. Even though surface weather and earthquakes are not related, they are constantly put in the same mental category. In this episode, we travel back in time to explore the origins of this misconception, from Aristotle's theory about the Earth’s structure, to The Great Lisbon Earthquake and more.

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.

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