Hurricanes, earthquakes, very cold days? One of these things is just like the others. Megan and Meghan address polar vortex and deep freeze and why it's a mistake not to consider our extreme cold a natural disaster. Explored through the lens of the Windy City, what will cold mean for us in the future and how can we build our way out of it?
Los Angeles, a city on the water without a drop to drink. Sourcing its water from hundreds of miles away, and providing drinking water to millions--what could possibly go wrong? Meghan and Megan talk how to survive in LA during a super mega drought and inferno.
Something bad happens, and then something worse, and then another something bad. Are Meghan and Megan just dramatic worriers? Maybe! Or maybe we're right that one bad thing can lead to another. Gather round for a tale of dams, fishing clubs, robber barons, and barbed wire! Finally back in the studio after an unexpected break, we explore how cascading failures make a bad situation much, much worse--a story about the May 1889 Johnstown Flood.
New York, New York: It's a hell of built environment. Meghan and Megan talk New York City, where it's sometimes hard to believe nature ever had a hold. Removal of natural barriers, infrastructure built right up to the seawall and 8 million people: what could possibly go wrong?
Seattle: Our home, the Emerald City, treacherous swampland of potential death. Meghan and Megan talk Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquakes, our slow progress on dangerous infrastructure and getting to know our neighbors in the place we are most likely to die.
For the first episode of This is How We Die, Meghan and Megan tackle Houston: A city built where no city should be. With longer and stronger hurricane seasons, how has the infrastructure of Houston just made things worse? And what is the worst case scenario for Houston (hint: it's terrifying)?
This is how we die, a podcast about cities, infrastructure, natural disasters and how you can survive. Natural disasters are getting stronger, and the built environment that makes our lives better day to day also increases our risk. Each episode in S1 we will explore a different city and what "big one" they should be most concerned about--and provide some tips on how to survive! Hosted by Meghan and Megan--two emergency management and built environment experts who've had an awful lot of wine.