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Monday, August 5, 2019 Permalink

Earthquakes, Under The Earth And 'No Boundaries'

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP Photo

Ron Mikulaco, right, and his nephew, Brad Fernandez, examine a crack caused by an earthquake on Highway 178, Saturday, July 6, 2019, outside of Ridgecrest, Calif.

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP Photo

Today’s show re-visits stories about earthquakes, the rescue of 33 miners in Chile and new music from musician Dave Bass. We begin with the host and producers of KPCC’s podcast, The Big One. They talk about how to be ready — or as ready as anyone can be — for a really big earthquake in southern California.  Next, a 2015 conversation about the Cascadia subduction zone, a more recently discovered fault off the coast of the Pacific Northwest.

Then we’ll move into the earth to hear the story of the thirty-three Chilean miners caught underground on August 5, 2010. You’ll hear a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Hector Tobar, who was chosen to write the book about the miners. The hour ends end with new music from jazz pianist and composer Dave Bass. His new CD is titled "No Boundaries."

Preparing For The 'Big One'

If you live in southern California, you kind of expect to experience earthquakes. Take the recent temblors near Ridgecrest, east of LA. While many of us might be pretty used to an occasional short quake rattling plates, most of us prefer not to think about the next “big one” that is certain to come. So, what can science tell us about what to expect? How can we prepare ourselves and our communities for an earthquake and the days or weeks afterwards? The host and producers of KPCC’s podcast, “The Big One” — Arwen Champion Nicks, Jacob Margolis and Misha Euceph — joined Insight guest host Beth Duncan in February 2019. They discussed what they’d learned about how to survive the eventuality of California’s next big quake and how big that big one is likely to be.

The Earthquake That Could Destroy Seattle

We talk a lot about the big one in Southern California, but there’s another part of the west with active tectonic plates. In July of 2015, Insight host Beth Ruyak spoke with Dr. Chris Goldfinger to learn more about the Cascadia subduction zone. Goldfinger is a paleo-seismologist at Oregon State University and studies ancient earthquakes. His work focuses on that fault, which gets much less attention and which scientists say could produce a devastating earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. There was a lot of attention paid to this fault in July 2015 because of a New Yorker article written by Kathyrn Schultz called The Really Big One, in which Dr. Goldfinger discussed his work.  

'Deep, Down, Dark'

Do you remember back in 2010, when 33 Chilean miners became trapped underground? The world was riveted by their captivity and rescue. Today is the ninth anniversary of that day the mine collapsed. We revisit their story, as captured by Pulitzer Prize winning author Hector Tobar. His book is called "Deep, Down, Dark." Tobar is a professor of journalism at the University of Oregon. He says he often thinks about the miners who were the subjects of his book. 

Dave Bass With 'No Boundaries'

Sacramento jazz pianist Dave Bass has released his first album since retiring from his law career at the California Department of Justice. He draws inspiration from classic literature and Afro-Cuban percussionists to create a unique blend and performance style. “No Boundaries” is available under the Whaling City Sound record label and features several original compositions by Bass.  

On the song “Agenbite of Inwit,” he borrows a title from James Joyce’s masterpiece “Ulysses.” The phrase is Middle English for “prick of conscience.”  The album features Grammy Award winning artist Ted Nash on woodwinds, Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson on vocals, and Grammy winning artist Carlos Henriquez on bass, plus Jerome Jennings on drums and percussionists Carlos Caro, Mauricio Herrera and Miguel Valdez.

You can see Dave Bass perform at his album release show on Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Auburn State Theatre. 

He’s also performing at the Bay Area Latin Jazz Festival on Aug. 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Roswell Ranch in Castro Valley. 

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