The Times podcast: Hope, in a time of disasters

A rainbow over the Santa Ynez Mountains
A rainbow over the Santa Ynez Mountains.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

2021 has been a bad year for disasters: Drought. Oil spills. Bomb cyclones. Wildfires. Delta. Omicron. Yet if you’re reading this, you’ve survived.


Our Masters of Disasters reflect on the year and offer a bit of hope on apocalyptic issues such as the coronavirus, the environment and wildfires.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times earthquake and COVID-19 reporter Ron Lin, wildfire reporter Alex Wigglesworth and coastal reporter Rosanna Xia

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About The Times

“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producers Denise Guerra, Shannon Lin and Kasia Broussalian and producer Melissa Kaplan. Our engineer is Mario Diaz. Our editor is Lauren Raab. Our executive producers are Jazmín Aguilera and Shani O. Hilton. Our theme song was composed by Andrew Eapen.