Jon Mooallem presents This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, A Voice That Held It Together
In conversation with Jazmine Hughes
Longtime writer at large for The New York Times Magazine Jon Mooallem tells the thrilling, cinematic story of a community shattered by disaster—and of part-time radio reporter Genie Chance, the unlikely woman who helped pull it back together. This is Chance! charts a single catastrophic weekend in Anchorage, Alaska: just before sundown on Good Friday, 1964, the most powerful earthquake ever measured in North America sent the city into disarray, leaving the people living there in a jumbled and ruthlessly unpredictable world they did not recognize. Slowly, people switched on their transistor radios and heard a woman’s familiar voice explaining what had just happened and what to do next. Genie’s tireless broadcasts over the next three days would transform her into a legendary figure in Alaska and bring her fame worldwide—but only briefly, before her story faded away as quickly as it had surfaced after the quake. Drawing on thousands of pages of unpublished documents, interviews with survivors, and original broadcast recordings, This Is Chance! is an electrifying and lavishly empathetic portrayal of one community rising above the randomness, a real-life fable of human connection withstanding chaos. Joining Mooallem (virtually!) in conversation is Jazmine Hughes, story editor for The New York Times Magazine.