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Disaster Area

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Rank #195 in History category

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History
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A podcast about disasters throughout history - what caused them, how people survived, and how we've responded to keep those disasters from happening again.

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A podcast about disasters throughout history - what caused them, how people survived, and how we've responded to keep those disasters from happening again.

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251 Ratings
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Two-and-a-half stars

By kittiseth - Jan 17 2020
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Interesting, in-depth discussion of the disasters that haunt and morbidly attract us all. Well-researched and thorough. My one critique - but it’s approaching deal-breaker status after a number of episodes now - is that Jennifer needs to keep her politics to herself. American politics in general have arguably been a slow-motion disaster in themselves for years, but this isn’t the place I’d choose to hear about them, regardless of whether I agree with her. If I want political commentary I can turn on any news channel and gorge myself with abandon. I come here to escape that pervasive muck and to satisfy my curiosity for all things deliciously disastrous. Stick to what you do best, Jennifer. I’ll give it a couple more episodes, but if it keeps up I don’t think I’ll hang around.

Great show!

By Alime038507 - Dec 13 2019
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Very interesting show! Very well researched & presented. 👍🏻👍🏻

iTunes Ratings

251 Ratings
Average Ratings
172
25
16
17
21

Two-and-a-half stars

By kittiseth - Jan 17 2020
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Interesting, in-depth discussion of the disasters that haunt and morbidly attract us all. Well-researched and thorough. My one critique - but it’s approaching deal-breaker status after a number of episodes now - is that Jennifer needs to keep her politics to herself. American politics in general have arguably been a slow-motion disaster in themselves for years, but this isn’t the place I’d choose to hear about them, regardless of whether I agree with her. If I want political commentary I can turn on any news channel and gorge myself with abandon. I come here to escape that pervasive muck and to satisfy my curiosity for all things deliciously disastrous. Stick to what you do best, Jennifer. I’ll give it a couple more episodes, but if it keeps up I don’t think I’ll hang around.

Great show!

By Alime038507 - Dec 13 2019
Read more
Very interesting show! Very well researched & presented. 👍🏻👍🏻
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Disaster Area

Latest release on Jan 22, 2020

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A podcast about disasters throughout history - what caused them, how people survived, and how we've responded to keep those disasters from happening again.

Rank #1: Episode 123: Chernobyl - Part One

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Before we get into the story of Chernobyl, we explore a few previous nuclear disasters, learn how radiation and nuclear accidents are measured, and find out just how sick ionizing radiation will make you.

Oct 31 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #2: Episode 12: The Sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald

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Released in 1976, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot told the tragic story of the sudden loss in a November storm of a freighter hauling iron ore pellets to Detroit. The SS Edmund Fitzgerald went down with a loss of 29 crewmen and left an enduring mystery of what may have really happened in its final moments.

Aug 07 2016

1hr 31mins

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Rank #3: Episode 23: The eruption of Mount St. Helens

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Sunday dawned warm and sunny in the Cascade mountain range. Hikers and fishermen savored the beautiful weather that morning, sure they were far from the danger they knew had been rumbling for weeks now. But at 8:32 AM on May 18, 1980, an earthquake shuddered through Mount St. Helens which triggered the massive volcanic eruption which everyone had been waiting for -- and yet, in at least one major way, almost no one saw coming.

Dec 17 2016

1hr 25mins

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Rank #4: Episode 85: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

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Four years ago this week, a plane full of innocent people just going about their lives - returning home, heading for vacation in Malaysia, flying to an international AIDS conference in Melbourne - unwillingly became a pawn in a war they played no part in before that day. On July 17, 2014, someone in an Ukrainian war zone looked up and thought they saw enemy military aircraft overhead. So they positioned their Russian-made missile and fired. What happened afterward would be a subject of debate - and a source of international tensions - to this day.

Jul 20 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #5: Episode 110: American Airlines Flight 191

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There are certain things you don't want to see out the window when you're sitting on a plane that's taking off. Seeing pieces of the plane fall off - like, say, the engine - are pretty high up on the list. Passengers sitting on American Airlines Flight 191 as it took off from O'Hare International Airport on May 25, 1979, were horrified to look out their windows and see exactly that happen to the engine on the left wing. They would only be horrifed for another thirty-one seconds.

Apr 12 2019

52mins

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Rank #6: Episode 39: The San Ysidro McDonald's Massacre

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It was always busy at the McDonald's restaurant on San Ysidro Boulevard. Kids invaded the play area whether or not they'd eaten in the restaurant, and for people arriving from the Tijuana border crossing only a mile south, the golden arches were like a welcome friends greeting them hello as they arrived in America. But on July 18, 1984, a stranger walked into the restaurant armed to the teeth, ready to finally end the battle in his mind.

May 31 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #7: Episode 62: The Tenerife disaster

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Until September 11, 2001, one aviation accident between two 747s was the deadliest aircraft crash by far, and only one of the planes just barely managed to make it off the ground. On March 27, 1977, everything that could go wrong did go wrong, one after another, leading to a deadly crash which left one group of prospective vacationers scrambling to escape a burning wreck.

Nov 26 2017

1hr 22mins

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Rank #8: Episode 37: Air Florida Flight 90 and the Washington Metro Train Collision

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They say God never gives you more than you can handle. On January 13, 1982, He sure as hell attempted to do so to the city of Washington, DC. Snow cascaded from the sky, making driving home from work to the suburbs a treacherous undertaking. At National Airport, an Air Florida flight with a crew inexperienced in flying under winter conditions waited impatiently for takeoff. And underneath the city, an improperly closed rail switch and a subway train packed to the gills would have a devastating introduction to one another.

May 16 2017

57mins

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Rank #9: Episode 6: The Station Nightclub fire

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Fifteen seconds of sparks given off by pyrotechnic gerbs, two different layers of flammable soundproofing foam, no sprinklers, obstructed exits, and a panicked crowd combined to leave 100 concertgoers dead at the Station Nightclub in West Warwick, RI, on February 20, 2003.

Apr 03 2016

1hr 49mins

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Rank #10: Episode 88: The 2013 Moore tornado

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Moore, Oklahoma, had the worst luck. Over the course of fifteen years, the Oklahoma City suburb would have five major tornados blow through the area, causing billions of dollars in damage. One in particular which struck on May 20, 2013, caused another tragic kind of damage, heading straight for two of the town's elementary schools.

Aug 20 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #11: Episode 2: The Hillsborough Disaster

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On April 15, 1989, thousands of British football fans flocked to Sheffield to see the F.A. Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Ninety-six never made it home.

Jan 20 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #12: Episode 67: United Airlines Flight 232

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Sometimes when planes crash, it's due to the tiniest hidden flaw which causes incredible amounts of destruction after a series of one mishap after another. One microscopic flaw led to the failure of the tail-mounted engine on a DC-10, and the damage it caused ended with an incredible fiery crash caught on camera.

Feb 19 2018

58mins

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Rank #13: Episode 95: The Sunshine Skyway bridge collapse

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The Sunshine Skyway bridge was a well-known piece of Florida architecture, carrying vehicles back and forth across Tampa Bay and allowing ships to pass underneath in the bay's busy shipping channel. But on May 9, 1980, a sudden and ferocious storm brought all three - the ships, the bridge, and the cars - to a tragic shared end.

Oct 30 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #14: Episode 124: Chernobyl - Part Two

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In this episode, we see Chernobyl's beginnings, and just where cracks begin to form underneath the surface.

Nov 06 2019

45mins

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Rank #15: Episode 56: The Haunted Castle Fire

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Who doesn't enjoy a good haunted house? Six Flags Great Adventure had one such haunted house in 1984. The Haunted Castle contained a winding corridor of spooky sights, flashing lights, and costumed actors ready to give you a fright. On May 11, 1984, it added eight more ghosts to its cast.

Nov 01 2017

40mins

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Rank #16: Episode 107: The Beverly Hills Supper Club fire

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It was a little slice of Vegas transplanted to a Kentucky hillside just outside of Cincinnati, an elegant showcase for the likes of the Rat Pack, Marilyn Monroe, Liberace, and Frankie Valli. The Beverly Hills Supper Club went from a mafia-run illegal gambling den to the sort of place you could hold your kid's bar mitzvah or the Elk Club awards ceremony. But on Memorial Day weekend in 1977, all of that would end in a terrible fire those in the area would remember for years.

Mar 21 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #17: Episode 32: The 2011 Norway attacks

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Heavy rains soaked the Norwegian Labour Party's youth camp on Utøya that Friday in July of 2011. What might have otherwise been a miserable day was lightened by a visit from former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland. The campers -- all smart, capable, and eager to change the world -- could deal with a little rain if it meant meeting one of their idols. But after she left the island, they started to receive texts. A bomb had exploded in Oslo. As terrifying as it was, though, they all felt safe on Utøya.

Mar 06 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #18: Episode 74: Aloha Airlines Flight 243

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Some plane crashes may make you terrified any plane you get one will crash. Only one may scare you into worrying the roof of your airplane may rip right off in midflight.

Apr 24 2018

52mins

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Rank #19: Episode 97: The MGM Grand hotel fire

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The MGM Grand hotel and casino sat in a plum spot right along South Las Vegas Boulevard in the glittering city of - surprise - Las Vegas, Nevada. Hosting Dean Martin roasts and a long-running performance of Jubilee!, the MGM Grand featured the height of 1970s Las Vegas-caliber entertainment in a luxurious hotel anyone would die to stay in. But in the early morning hours of November 21, 1980, a deadly secret smoldered inside one of the hotel's five restaurants.

Nov 01 2018

52mins

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Rank #20: Episode 24: The Schoolhouse Blizzard

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The morning of January 12, 1888, towns across the Great Plains of the United States encountered relatively warm weather for an area experiencing a frigid winter. But the afternoon would bring a nasty surprise at about the same time as children were being let out of school for the day. A ferocious blizzard raced across the plains like a stampeding horse, moving with supernatural speed and swallowing those outside at the time whole before they even knew what was happening.

Dec 26 2016

1hr 31mins

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Episode 130: The shipwreck of the Empress of Ireland

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It was one of the most respected ships on the sea, a luxurious way to travel from Canada to Europe. But one foggy night was all it would take to send the Empress of Ireland to the bottom of the St. Lawrence River in a mere fourteen minutes.

Jan 22 2020

1hr 10mins

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Episode 129: The story of Samantha Smith

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Would the United States and the Soviet Union nuke each other out of existence? In the 1980s, no one could be sure. So in 1982, a little girl named Samantha Smith just went ahead and asked -- the leader of the Soviet Union, that is.

Jan 01 2020

1hr 14mins

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Episode 128: Chernobyl - Part Six

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In this final episode of our Chernobyl series, we look at how Pripyat has fared in the years since it was evacuated, among other things.

Dec 25 2019

1hr 1min

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Episode 127: Chernobyl - Part Five

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In the penultimate episode of our Chernobyl series, we look at the investigation into the causes of the accident and the failures behind the scenes which led to the disaster.

Dec 20 2019

55mins

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Episode 126: Chernobyl - Part Four

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The break is over and it's back to Chernobyl, where everything is covered with radioactive dust and the remains of reactor #4 are a continuing danger to everyone - both in the immediate vicinity, and quite possibly to all of those in western Europe.

Dec 13 2019

1hr 17mins

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Episode 125: Chernobyl - Part Three

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In this part of our Chernobyl series, we reach the moment of truth - the day when all of Chernobyl's underlying problems rose to the surface and led to the worst nuclear power disaster in history.

Nov 12 2019

1hr 18mins

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Episode 124: Chernobyl - Part Two

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In this episode, we see Chernobyl's beginnings, and just where cracks begin to form underneath the surface.

Nov 06 2019

45mins

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Episode 123: Chernobyl - Part One

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Before we get into the story of Chernobyl, we explore a few previous nuclear disasters, learn how radiation and nuclear accidents are measured, and find out just how sick ionizing radiation will make you.

Oct 31 2019

1hr 2mins

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Episode 122: The Stardust fire

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It's St. Valentine's Day weekend, and love is in the air. Young people throughout northern Dublin flocked to the Stardust in 1981, drawn by the promise of a disco dancing competition to start at one in the morning. But within an hour of people gathering around the dance floor to start the contest, all eight hundred people in the Stardust would be fighting for their lives against a deadly inferno.

Sep 27 2019

1hr 10mins

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Episode 121: British European Airways Flight 609

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They were some of the best and the brightest in British football. In the mid-to-late 1950s, the Busby Babes were young talented players signed on to Manchester United F.C. by manager Matt Busby to mold into a winning side. And win they did, creeping ever closer to Busby's goal of the European Cup. But on February 6th, 1958, the crash which would come to be known as the Munich air disaster would break the hearts of Manchester United fans, Great Britain, and the sporting world at large.

Sep 19 2019

1hr 12mins

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Episode 120: The 1900 Hoboken Docks fire

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It was a normal working Saturday at the docks in Hoboken, New Jersey - until it wasn't. After the cotton bales on pier three caught fire so very close to barrels of oil and turpentine, every ship docked along the waterfront was under threat, and not all of them would make it out in one piece.

Aug 30 2019

50mins

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Episode 119: The Balvano train disaster

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With World War II raging on throughout Europe, those civilians who were merely trying to survive in their day-to-day lives in southern Italy were on the brink of starvation. They needed food, and to find some they opted to hop a freight train to the countryside to barter for whatever they could find. On March 2nd, hundreds of people either boarded the no. 8017 train at Balvano station with legitimate tickets or snuck into one of the train's many freight cars. The vast majority of those onboard would be dead within hours.

Aug 01 2019

41mins

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Episode 118: The Carolean death march

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Feeling hot this summer? It could be worse. In January of 1719 during the Great Northern War, six thousand troops from the Swedish army began what should have been a two-day walk back over the Norwegian border to their own empire, mentally and physically exhausted from a four-month-long losing battle. But then the snow came, and what was supposed to be a two-day hike turned into a week-long nightmare.  

Jul 31 2019

46mins

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Episode 117: Iran Air Flight 655

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One country said it was a tragic mistake during wartime. One country claimed it was a deliberate and heartless act. But one thing was true - whether it was one or the other, the shootdown of Iran Air Flight 655 took the lives of 290 innocent people in July of 1988.

Jul 19 2019

1hr 13mins

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Episode 116: The 1986 Mount Hood incident

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It's time for the yearly school trip - no, not to Washington, DC, or the Grand Canyon or New Orleans. In 1986, as every year before it, the kids in the Basecamp program at Oregon Episcopal School participated in a special trip - a climb up Mount Hood in the Cascade mountain range. But when the group left the school late on the night of May 11th, 1986, to head to Mount Hood for the opportunity of a lifetime, they had no idea nine of them would not be coming back alive.

Jun 27 2019

1hr 7mins

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Episode 115: The Cocoanut Grove fire

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It's 1942, and it's men in uniform and women in pretty dresses everywhere you go. Tonight's you're at the Cocoanut Grove, arguably the most popular supper club in Boston. The decor matches the name, with a tropical theme and fake palm trees surrounding a dance floor bracketed by Spanish-tiled eaves. You and your steady beau are all set up with drinks and ready to watch the floor show when there's a commotion from the direction of the stairs down to the basement Melody Lounge. Is it the fight it sounds like? Or is it something far, far more dangerous?

Jun 18 2019

1hr 26mins

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Episode 114: The Pulse nightclub shooting

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In two weeks, it will have been three years since a man walked into Pulse in Orlando, FL, bearing a rifle and intent on turning the last day of that city's Pride week into the last night many in the popular gay nightclub would ever see.

May 29 2019

1hr 7mins

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Episode 113: The Hermosillo nursery fire

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It was something you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. On June 5, 2009, a spark caught on the other side of the wall of the ABC daycare center in Hermosillo, Mexico. On that side of the wall, a growing fire. On the other side, over a hundred and forty children between the ages of six months and five years old and only six adults to watch them - and save them when the fire broke through.

May 24 2019

53mins

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Episode 112: The Our Lady of the Angels fire

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There's only a half an hour before the end of the school day, and your teacher is working through her final lesson - geography, geometry, Shakespeare. Then you think you smell something - a whiff of smoke. The room starts to warm up. In only a few short minutes, you and the rest of your classmates find yourself with a horrific choice - burn to death, or leap down to the pavement below? The young students of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic elementary school in Chicago, IL, faced that very decision on the first day of December in 1958.

May 01 2019

52mins

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Episode 111: The Black Saturday bushfires

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All it would take was one spark. The southeastern Australian state of Victoria was dried out and temperatures were tipping into the high forties Celsius. In early February of 2009, the region could burn so very easily. Everyone knew February 7th was likely to be the day that summer Victoria burned. 

Apr 23 2019

1hr 19mins

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iTunes Ratings

251 Ratings
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172
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Two-and-a-half stars

By kittiseth - Jan 17 2020
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Interesting, in-depth discussion of the disasters that haunt and morbidly attract us all. Well-researched and thorough. My one critique - but it’s approaching deal-breaker status after a number of episodes now - is that Jennifer needs to keep her politics to herself. American politics in general have arguably been a slow-motion disaster in themselves for years, but this isn’t the place I’d choose to hear about them, regardless of whether I agree with her. If I want political commentary I can turn on any news channel and gorge myself with abandon. I come here to escape that pervasive muck and to satisfy my curiosity for all things deliciously disastrous. Stick to what you do best, Jennifer. I’ll give it a couple more episodes, but if it keeps up I don’t think I’ll hang around.

Great show!

By Alime038507 - Dec 13 2019
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Very interesting show! Very well researched & presented. 👍🏻👍🏻