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Great Disasters

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Rank #70 in Documentary category

Society & Culture
Documentary
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Whether natural or man-made, disasters attract a strange mixture of horror and fascination. However, the spectacle of devastation is only ever one part of the story. Take a closer look, and you will find tales of extraordinary human endurance and heroism, stories that veer from the horrific to the oddly humorous, and lessons that can be learned to make our world safer. From the Titanic to the Costa Concordia, the Station nightclub fire to the Pulse nightclub shooting, these extraordinary events – and the people involved – are examined on the Great Disasters podcast, written, researched, recorded and produced by me, Kari Fay. From official reports, first-person accounts, and contemporary media, I delve into the often-appalling details of these events to bring you the full story.

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Whether natural or man-made, disasters attract a strange mixture of horror and fascination. However, the spectacle of devastation is only ever one part of the story. Take a closer look, and you will find tales of extraordinary human endurance and heroism, stories that veer from the horrific to the oddly humorous, and lessons that can be learned to make our world safer. From the Titanic to the Costa Concordia, the Station nightclub fire to the Pulse nightclub shooting, these extraordinary events – and the people involved – are examined on the Great Disasters podcast, written, researched, recorded and produced by me, Kari Fay. From official reports, first-person accounts, and contemporary media, I delve into the often-appalling details of these events to bring you the full story.

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36 Ratings
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By matt kirschner - Jun 11 2018
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The show was really informative and I enjoy how the show was structured!

Big Fan, Well Delivered History

By PhilBana - Feb 12 2018
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Engaging episodes, interesting history. Worth a listen.

iTunes Ratings

36 Ratings
Average Ratings
33
1
1
1
0

Format A+

By matt kirschner - Jun 11 2018
Read more
The show was really informative and I enjoy how the show was structured!

Big Fan, Well Delivered History

By PhilBana - Feb 12 2018
Read more
Engaging episodes, interesting history. Worth a listen.
Cover image of Great Disasters

Great Disasters

Updated 5 days ago

Rank #70 in Documentary category

Read more

Whether natural or man-made, disasters attract a strange mixture of horror and fascination. However, the spectacle of devastation is only ever one part of the story. Take a closer look, and you will find tales of extraordinary human endurance and heroism, stories that veer from the horrific to the oddly humorous, and lessons that can be learned to make our world safer. From the Titanic to the Costa Concordia, the Station nightclub fire to the Pulse nightclub shooting, these extraordinary events – and the people involved – are examined on the Great Disasters podcast, written, researched, recorded and produced by me, Kari Fay. From official reports, first-person accounts, and contemporary media, I delve into the often-appalling details of these events to bring you the full story.

Rank #1: Chernobyl Part One

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In April 1986, power plant operators prepared to carry out a planned test which would take less than a minute. Instead, they triggered a disaster with consequences that would last for thousands of years.

Drawing on accounts from eyewitnesses and survivors, as well as contemporary news reports and expert assessments, I'll tell the full story of the horrifying Chernobyl disaster.


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Apr 26 2019
39 mins
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Rank #2: The Station Nightclub Fire

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On a cold night in February, hundreds of people packed into The Station nightclub to see the band Great White playing. It would be a night none of them would forget - but the band didn't even finish their first song.

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May 04 2018
33 mins
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Rank #3: Air France 358

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Air France Flight 358 was a transatlantic journey from France to Canada with over three hundred people on board. When it careened off the end of the runway on landing and caught fire, creating a huge blaze that burned for two hours, everyone feared the worst. But the worst didn't come; everyone on board got out alive.

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Dec 29 2017
31 mins
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Rank #4: The Princess Alice Disaster

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The Princess Alice was a popular pleasure steamer plying the waters of the River Thames. The Bywell Castle was a collier ship from Newcastle, making its way out to sea after repainting. When the two met on the river, hundreds died.

Drawing on accounts from eyewitnesses and survivors, as well as contemporary news reports, I'll tell the full story of the sinking of the Princess Alice.


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May 24 2019
39 mins
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Rank #5: The Munich Olympics Massacre

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In the early hours of the 5th September, 1972, eight armed gunmen broke into the apartments of sleeping Israeli athletes and coaches, taking them hostage and beginning a series of events which would turn the Olympics of Peace into the Olympics of Horror.

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Dec 15 2017
29 mins
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Rank #6: Chernobyl Part Two

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The people of Pripyat knew something had happened at the nearby power plant - but they only realised how serious it was two days later, when they were ordered to evacuate the city.

Drawing on accounts from eyewitnesses and survivors, as well as contemporary news reports and expert assessments, I'll tell the full story of the horrifying Chernobyl disaster.

This is the second of two episodes on this topic.

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May 10 2019
46 mins
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Rank #7: Seveso Chemical Disaster

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An ordinary summer's day in Italy was disturbed by the sudden appearance of a white cloud. The cloud was vapour that had been released by a local chemical plant, and Seveso would forever be known for its impact.

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Jun 15 2018
33 mins
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Rank #8: The Spanish Flu

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The flu pandemic of 1918 was not like other outbreaks of influenza. It attacked the young and healthy, not just the infirm, and swept the globe to create a deadly outbreak of unprecedented proportions. It was called the Spanish Flu, and even in the wake of the Great War which preceded it, it was terrifying.

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Jan 12 2018
22 mins
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Rank #9: The Goiânia Incident

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It started with some abandoned equipment and two scavengers looking for scrap metal. The stuff they found inside looked so pretty, with its magical blue glow, that people passed it around and wore it like carnival glitter. They didn't know that it was deadly.

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May 18 2018
30 mins
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Rank #10: San Francisco Earthquake 1906

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Shortly after five am on the 18th April 1906, San Francisco was rudely awoken by a major earthquake. It was only the first part of a double tragedy; fire then swept through the city leaving only destruction in its wake.

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Feb 09 2018
27 mins
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Rank #11: Galveston Hurricane 1900

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People gathered on the beaches to watch the awesome waves, but this was no mere squall coming in from the Gulf. It was a hurricane, and by the following day there would not be a single building in Galveston standing undamaged.

Drawing on eyewitness accounts, official reports and contemporary news reports, I'll tell the full story of the devastating Galveston Hurricane


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Apr 12 2019
36 mins
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Rank #12: The Bradford City Stadium Fire

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It started as a wisp of smoke, but within a few short minutes it turned into a deadly inferno from which fifty six football fans were unable to escape.

Drawing on eyewitness accounts, official reports and contemporary news reports, I'll tell the full story of the Bradford City stadium fire.

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Mar 29 2019
37 mins
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Rank #13: The London Smog

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Londoners had been accustomed to "peasouper" fogs for centuries, but the one that descended in December 1952 was worse than usual. It was deadly; killing people in their thousands. 

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Dec 15 2017
20 mins
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Rank #14: The de Havilland Comet

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In this episode, I'm looking at the case of the de Havilland Comet - the first commercial jet airliner. Three crashes within short succession in the 1950's hinted at a deadly flaw in the plane's design, but it would take pioneering investigative techniques to reveal it.

Drawing on official reports and contemporary accounts, I'll tell the full story of what went wrong.

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Feb 01 2019
26 mins
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Rank #15: Apollo 1

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With America lagging behind the Soviet Union in the space race, JFK made a promise to reach the moon. Three men paid the price on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral. 

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Jul 01 2018
31 mins
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