38 episodes

We go on a journey through the history of disasters: Some man-made, some natural, some modern, some ancient, and all devastating. Listen as we discuss the catastrophic events that changed the trajectory of human history. Each episode wraps up with our recommendations for musical pairings to the story just told.

This Is A Disaster This Is A Disaster

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We go on a journey through the history of disasters: Some man-made, some natural, some modern, some ancient, and all devastating. Listen as we discuss the catastrophic events that changed the trajectory of human history. Each episode wraps up with our recommendations for musical pairings to the story just told.

    Episode 20: Chernobyl - Part 1

    Episode 20: Chernobyl - Part 1

    Every story needs context.  In part one of our two-part series on the Chernobyl disaster, we start at the dawn of the atomic age.  Our special guest Nuclear Norm gives us a "nuclear physics for dummies" introduction to the history of nuclear power.  Little Boy, Fat Man, uranium, plutonium, and the shocking death of a nuclear physicist in a very non-laboratory accident.  Join us as we tee up the events to come in 1986 Soviet Ukraine.
     
    Norm's song pick:: Decay by HOMEhttps://open.spotify.com/track/5XfoqJevsj1fDLOtd5bKQg
     
    Leigh's song pick:: Hallogallo by Neu!https://open.spotify.com/track/03vZjTWmX1Bk57DIrYADdM
     
    Peter's song pick:: Soviet Anthem by The Red Army Choirhttps://open.spotify.com/track/0JRoo5kkeboyTWVdMEU3pw?si=avlrZ1-LT3qlj09wqueQWQ
     
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    Theme song by Blank Sun: https://blanksun.bandcamp.com

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 19.5: [Tragedy Tuesday] Le Mans 1955

    Episode 19.5: [Tragedy Tuesday] Le Mans 1955

    The pinnacle of endurance motorsport is the 24 hours of Le Mans.  In 1955, Mercedez had an excellent shot at taking the crown.  Unfortunately, things didn't go to plan for Pierre Levegh, their number two driver.  A tale of speed, split-second decisions, and the chemical properties of magnesium.
     
    Peter's song pick:: Rampage by Kavinskyhttps://open.spotify.com/track/2L229dt48Ged4SdbenZrd7
     
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    Theme song by Blank Sun: https://blanksun.bandcamp.com

    • 30 min
    Episode 19: [Film Fiasco] The Last Men On Earth

    Episode 19: [Film Fiasco] The Last Men On Earth

    In 1954, the book "I Am Legend" envisioned a future where a sole human survivor struggled against a legion of zombie vampires.  Three movies retold this story, "The Last Man on Earth" with Vincent Price, "Omega Man" with Charlton Heston, and "I Am Legend" with Will Smith.  A special guest joins us as we discuss these three versions of the End Times.  Vampire zombies, lone survivors, underground societies, and a dog.
     
    Andy's song pick:: Acolytes by Horrendoushttps://open.spotify.com/track/3YMHTMRUSeGMfSAH8dfmok
     
    Peter's song pick:: Aura by Omega Massifhttps://open.spotify.com/track/2vL2BRUFGwiBSse7UGwlQt
     
    Leigh's song pick:: Porno Holocaust by Mike Pattonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b32aPshWbhw
     
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    Theme song by Blank Sun: https://blanksun.bandcamp.com

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 18.5: [Tragedy Tuesday] GG Allin

    Episode 18.5: [Tragedy Tuesday] GG Allin

    Leigh tells us about a man named Jesus and raised under threat of death, with the graves dug in the basement to prove it.  The music was good... at first... but then came the bodily fluids and other excretions.  Typically you want the crowd to flock INTO the venue, not out of it.  Punk rock, blood, poo, and a bloated corpse.  GG Allin.
     
    Leigh's song pick:: Bored to Death by GG Allin & The Jabbershttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPWI0CMwbfA
     
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    Theme song by Blank Sun: https://blanksun.bandcamp.com

    • 33 min
    Episode 18: Black Christmas

    Episode 18: Black Christmas

    Ever regretting your choice to travel by air during the holiday season?  I bet it doesn't stack up to the passengers on the four aeroplanes waylaid in the Shanghai fog in Christmas 1946.  In an age before GPS, where modern guidance meant an AM radio with no redundancies, attempting a landing in heavy fog was harrowing, to say the least.  Merry Christmas, never fly!
     
    Leigh's song pick:: Vandal by Designer 
    Peter's song pick:: First Breath After Coma by Explosions In The Skyhttps://open.spotify.com/track/619bPJZXSzqYi5vysR51Sa
     
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    Theme song by Blank Sun: https://blanksun.bandcamp.com

    • 49 min
    Episode 17.5: [Tragedy Tuesday] The Centralia Mine Fire

    Episode 17.5: [Tragedy Tuesday] The Centralia Mine Fire

    What's a decision that you've made that had the worst consequences?  Maybe when Pennsylvania enacted laws against burning garbage in landfills, they knew what they were doing?  Molly Maguires, abandoned mines, fighting fire with garbage, and the worst kind of eternal flame.  Welcome to Centralia, home of fire.
     
    Peter's song pick:: Duhicebdo ed varicecag parvabiguf by Keygen Curchhttps://keygenchurch.bandcamp.com/track/duhicebdo-ed-varicecag-parvabiguf
     
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    Theme song by Blank Sun: https://blanksun.bandcamp.com

    • 22 min

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