148 episodes

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

Disaster Area Jennifer Matarese

    • History
    • 4.5, 40 Ratings

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

    Episode 142: The sinking of the Marchioness

    Episode 142: The sinking of the Marchioness

    It was just supposed a late-night birthday party on the Thames - a little drinking, a little dancing, and a lot of fun with all their friends. But in the early morning hours of August 20th, 1989, the 131 people onboard the pleasure boat Marchioness found themselves at the mercy of a ship three times her size.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 141: The eruption of Mount Pelee

    Episode 141: The eruption of Mount Pelee

    It spewed smoke and ash that destroyed crops and killed livestock, and yet they stayed. It caused earthquakes that damaged buildings and mudslide which killed hundreds, and yet they stayed. It sent insects and venomous snakes fleeing down into the town, and yet the people of Saint Pierre on the island of Martinique - or more specifically, some of their political leaders - refused to listen to the wordless threats issued by Mount Pelee. 

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 140: The 1918 influenza epidemic

    Episode 140: The 1918 influenza epidemic

    It came out of nowhere, flowing in waves throughout the world during a time of great international upheaval. Some did what they could to fight it. Some were struck down, and tragically lost so quickly it was hard to believe they were gone. Some were careless about the whole thing, refusing to wear masks or continuing to gather together for parades and parties. But in the end, what mattered was the virus, and the damage it wrecked.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Episode 139: The Elaine massacre

    Episode 139: The Elaine massacre

    The gathering was just a union meeting, the Black sharecroppers of Phillips County, Arkansas, banding together and trying to get a fair pay for their work in the cotton fields. But when the night ended in bloodshed, the county's white citizens thought it was something more. Then the posse formed, and all Hell broke loose.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 138: The sinking of the Estonia

    Episode 138: The sinking of the Estonia

    It should have just have been a rough-and-tumble overnight ride across the sea, enjoying a good beer or a meal as the waves crashed outside. But then, early in the morning of September 28th, 1994, a loud noise rattled through the ferry Estonia, and the countdown to the ship's quick death began. 

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 137: The story of Tsutomu Yamaguchi

    Episode 137: The story of Tsutomu Yamaguchi

    All of us are in the middle of trying to survive a disaster. Tsutomu Yamaguchi managed to do so twice in one week.

    • 54 min

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40 Ratings

The bat monkey ,

Absolutely Fantastic Lady

Absolutely love this podcast, very well researched and addictive, I can never listen to just one. Highly recommend

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Totally brilliant !

Wow thanks so much for your fantastic podcast ! 😃. I didn’t know about half of the subjects you have covered . If a podcast prompts me to get my phone out and research the topic in question then that is brilliant . Your ace 👍

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Great show

Great research and some nice personal touches on fascinating and tragic subjects.

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