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Episode 75: Halifax Explosion, part two -- The Aftermath
When the munitions ship, the Mont Blanc, exploded in the Halifax harbor, thousands died in an instant, while thousands more were injured, tens of thousands left homeless or buried in the rubble. The devastation took Halifax decades to fully recover from. For two generations, many Haligonians refused to even discuss the tragedy, meaning their stories died with them. Join us for our second episode on the Halifax Explosion, discussing the terrible consequences of a single unlucky accident.
Episode 74: Halifax Explosion, part one -- The Accident
During WWI, the deep natural harbour of Halifax, Canada was the most important seaport in North America. All neutral merchant traffic, military convoys, and army recruits coming and going from the eastern seaboard came through Halifax first, including shipments of munitions intended for the European front. December 6, 1917, 9:05:35 A.M., the realities of war would have tragic consequences for the people of Halifax and Dartmouth with the biggest accidental explosion the world has ever known.
Episode 73: Ernest Shackleton and the Drift of the Endurance
In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton, veteran polar explorer, announced his most daring expedition to date: a land crossing of the Antarctic continent. The journey would be perilous, but fame and fortune would be his likely reward should he make it back alive. However, even before they set ashore, they found themselves trapped by sea ice, adrift, certain of only one thing: help wasn't coming.
Episode 72: Mary Mallon AKA Typhoid Mary
The year is 1907 when the household maid of a wealthy family living on well-to-do Park Avenue in Manhattan suddenly grows ill. Soon after, the family's only daughter likewise grows sick and dies. The cause? Typhoid, a disease associated with poverty and poor sanitation.
Upon investigation, signs pointed to the recently hired head cook -- Mary Mallon, a perfectly healthy woman who had never before had the disease. Her story would become the go-to case study for asymptomatic disease transmission and would earn her both decades in medical isolation and the cruel nickname "Typhoid Mary".
Episode 71: Race to the South Pole, Part two
Before the Cold War race to the moon between the USA and the USSR, there was the purely peaceable race to the South Pole between the British Empire and the recently independent nation of Norway. The Norse were led by Roald Amundsen with his traditional, low-tech approach of sled dogs and skis, while the British were led by Naval stalwart Robert Falcon Scott and his experimental strategy of motor sledges and horses.
Join Jessica and Janel as they discuss frostbite, dog cannibalism, and H.P. Lovecraft's deep fear of penguins.
Episode 70: The Race to the South Pole, Part One
At the turn of the 20th century, two teams of experienced explorers raced to be the first to plant their flag at the southernmost point of the globe for the sake of personal and national glory. They were well financed, well trained, and well equipped, but the harsh conditions of the Antarctic, the final unexplored continent, could be deadly and any mistake could be their last.
Join us today as Jessica and Janel discuss the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration and the leadership of Robert Falcon Scott, as Jessica likewise Goes Off about vitamin deficiencies.