208 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
    • 4.1 • 613 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 199: Apollo 1

    Episode 199: Apollo 1

    There is always bound to be a first - the first person to climb Mount Everest, the first person to run a four-minute mile, the first woman to become president. But there are terrible firsts, and in this episode we discuss the first major tragedy of the American space race.

    Videos:

    Apollo 1 Audio - January 27th, 1967
    Articles and books:

    The Astronaut Wives Club, by Lily Koppel Apollo 13, by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger Deke, by Deke Slayton and Michael Cassutt Chasing the Moon, by Robert Stone and Alan Andres A Man on the Moon, by Andrew Chaikin Apollo 1: The Tragedy That Put Us On the Moon, by Ryan S. Walters Moonport: A History of Apollo Launch Facilities and Operations, by Charles D. Benson and William Faherty Chariots for Apollo: The NASA History of Manned Lunar Spacecraft to 1969, by Courtney Brooks, James Grimwood, and Loyd Swenson Apollo 1 report Apollo 1: The Fire Space Safety Magazine: The Apollo 1 Fire ‘We have a fire in the cockpit!’ The Apollo 1 disaster 50 years later American Institute of Physics: Trial by Fire: The Legacy of Apollo 1

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Episode 198: The Christchurch mosque shootings

    Episode 198: The Christchurch mosque shootings

    A man armed with semi-automatic weapons and a livestreaming camera walks into a place full of people he hates and commits a mass murder. It shouldn't be something we see more than once. But now we have.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Bonus: Disaster Area road trip Part 2: The New Yorkening

    Bonus: Disaster Area road trip Part 2: The New Yorkening

    In which Jennifer describes her visits to disaster sites in New York City last week, including the 9/11 Memorial, the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, and the 1920 Wall Street bombing.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Episode 197: Operation Yellow Ribbon

    Episode 197: Operation Yellow Ribbon

    We all hope that in a moment of great need, we would do the right thing. When the airspace over the United States closed on September 11th, the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, did just that.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Episode 196: The 1967 Oak Lawn tornado outbreak

    Episode 196: The 1967 Oak Lawn tornado outbreak

    In fifteen minutes one Friday in April of 1967, one tornado slashed through the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, leaving dozens dead in its wake. But it wasn't the only tornado to strike the area that afternoon.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 195: The San Bernardino massacre

    Episode 195: The San Bernardino massacre

    It was just supposed to be a typical office training session masked as a Christmas party - the speeches, the boring videos, the slideshows that probably could have been an email. But at 11 AM, everything changed when a person dressed all on black entered the conference room and began shooting. Then it got worse - they weren't alone.

    • 1 hr 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
613 Ratings

613 Ratings

iwantdonuts751 ,

Incredible research, sub par execution

I love this podcast and the length and how much depth Jennifer goes into. I appreciate how much effort she puts in. I’d give it 5 stars but I can’t deal with the pandering for money in the beginning. And $25 is insane. I appreciate the research and work but I can go find a podcast about the same subject matter without having to pay to suggest a topic.

The mouth noises are rough to listen to :(

Mr Munipals ,

Would give it a 10 star rating

Best disaster podcast ever. Episodes are filled with info, almost 200 episodes, and a regular upload rate. Discovered this podcast in 2020, and have been listening since.

The roman heath ,

Love the detail but..

Agree with other review about the begging for money, but I just fast forward thru that.. the reason for me it doesn’t get 5 stars is the last 10 minutes of every episode she feels the need to tell us about her distrust in government and how past and current situations are always the fault of people and politicians she does not like. I could care less
About her political and policy views. In fact that’s why most people tune in; to get away from all of that. If she feels the need then just start out each episode by saying; “Trump blew up challenger,” “trump made the hurricane happen,” ,”Trump didn’t do the safety check at Chernobyl..” stick to the historical facts (which you excel at) then say “until next time”

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