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 147: The Wellington avalanche
You're stuck inside, unable to leave where you are and growing more frustrated by the day. But it's not quarantine, it's 1910 in the Cascade mountains, and you're stuck in a train that's been snowed in beside a small Washington town that's little more than a speck on the map. And as the snow falls for the sixth day in a row, the steep hillside above you, packed with heavy snow, silently threatens to fall. All it needs is one tiny push for disaster to strike.
Episode 146: The 1992 Los Angeles riots
The city didn't have to burn. Looters didn't have to break windows and rob businesses of everything that wasn't tied down. People didn't have to die. But in certain circumstances, when there is no justice, there will be no peace.
Episode 145: The Brescia explosion
Please don't store all of your explosives in one place. Particularly if there are thunderstorms in the weather forecast.
Episode 144: The fire on the General Slocum
The congregation of St. Mark's Lutheran church in New York City's Little Germany had been waiting for the Sunday school picnic excursion all year. Mothers dressed their kids in their best clothes and packed up good food in baskets to bring with them on the trip up the East River and out to Long Island. On June 15th, 1904, thirteen hundred people would be aboard the General Slocum as it left the pier near the Williamsburg Bridge. Within two hours, over a thousand of them would be dead.
Episode 143: TWA Flight 800
You're at a midsummer evening party at a friend's beach house, enjoying a cocktail or two as the sun sets, when a loud noise draw everyone's gaze to the skies above the ocean. Something has exploded up above - a plane, raining down in fiery pieces on the water below. The sight is already terrifying enough until the whispers start. Did anyone else see something arcing up toward the plane before it blew up?
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.