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 188: The New London school explosion
On March 18th, 1937, the students in the junior-senior high school of New London, TX, sat waiting in eager antipation of the end of the school day, looking forward to a three-day weekend. But the school, and many of the students and teachers inside the building, wouldn't make it to 3:30.
Episode 187: The Trolley Square shooting
The Trolley Squre Mall in Salt Lake City was a popular and historical landmark with a quaint and quirky design. On February 12th, 2007, a young man would arrive at the mall to do something no one, not even his family, saw coming.
Episode 186: The Ramstein air show disaster
The first maneuver the Frecce Tricolori display team would perform at the Ramstein air show on August 28th, 1988, was called the pierced-heart maneuver. But when three of the planes collided, what followed woud instead pierce through the heart of the crowd, killing dozens.
Episode 185: The 2017 Portland train attack
The man on the train would not be quiet, and what he was saying was horrifying. Three men would stand up to him. Only one of those men would survive.
Episode 184: The Taconic State Parkway tragedy
We will never know the entirety of what happened on the Taconic State Parkway on July 26th, 2009, but we know enough - that a drunk and high mom driving a van loaded with five children drove the wrong way and struck another vehicle, leaving eight people dead. It's in the details where the mystery grows.
Episode 183: The Oppau explosion
On September 21st, 1921, the day dawned just like any other workday at the BASF fertilizer plant in Oppau, Germany. But just a few minutes after 7:30 that morning, an explosion rocked the town and left hundreds dead underneath the remains of Oppau.
One of my favorites
I appreciably the amount of detail in these stories. The information and anecdotes about the geography, culture and political climate in the places where these disasters take place makes the stories come alive in ways I haven’t experienced with a lot of other podcasts.
There are both tragic losses and miraculous survival stories that as inspirational as they are heartbreaking.
The host keeps a nice balance between educational and emotional content, with some well timed dark humor and sarcastic remarks that she manages to include in a respectful manner.
Talking about important and critical events is important.
As a person interested in History and disasters, I think that it is important to talk about things like the Scandinavian Star to unknown disasters with exploding churches in Italy. This podcast gave me new information and uncovered disasters I didn’t even know anything about.
I liked it until she started with the left wing propaganda babbel...