13 episodes

In the middle of the night on June 24, 2021, a 12-story section of the Champlain Towers South condominium complex roared to the ground, killing 98 people in Surfside, Florida.
Collapse: Disaster in Surfside is a 12-part investigative and narrative reporting project featuring the Pulitzer-Prize-winning coverage of the Miami Herald in collaboration with Treefort Media.
We’re talking with survivors, witnesses, experts, first responders, and journalists, to get the whole story of Surfside. How the building went up, and why it went down. We’re piecing together 911 calls, police body camera recordings, surveillance footage, and forensic engineers digging deep into the evidence to find the truth.
What went wrong? Who’s going to be held accountable? Could something like Surfside happen again? We’re looking for answers.
And we’re meeting the people who called it home. We’re getting the stories of the lives lived and lost there.
All this and more through the reporting of the Miami Herald, its partners, and host Paul Beban.

Collapse: Disaster in Surfside Treefort Media & Miami Herald

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 431 Ratings

In the middle of the night on June 24, 2021, a 12-story section of the Champlain Towers South condominium complex roared to the ground, killing 98 people in Surfside, Florida.
Collapse: Disaster in Surfside is a 12-part investigative and narrative reporting project featuring the Pulitzer-Prize-winning coverage of the Miami Herald in collaboration with Treefort Media.
We’re talking with survivors, witnesses, experts, first responders, and journalists, to get the whole story of Surfside. How the building went up, and why it went down. We’re piecing together 911 calls, police body camera recordings, surveillance footage, and forensic engineers digging deep into the evidence to find the truth.
What went wrong? Who’s going to be held accountable? Could something like Surfside happen again? We’re looking for answers.
And we’re meeting the people who called it home. We’re getting the stories of the lives lived and lost there.
All this and more through the reporting of the Miami Herald, its partners, and host Paul Beban.

    Introducing Collapse: Disaster in Surfside

    Introducing Collapse: Disaster in Surfside

    In the middle of the night on June 24, 2021, a 12-story section of the Champlain Towers South condominium complex roared to the ground, killing 98 people in Surfside, Florida. 
    Collapse: Disaster in Surfside is a 12-part investigative and narrative reporting project; a co-production of the Miami Herald and Treefort Media. 
    We’re talking with survivors, witnesses, experts, first responders, and journalists, to get the whole story of Surfside. How the building went up, and why it went down. We’re piecing together 911 calls, police body camera recordings, surveillance footage, and forensic engineers digging deep into the evidence to find the truth. 
    What went wrong? Who’s going to be held accountable? Could something like Surfside happen again? We’re looking for answers.
    And we’re meeting the people who called it home. We’re getting the stories of the lives lived and lost there.
    All this and more through the reporting of the Miami Herald, its partners, and host Paul Beban. 
    New episodes release every Wednesday.
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    • 2 min
    Episode 1: No Warning

    Episode 1: No Warning

    Buildings don’t just fall, for no reason, in the middle of the night. But, at 1:22 am on June 24, 2021, a 12-story wing of the Champlain Towers South condo partially pancaked to the ground — a catastrophe so rare, it’s difficult to find an equivalent in modern history. Collapse: Disaster in Surfside investigates whether the tower was doomed from the moment it was built, who is potentially to blame, and what’s being done to make sure this never happens again. We hear the tragedy unfold in real-time, through 911 calls, police body cam footage, fire rescue dispatch audio, interviews with survivors, eyewitnesses, and family members. The developing story is tracked by the Miami Herald reporters covering this unthinkable event in their own backyard. Narrated by journalist Paul Beban.
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    • 39 min
    Episode 2: Feet From Death

    Episode 2: Feet From Death

    For many residents of Champlain Towers South, life or death hinged on where their apartments were located: a few feet down the hallway made the difference. In the second episode of Collapse: Disaster in Surfside, we remain at the scene. The reality of the tragedy is beginning to sink in as search and rescue teams, journalists and the world struggle to comprehend how and why this apartment building filled with sleeping families was reduced to rubble. There are so many questions, and no answers at this point. Fears that the remainder of the condo could fall any minute are compounded by a dramatic race to find survivors. Narrated by journalist Paul Beban.
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    • 41 min
    Episode 3: Inside the Room

    Episode 3: Inside the Room

    Behind closed doors in the “family reunification center,” an emotional scene plays out in the days following the collapse. The third episode of Collapse: Disaster in Surfside takes us inside the large room at the Grand Beach Hotel that is away from the media frenzy, but not far from where Champlain Towers South once stood. Over the next two weeks, first responders from Miami Dade Fire Rescue update the loved ones of those still missing on the state of the search. Using live-stream Instagram video and rare documentary footage, we go inside that room where emotions are raw, nerves are fractured, and hope is waning. Narrated by journalist Paul Beban.
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    • 41 min
    Episode 4: From Rescue to Recovery

    Episode 4: From Rescue to Recovery

    Despite round-the-clock search teams since the collapse of Champlain Towers South, there have not been any signs of life from the rubble. Conditions in the debris are getting more difficult and dangerous with each passing day. In the fourth episode of Collapse: Disaster in Surfside we’re still in the private briefing room as families wait in anguish for word of their loved ones. The heartbreaking shift from search and rescue to search and recovery is made and President Biden arrives to support and mourn with the families, behind closed doors. We also hear from the Miami Herald’s investigative team as they start to turn up clues about what went wrong at Champlain Towers South. Why did the building come down? Who’s responsible? And are others in danger? Narrated by journalist Paul Beban.
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    • 37 min
    Episode 5: Seven Minutes to Collapse

    Episode 5: Seven Minutes to Collapse

    In the only video of the disaster, an entire wing of Champlain Towers South seems to suddenly crash to the ground without warning. But the video doesn’t tell the whole story. The collapse sequence actually took a full seven minutes to unfold, culminating in what was caught on camera. The fifth episode of Collapse: Disaster in Surfside is the first of a two-episode investigation into exactly what happened during those seven minutes, reconstructed through the eyes and ears of key witnesses: a security guard, a tourist, a family of night owls, a couple coming home from dinner, a woman with a guardian angel and a model who watched the structure cave in around her. Split-second decisions meant the difference between life and death. Narrated by journalist Paul Beban.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
431 Ratings

431 Ratings

Links art tuck ,

A Fascinating Story

I’ve followed some you tube channels exploring the causes of the Champlain building collapse. But this podcast is the real gold— stories of the people involved! My imagination was so enriched with the hearing.

ATOgden ,

Riveting!

A masterful synthesis showing facets of this unspeakable tragedy. Beban is brilliant!

CLEListener ,

Excellent Journalism

I consider this podcast series to be one of the best I’ve ever listened to. The structure of the story is excellent, as it moves from broad scope to granular detail and back again. The weaving together of the engineering details behind the disaster with the heartbreaking stories of the victims and survivors, as well as the litigation over the collapse, provides listeners with multiple perspectives from which to view the story of Champlain Towers. The production of the podcast is also top-notch, seamlessly intertwining 911 calls with interviews, news clips, and narration. The Miami Herald and its journalists should be congratulated for this tour de force; any accolades it receives for this series, as well as its reporting on the disaster, are well-deserved.

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