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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

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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 240: The Uvalde school shooting - Part Five

    Episode 240: The Uvalde school shooting - Part Five

    In the final part of this series, we learn about the perpetrator as well as the investigations which have followed in the past two years.
    Videos:
    Frontline: Inside the Uvalde Response
    Frontline: After Uvalde: Guns, Grief, and Texas Politics
    Cell phone video of the parents imploring the police to do something
    Disturbing new footage shows Salvador Ramos in Uvalde school, cops running | New York Post
    Ballistic Gel Human Head VS 223
    Video: Greg Abbott and Beto O’Rourke clash over Uvalde deaths as governor provides more details on school shooting
    Articles and books:
    Before the school shooting, Uvalde was known for a 1970 Hispanic student walkout. Its aging participants fear its spirit and memory are fading.
    Timeline of the events leading up to, including, and following the attack on Robb Elementary
    Department of Justice: Critical Incident Review
    Uvalde buries 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza, the first of many funerals to come
    Texas cops’ claims unravel: Police didn’t "engage" Uvalde shooter — but they cuffed scared parents
    Gunman bought two rifles, hundreds of rounds in days before massacre
    Uvalde: 90 minutes of terror, a failed police response and shattered trust
    Mom who saved her kids from Uvalde school shooting says police are targeting her
    NRA holds convention in Houston days after Texas school shooting
    Before massacre, Uvalde gunman frequently threatened teen girls online
    The Pulitzer Prize: The Washington Post's winning 2023 series on the damage caused by AR-15s
    Nearly two years after the Uvalde massacre, here’s who has been reprimanded and where investigations stand
    Uvalde school shooter’s self-proclaimed ex accused of making threats against the community
    Uvalde victim's uncle elected to school board nearly two years after shooting
    Uvalde mayor abruptly resigns ahead of a council vote on shooting report
    21 lives lost: Uvalde victims were a cross-section of a small, mostly Latino town in South Texas
    Teenage cousin of Uvalde school shooter arrested and accused of threatening to do 'the same thing'
    Uvalde schools hire — and then fire — former DPS trooper under investigation for shooting response
    The Gunman in Uvalde Left Multiple Hints Before His Attack Began




     

    • 55 min
    Episode 239: The Uvalde school shooting - Part Four

    Episode 239: The Uvalde school shooting - Part Four

    In part four of this five-part series, we watch as people realize just how flawed the police response at Robb Elementary really was.
    Videos:
    Frontline: Inside the Uvalde Response
    Frontline: After Uvalde: Guns, Grief, and Texas Politics
    Cell phone video of the parents imploring the police to do something
    Disturbing new footage shows Salvador Ramos in Uvalde school, cops running | New York Post
    Ballistic Gel Human Head VS 223
    Video: Greg Abbott and Beto O’Rourke clash over Uvalde deaths as governor provides more details on school shooting
    Articles and books:
    Before the school shooting, Uvalde was known for a 1970 Hispanic student walkout. Its aging participants fear its spirit and memory are fading.
    Timeline of the events leading up to, including, and following the attack on Robb Elementary
    Department of Justice: Critical Incident Review
    Uvalde buries 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza, the first of many funerals to come
    Texas cops’ claims unravel: Police didn’t "engage" Uvalde shooter — but they cuffed scared parents
    Gunman bought two rifles, hundreds of rounds in days before massacre
    Uvalde: 90 minutes of terror, a failed police response and shattered trust
    Mom who saved her kids from Uvalde school shooting says police are targeting her
    NRA holds convention in Houston days after Texas school shooting
    Before massacre, Uvalde gunman frequently threatened teen girls online
    The Pulitzer Prize: The Washington Post's winning 2023 series on the damage caused by AR-15s
    Nearly two years after the Uvalde massacre, here’s who has been reprimanded and where investigations stand
    Uvalde school shooter’s self-proclaimed ex accused of making threats against the community
    Uvalde victim's uncle elected to school board nearly two years after shooting
    Uvalde mayor abruptly resigns ahead of a council vote on shooting report
    21 lives lost: Uvalde victims were a cross-section of a small, mostly Latino town in South Texas
    Teenage cousin of Uvalde school shooter arrested and accused of threatening to do 'the same thing'
    Uvalde schools hire — and then fire — former DPS trooper under investigation for shooting response
    The Gunman in Uvalde Left Multiple Hints Before His Attack Began




     

    • 50 min
    Episode 238: The Uvalde school shooting - Part Three

    Episode 238: The Uvalde school shooting - Part Three

    In part three of this five-part series, we see responding officers still preparing to approach classroom 111.
    Videos:
    Frontline: Inside the Uvalde Response
    Frontline: After Uvalde: Guns, Grief, and Texas Politics
    Cell phone video of the parents imploring the police to do something
    Disturbing new footage shows Salvador Ramos in Uvalde school, cops running | New York Post
    Ballistic Gel Human Head VS 223
    Video: Greg Abbott and Beto O’Rourke clash over Uvalde deaths as governor provides more details on school shooting
    Articles and books:
    Before the school shooting, Uvalde was known for a 1970 Hispanic student walkout. Its aging participants fear its spirit and memory are fading.
    Timeline of the events leading up to, including, and following the attack on Robb Elementary
    Department of Justice: Critical Incident Review
    Uvalde buries 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza, the first of many funerals to come
    Texas cops’ claims unravel: Police didn’t "engage" Uvalde shooter — but they cuffed scared parents
    Gunman bought two rifles, hundreds of rounds in days before massacre
    Uvalde: 90 minutes of terror, a failed police response and shattered trust
    Mom who saved her kids from Uvalde school shooting says police are targeting her
    NRA holds convention in Houston days after Texas school shooting
    Before massacre, Uvalde gunman frequently threatened teen girls online
    The Pulitzer Prize: The Washington Post's winning 2023 series on the damage caused by AR-15s
    Nearly two years after the Uvalde massacre, here’s who has been reprimanded and where investigations stand
    Uvalde school shooter’s self-proclaimed ex accused of making threats against the community
    Uvalde victim's uncle elected to school board nearly two years after shooting
    Uvalde mayor abruptly resigns ahead of a council vote on shooting report
    21 lives lost: Uvalde victims were a cross-section of a small, mostly Latino town in South Texas
    Teenage cousin of Uvalde school shooter arrested and accused of threatening to do 'the same thing'
    Uvalde schools hire — and then fire — former DPS trooper under investigation for shooting response
    The Gunman in Uvalde Left Multiple Hints Before His Attack Began




     


     

    • 54 min
    Episode 237: The Uvalde school shooting - Part Two

    Episode 237: The Uvalde school shooting - Part Two

    In part two of this five-part series, we see local law enforcement in Uvalde arriving at Robb Elementary, and what happens next - and what does not.
    Videos:
    Frontline: Inside the Uvalde Response
    Frontline: After Uvalde: Guns, Grief, and Texas Politics
    Cell phone video of the parents imploring the police to do something
    Disturbing new footage shows Salvador Ramos in Uvalde school, cops running | New York Post
    Ballistic Gel Human Head VS 223
    Video: Greg Abbott and Beto O’Rourke clash over Uvalde deaths as governor provides more details on school shooting
    Articles and books:
    Before the school shooting, Uvalde was known for a 1970 Hispanic student walkout. Its aging participants fear its spirit and memory are fading.
    Timeline of the events leading up to, including, and following the attack on Robb Elementary
    Department of Justice: Critical Incident Review
    Uvalde buries 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza, the first of many funerals to come
    Texas cops’ claims unravel: Police didn’t "engage" Uvalde shooter — but they cuffed scared parents
    Gunman bought two rifles, hundreds of rounds in days before massacre
    Uvalde: 90 minutes of terror, a failed police response and shattered trust
    Mom who saved her kids from Uvalde school shooting says police are targeting her
    NRA holds convention in Houston days after Texas school shooting
    Before massacre, Uvalde gunman frequently threatened teen girls online
    The Pulitzer Prize: The Washington Post's winning 2023 series on the damage caused by AR-15s
    Nearly two years after the Uvalde massacre, here’s who has been reprimanded and where investigations stand
    Uvalde school shooter’s self-proclaimed ex accused of making threats against the community
    Uvalde victim's uncle elected to school board nearly two years after shooting
    Uvalde mayor abruptly resigns ahead of a council vote on shooting report
    21 lives lost: Uvalde victims were a cross-section of a small, mostly Latino town in South Texas
    Teenage cousin of Uvalde school shooter arrested and accused of threatening to do 'the same thing'
    Uvalde schools hire — and then fire — former DPS trooper under investigation for shooting response
    The Gunman in Uvalde Left Multiple Hints Before His Attack Began.k.............................................................................     

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 236: The Uvalde school shooting - Part One

    Episode 236: The Uvalde school shooting - Part One

    In the first in this five-part series, we look at the town of Uvalde, and the first moments before a normal school day goes from calm to terrifying.
    Videos:

    Frontline: Inside the Uvalde Response Frontline: After Uvalde: Guns, Grief, and Texas Politics Cell phone video of the parents imploring the police to do something Disturbing new footage shows Salvador Ramos in Uvalde school, cops running | New York Post Ballistic Gel Human Head VS 223 Video: Greg Abbott and Beto O’Rourke clash over Uvalde deaths as governor provides more details on school shooting
    Articles and books:

    Before the school shooting, Uvalde was known for a 1970 Hispanic student walkout. Its aging participants fear its spirit and memory are fading. Timeline of the events leading up to, including, and following the attack on Robb Elementary Department of Justice: Critical Incident Review Uvalde buries 10-year-old Amerie Jo Garza, the first of many funerals to come Texas cops’ claims unravel: Police didn’t "engage" Uvalde shooter — but they cuffed scared parents Gunman bought two rifles, hundreds of rounds in days before massacre Uvalde: 90 minutes of terror, a failed police response and shattered trust Mom who saved her kids from Uvalde school shooting says police are targeting her NRA holds convention in Houston days after Texas school shooting Before massacre, Uvalde gunman frequently threatened teen girls online The Pulitzer Prize: The Washington Post's winning 2023 series on the damage caused by AR-15s Nearly two years after the Uvalde massacre, here’s who has been reprimanded and where investigations stand Uvalde school shooter’s self-proclaimed ex accused of making threats against the community Uvalde victim's uncle elected to school board nearly two years after shooting Uvalde mayor abruptly resigns ahead of a council vote on shooting report 21 lives lost: Uvalde victims were a cross-section of a small, mostly Latino town in South Texas Teenage cousin of Uvalde school shooter arrested and accused of threatening to do 'the same thing' Uvalde schools hire — and then fire — former DPS trooper under investigation for shooting response The Gunman in Uvalde Left Multiple Hints Before His Attack Began

    • 44 min
    Episode 235: The Eschede train disaster

    Episode 235: The Eschede train disaster

    A year ago this week, I covered the Amagasaki train derailment in 2005 in Japan. Why not cover a second one seven years earlier near a small town in Germany?
    Videos:

    Seconds from Disaster: The Eschede derailment TS2018 Rail Disasters - Derailment at High Speed (1998 Eschede train disaster) What Went Wrong: Countdown to Catastrophe: The Eschede Disaster
    Articles and books:

    Page about the Eschede train disaster memorial Germany recalls the Eschede train disaster The Cost of Comfort: The 1998 Eschede Train Derailment

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

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723 Ratings

_cheyna___ ,

I almost love this

I’ve watched all free episodes at this point, and I can say conclusively that this show would be greatly improved by an increase in confidence on the hosts part. She has clearly done her research, but she speaks as if she is not sure of what she’s saying almost constantly. This is exemplified by her chronic struggle with the pronunciation of words and names. She often waffles between options rather than opting for what others have utilized when discussing the topics at hand. Overall, I really like the final product! It’s very interesting and Jennifer is a passionate podcaster who takes great care with the subjects she covers. Unfortunately, her lack of confidence leads the product to feel unpolished.

Hrod10_ ,

Well researched and respectful

I cannot emphasize enough how well researched and respectful this host is! She has given me so many resources to read and is genuinely empathetic

CBoSanders ,

Cops aren’t there to save anyone

They didn’t follow their “oath.”
They’re no longer required to protect anyone, so I don’t understand why they even exist. Your take is f ignorant, privileged, and awful. I wish they had rushed in to stop the murdering of innocent children, but you obviously value cops over victims.

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