191 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 • 538 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 184: The Taconic State Parkway tragedy

    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.

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Episode 183: The Oppau explosion

    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.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 182: The Ghost Ship warehouse fire

    Episode 182: The Ghost Ship warehouse fire

    On the night of December 2nd, 2016, an Oakland warehouse burned to the ground. There was just one small problem - it wasn't empty at the time.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Bonus: Disaster Area road trip!

    Bonus: Disaster Area road trip!

    Jennifer went on a five-day-long pilgrimage to as many disaster sites as she could manage and now she's going to talk about it for two whole hours.  

    • 2 hr 9 min
    Episode 181: The Sandy Hook school shooting

    Episode 181: The Sandy Hook school shooting

    On December 14th, 2012, a young man carrying a Bushmaster rifle walked over the shattered glass from the front doors of Sandy Hook Elementary School and into the building. He was already a murderer. In another five minutes, he would be dead.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 180: American Airlines Flight 587

    Episode 180: American Airlines Flight 587

    September 11th was still fresh in everyone's minds when, two months later, an Airbus 300 crashed in a Queens neighborhood after takeoff from JFK International Airport. Was it terrorism, or something else?

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
538 Ratings

538 Ratings

samsbbs ,

A true gem

This is my first time actually getting addicted to a particular podcast ! Jennifer does a great job and is so detailed in her research. Her passion really shows through !

uktopgear ,

A casual approach…

…to absolutely devastating events. The research is good but the delivery is too matter of fact. Reading the script as if quickly reading through a menu doesn’t keep me engaged.
I really wanted this podcast to be better.
It could be - but not if the host doesn’t learn to ‘tell a good story’.

AA Ron M ,

Great, informative, no fluff.

This is a great podcast for learning about disasters, and some stories of the individuals that experienced them. Jennifer does a great job of keeping focused on the event, and unlike 2-person “banter” style podcasts, this one gets straight to the point and is full of information. I look forward to every new episode and highly recommend it.

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