247 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
    • 4.0 • 715 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 234: The 1906 San Francisco earthquake - Part Three

    Episode 234: The 1906 San Francisco earthquake - Part Three

    It's early in the morning on a Tuesday when you're awakened by the shaking of your bed, of your entire home. You think for a moment it's the end of the world. You and your family make it out of your home, even though so many others do not. For a moment, you think you are safe. Then, you smell smoke.
    Videos:
    A Trip Down Market Street, San Francisco - April 14th, 1906
    Disaster by the Bay: The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906
    The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Documentary
    Footage of San Francisco's 1906 quake as it occurred
    San Francisco after the devastating earthquake in 1906 like you've never seen before in color! [HD]
    Articles and books:
    The San Francisco Earthquake: A Minute-by-Minute Account of the 1906 Disaster, by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts
    The Museum of the City of San Francisco: Timeline of the San Francisco Earthquake, April 18 - 23, 1906, along with a timeline of the graft investigation

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 233: The 1906 San Francisco earthquake - Part Two

    Episode 233: The 1906 San Francisco earthquake - Part Two

    It's early in the morning on a Tuesday when you're awakened by the shaking of your bed, of your entire home. You think for a moment it's the end of the world. You and your family make it out of your home, even though so many others do not. For a moment, you think you are safe. Then, you smell smoke.
    Videos:
    A Trip Down Market Street, San Francisco - April 14th, 1906
    Disaster by the Bay: The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906
    The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Documentary
    Footage of San Francisco's 1906 quake as it occurred
    San Francisco after the devastating earthquake in 1906 like you've never seen before in color! [HD]
    Articles and books:
    The San Francisco Earthquake: A Minute-by-Minute Account of the 1906 Disaster, by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts
    The Museum of the City of San Francisco: Timeline of the San Francisco Earthquake, April 18 - 23, 1906, along with a timeline of the graft investigation

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 232: The 1906 San Francisco earthquake - Part One

    Episode 232: The 1906 San Francisco earthquake - Part One

    It's early in the morning on a Tuesday when you're awakened by the shaking of your bed, of your entire home. You think for a moment it's the end of the world. You and your family make it out of your home, even though so many others do not. For a moment, you think you are safe. Then, you smell smoke.
    Videos:

    A Trip Down Market Street, San Francisco - April 14th, 1906 Disaster by the Bay: The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906 The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Documentary Footage of San Francisco's 1906 quake as it occurred San Francisco after the devastating earthquake in 1906 like you've never seen before in color! [HD]
    Articles and books:

    The San Francisco Earthquake: A Minute-by-Minute Account of the 1906 Disaster, by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts The Museum of the City of San Francisco: Timeline of the San Francisco Earthquake, April 18 - 23, 1906, along with a timeline of the graft investigation

    • 47 min
    Episode 231: The Peshtigo fire

    Episode 231: The Peshtigo fire

    The deadliest fire in American history happened not in Chicago, but in a small Wisconsin town to the north of Chicago on the exact same day - October 8th, 1871.
    Videos:
    Watch now: The story of the tabernacle in the Peshtigo Fire
    Lake Michigan shipwreck; sank during 1871 Peshtigo Fire
    Articles and books:
    Firestorm at Peshtigo, by Denise Gess and William Lotz
    The Great Midwest Wildfires of 1871
    Wisconsin Shipwrecks: The George L. Newman
     

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 230: The sinking of the USS Thresher

    Episode 230: The sinking of the USS Thresher

    On April 9th, 1963, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher departed Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for depth tests in the Atlantic. It would never return.
    Videos:

    Second Saturday: The Loss of the USS Thresher Finding the Titanic | Bob Ballard: An Explorer’s Life
    Articles and books:

    U.S. Naval Institute: What Killed the Thresher? Arlington National Cemetery: USS Thresher memorial Titanic Discovery was By-Product of Military Quest The Death of the USS Thresher: The Story Behind History's Deadliest Submarine Disaster, by Norman Polmar Navy documents reveal officer flagged "dangerous condition" before deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Episode 229: The Collinwood school fire

    Episode 229: The Collinwood school fire

    The deadliest school fire in American history took place on - of all days - Ash Wednesday, March 8th, 1908, in the Cleveland suburb of Collinwood just after first period ended. Within a half hour, 172 students and three adults would be dead, or close to it.
    Videos:
    Cleveland Public Library: Collinwood school fire Articles and books:

    The Collinwood Tragedy: The Story of the Worst School Fire in American History, by James Jessen Badal The neighborhood never forgets Collinwood school fire: 100 years later, an angel still kneels over the children REMEMBERING THE LAKEVIEW SCHOOL FIRE (ALSO KNOWN AS COLLINWOOD SCHOOL FIRE)

    • 1 hr 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
715 Ratings

715 Ratings

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

LadyBullDogge ,

I have done a 180 on this podcast

I found myself irrationally and unfairly critical of this podcast initially. However, I went through a period of great anxiety and Jennifer’s stories were one of the only things I could stand to listen to. She does a passionate amount of research and clearly cares about her subject. Thank you for continuing to create this, mea culpa for my wrongheaded hot take

PolyDoc93 ,

Grenfell Tower

I love listening to Jennifer. I have listened to almost every episode and I really appreciate the research that goes into each episode.
I have been exposed to some of these events before but the detail with which she explores the historical background and the people involved is really impressive.
My only regret is that i’m running out of episodes!

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