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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 !
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’.
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.