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Whether natural or man-made, disasters attract a strange mixture of horror and fascination. However, the spectacle of devastation is only ever one part of the story. Take a closer look, and you will find tales of extraordinary human endurance and heroism, stories that veer from the horrific to the oddly humorous, and lessons that can be learned to make our world safer.
 
From the Titanic to the Costa Concordia, the Station nightclub fire to the Pulse nightclub shooting, these extraordinary events – and the people involved – are examined on the Great Disasters podcast, written, researched, recorded and produced by me, Kari Fay.
 
From official reports, first-person accounts, and contemporary media, I delve into the often-appalling details of these events to bring you the full story.

Great Disasters Kari Fay

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 224 Ratings

Whether natural or man-made, disasters attract a strange mixture of horror and fascination. However, the spectacle of devastation is only ever one part of the story. Take a closer look, and you will find tales of extraordinary human endurance and heroism, stories that veer from the horrific to the oddly humorous, and lessons that can be learned to make our world safer.
 
From the Titanic to the Costa Concordia, the Station nightclub fire to the Pulse nightclub shooting, these extraordinary events – and the people involved – are examined on the Great Disasters podcast, written, researched, recorded and produced by me, Kari Fay.
 
From official reports, first-person accounts, and contemporary media, I delve into the often-appalling details of these events to bring you the full story.

    2010 Copiapo Mining Incident

    2010 Copiapo Mining Incident

    The story of 33 men trapped deep within a Chilean mine gripped not only their nation, but the whole world. This episode of Great Disasters draws on contemporary reporting and the survivors' accounts to tell a fascinating story of  hope and survival against the odds.

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    2013 Lampedusa Migrant Shipwreck

    2013 Lampedusa Migrant Shipwreck

    In this episode of Great Disasters, I'll be looking at the shipwreck of a migrant boat off the coast of Lampedusa in 2013.

    The beautiful Italian island of Lampedusa is accustomed to the arrival of migrant boats, and the frequent need to rescue their occupants, since it's the closest European land to the coast of Libya. However, this incident was on an unprecedented scale.

    Drawing on contemporary reporting and the accounts of witnesses and survivors, I'll tell the full story of what went wrong.

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    • 38 min
    2021 In Review

    2021 In Review

    A look back over the disasters and tragedies which shaped 2021, from COVID-19 to the Surfside Condo Collapse, the La Palma Volcano, and more.

    (Apologies if my narration isn't as precise as usual - I am in the middle of some significant dental work.)

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    • 34 min
    9/11 - United 93

    9/11 - United 93

    It was one of the most shocking events of modern times; an attack on an a scale previously unimaginable, and a day that should never be forgotten.

    Using contemporary accounts, the stories of witnesses and survivors, and the words of the victims, I'll tell the story of 9/11.

    This is a series in six parts. This episode looks at the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93, and the brave actions of the passengers and crew on board.


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    • 55 min
    9/11 - American 77 and The Pentagon

    9/11 - American 77 and The Pentagon

    It was one of the most shocking events of modern times; an attack on an a scale previously unimaginable, and a day that should never be forgotten.

    Using contemporary accounts, the stories of witnesses and survivors, and the words of the victims, I'll tell the story of 9/11.

    This is a series in six parts. This episode looks at the hijacking of American Airlines Flight 77 and events at The Pentagon in Washington DC.


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    • 56 min
    9/11 - American 11 and the North Tower

    9/11 - American 11 and the North Tower

    It was one of the most shocking events of modern times; an attack on an a scale previously unimaginable, and a day that should never be forgotten.

    Using contemporary accounts, the stories of witnesses and survivors, and the words of the victims, I'll tell the story of 9/11.

    This is a series in six parts. This episode looks specifically at the hijacking of American Airlines Flight 11, and events at the North Tower of the World Trade Center.


    Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
224 Ratings

224 Ratings

tsar1900 ,

Well done

A hard subject handled very well. I hope she comes back.

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Come Back Please

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Mark B61 ,

Highly recommend!

I just discovered Great Disasters podcasts a couple days ago but I’ve been enjoying them immensely. Kari does a wonderful job. I can’t believe she’s a one woman show! But she pulls it off and brings you stories that will grab your attention and make you want to play the next. Well done Kari!

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