46 episodes

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

    • Documentary
    • 4.7, 95 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.

    The Tulsa Race Massacre

    The Tulsa Race Massacre

    It was America's worst single incident of racial violence, yet for decades many had never even heard of it.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Herald of Free Enterprise

    Herald of Free Enterprise

    A crowded ferry sets sail from Zeebrugge, unaware that they are on course for tragedy.

    • 49 min
    Carrollton Bus Crash

    Carrollton Bus Crash

    An old yellow school bus full of kids met a pickup truck going the wrong way, with inevitably tragic results.

    • 51 min
    The Boston Molasses Flood

    The Boston Molasses Flood

    A wave of black, sticky molasses engulfs a Boston neighbourhood in one of history's more unusual disasters.

    • 53 min
    Harrow & Wealdstone Rail Crash

    Harrow & Wealdstone Rail Crash

    An ordinary Wednesday morning commute turned into a deadly tragedy in Britain's worst peacetime rail disaster.

    • 41 min
    The General Slocum

    The General Slocum

    It was New York's deadliest disaster for almost a hundred years - a church group outing which ended in fire and death.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

S Hoover ,

Pure, Entertaining History

This podcast is ear candy for history lovers. Straightforward facts, well presented, and eminently interesting.

CSP Dude ,

Informative

As a Safety Professional and a former military and civilian mishap investigator, I find this podcast to be the most informative on general disasters. Great info and great production value. I’m always excited when a new episode enters my feed.

interested party ny ,

Great listening, no frills information

I had to listen to several episodes before I could comment.
Kari Fay does her homework.
Informative and detailed accounts of major events.
No gloss, no glitter, just straight forward accounts of significant events in human history.
And no intrusive commercials.
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