“I Was There When” shares eyewitness’ stories about big events – from the historical to the deeply personal – in their own words. Each week, journalist Maria Baer interviews one guest, from victims to perpetrators to bystanders. Not all stories are terrible and not all are wonderful – but they’re all captivating.
EP 10 - 9/11 In Gander
Maria talks with Shirley Brooks-Jones, a passenger on one of the 38 planes headed for the U.S. on 9/11/01 that was re-routed to a tiny, unprepared town in Newfoundland, Canada - where they waited for six days.
EP 09 -The Minneapolis Bridge Collapse
On August 1, 2007, the I35W Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed during rush hour, sending dozens of cars plummeting downward. Lindsay Walz was in one of those cars and tells Maria her story in this chilling but uplifting new episode.
EP 08 - The Egyptian Revolution In Tahrir Square
Award-winning journalist Graeme Wood of The Atlantic talks with Maria about his experience in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution in 2011.
EP 07 - The Steve Bartman Incident
Maria talks with Pat Looney, the man who *almost* became the most hated man in Chicago.
Intermission and Sneak Peak
We're halfway through Season 1 of the I Was There When Podcast. We're taking a brief intermission, but here's a sneak peak of our next 6 episodes!
EP 06 - A (Liquid) Lunch With Vladimir Putin
An American Economics professor shares with Maria about the time he met, drank, and joked with a mysterious, brand new Russian President named... Vladimir Putin.
Didn’t expect it to be this good!
I stumbled on this podcast by chance and thought it sounded neat. Not only is it neat, it’s totally addicting and very well done! I binged several episodes in a row after discovering it and only stopped to go to sleep that night. I’m excited to listen to more episodes and even to relisten to episodes I listened to previously.
My only suggestion for improvement would be to not have music underscoring when someone is talking or to have that music be much quieter. I am hard of hearing and have trouble processing speech. If there’s no music under the talking, I can understand it just fine. But when there is dramatic music underscoring the speech, I cannot understand a word. I know most Hearing people aren’t aware that this would cause issues or that HoH and Deaf people would even listen to podcasts (Deaf isn’t just “I can’t hear at all”, there are many degrees of Deafness and Deaf people do listen to podcasts). So I’m still giving this podcast a 5 star review because it is otherwise super well done and very fascinating! I absolutely love it and highly recommend it!
I cannot get enough of this podcast! It is fascinating, captivating and simply riveting. Maria Baer persuades you into believing what you’re hearing is THE most important thing you’ll hear that day.
Best podcast since Gladwell started his.