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It should have been a fun evening of music and dancing - but it abruptly turned into a gruesome scene of tragedy.Drawing from contemporary reporting, eyewitness accounts, and official reports, I'll tell the story of the Hyatt Regency Skywalk Collapse.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
An incident in an elevator led to an outpouring of hatred, gunfire and flame. It was America's worst single incident of racial violence, yet for decades many had never even heard of it.Drawing from contemporary reporting, eyewitness accounts, and modern research, I'll tell the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Support: https://blacklivesmatter.com, https://www.standuptoracism.org.uk. Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
A crowded ferry set sail from Zeebrugge on a cold March evening - but just outside the harbour walls, tragedy struck, and a straightforward crossing turned into a fight to survive.Drawing from contemporary coverage, official reports and eyewitness accounts, I'll tell the story of the Herald of Free Enterprise.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
After a church outing to an amusement park, an old yellow school bus full of sleepy kids made its way home along the interstate. At the same time, a pickup truck was driving the other way - in the same lane. Drawing from contemporary coverage, official reports and eyewitness accounts, I'll tell the story of the Carrollton Bus Crash.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
A wave of black, sticky molasses engulfs a Boston neighbourhood, wreaking a sweet-tasting but deadly kind of havoc. It's one of history's more unusual disasters, but that doesn't mean it should be treated lightly. Drawing from both modern and contemporary reports and eyewitness accounts, I'll tell the story of the Boston Molasses Flood.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
It should have been an ordinary Wednesday morning commute, with the biggest worry being whether there would be any seats free on the train. Instead, it was described as being akin to the battlefields of the war just seven years past. Drawing from contemporary reports and eyewitness accounts, I'll tell the story of the Harrow & Wealdstone rail crash - Britain's deadliest peacetime train disaster.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
A bright, sunny New York morning turned to disaster in a matter of moments - and it would be the city's most deadly disaster for almost a hundred years. This heartbreaking disaster literally decimated a community, with a death toll of over a thousand, mostly women and children.Drawing from contemporary reports and eyewitness accounts, I'll tell the story of the General Slocum disaster.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
It was supposed to be a fun afternoon; hundreds of children packed into Sunderland's Victoria Hall for a magic show. Their tickets promised the greatest treat ever given, and the chance of presents, too. However, for many it would end in the most heartbreaking tragedy possible.Drawing from contemporary and modern accounts, I'll tell the story of the Victoria Hall disaster.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami brought unspeakable devastation to Japan, but they were only part of the story. A third disaster followed when the first two cut off power to one of the world's largest nuclear power plants. Now a race was on to contain the meltdown and save the country.Drawing heavily from eyewitness accounts, I'll tell the story of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
Japan is a country that's accustomed to earthquakes, and one you might have thought would be prepared for anything. However, they were not prepared for the scale of the megathrust earthquake that happened one Friday afternoon in March.Drawing heavily from eyewitness accounts, I'll tell the story of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
More than 250 people boarded a DC-10 airliner for a luxurious sightseeing trip in one of the most remote parts of the world. Their trip came to an unexpected and tragic end on the side of a mountain.Using contemporary news reports, the accounts of those involved in the investigation, and the two official reports produced, I'll tell the story of the Erebus Disaster.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
The Yangtze River is the third longest in the world - and when it breaks its banks, its power should not be underestimated.Using contemporary accounts and modern analysis, I'll tell the story of the 1931 China Floods.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
It is perhaps the most famous volcano in the world - but the event it’s best known for happened almost two thousand years ago. So what is it about Mount Vesuvius that allows its story to endure?Using the eyewitness account of Pliny the Younger and other historic and modern material, I'll tell the story of Vesuvius and Pompeii.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
In December, 1941, thousands of American servicemen were enjoying themselves on the idyllic Hawaiian island of Oahu, where the Pacific Fleet was in port. Then, on a date that would "live in infamy", they were abruptly and dramatically pulled into the Second World War.Using eyewitness accounts and contemporary material, I'll tell the story of Pearl Harbor.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
On January 16th, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia launched on its 28th mission, a scientific expedition that would see the crew spend sixteen days in orbit carrying out research. All went well - until it was time to come home.Drawing on contemporary news items, witness accounts, and official reports, I'll tell the full story of the tragic loss of Columbia.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more.Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
In 1859, a spectacular auroral display astonished people all around the world - it was visible far beyond the usual latitudes for such a sight. At the same time, the nascent telegraph system went haywire, and an English astronomer gazing at the sun spotted the connection. Drawing on contemporary news reports and modern research, I'll tell the story of the Carrington Event - and how it could be a warning of future disaster.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more. Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
In the glamorous Gangnam area of Seoul, South Korea, hundreds of shoppers browsed through luxury goods or stopped to grab a couple of things on their way home from work. Then, with a loud bang, the store literally collapsed around them.Drawing on contemporary news reports and accounts from survivors, witnesses and investigators, I'll tell the full story of the Sampoong Department Store collapse.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more. Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
Also known as "an Gorta Mór" in Irish, or the Irish Potato Famine to those outside the Emerald Isle, the Great Hunger created a dividing line in Irish history. It was triggered by the potato blight, but the true depth of misery that it brought was largely created by the politics of the British government.Drawing on contemporary news reports and historical research, I'll tell the full story of the Irish Famine.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more. Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
The Princess Alice was a popular pleasure steamer plying the waters of the River Thames. The Bywell Castle was a collier ship from Newcastle, making its way out to sea after repainting. When the two met on the river, hundreds died.Drawing on accounts from eyewitnesses and survivors, as well as contemporary news reports, I'll tell the full story of the sinking of the Princess Alice.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more. Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
The people of Pripyat knew something had happened at the nearby power plant - but they only realised how serious it was two days later, when they were ordered to evacuate the city.Drawing on accounts from eyewitnesses and survivors, as well as contemporary news reports and expert assessments, I'll tell the full story of the horrifying Chernobyl disaster.This is the second of two episodes on this topic.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more. Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
In April 1986, power plant operators prepared to carry out a planned test which would take less than a minute. Instead, they triggered a disaster with consequences that would last for thousands of years.Drawing on accounts from eyewitnesses and survivors, as well as contemporary news reports and expert assessments, I'll tell the full story of the horrifying Chernobyl disaster.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more. Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
People gathered on the beaches to watch the awesome waves, but this was no mere squall coming in from the Gulf. It was a hurricane, and by the following day there would not be a single building in Galveston standing undamaged.Drawing on eyewitness accounts, official reports and contemporary news reports, I'll tell the full story of the devastating Galveston HurricaneVisit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more. Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
It started as a wisp of smoke, but within a few short minutes it turned into a deadly inferno from which fifty six football fans were unable to escape.Drawing on eyewitness accounts, official reports and contemporary news reports, I'll tell the full story of the Bradford City stadium fire.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more. Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
Social, political and geological factors combined to create disaster on an almost unbelievable scale. The 2010 Haiti earthquake killed at least 100,000, and displaced millions.Drawing on eyewitness accounts, official reports and contemporary news reports, I'll tell the full story of the worst disaster the 21st century has so far seen.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more. Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
With an experienced driver in the engine, the Flying Scotsman service was steaming along at full speed on its way to London when suddenly, it left the rails. 28 people were killed in the mangled wreckage. The question was, why?Drawing on official reports and contemporary accounts, I'll tell the full story of what went wrong.Visit www.greatdisasters.co.uk for the full transcript and more. Check out the Great Disasters Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - let me know what you think of the show.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/greatdisasters)
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Podcast Details

Created by
Kari Fay
Podcast Status
Finished
Started
Dec 8th, 2017
Latest Episode
Jul 17th, 2020
Release Period
2 per month
Episodes
47
Avg. Episode Length
35 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic

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