Disaster Area

Jennifer Matarese

A podcast about disasters throughout history - what caused them, how people survived, and how we've responded to keep those disasters from happening again.


1:25:55 | Jul 31st, 2018

It was the deadliest building fire in United States history, twice as deadly as the fire which tore through the city three decades earlier. Chicago thought it had seen the worst that fire could do, bu...Show More

1:09:56 | May 6th, 2018

Children of the 80s know their pop culture touchstones - when the Challenger exploded, when the Berlin Wall came down, that time everyone was wondering who shot J.R. One particular 80s moment was a st...Show More
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1:22:11 | Nov 26th, 2017

Until September 11, 2001, one aviation accident between two 747s was the deadliest aircraft crash by far, and only one of the planes just barely managed to make it off the ground. On March 27, 1977, e...Show More

40:52 | Nov 1st, 2017

Who doesn't enjoy a good haunted house? Six Flags Great Adventure had one such haunted house in 1984. The Haunted Castle contained a winding corridor of spooky sights, flashing lights, and costumed ac...Show More

44:55 | Oct 6th, 2017

When the woman cried out, what she said was, "Fight!" But what the congregation of Shiloh Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, heard that Friday night in 1902 was, "Fire!" The panicked crowd rushed for t...Show More
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