Disaster Area podcast

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.

195 Episódios

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    Episode 188: The New London school explosion


    On March 18th, 1937, the students in the junior-senior high school of New London, TX, sat waiting in eager antipation of the end of the school day, looking forward to a three-day weekend. But the school, and many of the students and teachers inside the building, wouldn't make it to 3:30.
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    Episode 187: The Trolley Square shooting


    The Trolley Squre Mall in Salt Lake City was a popular and historical landmark with a quaint and quirky design. On February 12th, 2007, a young man would arrive at the mall to do something no one, not even his family, saw coming.
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    Episode 186: The Ramstein air show disaster


    The first maneuver the Frecce Tricolori display team would perform at the Ramstein air show on August 28th, 1988, was called the pierced-heart maneuver. But when three of the planes collided, what followed woud instead pierce through the heart of the crowd, killing dozens.
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    Episode 185: The 2017 Portland train attack


    The man on the train would not be quiet, and what he was saying was horrifying. Three men would stand up to him. Only one of those men would survive.
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    Episode 184: The Taconic State Parkway tragedy


    We will never know the entirety of what happened on the Taconic State Parkway on July 26th, 2009, but we know enough - that a drunk and high mom driving a van loaded with five children drove the wrong way and struck another vehicle, leaving eight people dead. It's in the details where the mystery grows.
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    Episode 183: The Oppau explosion


    On September 21st, 1921, the day dawned just like any other workday at the BASF fertilizer plant in Oppau, Germany. But just a few minutes after 7:30 that morning, an explosion rocked the town and left hundreds dead underneath the remains of Oppau.
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    Episode 182: The Ghost Ship warehouse fire


    On the night of December 2nd, 2016, an Oakland warehouse burned to the ground. There was just one small problem - it wasn't empty at the time.
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    Bonus: Disaster Area road trip!


    Jennifer went on a five-day-long pilgrimage to as many disaster sites as she could manage and now she's going to talk about it for two whole hours.  
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    Episode 181: The Sandy Hook school shooting


    On December 14th, 2012, a young man carrying a Bushmaster rifle walked over the shattered glass from the front doors of Sandy Hook Elementary School and into the building. He was already a murderer. In another five minutes, he would be dead.
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    Episode 180: American Airlines Flight 587


    September 11th was still fresh in everyone's minds when, two months later, an Airbus 300 crashed in a Queens neighborhood after takeoff from JFK International Airport. Was it terrorism, or something else?

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