What Do You Want To Hear? Let Us Know!

So fascinations with natural and man-made catastrophes have resonated for me my entire life.  What about you?  Drop me a note to let me know what you’d like to see covered in an upcoming podcast!

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31 Responses to What Do You Want To Hear? Let Us Know!

  1. Rory Shields

    You should do an episode on The Great Leap Forward/Great Chinese Famine of 1959-1962. That was one of the worst disasters in history, it killed between 13-35 million people. By the way I love what you’re doing.

    • Excellent idea! I’ve been wanting to branch out into more non-US based catastrophes, and this is the perfect thing to focus on. Thanks! And thank you for the kind words!

  2. Thank you so much for the podcast on Los Alfaques disaster. I was the listener who proposed it and I think you made an excellent job!! Most of the sources were in Spanish and that catastrophe is not so well known, which made the effort more difficult.

    Just a small remark: the film you refer to, “Tarragona, paradise in flames” is not a Spanish film, but a German film (most of the victims were German and French). It’s a B-series movie, but still worth watching it.

  3. Mark

    Hi Walter. Just discovered your podcast and have listened to all episodes so far. I especially enjoyed (inasmuch as you can enjoy a story of a catastrophe) your rendition of the 1977 Tenerife runway disaster. I look forward to your next episode … You do realize that you will have to cover Chernobyl and/or Three Mile Island at some point? But, before that, I would love to listen to an episode about the underground peat fire and sinkhole disaster that was Centralia in Pennsylvania. I think the first sinkhole, which nearly claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy in his backyard (but luckily didn’t) happened in 1981 and by 1985, Centralia was a ghost town though there are still two or three houses in the town that remain occupied to this day. Thanks, Walter, and keep up the great podcasting. ~ Mark

    • walterh

      It’s funny – with the US Government shutdown this week, Three Mile Island was in the news again, because it overshadowed the news of us almost defaulting on some treasury bonds. But I digress. TMI would be an awesome podcast! Thanks for the topic! I think it’s lesser known than Chernobyl, so I think that’s what makes it more compelling.

      As for the Centralia thing – I’ve never heard of it, but I think that’ll be another excellent one. Thanks!

      And thanks for listening, and for the awesome comments!

  4. Ash

    Are you still updating? I just discovered this…

    • CatastropheCast

      I haven’t for several months due to work, but should be picking up in the very near future! If you have ideas, let me know.

      • Scott Dunn

        How about the old Texas City, Texas shipyard accident?

        • walterh

          I’m actually not familiar with it – I’ll investigate it and let’s get it on the docket!

          • Scott Dunn

            Awesome! Thanks. Keep up the good work!

        • walterh

          By the way – Texas City is going to be our next podcast!

          • Scott Dunn

            Awesome, I can’t wait! Thanks man.

  5. Carol Guizio

    The 1950’s sludge slide in Wales where almost all (or all, I can’t remember) the children were killed in the school. Glenn Ford narrated a documentary on this disaster back in the 50’s. The Queen went to the funeral for the children.
    The sludge came from the ‘dirt’ removed from the mines. These piles towered on the outskirt of the town next to the school I don’t remember how many people were killed other than the children. I do know some people lost all their children. They only had the one school for all the children and teenagers of the town.
    I can’t remember much more about the story since I haven’t seen the documentary in maybe 30 years or more and I only saw it that one time. Can’t remember the name of the town.
    Just an idea for you.

    • walterh

      Interesting! I hadn’t heard of this. I *do* have on my list, the London beer flood of 1814, so now I need to check on this – especially since I just found out through genealogy research that I’m Welsh. Thanks for the suggestion!

  6. David

    I didn’t find one in your archives, so I would like to suggest that you look into the Sunset Limited train crash. I once had a conversation with a survivor of that crash (on an airplane, of all places) and that has peaked my interest since then. Thanks for the good work.

    • walterh

      Very interesting – thanks for the suggestion! I’ll start looking into it.

  7. bradley higgins

    How about the Hillsborough Soccer Disaster in which 96 people were crushed to death due to bad decisions by the police and poor stadium design.

  8. Stuart Bain

    Just discovered the podcast and loving it 🙂 I have a big interest in train related stories and there is a great deal of them out there; my particular suggestion would be the Ladbroke Grove Rail Crash, has a quite interesting cause


    How about the Humberto Vidal Shoe Store explosion in Puerto Rico? It was some type of gas leak. It leveled a building and killed over30 people and injured over 60.

    • walterh

      I’ve been wanting to do one on the Dupont Plaza Hotel fire, ever since finding out that’s the same hotel that I’ve stayed at a dozen times. Maybe I can do a Puerto Rican special!


  10. Do an episode on the plane that crashed in Kenner, LA and or Lake Ponchatrain. I work at a funeral home and cemetery where many of the plane crash victims are interred there.

    • walterh

      I’m not familiar with this accident, but I’ll look into it. Thanks for the suggestion, and sorry for the delay in getting back to you!

  11. Natalie

    Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire!!!

    • walterh

      Yes! I’ve actually been thinking about the Triangle Waistcoat Factory fire for a while now. It’s got to be in there soon! Thanks for the suggestion!

  12. Becky Gibson

    Can you cover the Japanese Boeing 747 plane crash ?

    • walterh

      Thank you for the suggestion! This is definitely on my to-do list.

  13. Aloha: What’s your life like when forty years ago you dig your way out of a burning jumbo jet on the tarmac in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead? I invite you to take a long hard look at the air disaster whose truth has be covered up for 4 decades. I am the surviving flight attendant aboard Western Airlines DC-10 Flight 2605 which crashed on October 31, 1979 at Benito Juarez International Airport. The details of my journey are well documented in my book Jumpseat: A Tale of Twisted Fate, available on Amazon.com and at Jumpseat2605.com. You will never see this incident on any air disaster documentary because the facts were the victim of money, corporations and big government. This Halloween, will mark the 40th anniversary of this tragic event and the lies still live. With the recent tragedies of Lion’s Air, Air Ethiopia and Aeroflot, let me tell you first hand what survivors and families of victims have to look forward to over the year.

    For more info on this incident visit tresbros.com

    • walterh

      Wow – thank you for this info. I’m going to look into your tale. How damned interesting, and fortunate. I’m glad you’re here to tell the tale!

  14. How about flight 1808 bar bar or airlines. Samantha Smith killed on this flight

    • walterh

      I’m not familiar with that one, so I’ll start to do some research!

  15. Janet hill

    I just listened to the episode about Waco. The parallels to how things are currently playing out in the US government are unsettling. (Groupthink by an organization-process-minded group dealing with a group motivated by or dedicated to a belief system, a leader with no intention of keeping promises ……). Scary stuff.

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