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The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Today’s podcast goes back over 100 years and discusses the day that the town of Halifax was decimated by an explosion that was so bad, it pushed the headlines about World War I off the front page of the paper for a few days.  And if you stay to the end, I go a little […]

The 737-MAX8 – Exactly What Is Going On?

So what’s going on with Boeing’s replacement for the next generation of 737?  One crash of a brand new airplane is an anomaly.  But two?  Isn’t that a bit more than a coincidence?  First came the Lion Air Flight 610 crash in October 2018 that happened within 20 minutes of takeoff.  And this weekend brought […]

The Dupont Plaza Hotel fire of 1986, and the Humberto Vidal Building Explosion of 1996

Today’s podcast is a Puerto Rican ‘two-fer’ that goes over the Dupont Plaza Hotel fire of 1986, and the Humberto Vidal Building explosion of 1996, both of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  I have a little personal history with the Dupont Plaza Hotel, at least in its new incarnation, and have decided to return this year […]

The Crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 401 on December 29th, 1972

Today’s podcast goes into the circumstances around Eastern Airlines flight 401, and how that crash brought about big changes to the field of aviation once the findings came out.  Like other catastrophes, there were a series of issues that led to the crash, including some that could have solved the problem without further issue.  But […]

An Observation Regarding the Southwest Engine Explosion Flight

I’ll preface this by saying it is the inner-geek/NTSB agent in me that realized this, as it’s a bit morbid. If you haven’t heard, there was a recent Southwest Airlines flight, #1380 that operated from New York, Laguardia to Dallas Love Field on April 17th of this year. However, soon after takeoff, the left engine […]

The Crash of American Airlines Flight 587 on November 12th, 2001

Today’s podcast goes back to the world just after the events of September 11th, 2001, and digs into the crash of American Airlines flight 587 which happened just over two months after that fateful day.  And what was thought of as terrorism, turned out to be so very, very different – but tragic nonetheless. As […]

A Rundown of the Airport Films

If you’re into catastrophes and disasters like me, knowing about them, figuring out what happened and such, then you may also like disaster films. And there was absolutely no better decade for disaster and catastrophe films than the 1970s. From The Hindenburg to Earthquake, the 70s hold the crown, at least in my mind, for […]

The Link Between Minamata, Japan in the 1950s and Mosul, Iraq in the 1970s

Today’s podcast takes an international turn, and we go back in time to visit the small town of Minamata, Japan in the 1950s to see what they went through due to a chemical factory’s bad practices.  And then we turn to the sprawling mecca of Mosul, Iraq in the 1970s, and how the citizens of […]

A Recap of Select 2016 Catastrophes

In this special podcast that went live last night, I talked about twelve different catastrophes that occurred during 2016.  The list of twelve catastrophes included natural, man-made, and man-caused incidents that had an impact on the year that we just closed out.  And while some may be considered controversial to add to the list, I felt […]

And update on a podcast

So I normally get an email from Google when bigger stories use either “Disaster” or “Catastrophe”, and today’s took me down a rabbit hole of a past podcast. It’s the Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919, and believe it or not, there’s a new article from Smithsonian about the incident. If you’re interested, you can click […]