Category Archives: Podcasts

Air Canada Flight 797 from June 2nd, 1983

Today’s podcast, like our last, is about an airline incident that caused major changes – safety related – to the airline industry as a whole, changing aviation travel to the appearance that it has for us today.  Thirty years ago, airline travel was a bit more laid back, but also lacked certain safety issues that […]

Eastwind Flight 517 from June 9th, 1996, and how it changed aviation

Today’s podcast, which comes with a shoutout to Gabe for the awesome email and getting me back to work here, is about Eastwind Airlines flight 517.  And while this flight may not sound familiar to many people, the simple fact is that it had profound results that reverberated throughout the aviation world. As usual, you […]

The Limnic Eruption of Lake Nyos of August, 1986

Today’s podcast touches on a more obscure natural phenomenon that occurred in Cameroon back in 1986.  The limnic eruption of Lake Nyos, when submerged carbon dioxide gas was suddenly forced to the surface, is something that doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does, the results are deadly. As usual, you can download the […]

They Hyatt Regency, Kansas City Skywalk Collapse of July, 1981

Today’s podcast goes just a few years back and focuses on the skywalk collapse that happened at the Hyatt Regency, Kansas City hotel back in July, 1981.  The collapse had one main reason for failure, and some circumstances that might have even prevented it, had the suggestions been met with proper acknowledgement instead of disapproval from […]

The Dawson Mining Catastrophe of 1913

Today’s podcast goes into the history of Dawson, New Mexico, and the explosions that took the lives of many miners since the mines opened in 1901.  The explosion of Stag Canyon #2 in 1913 remains one of the largest loss of life during a mining operation in America’s history. As usual, you can download the […]

The Eschede, Germany ICE Train Derailment

Today’s podcast is about the German ICE (Inter-City Express) train derailment and subsequent catastrophe in the sleepy German town of Eschede that took place in June, 1998.  While this isn’t Germany’s biggest rail disaster, it’s one of the most well known in modern times, resulting in 101 people being killed and almost 90 being injured. […]

The Hartford Circus Fire of 1944

Today’s podcast, which I published earlier in the day before I got a chance to do a blogpost about it, is about the Hartford circus fire of 1944.  This fire remains one of the largest fires in terms of casualties (between 165 and 185 killed, and about 700 injured) in the history of the United […]

The O’Hare Runway Incursion of December 20th, 1972

Today’s podcast is on a catastrophe that’s relatively unknown in the realm of airline crashes and catastrophes, but the effects as a result of the investigation into the crash is something that we can see, and live with to this day.  As a matter of fact, you basically pay honor or tribute to all those […]

The Great Chinese Famine of 1958-1961

Today’s podcast is something that is such a vast subject, that my 16 minutes barely scratches the surface.  There’s still so much to learn about what happened, and all of the events that led up to the Great Chinese Famine of 1958-1961, aka “The Great Leap Forward”. As usual, you can download the podcast from […]

National Airlines Flight #83, and Philadelphia’s Forgotten Hero

A few minutes ago, I published the latest podcast, this one about National Airlines Flight #83, a crash of a Douglas DC-4 at Philadelphia Airport from January, 1951.  Curiously, this is the article that spurred the podcast itself! As usual, you can download the podcast from this link, find us in iTunes at this link, […]