Author Archives: walterh

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 […]

The Crash of Air New Zealand Flight 901 from November 29th, 1979

Today’s podcast goes into the incident that led to what’s been called “the loneliest air crash”, which was Air New Zealand flight 901, which crashed into Mount Erebus on Antartica back in 1979.  It’s another podcast that’s been inspired, this time by my friend Ethan, who lives and works on Antarctica.  As always, you can […]

An FYI on the Podcast Feed

Just as an FYI, it looks like the provider we used for hosting our podcast has gone belly-up! They haven’t been reachable in days now, so I’ve had to abandon them and go to another provider. I’ve imported all the episodes into LibSyn.com and changed the feed in iTunes, but you shouldn’t have to do […]

The Texas City Catastrophe of April 16th, 1947

Today’s podcast has to deal with the worst industrial accident in American history.  And like many catastrophic incidents, while there may be a large loss of life, there were also good things to come out of the incident – safety precautions that have no doubt saved lives since the original incident occurred. As usual you […]

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 […]