ThePodcastofDoom's podcast (social and culture)
The Podcast of Doom explores famous disasters and calamities throughout history.

An announcement of the next five episode topics and an analysis of the current state of the world.

Direct download: Episode_45a_-_Charmed_Times.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 2:45pm PDT
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On August 29, 2005, Louisiana and Mississippi were hit by the full force of Hurricane Katrina, a Category 3 storm that had been a Category 5. Lashing New Orleans with wind and rain, the storm surge caused all 53 federally-built levees to collapse inundating the city with water from the surrounding sea and lakes. Close to 2,000 people died including residents trapped in their attics and patients in hospitals. Thousands of people were left trapped on their roofs with no food or drinkable water, while tens of thousands crowded into the Superdome and Convention Center, where they suffered for days.

Direct download: Episode_45_-_Hurricane_Katrina.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 3:03pm PDT
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There was a time when the Concorde supersonic jet represented the future of pasenger air travel. The jets were sleek, modern and traveled twice as fast as conventional jets cutting the flight time from New York to Paris to just 3.5 hours. The future of the Concorde ended shortly after this tragic accident, when 109 people died on the plane and four died in the hotel where the jet crashed.

Direct download: Episode_42_-_The_Concorde_Jet_Crash.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT
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We'll be answering listener questions and revealing the topics for Episodes 41 - 45.

Direct download: Question_and_Answer_Time_Plus_Five_New_Episodes.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 2:31pm PDT
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Bram Stoker, used this actual prince as the inspiration for his famous vampire character, Count Dracula. Vlad Tepes or Vlad Dracula was the real life ruler of Wallachia in the 15th century. In the war between the Hungarians and the Ottomans he switched sides several times depending on his immediate needs. Once in power he used the threats of impalement and being burned alive to maintain order. To many he was a villian, but to Romanians he was a hero.

Direct download: Episode_39_-_Vlad_Tepes_-_The_Original_Dracula.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 12:40pm PDT
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On the morning of December 6, 1917, the French cargo ship, SS Mont-Blanc, laden with high explosives collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Canadian port city of Halifax, setting the Mont-Blanc on fire. When the ordinance on board the French vessel ignited, it caused the largest man-made explosion prior to the development of nuclear weapons. 30 years later in Texas City, Texas, another vessel, the SS Grandcamp was transporting 2,200 tons of ammonium nitrate when a fire started in the ship’s cargo hold. That fire started a chain reaction of explosions that killed nearly 600 people.

Direct download: Episode_38_-_The_Halifax_and_Texas_City_Ship_Explosions.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 1:05pm PDT
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In 1986, Russia was still communist and Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union. The town of Chernobyl in northern Ukraine was home to a major nuclear power plant that produced 10% of Ukraine’s electrical needs. During a late night safety test, inherent reactor design flaws along with operator error resulted in an uncontrolled reaction that resulted in a steam explosion and eventually a graphite fire. For the next 9 days, plumes of fissionable material were lofted into the air eventually dropping back down on the USSR and Europe. 

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At its peak, the Piper Alpha oil platform was producing 300,000 barrels of oil a day, or 10% of Britain’s total oil production from just one platform. In 1980, the platform was modified to drill for natural gas in addition to oil. In 1988, the rig was due for major maintenance and upgrades. The operator, Occidental Petroleum, made the decision not to shut production down during this work. When a safety valve was removed for scheduled repairs it initiated a series of errors and events that led to a number of massive explosions that took the lives of 167 workers or three-quarters of the crew.

Direct download: Episode_36_-_The_Explosion_at_Piper_Alpha.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 2:47pm PDT
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An announcement regarding the subjects for episodes 36-40.

Direct download: Episode_36_-40_Announcement.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 7:53am PDT
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David Koresh was a powerful figure in the Davidians, a Seventh-Day Adventist splinter group.  In 1993, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided Koresh’s ranch in Waco, Texas. A gun battle between the ATF and the Branch Davidians ended with the deaths of four agents and six of Koresh’s followers. Two months later, the FBI attempted to raid the compound again. During the raid, tear gas was launched into the domicile where the Davidians were holed up. There were 98 men, women and children inside the building when it exploded into flames.

Direct download: Episode_35_-_Clampdown_Part_II_-_The_Siege_at_Waco.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 7:15pm PDT
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