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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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In control of Russia's ancient capital of Moscow, Napoleon and the Grand Armee found they were in control of little else. With winter closing in, food supplies running low, morale disintegrating and his supply route under threat, Napoleon had no choice but to evacuate Moscow. The retreat and decimation of his army would play out on a grand scale.

Direct download: Episode_44_-_Napoleons_Invasion_of_Russia_Part_II.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25am PDT
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Napoleon Bonaparte worked his way up from artillery commander in  to unchallenged emperor of a French colussus that stretched across Europe from Spain to the Russian frontier. Napoleon seemed to have complete control over the continent, but he was challenged on the seas by the British and in the east by the Russians. Failing to launch a seaborne invasion against the British, he chose to invade Russia instead. It would turn out to be one the worst military decisions ever.

Direct download: Episode_44_-_Napoleons_Invasion_of_Russia_Part_I.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:24pm PDT
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When the Dutch merchant vessel the Batavia left Amsterdam in 1628 it took an unexpected trip that included a planned mutiny, being steered off course, and crashing on a reef in the Indian Ocean. But things were about to get a whole worse for the survivors. Their captain and commander would abandon them in a desparate search for drinking water, while a meglomanical apothecary would take absolute control of the island in which they were beached. He would soon hatch a plan to kill most of them, overwhelm the rescue party and abscond with all the silver and jewels from the ship.

Direct download: Episode_43_-_The_Batavia_Shipwreck.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm 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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Just as the world's most lethal war was drawing to a conclusion, humanity was about to face a crisis of even greater proportions. The Spanish Influenza or flu turned out to be the second most fatal panedemic follwoing the Bubonic Plague of the middle ages. More than 50 million people would die from the flu and more than 500 million people would be infected. It was a truly global disease spreading from Europe and America out to all of the continents including Asia, Africa, South America and the islands of the South Pacific.

Direct download: Episode_41_-_The_Spanish_Flu.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24pm 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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Following the death of Mao Zedong, China liberalized its market policies. Under the guidance of new leader Deng Xaioping, China’s economy expanded rapidly, but growth was uneven. While a lucky few grew rich, most Chinese suffered the effects of inflation, limited job opportunities, nepotism and large scale corruption. All while the Communist Party stifled individual freedoms. Following the death of a popular reformer, hundreds of thousands of young Chinese gathered in Tiananmen Square in the heart of China’s capital, Beijing. After more than a month of protests, the government responded—with a very heavy hand.

Direct download: Episode_40_-_The_Crackdown_at_Tiananmen_Square_v.2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm 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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