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The Podcast of Doom explores famous disasters and calamities throughout history.
Episode 34 - Jews vs. Romans: The Bar Kokhba Revolt

When the ancient Romans attempted to establish control in Judea during the first century of the modern era, they touched off violent rebellions from the native Jewish residents. These violent wars between the Jews and the Romans led to the deaths of thousands of people. In the year 132, Simon Bar Kokhba led a third and final revolt. After a number of initial rebel victories, Emperor Hadrian called in his general Julius Severus to lead an immense Roman army assembled from every corner of the empire to deal with the Jewish rebels. The war led to the deaths of more than a half a million Jews and the Jewish state was wiped away not to return for 1,800 years. These events played an important part in the bible, particularly the Gospels.

Direct download: Episode_34_-_Jews_vs_Romans_The_Bar_Kokhba_Revolt.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 9:12pm PST

Episode 33 - The French and Russian Heatwaves

Two heatwaves, less than ten years apart and less than fifteen years ago struck Western and Eastern Europe killing tens of thousands of people, many as they suffered in their apartments and homes. Were these freak occurrences or something we should be getting adjusted to?

Direct download: Episode_33_-_The_French_and_Russian_Heatwaves.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 8:56pm PST

Episode 32 - The Ancash Avalanche and Earthquake

On Sunday, May 31, 1970, while most of Peru was watching the World Cup game of Brazil vs. Italy, a major earthquake struck just off the coast. The quake flattened buildings and collapsed bridges and roads, but the worst was yet to come when a 500 meter long slab of ice slid off a 21,000 foot mountain peak and made a beeline for the villages below.

Direct download: Episode_32_-_The_Ancash_Avalanche_and_Earthquake.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 9:52pm PST

Episode 31 - The Deadly Cloud at Lake Nyos

On August 21, 1986, a giant cloud of carbon dioxide rose from Lake Nyos in Cameroon, Africa. As the cloud filtered down it displaced all of the air in its wake. Sixteen miles away it settled into three villages killing some 1,700 people. Lake Nyos was the first known large-scale asphyxiation caused by a natural event.

Direct download: Episode_31_-_The_Deadly_Cloud_at_Lake_Nyos.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 7:49pm PST

Episode 30 - The Children's Crusade

After the failures of four Christian crusades to save the holy land from the infidel Saracens, the good people of Europe had finally had enough. It was time for the knights, nobles and corrupt merchant sailors to step aside and make way for the pure warriors--the Children Crusaders.

Direct download: Episode_30_-_The_Childrens_Crusade.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 7:02am PST

Episode 29 - The Bomb That Fizzled

In 1968, a Stanford biology professor predicted population growth would outstrip food production. Nations would disappear and 100's of millions of people would die from starvation. It didn't happen that way. Are we finally out of the woods?

Direct download: Episode_29_The_Bomb_That_Was_a_Dud.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 7:24pm PST

Episode 28 - King Leopold II of Belgium

A brief overview of Belgium's most notorious king.

Direct download: Episode_28_King_Leopold_II.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 7:29pm PST

Episode 27 - Queen Isabella of Castile

A brief overview of the good and the bad of Spain's most famous Queen--Isabella.

Direct download: Episode_27_-_Queen_Isabella_of_Spain.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 7:49pm PST

Episode 26 - The Mosul Dam

Iraq's largest dam was built when Saddam Hussein ruled the country. But the planners did not take care to select an appropriate location and the dam ended up being built atop soft rock. If the dam breaks as many engineers feel it will soon, it could wipe out the cities of Mosul and Baghdad where millions of people live.

Direct download: Episode_26_The_Mosul_Dam_II.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 4:07pm PST

Episode 25 - Stalin's Great Purge

Joseph Stalin rose rapidly and ruthlessly through the ranks of the Soviet leadership. On his way up he took drastic measures to suppress his enemies including the forced collectivization of peasants that killed millions by famine. Other party leaders resented his tyrannical ways. Stalin countered with the Great Purges: a period when all of his enemies were accused of treason and no Russian could feel safe. The convicted were sent to prisons known as gulags or were executed. Those purged included wealthy peasants, political opponents within the Communist party, national minorities, writers, artists, the Secret Police themselves and eventually the officers of the Red Army just prior to the outbreak of World War II.

Direct download: Episode_25_-_Stalins_Great_Purge.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 10:09pm PST