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The Podcast of Doom explores famous disasters and calamities throughout history.
Episode 8 - The Cultural Revolution

Stung by the enormous failure of the Great Leap Forward, Chairman Mao Zedong, discredited leader of Communist China, institutes a plan to regain his former popularity and erradicate his critics. The revolution's outward aim was to reinvigorate Marxist-Leninist ideology in the Chinese people. It's less publicized goal was to restore Mao's Cult of Personality--his unquestioned authority over the government and his adoration by the people. It resulted in the persecution of millions and the deaths of hundreds of thousands.

Direct download: Episode_8_-_The_Cultural_Revolution.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 12:59pm PDT
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Episode 7 - Elizabeth Bathory: The Blood Countess

Elizabeth Bathory, The Blood Countess, was a powerful member of the aristocracy in 16th century Hungary. Following the death of her husband, with the help of her servants, she began abducting local peasant girls. The abductees were taken to her castle where they were tortured and murdered. Although, she was investigated for murdering hundreds of people, she was never put on trial. Included in this podcast is an interview with Mark Hewitt, of the blog, Radians and Inches. Mark discusses what makes serial killers tick.

Direct download: Elizabeth_Bathory_The_Blood_Countess.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 7:56pm PDT
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For centuries, Londoners had grown accustomed to "Pea-Soupers," thick ground fog that made travel and often walking or bicycling difficult. Following the changes that accompanied the Industrial Revolution, Londoners had also grown accustomed to having a little bit of dust and smoke mixed in with their fog. What they got on a cold December week in 1952 was thicker and more fatal than any man-made disaster before or since.

Direct download: The_Great_Smog_of_London.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 9:43pm PDT
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Analysis - Episodes 1 - 5

We will analyze Episodes 1 through 5 looking for ways that history could have played out differently. We will compare and contrast The Peshtigo Fire, The Rwanda Genocide, The Man-Eating Tiger of Champawat, The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Airplane Accident at Tenerife. Spoiler Alert! I will also let you know what the topics will be for the next five episodes.

Direct download: Analysis_-_Episodes_1-5.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 9:04pm PDT
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A short reflection on the life and achievements of Nelson Mandela.

Direct download: Commentary_-_Nelson_Mandela.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 8:31pm PDT
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Introduction to the Podcast of Doom

An explanation of why I started the Podcast of Doom. What is Epic Failure Analysis? Why do bad things happen to good and bad people? How do large disasters happen? What can we do to prevent or limit the damage?

Direct download: 00A_-_Introduction.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 7:46pm PDT
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Following a terrorist bombing at the Canary Islands' largest airport, international traffic is rerouted to the much smaller airport at nearby Tenerife. As jumbo jets line up for take off, a thick fog settles in. A KLM 747 is given clearance to taxi down the runway and complete a 180-degree turn to prepare for take-off. With tragic consequences, a Pan Am 747 enters the same runway from the opposite end and moves straight into the path of the KLM jet.

Direct download: Episode20520-20The20Tenerife20Air20Crash.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 7:19am PDT
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During World War II, after delivering the world's first operational atomic bomb, the United States Navy Cruiser USS Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine in the middle of the western Pacific. More than 300 sailors drowned; but for the more than 880 survivors of the torpedoes, more horrors awaited.

Direct download: The_Sinking_of_the_USS_Indianapolis_Final.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT
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A brief statement about the recent typhoon that hit the Phillipines.

Direct download: Commentary-Typhoon_Haiyan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm PDT
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In turn-of-the-century India and Nepal, an injured Bengal tiger develops a taste for human flesh. During her rampage, she manages to kill over 400 people and strike terror into the hearts of the villagers in the region. She was the fiercest of many man-eating beasts prevalent in Northern India and Nepal during the late 19th and early 20th century.

Direct download: Man-eater_of_Champawat_Final.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 9:43pm PDT
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