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The Podcast of Doom explores famous disasters and calamities throughout history.

A comparison of two different forced marches, on two different continents and in two different centuries. In one case, Americans were the victims, in the other case, they were the perpetrators. Thousands died in the Bataan March during World War II, as the Japanese Army forced the defeated American and Filipino troops on an 80-mile march to Camp O’Donnell. The forced relocation of Native Americans out of the American South led to the deaths of thousands of people by exposure, disease and starvation. We will look at how two forced marches changed history. 

Direct download: A_Tail_of_Two_Trails.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 8:42pm PDT

Episode 14 - The Black Death

The Bubonic Plague, a.k.a. The Black Death, first appeared in China, and owing to improved trade routes, quickly moved across the Asian plateau to the Black Sea and eventually all of Europe. Killing at the rate of 1 out of every 3 people, it wiped out whole villages and towns at a time. Panic led to the mass persecutions of Jews, Romani, and lepers. The plague changed world history and European culture; and it continued to strike again and again in the centuries that followed.

Direct download: Episode_14_-_The_Black_Death.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 10:03pm PDT

Episode 13 - The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755

On November 1, 1755, All Saints Day, the city of Lisbon, Portugal was hit by a massive earthquake. The shaking lasted more than three-and-a-half minutes. Frightened residents ran out from beneath their crumbling buildings for the open safety of the harbor. But those who lingered too long, were swept out to sea by the tsunami that followed forty minutes later. And then came five days of fire. The earthquake not only shook up the people of Portugal; it had a profound effect on the European Enlightenment.

Direct download: The20Great20Lisbon20Earthquake20of201755.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 4:16pm PDT

I just wanted to get you caught up on why it has taken so long to produce the next episode. Also, a special POD segment on the History Podcasters College project on Terrible Leaders. And, the Nicki Minaj POD video special.

Direct download: Apology_and_Explanation.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 2:30pm PDT

In the last months of World War II, German forces were in full retreat from Eastern Europe. German commanders decided they had no choice but to evacuate Courland in East Prussia. The last remaining route for escape was through the Baltic; and so the Germans launched Operation Hannibal. It would be the largest evacuation by sea in history. On the night of January 30th, the luxury cruiser, Wilhelm Gustloff was loaded down with more than 10,000 civilians and military personnel when it came within firing range of a Soviet submarine.

Direct download: Episode_12_-_Wilhelm_Gustloff_-_Final.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 4:44pm PDT

Episode 11 - The British Retreat from Kabul

During the "Great Game" with the Russian Empire, the British invaded and took control of Afghanistan as a colonial possession. Within a few years, the Afghan people were in open revolt against their British occupiers. With assurances of safe passage from rebel leader, Akbar Khan, Major General Sir William Elphinstone, evacuated 4,000 soldiers and 12,000 camp followers. The British and their Indian allies were lulled into a trap that along with severely cold weather, a lack of equipment and incompetent leadership led to the deaths of almost the entire force.

Direct download: Episode_11_-_The_British_Retreat_from_Kabul.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 4:34pm PDT

A look back at the last five episodes and a sneak peak at the next five episodes. A some well deserved recognition for listener suggestions and contributions. We will look at Kabul, Afghanistan, the British Army, Jalalabad, Germany, German, Russia, Russian, Soviet, Crimea, Wilhelm Gustloff, Lisbon, Portugal, earthquake, tsunami, fire, the Black Death, Bubonic Plague, Europe, China, India, Caffa, Bataan, Philippines, American, Japanese, Trail of Tears, Choctaw, Seminole, Cherokee, Muscogee and Indian Removal Act of 1830.

Direct download: Intermezzo_and_Sneak_Peak_into_Episodes_11_-15.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 9:22pm PDT

On the night of December 2-3, 1984, the people of Bhopal, India and the surrounding areas were exposed to a massive chemical leak of methyl isocyanate gas from the nearby Union Carbide plant. The people of Bhopal suffered coughing, vomiting, severe eye irritation and a feeling of suffocation. For many death eventually followed. Animals bloated and died and the tree leaves turned yellow and fell.  The leak would be the cause of thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries.

Direct download: Episode_10_-_The_Bhopal_Gas_Leak_.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 12:56pm PDT

Located on the small island of Martinique in the Caribbean, the  volacano of Mt. Pelee showed signs of activity around the turn of the last century. Day by day inhabitants of the island watched the activity increase. Sulfur vapors gave way to a light rain of cinders and eventually expolosions and columns of black smoke. Yet the inhabitants of the nearby town of Saint-Pierre were completely unprepared for the blast of superheated gas and rock that was headed their way at one hundred miles an hour.

Direct download: Mount_Pelee_take_2.mp3
Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 1:45pm PDT

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