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The Podcast of Doom explores famous disasters and calamities throughout history.
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 PST
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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 PST
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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 PST
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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 PST
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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 PST
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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 PST
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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 PST
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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 PST
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A short reflection on the life and achievements of Nelson Mandela.

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Category:Social and Culture -- posted at: 8:31pm PST
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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 PST
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