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Stories of disasters and the issues that surround them.


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Stories of disasters and the issues that surround them.






Titanic Disaster

By April 15th, 1912 the Gilded Age was coming to an end and the White Star Line's greatest ship, the Titanic, sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic. Of the approximately 2,224 passengers and crew, only 700 survived. Discussion of precognition events, Marconi wireless operators and the fateful decisions of two nearby ships. Bibliography: Psychic Forewarning of Tragedy, George Behe One Hundred and Sixty Minutes: The Race to save the RMS Titanic, William Hazelgrove Titanic 1912: The...


The Disaster of 2021

We know there were many serious disasters in 2021, but unfortunately for us, there were many, serious personal disasters that knocked us right off track of putting out this podcast out on a regular basis. We'll be talking about some of these unfortunate events in this episode. Hopefully, this trend is over and we can get back to the business at hand. Thank you for hanging in there with us. We promise to do better. Kate and Barb


History and Operation of the 911 System

After a long and spotty, crappy year, Disaster Tales is BACK! Kate interviews 911 Specialist Lynsie Wilson about how the system works and what it's like to be a 911 Dispatcher. History too. Welcome back and thanks for hanging with us. We love you guys.


2004 Multiple Hurricane Survivor

With Kate off on a disaster, Barb Lonsky interviews Michelle Howe, an ex-Florida resident who lived through the 2004 hurricane season. Michelle shares her first hand experience of that nightmare season.


August Disasters 2021

We all know that things are getting stranger. With wildfires, floods, tornados, volcanoes, landslides and hurricanes, it seems that there's a new disaster nearly every day. Guess what? In the past month there were MORE than a new disaster every a day. Go around the world with us as we look at what's been happening in August 2021. Don't forget to comment and drop us a line at kate@disastertales.com or barb@disastertales.com


Pennsylvania Mine Disasters

Between the years 1839 to 1914, over 53,000 coal miners were killed in the United States. This is the story of two of those terrible disasters. Bonus! Barbara Lonsky sings "Ballad of the Darr Mine" (Originally written and recorded by Jason Hegedus)


1936: The 2020 of the Great Depression

1936 held not only dust storms and drought but floods and avalanches and plagues of locusts! Is there more? Yew betcha! Read Kate's book Domestic Terror. You can find it in the fiction section of Amazon Kindle and other platforms.


Kristallnacht, the November Pogram

Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) was the first violent step in the Nazi extermination of the Jews. With origins in American eugenics programs, the systematic destruction of over six million Jews and other marginalized populations, the November Pogram signaled nearly a decade of terror in Europe and around the world.


Birthday Disasters March 11

Explore a dark day in history with us as we look at March 11 disasters.


Birthday Disasters - January 31st

Ever wonder if a disaster happened on your birthday? We'll find out the history of Co Host Barb's birthday: Storms, plots, plane crashes and more!


Effects of Pandemics

Covid 19 is not the first pandemic to attack humanity, and won't be the last. Changes occur in health, society, research and finances. Kate Fairweather and Co Host Barb Lonsky discuss the side effects and after effects of pandemics on humanity.


Disaster Miracles

Since it's December, the season of miracles, Kate and Barb discuss miraculous disaster survivals. Babies and tornados, church members and explosions, airplane crashes and surviving a tsunami are all covered. Plus there's discussion about surviving childhood in the 1960s. Merry Christmas


Interview With Author and Disaster Professional Diane Burden-Cox

Diane is the CEO of Disasterscope, Inc. and author of Resilient Americans: We May Not Have It All Together But Together We Have It All. Diane talks about her work as a disaster professional and how she would like to build more compassion into the current disaster response and system.


Disaster Housing: Interview with Paolo Tirimani

Liz Root and I talk to Boxabl CEO Paolo Tirimani about the post disaster housing options he's developed.


Ithaca Typhoid Epidemic of 1903

In 1903 the waters around Ithaca, New York became contaminated with typhus. Typhoid struck both the town and the then young Cornell University. CIIndK0cD16hQnJzzvTE


Puerto Rico Earthquakes of 2020

With all the COVID 19 stuff going on, many Americans may not be aware that part of our country, Puerto Rico has been suffering devastating earthquakes since the beginning of the year. Hundreds are unhoused, sleeping in their cars and worried for the next one to hit. This is after two incredibly destructive hurricanes in 2017 that killed an estimated 1400 to 2900 American citizens, the earthquake swarm of 2020 has caused massive damage to homes, businesses and utilities. Americans in Puerto...


Disaster Avoidance Discussion

Interview with Disaster Avoidance Professional and author Gleb Tspursky. We discuss planning a disaster recovery for your business and how to apply those principles to the current pandemic. This is a MUST HEAR!


Immediate Emergency Housing with Liz Root

After a disaster and before you can move back into your home, you may need immediate emergency housing. This can be a Red Cross shelter, a mobile home, a tent or one of many other innovative housing ideas.Discussion with Liz Root, Disaster Assistance specialist.


COVID 19 Discussion

Kate and co host Barb Lonsky discuss the COVID-19 coronavirus, its causes, presentations, treatments, and protection. Kate has a 40 year background in emergency management with special studies in pandemic response. Barb has a 35 year medical background of respiratory therapy and accompanying experience with previous viral and other infections. Learn what to do and why you should. And stay safe.


Trauma and Stress Interview with Dr. Richard Oelberger

In our interview with Dr. Richard Oelberger we discuss trauma and its effects on disaster survivors, relief workers and police who encounter these difficult situations. Richard has his own podcast about sports psychology, RichardListens on Spotify and Instagram.