The Podcast of Doom is a study in human behavior—human behavior on a grand scale. In this podcast I will explore moments of monumental, epic failure. I will look at how people behave in life-threatening situations and times of complete, utter despair and hopelessness. I will examine the good decisions, the bad decisions, the lack of proper planning, the moments of enormous hubris, the acts of sensational heroism and some hallmark instances of incredible misfortune. This is a podcast about mistakes. The Podcast of Doom will be about some of the biggest mistakes ever made and the horrendous consequences that followed. As you can imagine from the title, episodes in this podcast will have no happy endings. The central characters in each episode will meet painful, harrowing, untimely demises. This is a podcast about bad things happening to good people and bad things happening to bad people.
Episode 26 - The Mosul Dam - Impending Collapse? You decide.
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.
Episode 27 - Queen Isabella of Castile
A brief overview of Castile's most famous Queen. Was she the good hearted founder of the Spanish nation or the cruel instigator of the Spanish Inquisition and the genocide in the Americas?
Episode 28 - King Leopold II of Belgium
A brief overview of Belgium's most notorious ruler. Was he a killer of millions of Africans who the monarch who made Belgium relevant in the colonial competition of the European nations during the 19th c
Episode 29 - The Population 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?
Episode 30 - The Children's Crusade
Did tens of thousands of children leave their homes in 13th century western Europe to take up the banner of the cross and fight to secure the Holy Land or is it all just a bunch of hooey?