This semester, the students in my “Disasters!” class had the opportunity to interview experts in several fields about historical disasters that have catalyzed legislative and social change. Students chose professors or other workers in the fields they’ve been studying in class, and spoke with them about the history of specific disasters–including Chernobyl, Love Canal, Bhopal, The Hyatt Recency catwalk collapse, and The Lady of Angels fire.
Then, they tried to figure out how these disasters have changed the way we do things.
Interviewees included a hazardous waste expert, a fire chief, an industrial chemist, and more. The podcasts are posted in the comments below. (Scroll down to play them.)
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