Causality

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73 iTunes Ratings (4.9 Av)
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Causality

Chain of Events. Cause and Effect. We analyse what went right and what went wrong as we discover that many outcomes can be predicted, planned for and even prevented.


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Total Listening Time: 18 hours, 24 minutes and 55 seconds.

Selected iTunes Reviews
MacAdk
Great podcast for safety practitioners and risk managers.

Really enjoy John’s analysis of these famous safety incidents. Lots to learn here!

Sheldon Porcina
Love it

A wonderful podcast. Loving it!

AaronBman88
A True Favorite

I discovered this podcast in a roundabout way investigating Chernobyl & Fukushima. John Chigdey is a passionate genius, I love his delivery, knowledge and analysis. I have never heard of many of these incidents (NOT ACCIDENTS!). It's tragic how these mistakes pile up on each other until the inevtiable happens. Everything seems so safe and reliable until it doesn't. Even if you're not an engineer or a scientist this is a must listen series. I listened to them all pretty much straight in a row. There are lessons here applicable to just about every part of life.

Sheldon Porcina
Love it

A wonderful podcast. Loving it!

SeanJohnWan
Fukushima

Great podcast. Just finished Fukushima and it’s amazing the amount of misinformation put out by other podcasts that talk about this incident. It’s great to get an engineering perspective on what happened. Keep up the great work.

PlanetBeef
One of the most interesting podcasts

Fascinating take on the world.

gandtchart
Horrible incidents, but extremely compelling listening

John does a wonderful of walking through and unpicking the incidents discussed. His expertise in control systems and how they factor into unfolding events make this a must listen for anyone with an interest in engineering matters. Keep listening and pay attention.

ALTMKJC
Great!

Thank you this is such a great resource for safety professionals; well researched and easy to listen to.

Rickey Smithers
One of those Exceptional Podcasts

This is one of the few podcasts where the podcaster understands what the word thorough means. No useless information is ever added. The subjects are interesting, heavy, and important. Sometimes it is dry, in the sense he is not making jokes, but that is a positive thing for this podcast but does mean it is not always the most accessible. I’m sure the podcaster knows this as he (to my glee) includes undiluted technical information to help explain the event.

cmdlvd
Dreamy narrator

This is a great podcast for me when I need a break from true crime. He talks about cataclysmic events not simply for the morbid entertainment, but to think about the “HOW” and “WHY” factors from the perspective of an engineer. Also, the dreamy Australian voice and calming tone of the narrator is everything. It’s oddly a compliment, but when I need to fall asleep to something that won’t give me nightmares in the way many others of the same genre might— he’s my guy!

kysciguy
Great podcast!

As a teacher, I’ve found this podcast extremely valuable in learning great examples of why physics is important in our daily lives. He’s done a wonderful job in the recap of events and then the breakdown of where things went wrong. I highly recommend this podcast!

skylarkishome
Please make more

I enjoy having someone with a more analytical brain talk about what went wrong and why. Too many podcasts focus on the horror of what happened in disasters, as opposed to the causes beneath it. Or they focus on being entertaining and witty. I’d much rather hear someone with a background in science go through cause and effect, and what happens when people and systems fail. For a non scientist such as myself, it’s lovely learning how someone with, I assume, education and training in engineering, perceives man made disaster Great job to everyone involved in this podcast!

interested party ny
How things go wrong

Great analysis of various disasters. Fascinating how greed has become one of the main villians in these disasters.

Levint7012
From a maintenance perspective amazing

I am a maintenance electrician and it is so interesting how incorrect procedures or “tribal learning” leads to dangerous outcomes

vinnievroom
I actually get a bit excited when a new one comes out.

A podcast for those with a brain

appleseeds11
really interesting

This podcast is awesome. Really interesting details explaining disasters from an engineering point of view.

Drew Stephens
Wonderfully in-depth explanations by an engineer

John explains the causes of disasters in great detail—many of them about incredibly interesting events that I did’t even know about.

PlanetBeef
One of the most interesting podcasts

Fascinating take on the world.

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Latest Episode

Episode 34: Aberfan

8 May, 2020

One Friday morning in 1966 in a small town in Wales a mining spoils waste tip let go with a river of liquified rubble destroying buildings and a school. Killing 144 people, mostly children in their classrooms. The mechanics of how this happened are simple. The ignorance and economics of why this happened boggles the mind.

With John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Mitch Biegler, John Whitlow, Joseph Antonio, Kevin Koch and Oliver Steele.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.

Episode 13: Costa Concordia

13 November, 2016

A near-new modern cruise liner with all the navigational aids and maps struck rocks and sank killing over 30 people and the man most responsible still walks free today.

With John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producer: Chris Stone.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.


Episode 12: Mont Blanc Tunnel

30 September, 2016

The Mont Blanc tunnel cut hours off the journey between Italy and France and in 1999 in a fire emergency services were unable to save 38 lives. We look at why.

With John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producer: Chris Stone.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.


For decades Flint Michigan derived safe drinking water from Detroit. When the supply was switched to save money a series of events unfolded and their supply became undrinkable. How could this happen?

With John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producer: Chris Stone.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.


Episode 10: The Comet

5 June, 2016

The Comet was the worlds first commercial jet aeroplane and those that flew aboard it formed the so-called JetSet. When they started to crash, the world of aviation changed forever.

With John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producer: Chris Stone.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.


Episode 9: Hindenburg

27 April, 2016

The largest airship ever constructed burst into flames when trying to land in 1937 in New Jersey in what has become one of the most striking disasters of modern times.

With John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Chris Stone and John Whitlow.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.