The morning of April 18th, 1906, the city of San Francisco was struck by a 7.1 earthquake. The quake and resultant fire killed over 3,000 people and left nearly 200,000 homeless. This episodes includes contemporary, on site interviews conducted in 1906.
In the early 20th century labor unions were beginning to work for changes in safety and health laws at the workplace. But it took two factory fires and hundreds of deaths to finally get the attention of the legislature. The Triangle Waist Factory in New York City and the Binghamton Clothing Factory in Binghamton, New York changed the lives of workers nationwide.
In 2004 Florida was hit by 4 major hurricanes: Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. By the end of September every single county in the state had a disaster declaration. Kate and her friend John Horrell discuss their experiences.
Love Canal's Environmental Disaster was over a century in the making. Hundreds of people suffered the effects of toxins and carcinogens until the US government stepped in. This disaster sparked legislation that created the EPA and the Superfund program.