The Black Tsunami – The Story of the Boston Molasses Disaster

The early days of industry are fraught with negligence and death thanks to the lack of accountability on the barons of big business. Few industrial accidents match the scale and absurdity of the often overlooked Boston molasses flood of 1919.



2 thoughts on “The Black Tsunami – The Story of the Boston Molasses Disaster”

  1. Because you begged for feedback in your most recent podcast. Spending 5 minutes at the beginning of this episode is just too long to talk about the podcast itself. Save that for the end if you are going to spend that long on it. Try to be more concise when conveying this kind of information. In general I would recommend listening to other successful podcasts and paying attention to the pacing. I think pacing is extremely key in getting across information in a way that is both absorbable and enjoyable. I listen to a lot of podcasts, a couple hours a day. I have listened to all of yours to date and your pacing is off. Be choosy about what you decide to elaborate on and what you don’t, again be concise. Cut out extraneous explanations exclamations and interjections, think about making the interesting material as concentrated as you can. Like why would you explain what a laundress is? Or repeatedly mention why you don’t understand why something is the way that it is. Also your comment on the episode about the moulin rouge regarding men doing the cancan “I can’t imagine a man doing the cancan, at least I hope not to see that.” Sounds mildly homophobic from my perspective. You really can’t imagine men doing the cancan? I don’t care if you don’t want to see men doing the cancan, no one cares if you do or do not, but that you can’t imagine men doing the dance seems like a statement from a narrow mindset. Goodluck and thank you for making the podcasts.

    1. Hi Alexandra!

      Thanks for the response to the podcast!

      Some say “begging” others say “earnestly soliciting for comment”. It’s difficult to try to improve any given project without having others offer their viewpoints on things. If my past experience counts for anything, organizing people is often an exercise in futility but some strategies offer a better success rate than others. Guilt for instance has worked outstandingly for my family for generations!

      The funny thing about recording is that when you do it, if you’re running off the cuff, (the way I try to do) if you don’t journal what you’ve said into the microphone 20 minutes ago, sometimes things get repeated. Being conscious of that is much more difficult than you’d think without a script, but this is something I have been trying to keep in mind as I step into my “recording booth”*.

      The other criticisms you’ve offered are also very helpful. I do in fact listen to other successful podcasts (believe it or not, I manage to squeeze in a couple hours myself!) and what I like about other podcasts, I try to implement in Geeked on History without outright copying everything that they do. I tend to follow my own paths of interest. For instance, if the term “laundress” is uncommon verbiage today but I think it’s interesting, I may spend another 30 seconds on it so that it’s clear to the listener (and often times myself as well).

      I’m grateful that you’ve taken some time out to put down your thoughts to me, and have taken your commentary to heart. I will review how I do things while I’m recording based on the feedback, and hopefully we’ll be able to improve things going forward.

      The only part of your comment that I feel compelled to push back on specifically is the comment about the Moulin Rouge podcast. It seems there may have been some kind of miscommunication… The comment was not meant at all to reflect a degree of homophobia. Again, in my experience, men tend to be much less flexible than our female counterparts. What is easy for a woman to do on the dance floor is much more rare in men. In a former life, I practiced Capoeira among what i’d consider above average flexibly agile men. So I feel I can speak with some degree of authority that it was rare for me to see another man kick over a 70 degree angle. Not impossible, but when I say that I can’t imagine seeing another man doing the can can, it’s merely because it would be a rare site to see a man with that level of flexibility in person.

      In other words, I can assure you that I am lacking any referenced homophobia and I hope that clears things up.

      Thanks again for listening, and I hope you’ll continue to stick with us as we develop and grow!

      * Where any instance of “recording booth” = a walk-in closet that happens to be the most sound-insulated room in my house.

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