Grey Skies
Grey Skies
Eliza Van Overschelde
Welcome to Grey Skies – a podcast where you can learn about a disaster, what caused it, and how the world changed because of it. Oh, and how to prepare for and protect yourself from one just like it, because anxiety. Since I was a kid, I have been intrigued by everything that is far from your typical dinner table conversation: True crime, serial killers, the holocaust, and of course natural disasters. After a two year long valiant effort to get admitted into my university's motion picture college, I was sucked back into both the worlds of abnormal brains and of disasters (thank the lord). But after a certificate in Emergency Management & Homeland Security, a bachelor's in Psychology, and a master's in International Disaster Management, I couldn't help but feel the overwhelming feeling of not knowing enough. Surely after researching a disaster and every bit of information that surrounds it, for weeks on end I will not only be smarter but also be able to survive a 100ft tsunami wave…right?
10. The 7/7 London Bombings
The 10th and final episode of Season 1 of Greys Skies. In this episode, I talk about the London bombings of 2005 or 7/7 attacks that were carried out on the London transit system. I also talk about research on crowd behavior specific to the 7/7 attacks and how to decrease someones collective bias. Thank you for supporting me! See you soon for Season 2. Follow us on Instagram @GreySkiesPodcast for the latest disaster news.
Jul 27, 2021
32 min
9. Chernobyl
In the early morning hours of April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukraine (formerly part of the Soviet Union) exploded, creating what many consider the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever seen.
Jun 17, 2021
32 min
8. The Valdivia Earthquake
If you want to learn about the most powerful earthquake to ever be recorded and the destruction the tsunami it created caused, then this is the episode for you. There are only going to be four more epsiodes in this season, but don't worry - Season 2 won't be far behind. Find us on Instagram @GreySkiesPodcast!
Jun 7, 2021
24 min
7. The 2015 Memorial Day weekend Flood
Late at night on Memorial Day weekend in 2015, a wall of water rushes down the Blanco River and through my hometown of Wimberley, Texas. Houses were ripped off their foundations. Hundred year old Cypress trees were snapped like twigs. Cars, people, and animals are caught in the river's powerful waters. On the 6th anniversary of this disaster, we remember those who were lost and those who lost their loved ones and their homes.
May 31, 2021
1 hr 5 min
6. The Hillsborough Disaster (Part 2)
In this episode, Eliza talks about her dissertation research from 2019 that focused on Premier League supporter risk perception of safe standing and the current status of implementation of safe standing in stadiums across the United Kingdom.
Apr 11, 2021
49 min
5. The Hillsborough Disaster (Part 1)
This is the first of two episodes covering the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster - the worst English football disaster in terms of loss of life. Ninety-six Liverpool FC supporters lost their lives in a human crush that formed before a FA Cup Semi-Final against Nottingham Forest. Listen to find out how such a heartbreaking event was allowed to happen and how it changed the English football experience forever.
Apr 4, 2021
35 min
4. The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
This oil spill caused severe environmental damage to the coastal towns near Prince William Sound in Alaska. However, this is more than a disaster. The Exxon Valdez oil spill ruined livelihoods and communities, leaving a deep psychological scar that will probably never be fully healed.
Mar 30, 2021
39 min
3. The St. Francis Dam Disaster
The month of March marks a grim anniversary for Southern California. On March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam collapsed, starting a flood that swept away many, many lives. This disaster was a pivotal moment in U.S. history, in that it forced policymakers to consider their role in ensuring public safety through adequate oversight.
Mar 21, 2021
30 min
2. The 2020 Tennessee Tornado Outbreak
Beginning late at night on March 2nd, 2020, a devastating series of tornados struck Tennessee and rocked the communities it whipped through. A total of 25 people lost their lives and the damage of this event is estimated at $1.6 billion. In this episode I talk about the damage this tornado caused, the science behind tornadoes, and what to do if you hear a tornado warning! Have you experienced a disaster and want to share your story? Do you want to listen to a specific tale of disaster? Email Instagram: GreySkiesPodcast x Eliza
Mar 7, 2021
22 min
1. The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
The day after Christmas isn't when you think a tsunami would hit, but natural disasters don't happen on your schedule. This disaster took 230,000 lives and left thousands of others to deal with the aftermath. In this episode I talk about the damage the tsunami caused, how it was so incredibly powerful, and research that looks at the differences in the mental health provision that was given to locals and tourists. Have you experienced a disaster and want to share your story? Email Instagram: GreySkiesPodcast x Eliza
Mar 1, 2021
24 min