Chernobyl – Bad Ideas with Al and Tony

http://traffic.libsyn.com/badideas/Chernobyl.mp3 Chernobyl is one of the more important man made disasters of the 20th century. It was the culmination of all our nuclear fears, and arguably the blow that started the final breakdown of the Soviet Union. This is an examination of what caused that disaster, both the technical failures and the human mistakes that…

The Hitler Diaries – Forgeries of the 20th century – Bad Ideas with Al and Tony

The Hitler Diaries were supposedly the most intimate thoughts of Adolf Hitler. Instead they just turned out to be the forgeries of  Konrad Kujau just trying to make money. The journals would be bought by gullible collector Gerd Heidemann and published by Stern Magazine for millions. Unfortunately they were claimed as authentic before laboratories could determine…

The Aral Sea Disaster – Bad Ideas with Al and Tony

http://traffic.libsyn.com/badideas/Aral_Sea.mp3 The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest body of water in the world. Today it has all but disappeared, leaving the area around it ecologically devastated. In this episode we explore the decisions and mistakes that led to this massive environmental disaster.