Welcome to Catastrophe!
A podcast about how we create disasters and why we don’t learn from them. Led by high hazard consultant Gill Kernick and Radio 4 journalist Matthew Price.
Season 1, Ep. 2
In this episode Gill Kernick and Matthew Price examine what went wrong with the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Why did 346 people lose their lives? With the help of the consulting editor at Flight Global, David Learmount, Gill and Matthew look at the culture of Boeing at the time of the accident, and find out why not even the pilots of the new plane knew about MCAS - a new technology that led to the disasters. They speak to retired NASA Astronaut Jim Wetherbee and domestic airline pilot Laura Einsetler about the importance of listening to the front line and how if bad news is well received we stand a better chance of avoiding catastrophe.Sponsored by JMJ Associates - A Mother Come Quickly Production.
Season 1, Ep. 3
In this episode Gill Kernick and Matthew Price look at the Costa Concordia disaster - the ship that hit rocks and capsized off the coast of italy. Despite being so close to land, 33 people lost their lives. A subsequent investigation focused on the shortcomings in the procedures followed by the Costa Concordia’s crew and the actions of her captain Francesco Schettino. He was later jailed for 16 years. But while the fingers were pointed at a rogue captain in order to explain this disaster, Gill and Matthew explore what this accident tells us about leadership, and about how companies must create a culture in which safety is paramount. They are joined by Rose Mecalf, a dancer who was on board the Costa Concordia as it was sinking - who has a deep understanding of what actually went wrong. They also speak to Andy Brown, CEO of the Portugese Energy Company Galp about what makes a good leader, and how a good leader creates safety.
Season 1, Ep. 4
In this episode Gill Kernick and Matthew Price look at why we weren't more prepared for the pandemic.. We knew it was coming. The World Health Organisation published its first pandemic plan in 1999. The UK had also planned for it. What on earth happened? And what does that story tell us more broadly about why we fail to prevent catastrophe? Gill and Matthew speak to two front-line workers, Chidera Ota and Louise Curtis to find out how they adapted to a fast moving emergency situation. They also speak to David Alexander who is a professor of risk reduction at UCL, and Jill Rutter a senior research fellow at UK in a Changing Europe about the underlying systemic problems that meant the UK was never equipped to deal with a pandemic. And they explore something new. What is the role of empathy in preventing catastrophe?Sponsored by JMJ Associates - A Mother Come Quickly Production.