HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 35 – Disaster Stories in Books and Movies

  • Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a roundtable discussion with our guests around an engaging and interesting topic — Disaster Stories!

In this special two-part podcast, we host Julie Nelson discussing books in Part One and Brian Adams discussing films in Part Two.

Listen now, download the Part One/books mp3, download the Part Two/films mp3,or subscribe to “Hush: a podcast from your library” through iTunes.

Disaster Stories

 julie library Our guests this episode are Julie Nelson and Brian Adams. We discuss books and movies about disasters and why people might enjoy those types of stories.

Books mentioned

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Natural Disasters

  • The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin
  • Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

Manmade Disasters

  • Gone at 3:17 by David Brown and Michael Wereschagin
  • Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

Disasters Where the Humanitarian Response is Equally as Important as the Disaster

  • The Grave Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People by John Kelly
  • Curse of the Narrows by Laura MacDonald

Movies mentioned

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  • Deluge (1933)
  • San Francisco (1936)
  • In Old Chicago (1937)
  • The Hurricane (1937)
  • The Rains Came (1939)


  • Titanic (1953)
  • The High and the Mighty (1954)
  • Zero Hour (1957)
  • A Night to Remember (1958)
  • The Last Voyage (1960)

The 1970s-AIRPORT

  • Airport (1970)
  • Airport 1975 (1974)
  • Airport ’77 (1977)
  • The Concorde-Airport ’79 (1979)


  • The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
  • The Towering Inferno (1974)
  • Earthquake (1974)
  • Juggernaut (1974)
  • The Cassandra Crossing (1976)


  • The Hindenburg (1975)
  • Two-Minute Warning (1976)
  • Rollercoaster (1977)
  • Avalanche (1978)
  • The Swarm (1978)
  • Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
  • Meteor (1979)
  • When Time Ran Out (1980)


  • The Big Bus (1976)
  • Airplane! (1980)
  • Airplane II-The Sequel (1982)


  • Independence Day (1996)
  • Daylight (1996)
  • Twister (1996)
  • Volcano (1997)
  • Dante’s Peak (1997)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • Armeggedon (1998)
  • Deep Impact (1998)
  • The Perfect Storm (2000)
  • Day After Tomorrow (2003)
  • The Core (2003)
  • Poseidon (2006)
  • 2012 (2009)
  • The Impossible (2012)

Your turn to talk

Continue the conversation about Disaster Stories in books and movies. Have you read any of the books we recommend? What can you recommend? What are your favorite disaster movies? Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group at our Disaster Stories discussion.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions for future topics please comment on our blog post or send us an email at

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.

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