Jess Phoenix

is creating Catastrophe! A podcast about disaster, failure, & calamity.
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Catastrophists
$1
per month

The ones who have to know what went wrong.


- Catastrophists can vote each month to determine where in the world our upcoming episodes will focus. Australia? Belgium? Ohio? The choice is yours.


- We will whisper your name before we record each episode for good karma.


- Bonus: You can tell everyone you know that you're helping educate the public about catastrophes. You're a boss.

Masters of Disaster
$5
per month

The answers are out there, and you're making sure we find them.


- Masters of Disaster can nominate catastrophes for upcoming episodes.


- Get a copy of the script for each episode emailed to you so you can see how much more eloquent it all sounded in my head.


- See screenshots of the ludicrous amount of browser tabs I have open while researching each episode. Not even joking, there are 50+.


- We will sing your name melodiously before we record each episode to thank the universe for your existence.


- Bonus: You can tell everyone you know that you're helping educate the public about catastrophes. You're a boss.

Failure Friends
$9
per month

Who's afraid of failure? Not you.


- All of the previous rewards. Yep.


- We'll thank you personally in a video that all of the other patrons can see. You'll be in the cool club for sure.


- Bonus: You can either laugh at Jess or give her grief if she mispronounces your name .

About Jess Phoenix

So, you're a Catastrophist. 

Perhaps you've been fascinated by worst case scenarios for years. Maybe you've lived through a disaster. Whatever your motivation, you're not alone in wanting to know what went wrong. Catastrophes are part of life, and the one thing they all have in common is that they change lives forever. 

I've been fascinated by things going catastrophically wrong since I was a kid. My parents were both FBI agents, and I grew up with dinner table talk about bank fraud, terrorism, and bombings. The first catastrophe that really captured my attention is one you've probably heard of: the destruction of Pompeii by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Reading about it in the original Latin while I was working on my history degree struck a nerve.

When I went into geology years later, I realized that the Earth itself causes catastrophes beyond anything humans are capable of. These events have shaped the course of human history, and still do. In this show, we explore the stories of both famous and more obscure catastrophes throughout history, and hopefully you'll enjoy learning about the myriad ways things can go dramatically, horribly wrong. Science, history, politics, and social issues all factor into the making of a catastrophe. 

Join us because after all, you never know what we'll learn from digging through the rubble.

~Jess Phoenix

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