When Mount Tambora erupted it spewed ash throughout the globe; blotting out the solar; poisoning crops; and bringing hunger, sickness and demise to hundreds of thousands. It might even have helped encourage nice scientific and cultural advances – together with the horror masterpiece Frankenstein. How properly will we adapt to disaster and what are the boundaries of our capability to climate even the worst circumstances?
Cautionary Tales is written by me, Tim Harford, with Andrew Wright. It’s produced by Ryan Dilley, with help from Courtney Guarino and Emily Vaughn.
The sound design and unique music is the work of Pascal Wyse. Julia Barton edited the scripts.
Because of the crew at Pushkin Industries, together with Mia Lobel, Jacob Weisberg, Heather Fain, Jon Schnaars, Carly Migliori, Eric Sandler, Emily Rostek, Royston Beserve, Maggie Taylor, Nicole Morana, Daniella Lakhan and Maya Koenig.
Additional studying and listening
Wolfgang Behringer “Tambora and the 12 months with out a Summer season“
Gillian D’Arcy Wooden “Tambora: The Eruption That Shook The World“
William and Nicholas Klingaman “The 12 months with out Summer season“
Robert Evans “Blast from the Previous” Smithsonian Journal July 2002
Jill Lepore “The Unusual and Twisted Lifetime of ‘Frankenstein’” The New Yorker 5 Feb 2018
In our Time: The 12 months With out A Summer season
Mick Hamer “Brimstone and bicycles” New Scientist 26 January 2005
Michele Acuto, Shaun Larcom, Ferdinand Rauch and Tim Willems “Calamity Is a wonderful trainer”
Bruce Sacerdote “When the Saints Go Marching Out“
Deryugina, Kawano and Levitt “The Financial Influence of Hurricane Katrina on its Victims“
Emi Nakamura et al “The Present of Shifting“