Neuroscientist, history buff, law student… Peter’s been called all of these, and sometimes worse. The darker side of life has always been an interest of his, but his fascination picked up with the birth of his son in 2017.

As he got happier in his home life, Peter found himself trolling darker depths of music, literature, and the human condition. He tore through the pages of books like The Indifferent Stars AboveHunger: An Unnatural History, and I’ll Be Gone In The Dark. He gravitated to bands like PortalWAKE, and Altarage. Whether life is good or bad, it’s always worth keeping an eye on the shadows.

Unsatisfied, Peter wanted to dive deeper into the extremes of the human condition. What are the worst things that have happened to humans? How did they make it through? This Is A Disaster is a podcast that helps Peter exorcise this morbid fascination. Every week, he stares disasters in the face through the eyes of those that experienced them.


Music has always been a driving force in Leigh’s life. From his 4th grade obsession with Tears For Fears to his high school deep dive into all things metal and alt-rock, there’s never been a time when music didn’t occupy most of his conscious (and unconscious) thoughts.

From Leigh’s constant search for musical extremes formed a natural proclivity towards the darker, weirder side of life. At first he sought to satisfy it in the pages of underground comics and in horror movies… but the truth is always stranger than fiction. Eventually he spent late nights in the dark corners of the internet, reading up on serial killers, extinction events, mass cult-related suicides – all to scratch that now-familiar itch: morbid curiosity.

This Is A Disaster is a podcast that sees Leigh getting a full dose of all things strange, tragic, and unbelievable. Thanks to Peter’s Reader’s Digest book and his PhD-level approach to research, every week the itch is properly scratched.