The Leonard Lopate Show Edit this Published in The Leonard Lopate Show End Times Listen 19 min Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/59647/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend From films like "2012" to the Left Behind book series, thoughts about the so-called End Times are everywhere. But why are we so excited to see our own demise? We'll explore this theme—and what real social, political, economic, or psychological problems our fascination with The End might indicate—with Professor Lee Clarke, author of Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination and with Professor Max Page, author of The City's End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York's Destruction.