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153- Game Over (R)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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The Takeaway

The End of the World as We Know It

Monday, January 12, 2015

Author Emily St. John Mandel's fourth novel, "Station Eleven," imagines the run-up to and aftermath from a global flu outbreak that effectively ends civilization as we know it.

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Radiolab

John Luther Adams

Friday, October 03, 2014

What's the soundtrack for the end of the world? We go looking for an answer.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

When the Apocalypse Comes, What Will You Have to Offer?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell explores all the knowledge we've accumulated over the millennia in the form of a guide to restarting civilization post-catastrophe.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Do You Deserve to Be on Our Post-Apocalypse Team? Convince Us.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell wrote a very serious book about the end of the world and the various environmental, medical, and societal issues that would arise if we had to rebuild civilization on Earth. When the Brian Lehrer Show spoke with him, they asked callers a slightly sillier question.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bait and Tackling

Friday, April 25, 2014

By noon today, members of Northwestern’s football team will have voted on forming a union. You can cast your own ballots on the issue during our call-in segment. Plus: after the end of the world, how would we rebuild and what would you contribute?; the behind-the-scenes look at prepping for universal pre-k; a progressive push for more cops; and an illustrator’s tour of New York City.

Radiolab

The Beginning of the End

Monday, December 09, 2013

Not much was left roaming Earth after the Dinosaurs were wiped out. But among the few survivors there was one little creature that crawled out of the ground and gave rise to nearly every mammal on Earth, including us. We meet our great, great, great, great, great...etc!...grandmother and try to ...

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Radiolab

Dinopocalypse

Monday, December 09, 2013

We’ve all heard the story of what happened on the day the dinosaurs died, right? Well, we thought we had. Turns out, high-powered ballistics experiments, fancy computer algorithms, and good old-fashioned ancient geology have given us a shocking new version of the events on that day, 66 million years ago. ...

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Radiolab

Apocalyptical

Monday, December 09, 2013

In this new live stage performance, Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow.

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The Takeaway

John Hodgman on the End of the World

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Humorist, writer, and Daily Show "resident expert" John Hodgman has been thinking about the end of the world, and joking about it for the past year on stages across America. His new special documents the last night of his doomsaying tour. It’s called “Ragnarok” (as in the Norse mythology version of the end of the world). “Ragnarok” will be available exclusively on Netflix tomorrow, June 20.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayan Time

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Jose Barreiro, assistant director for research at the National Museum of the American Indian, offers a fact-based account of the much discussed Mayan calendar and explains how contemporary Mayan culture is alive and well.

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On The Media

Fact Checking the End of the World

Friday, September 21, 2012

Citing the Mayan calendar, many people believe that the world will end on December 21, 2012. Some of those people email NASA scientist David Morrison who, unlike most scientists, takes their concerns seriously enough to explain that there is no science to back up the 2012 prophecy. Brooke speaks to Morrison about the possibility of dissuading people from believing the end of the world is near.

Two Steps From Hell - Master of Shadows

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Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: U.S. Explodes Atomic Bombs Near Beers to See if They Are Safe to Drink

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NPR

Robert offers some practical advice on what to do if you survive a nuclear blast... and really want to drink that beer that made it through with you.

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Soundcheck

Podcast: Dan Deacon Plays Live, Rock Shows at Sea, and Your Nightmare Cruise

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bespectacled Baltimore musician and composer Dan Deacon performs live music from his new album, America. Plus, we talk with Billboard editor Joe Levy about rock shows at sea - and our listeners chime in with their concert cruise nightmares. Get the full episode here, or on iTunes.

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Soundcheck

Dan Deacon's 'America': A Beautiful Cacophony

Monday, August 13, 2012

Composer and electronic musician Dan Deacon is known for his brilliantly cacophonous sound collages and high-energy dance parties. His forthcoming album is called America - and you can hear him perform some of it live in the Soundcheck studio.

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On The Media

Covering the Apocalypse

Friday, June 08, 2012

Even if you're not among those who believe the world will end on 12/21/2012, it's gotta end sometime right? And if there are still journalists at the end, they'll need a game plan. At a recent journalism pow-wow, the role of journalists in two apocalyptic scenarios -- global pandemic and alien invasion -- were discussed with funny and useful results. Brooke speaks with Andrew Fitzgerald who suggested the topic.

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Transportation Nation

More Car Ads For the Apocalypse

Monday, February 06, 2012

It was, presumably, meant to be humorous -- a Chevy can survive anything, even the apocalypse. Or so the message of last night's Super Bowl ad for Chevy Silverados implied. As a driver passes destroyed highways, a burning Bob's Big Boy, and arrives at a plaza in front of what looks like three bombed-out banks, the soundtrack thrums "looks like we made it." Twinkees apparently also made it. Women did not, bad news for repopulation prospects.

But given the fact that this isn't the first car ad to assure owners they can survive crumbling infrastructure, maybe its part of a darker message: the world may be falling apart (or blowing up), but you can protect yourself by buying the right car.

The other ad, for Audi, profiled here, exhorts users to buy an Audi, because "highway maintenance is underfunded, costing drivers $65 billion a year, and countless tires, which drivers never actually check, because they’re busy, checking email. This is why we engineered a car that makes 2,000 decisions every second."

By the way, it appears Ford is challenging the Chevy apocalypse ad's claim, Ad Age is reporting. "We don't agree with some of GM's claims in their ad, particularly around durability," Ford's Mark Levine told the publication.

Not sure how you verify that your car can survive an apocalypse.

 

 

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On The Media

Covering the Apocalypse

Friday, December 16, 2011

Even if you're not among those who believe the world will end on 12/21/2012, it's gotta end sometime right? And if there are still journalists at the end, they'll need a game plan. At a recent journalism pow-wow, the role of journalists in two apocalyptic scenarios -- global pandemic and alien invasion -- were discussed with funny and useful results. Brooke speaks with Andrew Fitzgerald who suggested the topic. 

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Features

Spreading the Judgment Day Message at Union Square

Friday, May 20, 2011

Michael Aitchison and Julie Baker are among the believers who think the world will end on Saturday, May 21, 2011. They've been handing out 3,000 pamphlets in a day alerting people to Judgment Day.

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The Takeaway

Is it Human Nature to Predict the End of the World?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Have a great day today, listeners, because for many of you it will be your last — according to Harold Camping, a Californian radio preacher. He says the world will end tomorrow, May 21st. And his followers across the country are attempting to persuade unbelievers before it is too late. Harold Camping has predicted the end of the world before, and so have many others. Fortunately they haven't come true, so we have to ask, why do prophecy beliefs remain popular?

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