Apocalyptic Thinking

March 16, 2014

Global pandemics, alien invasions, the Second Coming....why do we love imagining the end of the world?  We examine apocalyptic thinking – from vampire movies to the Book of Revelation.

  1. Vampires - Margot Adler

    Why are there so many vampire novels - not to mention vampire movies and comics?  NPR reporter Margot Adler looks behind our obsession with vampires.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  2. Sonic Sidebar: Apocalypse Cakes

    OK, you're contemplating the end of the world. How about a snack? Shannon O'Malley shares her apocalypse cakes.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  3. End of World Meme - Barry Vacker

    Apocalyptic stories are more than just entertaining. Millions of Americans believe the world will soon end. Cultural critic Barry Vacker unpacks this end-of-world meme.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  4. Revelations - Elaine Pagels

    The Book of Revelation is the Bible's last - and most controversial - book. Renowned historian Elaine Pagels explains the enduring power of this apocalyptic story.

    Average: 5 (3 votes)
  5. BookMark: Richard Powers

    Novelist Richard Powers bookmarks "Objects and Empathy" by Arthur Saltzman.

    Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
  6. On Our Minds: Margaret MacMillan on World War 1

    Ever wonder what caused the outbreak of World War One? Oxford historian Margaret MacMillan recounts its origins on its 100th anniversary.

    Average: 4.3 (4 votes)