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Fascination with the Idea of "Apocalypse"

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Emily Woodbury
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Many of this year’s blockbusters, video games, and books are set in post-apocalyptic worlds - a growing trend in the past few years.

Today on River To River, we take a look at why this is such a common theme. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowans who are prepared to face an apocalyptic scenario, and he sits down with an Iowa Homeland Security representative, to find out how prepared the state of Iowa is for disaster.

Ben Kieffer also talks with word maven Patricia O'Connor about the various words we associate with the end of days. What's your favorite apocalyptic word?

Fascination with the Idea of "Apocalypse"
Patricia O'Connor on apocalyptic word origins - River to River "short"

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River