Covering the Apocalypse

Friday, June 08, 2012

Transcript

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.

Guests:

Andrew Fitzgerald

Hosted by:

Brooke Gladstone

Comments [1]

lisa from Emmaus

I thought the "covering the apocalypse" story was a real disappointment. How about considering a real possible scenario. Pandemic ? OK. Alien invasion? What a poor choice given the real possibilities out there. I think you could have used a greater but perhaps a more scary part of your imagination to cover extreme weather knocking out the power grid leading to a nuclear power station meltdown. How about the collapse of the honey bees leading to food shortages, slow but just as deadly.Do you think the apocalypse is happening one day in the future, or is it happening as we speak very slowly? I think the apocalypse we are creating with pollution and climate change and many other things is too overwhelming and too scary to really contemplate so we humans imagine things like alien invasions instead..

Jun. 16 2012 07:28 PM

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