Apocalypse http://nhpr.org en Word of Mouth's "End of the World" Playlist http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouths-end-world-playlist <p></p><p>Like any major life event, the annihilation of life as we know it deserves a soundtrack.&nbsp; It’s easy to decide what to listen to when the four horsemen of the apocalypse are coming around the bend…So, for everybody hosting an “end of the world party” in the next 48 hours, we compiled a few suggestions to help you kick out the jams one final time.&nbsp;&nbsp; Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:06:18 +0000 Virginia Prescott, Rebecca Lavoie & Taylor Quimby 18857 at http://nhpr.org What's the Deal With Nostradamus, Anyway? http://nhpr.org/post/whats-deal-nostradamus-anyway <P>As the Western world’s favorite doomsday prophet, Nostradamus and his <A href="http://www.thenostradamuspredictions.com/prophecies">enigmatic four-line poems </A>have been used to explain catastrophes and lately, the looming apocalypse. We spoke with <STRONG>Stéphane Gerson, </STRONG>Associate Professor of French Studies at New York University, and author of <A href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/stephane-gerson/nostradamus-renaissance/"><EM>Nostradamus: How An Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became The Modern Prophet Of Doom </EM></A>to find out why a 16<SUP>th</SUP> century astrologer and poet came to represent the face of the four horsemen. He will&nbsp;be giving a free talk&nbsp;at the <A href="http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/45/node/177988">New York Public Library</A> on February 4.</P> <P> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:11:19 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18844 at http://nhpr.org What's the Deal With Nostradamus, Anyway? Exploring the End of the World http://nhpr.org/post/exploring-end-world <p>If you don’t believe in <a href="http://www.webexhibits.org/calendars/calendar-mayan.html#anchor-long-count">Mayan calendars</a>, and you’re not too worried about the next rapture that supposed to happen, then you’re probably not too concerned about the world ending anytime soon. But has the thought ever crossed your mind? Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:40:32 +0000 Virginia Prescott 16833 at http://nhpr.org Exploring the End of the World Underground Cold War Relics As Doomsday Castles? http://nhpr.org/post/underground-cold-war-relics-doomsday-castles One clear threat once menaced civilization: nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The Cold War is over, but decades later, some of the fortifications built to fight that war still dot the American landscape.<p>Four years ago, Larry Hall bought a nuclear missile silo out on the open rolling land north of Salina, Kan. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Frank Morris 2243 at http://nhpr.org Underground Cold War Relics As Doomsday Castles? The Mayan Apocalypse And The Meaning Of Life http://nhpr.org/post/mayan-apocalypse-and-meaning-life Since Adam <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2012/01/30/146108888/science-and-the-meaningful-life">wrote here yesterday</a> of science as a meaningful pursuit, or better, of how a science-inspired way of quenching our unquenchable thirst for knowledge about ourselves and the world will add meaning to one's life, I'd like to take off on a tangent also springing from Umair Haque's <a href="http://blogs.hbr.org/haque/2012/01/create_a_meaningful_life_throu.html">recent blog post</a> in the <em>Harvard Business Review</em>.<p>Two days ago I listened to a lecture on the Mayan "prediction" of th Wed, 01 Feb 2012 15:39:00 +0000 Marcelo Gleiser 1644 at http://nhpr.org The Mayan Apocalypse And The Meaning Of Life