Episode 216: APOCALYPSE

We attempt to come to better terms with our impending doom. This is such a mind-blowing episode that it is in a record eight parts: one short story, one excerpt from a novel, two poems, one interview, one story-booth vignette, one ballad, and a correspondence with our friend Pete, on the other side.

 

Host: Bonnie Swift

Producers: Jonah Willihnganz, Bonnie Swift, Dan Hirsch, Micah Cratty, Lee Konstantinou, Killeen Hanson, Elizabeth Bradfield, Hannah Krakauer, Jack Wang

Featuring: Daniel Steinbock, Adrienne Chung

Music: Nataly Dawn

URLs: People Say I've Changed, Pop Apocalypse: A possible Satire, Long Now Foundation

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Story 1: PEOPLE SAY I’VE CHANGED

SSP producer Micah Cratty reads his story of post-apocalyptic magical totalitarianism. You can also read this story at the McSweeney’s website.

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Story 2: DOCTOR EXCELSIOR + SONG

Adrienne Chung reads her poem “Dr. Excelsior,” followed by music from Nataly Dawn.

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Story 3: POP APOCALYPSE EXCERPT

Lee Konstantinou reads an excerpt from his novel,Pop Apocalypse: A possible Satire, which was published by Harper Perennial in 2009.

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Story 4: THE LAST DANCE

Daniel Steinbock sings “The Last Dance,” a song he wrote before an spring quarter circus party at Synergy house. For many Stanford Students, this was the last party before graduation. photo via flickr

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Story 5: WHITE PLAZA INTERVIEWS

The SSP Apocalypse takes to the streets, asking members of the Stanford Community about their feelings on the doom that potentially approaches all that is everything. Responses range from the very serious to the very un-serious.

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Story 6: ADAM JOHNSON ON “THE PERSONAL APOCALYPSE”

Stanford Creative Writing Professor Adam Johnson waxes poetic on the many various Apocalypses that each of us faces in our daily lives.

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Story 7: NOAH IN THE ARCTIC

Elizabeth Bradfield reads a poem of when Biblical stories are transformed into a shape that Arctic Native Americans can relate to.

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Story 8: SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH ALEXANDER ROSE

Bonnie Swift interviews Alexander Rose, director of the Long Now Foundation. Among other things, they discuss Long Now’s 10,000 Year Clock project, in which they are constructing a gigantic mechanical clock in the middle of a mountain. This clock, when completed, is likely to outlast any civilization collapses that may occur in the next handful of millennia.

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