Caption: Mathew Barrett Gross
Mathew Barrett Gross 

The Last Myth

From: Guy Rathbun
Series: IdeaSphere: A Platform for Today's Voices
Length: 28:59

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In the past dozen years, from Y2K to 2012, apocalyptic anticipation in America has leapt from the cultish to the mainstream. Today, nearly 60 percent of Americans believe that the events foretold in Revelation will come true.But, it’s not just the Christian Right that is obsesses with the end of the world, secular readers hungry for catastrophe have propelled books about peak oil, global warming, and the end of civilization into bestsellers.
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The Last Myth
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The Last Myth: What the Rise of Apocalypic Thinking Tells Us about America, by Mathew Barrett Gross and Mel Gilles explores the question of why apocalyptic belief is surging into the American mainstream today.  This sweeping historical investigation into the origins of apocalyptic thought reveals that while the apocalypse as a belief has been absent from most of human history, it has played a powerful role in the history of Western civilization, and America as a nation is uniquely founded upon end-times ideals. 

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The Last Myth: What the Rise of Apocalypic Thinking Tells Us about America, by Mathew Barrett Gross and Mel Gilles explores the question of why apocalyptic belief is surging into the American mainstream today.  This sweeping historical investigation into the origins of apocalyptic thought reveals that while the apocalypse as a belief has been absent from most of human history, it has played a powerful role in the history of Western civilization, and America as a nation is uniquely founded upon end-times ideals. 

Broadcast History

KCBX Public Radio

Timing and Cues

Incue @ 00:00: Theme ...
Outcue of Segment 1 @ 16:05: "We'll be right back in just a moment."
62 second break with music bed.
Incue to Segment 2 @ 17:07: This is IdeaSphere, I'm ...
Outcue for Segment 2 @ 28:58: ... theme ends.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
PVC IV (theme) Blue Man Group Audio. 1999 :00

Related Website

http://www.lastmyth.com/