Today’s show is dedicated to the end of the world - and how artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians have riffed on the subject over the years. What would you do if the world was about to end? Get drunk? See family and friends? Maybe have sex? It’s the subject of a million pub conversations.
We discuss the new film by New Yorker Abel Ferrara. Eve Jackson asks the surprisingly chipper director why he put an upbeat spin on Armageddon.
We also examine literary imaginings of world annihilation with our book critic Sylvia Whitman.
Finally, we find out how Mexican artists are using manhole covers and paper figurines to represent their spin on the gloomy subject.