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Isn't There A Little Prepper In All Of Us?

Bug Out Bag

Reality TV shows like the Discovery Channel's Doomsday Bunkers and National Geographic Channel's Doomsday Preppers perpetuate a stereotype of "preppers" that omits the wide swath of people who engage in preparedness in a less extreme and more varied way.

Talk of nuclear war, climate apocalypse, pandemic, economic instability, and the decline of democracy has led more people to think about how to survive a catastrophic -- if not apocalyptic -- event. 

Do you buy organic food? Will you drink only bottled water? Do you avoid antibiotics? You may not have an underground bunker but you might have a generator, short wave radio, extra batteries and a supply of canned foods.

Today, we dive into the real world of "preppers." 


  • Tea Krulos- Freelance journalist and the author of Heroes in the Night, Monster Hunters, and most recently, Apocalypse Any Day Now: Deep Underground with America’s Doomsday Preppers
  • Mike Davidson - Metal fabricator and a member of Zombie Squad
  • Jon Stokes - Founder of Ars Technica; currently Deputy Editor of The Prepared

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. 

Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.
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