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Isn't There A Little Doomsday 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.

This hour, we dive into the real world of "preppers."


  • Tea Krulos - A freelance journalist and the author of Apocalypse Any Day Now: Deep Underground with America’s Doomsday Preppers
  • Mike Davidson - A metal fabricator and member of Zombie Squad
  • Jon Stokes - Founder of Ars Technica and the deputy editor of The Prepared

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired May 8, 2019.

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