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Chicago Public Radio WBEZ 91.5 FM’s Worldview series, hosted by Jerome McDonnell, launched a special week long exposé of shows exploring how society, the world, even the universe might meet its end.  Entitled “The End of the World”, the show was broadcast from Monday August 27, 2007 through Friday August 31, 2007.  Front Forty Press includes the transcripts of each Worldview interview in Signs of the Apocalypse / Rapture in their entirety.

The first episode was presented in two segments: “America’s Apocalypse”, included Robert Jay Lifton- Psychiatrist and author, Superpower Syndrome: America’s Apocalyptic Confrontation with the World and Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism;  “The Science of Apocalypse” with Paul Halpern- Professor of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Science in Philadelphia and author of Countdown to Apocalypse, a Science Investigation into the End of the World.

Tuesday’s broadcast: “The World Without Humans” with Alan Weisman- Author of The World Without Us and Senior Editor and Producer for Homelands Products; “Better Fertility Through Chemistry” with Dr. Theo Colburn- Founder and President of The Endocrine Disruption Network (TEDX) and co-author of Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival?- A Scientific Detective Story.

Wednesday’s broadcast: “Bible Prophecy and The End of the World” with Lester Wright, author of Read It and Run: The Astonishing Visions of Habakkuk and Daniel;  “Antichrist’s Role in the End of the World” with Joel Richardson, author of Antichrist: Islam’s Long Awaited Messiah;  “Orthodox Christian Perspective on the End Times” with Archbishop Lazar Puhalor, retired Hierarch of the Orthodox Church of America, author of The Soul, The Body and Death and The Evidence of Things Not See: Orthodox Christianity and Modern Physics.

Thursday’s broadcast: “Apocalypse Now, Please” with Max Blumenthal- journalist, blogger, Nation Institute Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow, producer of the online video Rapture Ready: The Unauthorized Christian United for Israel Tour;  “The Messiah of Orthodox Judaism” with Norton Mezvinsky- Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, co-author with Israel Shahak Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel;  “The Mehdi in the US Media” with Kaveh Afrasiabi- author of After Khomeiniˆ: New Directions in Iran’s Foreign Policy and Iran’s Nuclear Program: Debating Facts versus Fiction,  former Professor at Tehran University, contributor to the Asia Times.

Friday’s broadcast: “December 21st, 2012: A Date that Might Live in Infamy” with Larry Joseph- author of Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into Civilization’s End, Chairman of a plasma physics company in New Mexico;  “Grasping the Scope of U.S. Weapons Proliferation” with Ivan Oelrich, Director of the Strategic Security Project at the Federation of American Scientists;  “Collective Action to Prevent the Apocalypse” with Eugene Jarecki- director of Why We Fight, a documentary about the United States since World War II and the growth of the “Military Industrial Complex”, author of the forthcoming book The American Way of War and How It Lost Its Way.

Signs of the Apocalypse / Rapture also includes an indroduction from Front Forty Press Director, Doug Fogelson, as well as an essay by Christopher Bucklow and a poem by Jay Michaelson.

Christopher Bucklow is a prominent English artist who works in various mediums and has been exhibiting internationally since 1996, with dozens of solo and group exhibitions to his credit at such prestigious venues as the Photographers’ Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, amongst others. Bucklow has two books published on his work, one a collection of photographs and the other a collection of drawings.  Bucklow wrote the essay “Revelation, Resurrection, Rhetoric“ for Signs of the Apocalypse / Rapture as well as well as contributing two visual interpretation of the themes.

Jay Michaelson is the author of God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and Embodied Spiritual Practice (Jewish Lights, 2006) and Another Word for Sky: Poems (Lethe Press, 2007).  He is a columnist for the Forward newspaper, the executive director of Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality; and the founding editor of Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture (  Recently a Ph.D candidate in Jewish Thought at Hebrew University and a Visiting Proffesor at Boston University Law School, Jay lives, as of the time of the time of this publication, at the Panditarama mediation center in Lumbini, Nepal.