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America’s Fascination With The Apocalypse

My last BBC story.

The Great American Addiction: The Apocalypse.

Matthew Barrett Gross and his wife Mel Giles have teamed up to research and publish a fascinating book about the addiction of apocalypse in the American in culture. From our religious evangelical Protestant history to our pop culture, Americans have been fascinated with the end since the European colonization. But what has changed over the centuries to the current American pathos about the end? Gross and Giles, have found the idea of the end now transcends evangelical religion and has become an idea that also concerns the left and not just the far right. Some attribute these thoughts to climate change, many feel that it comes from the economy, or the fact is that the American Century has peaked.

With in a years time span Americans have been soaking up entertainment and new of the apocalypse. The 2012 Super Bowl was highlighted by a truck ad that predicted the future as bleak and inhospitable. With in the realm of film and television, there has been the Hunger Games, a reality show’s about people prepping for the doomsday.

The Last Myth explores a question that we rarely ask as we sit enthralled by the latest apocalyptic piece of entertainment: what if our current fascination with the apocalypse actually means something? And what might we do to move beyond apocalyptic thinking and embrace the future.

Credits:

Music: Than Kehmeier
George W Bush Photo: FEMA:Jocelyn Augustino
All the other footage and photos are public domain.

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Categories: BBC, Uncategorized

The Dying Art Of Navajo Sheep Shearing

Here is another BBC story I did.

With in the remote center of the Navajo Reservation, of the United States. Arnold Clifford keeps cultural tradition alive by raising Navajo Churro Sheep. Churro sheep were introduced to the Americas by Spanish settlers along the Rio Grande Valley during their colonization northward from Mexico. While Churro sheep are a domesticated livestock they almost became extinct in the US. Navajo’s for centuries have counted on the Churro’s for their wool and meat for food.

Clifford was taught by his elders how to continue the art of hand shearing their sheep and not depending on modern electric shears. Clifford’s grandmother was a master weaver, to honor her, he donates the wool to different weaving families through out the reservation. Clifford, hopes to see the Churro sheep industry grow through out the Navajo Reservation and to create an economy where people are not dependent on welfare or the government. Besides being a sheep herder, Clifford also is a expert botanist, geologist and teacher.

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