Are You Ready for TEOTWAWKI?

The world has been ending since the beginning of time. What does it mean to be prepared?

It’s the end of the world as we know it. How do you feel? SAPIENS co-host Jen Shannon follows the trail of some contemporary preppers with the help of anthropologist Chad Huddleston. Then she dives into history with Tim Kohler, an archaeologist and expert on Ancestral Puebloan peoples of the U.S. Southwest.



  • Chad Huddleston is an adjunct assistant professor of anthropology at Saint Louis University in Missouri and an instructor at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He has been studying preppers for about 10 years.
  • Tim Kohler is a professor of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology at Washington State University. He also serves as coordinator for the Village Ecodynamics Project, a multidisciplinary effort to study the connection between Ancestral Puebloan peoples and their environment in the U.S. Southwest.

For more on prepping from SAPIENS, read Huddleston’s article For Preppers, the Apocalypse Is Just Another Disaster” and a companion article to this podcast.

Matthew Simonson composed our theme song and all the other music in this episode.

Read a transcript of this episode here.