Doomsday Part II: When the Smoke Clears


The worse case scenario has played out. It's a few years from now, and Earth has suffered a major catastrophe - be it an asteroid impact, a nuclear holocaust or merely a global pandemic. Doomsday has arrived. In Part II of our two-part series, you'll find out how the planet - and its mantle of remaining life - carries on. So humans are gone: what next?

Also, why mass extinctions are helpful to evolution, and if a few people do survive Armegeddon, how do they begin to put human culture back together?


  • Alan Weisman - author of The World Without Us
  • Peter Ward - Paleontologist at the University of Washington, Seattle and author of Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us About Our Future
  • Carol Tavris - Social psychologist and author of Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)
  • Hugh Gusterson - Anthropologist, George Mason University