COMM 360 – Studio Production

The Studio Production course allows students to develop, direct, perform, and edit a studio production.  After breaking up into smaller groups, we decided on one topic and spent the semester developing a talk show.  Our topic was the many end of the world theories that are so popular in society.  My portion of the team was to write the questions and host the show.  After booking two expert guests, I created questions specifically for the guests.  While collaborating with my group, we were able to create a fifteen-minute talk show.

-Hi and welcome to the Shepherd Connection.  Today’s topic will focus on the many end of the world theories.  Lately, with December 2012 quickly approaching, which may be one of the most publicized theories, society seems determined to figure out the way the world will end and popular movies and television shows drive that obsession.  Our first guest, Dr. Conley, is a biology professor at Shepherd University and will tell you a little about her background. (Dr. Conley speaks) Thank you, Dr. Conley.  Our second guest Travis Jennings who is an expert field of post apocalyptic theory will also tell you a little about himself. (2nd guest speaks)

-Let’s begin my discussing the Mayan theory that so many are talking about.  This theory states that December 21, 2012 marks the end of their calendar, which follows a cycle where catastrophic events occur at the end of each cycle.  Since the calendar ends in December, the media has dubbed it the end of the world.

-Dr. Conley, is there any scientific proof to back this theory?

-Travis, is there any historical proof to back this theory?

-Why do you think it has become so popular in our society, are people just looking for something to talk about?
-In your opinion, does the fact that the Mayans did not account for Leap Years disprove this theory?

-Another interesting theory involves global climate change and, let’s be honest, the weather this past winter has been quite odd.  Global climate change is a world wide gradual but lasting change in weather patterns over a period of time.  This term is used to refer to natural changes and human-made changes.

-Do you think it could wipe out the population and why or why not?
-What can we do to prevent or hinder the change?

-In the past, there have been several epidemics, such as the Bubonic Plague, across the globe that have killed many people.  Could a terrible enough epidemic destroy humankind and what kind would it have to be (i.e. virus, plague, flu, etc.)?
-Do the United States and the rest of the world have the resources to stop an epidemic if a bad enough one started?

-The idea of overpopulation is also a world ending theory.  Could the perpetuation of the human species really be it’s own demise?
-As the population expands, more food is being genetically modified.  How dangerous is genetically modified food and why?
-Is genetically modified food enough to potentially kill off the population?

-A final theory we are going to touch on today is the idea of a World War 3 that involves nuclear warfare.  Could a world wide nuclear war demolish humankind as we know it and how?

(If time permits, other questions could be)
-In your professional opinion, which world ending theory do you believe holds the most weight and why?
-Which is the least likely and why?
-Are alien invasions and zombie attacks possibilities, they sure seem to be the topic of many popular television shows and movies?

-So it looks like the world is safe for another day.  Thank you for joining us today on the Shepherd Connection and thank you to our guests for being here.

Talk Show Script

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