This year, the headlines were grim. Natural disasters, from fires to hurricanes, and terrorist attacks from Las Vegas to New York. For many, 2017 felt like we were living on the edge of apocalypse. KQED’s storytelling podcast Q’ed Up brings you this story about, among other things, police and SWAT team training, moulage artists, fake news, and how to prepare for the worst things in the world. It’s an audio essay on violence, and the slippery slope between the real and the imagined.