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Author: Rose Eveleth

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A show about possible and not so possible futures. From space pirates to conscious robots to the end of antibiotics. Hosted by Rose Eveleth.
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The Space Roomba
This episode we take on a future where space junk has gotten so bad, that active spacecraft are constantly having to maneuver around it, which wastes fuel and cuts down on operation time. And humans decide to finally do something about it. But what?Guests:Loren Grush, science reporter at The Verge Lisa Ruth Rand, historian of science technology and the environment.Tiago Soares, systems engineer for ESA’s Clean Space programAndrew Wolahan, systems engineer for ESA’s e.deorbit program Alice Gorman, space archaeologist at Flinders University  Jill Stuart, space policy & law expert at the London School of Economics Further Reading:Tracking Space JunkHow can humans clean up our space junk? The Space Junk Problem is About to get a Whole Lots GnarlierOrbital Decay: Space Junk and the Environmental History of Earth’s Planetary BorderlandsThe Forgotten Cold War Plan That Put A Ring Of Copper Around The Earth Project West Ford, NASA RepositoryJapanese mission to clear up space junk ends in failureThis is what happens when a tiny piece of flying space debris hits the ISSESA Envisat ESA Clean SpaceESA e.deorbitSpace Age Archaeology What is Space Archaeology?The Outer Space Treaty has been remarkably successful – but is it fit for the modern age?Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The space dispatcher from the top of the episode was played by Andrew Hackard. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. And if you think you’ve spotted one of the little references I’ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you’re right, I’ll send you something cool. And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that’s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Space Roomba

2018-06-1900:53:27

We Are Family
With the rise in consumer DNA tests and online genealogy, people might soon have a pretty good idea where their families came from for generations. But are we putting too much faith in DNA? Can our genetic ancestry really tell us anything about ourselves? And what happens when DNA databases become playgrounds for true crime sleuths?Guests:Carl Zimmer, science journalist and author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potential of HeredityKristen V. Brown, biotechnology reporter at BloombergKim Tallbear, author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic ScienceClan_McCrimmon, moderator of the Lyle Stevik subreddit  Colleen Fitzpatrick and Margaret Press, cofounders of DNA Doe Kelly Hills, cofounder of Rogue Bioethics Further Reading:She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potential of HeredityNative American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic ScienceThe Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants In an Age of Gene Editing and Surrogacy, What Does Heredity Mean? How DNA Testing Botched My Family's Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too DNA testing is like the 'Wild West'; should it be more tightly regulated? DNA test kits: Consider the privacy implications The ingenious and ‘dystopian’ DNA technique police used to hunt the ‘Golden State Killer’ suspect The Strange Case of the Man With No Name Web Sleuths: Lyle Stevik Reddit: Lyle Stevik GED MatchActive DNA Doe CasesDNA Doe Lyle Stevik Press Release Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

We Are Family

2018-06-0500:58:152

Federal Project Two
Guests:Susan Quinn, author of Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands  Made High Art out of Desperate Times and other books.Monet Noelle Marshall, playwright, consultant, artist, director, founder of JOCOAA.Monica Byrne, novelist, playwright, futurist, activist.Further Reading: Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands  Made High Art out of Desperate Times by Susan Quinn The New Deal Art Projects, An Anthology of Memoirs by Francis V. O’ConnorEngendering Culture: Manhood and Womanhood In New Deal Public Art and Theater by Barbara Medosh American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA:When FDR Put the Nation to Work by Nick TaylorThe Subsidized Muse: Public Support for the Arts in the United States by Dick Netzer The American  Guide to the New Vermont After the Curtain Calls Creator of the Week with Monica ByrneWhat if Trump Really Does End Money for the Arts? Global Trends in Art Funding How the United States Funds the Arts Culturally Impoverished: US NEA Spends 1/40th of What Germany Doles Out for Arts Per CapitaWhy Are Americans So Hostile to State-Funded Art? Orson Welles’ Voodoo Macbeth: A forgotten diversity landmarkFlash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The voice of your future president was played by Andrea Klunder, the Producer & host of The Creative Impostor and Podcast Envy podcasts. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. If you think you’ve spotted one of the little references I’ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you’re right, I’ll send you something cool. And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that’s not in the cards for you, you can head to Apple Podcasts and leave us a nice review. Or just tell your friends about the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Federal Project Two

2018-05-2200:53:261

Enter the Exos
This episode we talk exoskeletons: what are they being used for now? What might they be used for in the future? And what happens when they’re everywhere? Guests:Tim Pote, PhD student at Virginia TechGreg Pote, Tim’s brother Dr. Bill Marras, professor at The Ohio State University & Director of the Spine Research InstituteLarry Jasinksi, CEO, Rewalk Ashley Shew, assistant professor at Virginia Tech in technology & disability, and author of Animal Constructions and Technological Knoweldge Kim Sauder, graduate student in Disability Studies, author of Crippled Scholar blog Bill Peace, anthropologist & bioethicist, author of Bad Cripple blog Further Reading:The robotic exoskeleton market is poised to grow to $1.9 billion in 2025, compared to $97 million in 2016, says ABI Research's Dan Kara. Berkeley BLEEX Exoskeleton Exoskeletons Won’t Turn Assembly Workers into Iron Man We Try a New Exoskeleton for Construction Workers The Exoskeletons Are Coming ReWalk Testimonials For heavy lifting, use exoskeletons with caution Biomechanical evaluation of exoskeleton use on loading of the lumbar spine Exoskeletons for industrial application and their potential effects on physical work loadThe effects of a passive exoskeleton on muscle activity, discomfort and endurance time in forward bending work. The Exoskeleton’s Hidden BurdenWalking is Over RatedThe Obsession With WalkingExoskeletons as a Social ProblemYou Cannot Kill a Bad Idea: The Exoskeleton Lives ReWalk: A Plea for Common Sense Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The voice of the future historian from the intro was by Sarah Werner. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. For more about the show or this episode go HERE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Enter the Exos

2018-05-0800:53:271

Fire From the Deep
In this episode, a huge submarine volcano erupts, breaks the surface of the ocean, and forms a new island. What happens next?Guests:Tracy Gregg, associate professor of geology at the University at BuffaloRebecca Carey, senior lecturer at the University of TasmaniaParaskevi V. Nomiku, assistant professor of geological oceanography at the University of AthensGianpierro Orbasano, Tongan photojournalist and explorerMichael Bates, Prince of SealandJames Grimmelmann, professor of law at Cornell TechFurther reading:The largest deep-ocean silicic volcanic eruption of the past centuryTsunami hazard risk of a future volcanic eruption of Kolumbo submarine volcano, NE of Santorini Caldera, GreeceVolcanic ash as fertiliser for the surface ocean The Submarine Volcano Eruption off El Hierro Island: Effects on the Scattering Migrant Biota and the Evolution of the Pelagic Communities What is law of the sea?United Nations Convention on the Law of the SeaPrincipality of Sealand: Nation Building by IndividualsSealand, Havenco and the Rule of LawHunga Tonga volcano eruption forms new S Pacific islandThis episode was suggested by listener and long-time friend of the show Charlie Loyd. Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. I love hearing your ideas! And if you think you’ve spotted one of the little references I’ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you’re right, I’ll send you something cool. And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that’s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. That’s all for this future, come back next time and we’ll travel to a new one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Fire From the Deep

2018-04-1000:46:421

The Grey Dawn
We’re back! After a bit of a break, your regularly scheduled Flash Forward episodes will resume starting today. Every other Tuesday you’ll get a future delivered straight to your listening device. I hope you enjoy!On this episode, we’re talking about the future of senior care. Namely: what happens when we outsource care for our aging loved ones to robots, apps and devices? Let’s start by defining the challenge that the technology in today’s episode is trying to solve: in the United States, there are six million people over the age of 85. Experts estimate that, by 2050, that number will jump to 19 million. And a question looms over those numbers, right? Who’s going to take care of us? And who is going to pay for our care? The average cost of a year in a nursing home in the United States is over $80,000. In home services provided by humans are $48,000. At the same time, care facilities are already reporting a shortage of qualified nurses. So of course one of the classes of solutions proposed to this looming problem is technology. There are already apps to monitor and assist seniors, robots to remind them to take their meds,  and sensors to predict when they might fall. There are even little robot animals that can provide them with affection and comfort. But what do we give up when we hand our parents over to robots? What do they want? And are the products that tech people are coming up with actually solving the problem at all? Those are the questions of today’s episode. For a full transcript of this episode, and for further reading visit flashforwardpod.com. Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The voice of the annoyed father in the intro was played by Brent Rose. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you’ve spotted one of the little references I’ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you’re right, I’ll send you something cool. And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that’s not in the cards for you, you can head to Apple Podcasts and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help. That’s all for this future, come back next time and we’ll travel to a new one.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Grey Dawn

2018-03-2700:49:111

You’ve Got Brainmail
In our last episode of the season, we take one one of the most requested futures: telepathy! What would it be like to be able to link minds, and communicate brain to brain? And how likely is it that we’ll ever get this kind of technology?   We start the episode by talking to Roger Luckhurst, a Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London, who explains where the word telepathy comes from, and how it totally obsessed men of science in the early 1800’s. Then, futurist and science fiction author Ramez Naam walks us through both the current state of science and the futuristic world of his science fiction series Nexus, that centers around a drug that gives people telepathic powers. After that, we consider what a future full of telepathic people might mean for etiquette with Robin Abrahams, the etiquette columnist for the Boston Globe. And then we talk privacy and digital security with Kit Walsh, a a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And we finish out the episode by talking to Lateef McLeod, a poet, blogger, activist and doctoral student in the anthropology and social change program at California Institute for Integral Studies, about how those with complex communication needs might appreciate a new form of communication.  Further reading: Science & history  The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain -- And Almost Lost His Mind When “I” becomes “We”: ethical implications of emerging brain-to-brain interfacing technologies Conscious Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Using Non-Invasive Technologies Brain-to-Brain Interfaces: When Reality Meets Science Fiction The invention of telepathy, 1870-1901 by Roger Luckhurst Telepathy and literature: essays on the reading mind by Nicholas Royle “First Report of the Literary Committee by W.F. Barrett, C.C. Massey, Rev. W. Stainton Moses, Frank Podmore…. In Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research”  Phenomena: the secret history of the U.S. government's investigations into extrasensory perception and psychokinesis by Annie Jacobsen The 120-Year-Old Mind-Reading Machine The Future of Human Evolution | Ray Kurzweil Q & A | Singularity University Science Gave My Son the Gift of Sound Understanding Deafness: Not Everyone Wants to Be 'Fixed' Memory Implant Gives Rats Sharper Recollection Building the Bionic Brain A cortical neural prosthesis for restoring and enhancing memory Computing Arm Movements with a Monkey Brainet A Brain-to-Brain Interface for Real-Time Sharing of Sensorimotor Information The Ultimate Interface: Your Brain Reconstructing visual experiences from brain activity evoked by natural movies Facilitation and restoration of cognitive function in primate prefrontal cortex by a neuroprosthesis that utilizes minicolumn-specific neural firing Protect Your Right to Repair and Control the Devices in Your Life Defend Your Right to Repair!  Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.  If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you’ve spotted one of the little references I’ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you’re right, I’ll send you something cool.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

You’ve Got Brainmail

2018-01-0900:49:311

Countless
This episode we travel to a future where the 2020 census goes haywire. What happens if we don’t get an accurate count of Americans? Who cares? Apparently the constitution does!   The 2020 census is currently in the crosshairs — census watchers say that it’s not getting enough funding, and community organizations and local governments are already worrying about what an inaccurate census might mean for their people.   To walk us through the current perils facing the census I talked to Hansi Lo Wang, a national correspondent for NPR who has been covering the census; Phil Sparks, the co-director of The Census Project, an organization that brings together groups who use census data; Susan Lerner, the director of Common Cause New York, a government watchdog group; Cayden Mak, the executive director of 18 Million Rising, an online organizing group that works with Asian American communities; and Dawn Joelle Fraser, a storyteller and communications coach who worked for the census in 2010.   Further reading:  Could A Census Without A Leader Spell Trouble In 2020?  US Census Director Resigns Amid Turmoil Over Funding of 2020 Count Departure of U.S. Census director threatens 2020 count The 2020 Census is at risk. Here are the major consequences With 2020 Census Looming, Worries About Fairness and Accuracy Trump's threat to the 2020 Census NAACP lawsuit alleges Trump administration will undercount minorities in 2020 Census Census 2020: How it’s supposed to work (and how it might go terribly wrong) Census watchers warn of crisis if 2020 funding is not increased Likely Changes in US House Seat Distribution for 2020 What Census Calls Us: A Historical Timeline As 2020 Census Approaches, Worries Rise Of A Political Crisis After The Count The American Census: a social history by Margo J. Anderson The Story Collider podcast: Dawn Fraser, The Mission  Note: This is the second to last episode of this season of Flash Forward! The last episode drops January 9th, and then the show will be in hiatus for a few months while I prep for season 4, which is going to be great I can already assure you! If you want to follow along with the prep for season 4, and just generally keep up with what's going on with the show and when it's coming back stay in touch via Twitter, Facebook , Reddit, or, best of all, Patreon, where I'll post behind the scenes stuff as I get ready for the next Flash Forward adventures.  Also, I’m going on tour with PopUp Magazine in February! Get your tickets at popupmagazine.com.  Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. Special thanks this week to Liz Neeley who voiced our discouraged bureaucrat. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.   If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you’ve spotted one of the little references I’ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you’re right, I’ll send you something cool.   And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that’s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help.   As a bonus, at the end of this episode, you'll hear a human chorus record a psalm that was written by Janelle Shane's machine learning algorithm. (Remember her from the super religion episode?) and arranged by Hamish Symington and Owain Park.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Countless

2017-12-2600:45:331

There’s No Great Future in Plastics
This episode is all about a world without plastic. What would that look like? Is it even possible?   Today, plastic is seen as one of our great environmental enemies. But it actually wasn’t always that way. Bradford Harris, a historian of science and the host of a podcast called How It Began: A History of the Modern World, and Susan Freinkel, a journalist and the author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, walk us through how plastic started out as a solution to unsustainable practices. Then we talk to Sherry Lippiatt, California Regional Coordinator for the NOAA Marine Debris Program, about what exactly is going on with garbage in the ocean. And finally I visit Danielle Trofe at her studio in Brooklyn, where she grows sustainable materials using mushrooms.   Further reading:  Debbie Chachra on peak plastics "On a scale beyond all previous conceptions" [electronic resource] : plastics and the preservation of modernity Bradford Harris: Plastics and Sustainability Our 'Toxic' Love-Hate Relationship With Plastics 99 Percent Invisible: The Post-Billiards Age Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean There Is No Island of Trash in the Pacific Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags Different Types of Plastics and their Classification Health risks posed by use of Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) in PVC medical devices: A critical review How Stuff Works: bioplastics Taxation and Regulation of Plastic Shopping Bags in Botswana and South Africa  GROW: A Lamp YOU Grow from Mushroom Mycelium  Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The voices from the future this episode were provided by Lisa Pollak, Arielle Duhaime-Ross, Brent Rose, Victor Dorff and Mary Beth Griggs. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.  If you want to suggest a future we should take on, send us a note on Twitter, Facebook or by email at info@flashforwardpod.com. We love hearing your ideas! And if you think you’ve spotted one of the little references I’ve hidden in the episode, email us there too. If you’re right, I’ll send you something cool.   And if you want to support the show, there are a few ways you can do that too! Head to www.flashforwardpod.com/support for more about how to give. But if that’s not in the cards for you, you can head to iTunes and leave us a nice review or just tell your friends about us. Those things really do help.   That’s all for this future, come back next time and we’ll travel to a new one.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Matt Erlacher

this one's a waste of time: two non-religious ppl discussing a fake religious text.

Apr 17th
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Morteza K

Matt Erlacher Do we have non-fake religious texts?!

Jun 14th
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