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Author: Rose Eveleth

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Flash Forward is a show about possible (and not so possible) future scenarios. What would the warranty on a sex robot look like? How would diplomacy work if we couldn’t lie? Could there ever be a fecal transplant black market? (Complicated, it wouldn’t, and yes, respectively, in case you’re curious.) Hosted and produced by award winning science journalist Rose Eveleth, each episode combines audio drama and journalism to go deep on potential tomorrows, and uncovers what those futures might really be like. The future is going to be weird, so let's get ready for it together.
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EARTH: The Sunshade
We're back! Did you miss me? Don't answer that please. Today's episode kicks off Season FIVE of Flash Forward. This year, I'm doing things a little bit differently. Instead of doing a new episode every other week, you're getting little mini-seasons. Each little block of five episodes will come out weekly, and center around a theme. This week we're starting our EARTH series. Five episodes, five different future Earths. Buckle up, I hope you're ready for some fun. And some terror. This is Flash Forward after all.Today we travel to a future where humanity decides to pull the climate emergency break, and spray sulphuric acid into the upper atmosphere.GuestsAnthony Jones, climate model researcher at University of ExeterJane Flegal, climate science and policy advisor, program officer at The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable TrustKate Marvel, climate scientist at Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space StudiesRomaric Odoulami, climate scientist at the University of Cape TownPrakash Kashwan, political scientist at the University of Connecticut  ActorsThe Snowglobe Narrator: Brent RoseLenny Haywood: Evan JohnsonFarah Mousterian: Zahra NoorbakhshJohn Jacob Siwa: Joseph JonesJuana Aguilar: Tamara KrinskyThor Surtr: Oliver BlankSpecial ThanksWomen's Audio Mission studios, Maryam Qudus, Stephanie LopezThe Potluck Podcast Collective, The Potluck Podcast studio, Quincy SurasmithFlash 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.Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.comSupport the show: Patreon // DonorboxThanks to PNAS for supporting Flash Forward. Listen to Science Sessions on iTunes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

EARTH: The Sunshade

2019-03-0500:52:122

The Commute From Hell
Getting from one place to another is hard. What if we could just teleport? From the physics of how this would work (it wouldn’t) to the ripple effects it might have on politics, urban development, and tourism, this episode is all about what would happen if we could zip instantly from one place to another. GuestsMatt Lubchansky, comic artist and associate editor at The NibZeeya Merali, physicist at the Foundational Questions Institute, author of A Big Bang in a Little Room, cohost of the FQXi PodcastPeter Norton, historian at the University of Virginia, author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City(Paper from the advertisement: Time to End the Use of Genetic Test Results in Life Insurance Underwriting) → → → Sources and more links available here ← ← ←Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The teleportation attendant from the future was played by Tamara Krinsky. Tamara is the host of the science & technology show TOMORROW'S WORLD TODAY, which you can watch on Amazon, right now. 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

The Commute From Hell

2018-11-2000:48:18

Farm To Tablet
On today’s episode we tackle a future that was once a staple of science fiction: food pills. Instead of shopping and cooking and sitting down to eat meals together, we all simply pop our nutritional pills and move along with our lives. How feasible is this, really? Where did the idea come from? And what does the rise and fall in the popularity of the idea say about our changing relationships to food, culture and politics?Guests:Annalee Newitz, science journalist and science fiction author, co-host of Our Opinions Are CorrectCharlie Jane Anders, science fiction author, co-host of Our Opinions Are CorrectHelen Rosner, food correspondent for the New YorkerRob McGinley Myers, writer and podcasterKatie Gordon, associate professor of psychology at North Dakota State University and co-host of Jedi Counsel PodcastMike Rugnetta, producer of Reasonably SoundSoleil Ho, food writer, co-host of Racist Sandwich, host of Popaganda→→→  For more information about the guests, links, and further reading, go to https://www.flashforwardpod.com/2018/10/21/farm-to-tablet/ ←←←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 for this episode were provided by  Tony Garcia, Fernando Galdino and Ed Yong. 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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Farm To Tablet

2018-10-2300:48:203

Eyes In The Skies
Computers are getting smaller and smaller. But what if we had sensors the size of dust, that could float through the air undetected, talk to one another, gather information, and transmit that information back down to a central place? This is the concept behind smart dust, and it's more plausible than you might think. Guests:Amy Webb, quantitative futurist and founder of the Future Today InstituteFaine Greenwood, journalist and drone expertStacey Higginbotham, journalist, co-host of the Internet of Things podcast→ → More information band background reading at flashforwardpod.com ←←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. 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

Eyes In The Skies

2018-10-0900:45:222

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Comments (8)

Taja Železnik Ramuta

Amazing podcast, I love it!

Mar 15th
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Sreeram Subash

not good audio quality with weird voice.

Mar 5th
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Zoe Walters

this is my favorite podcast

Jan 21st
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Andr Russ

this podcast appeared in my subscribed list without mt consent and so i guess its spam. don't listen.

Dec 4th
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Jessica Gerrity

edr 4th

Jul 28th
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Curtis Wright

Nothing wrong with sharing fake texts about a fake future. It's all conjecture and doesn't mean you have to believe it or buy into it. But, you know, under the right circumstances, many outcomes are possible. Not probable, but possible.

Jul 9th
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MattErlacher

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

Apr 17th
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Morteza K

MattErlacher Do we have non-fake religious texts?!

Jun 14th
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