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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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BODIES: Ghostbot

BODIES: Ghostbot

2019-06-1100:55:201

Today we travel to a future where dying isn’t the end. What if you could live on as a simulation? A bot that knows everything you’ve ever said, and can pretend to be you? 🚨 BECOME A PATRON BEFORE JUNE 30TH AND GET A SPECIAL REWARD! 🚨Guests:James Vlahos — journalist & author of Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad — research scientist at KenSci, Inc, professor of computer science at University of WashingtonAnita Hannig — professor of anthropology at Brandeis UniversityJoy Butler — attorney→ → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←Actors:Maria — Cara Rose de Fabio Gaby — Eler de GreyMarquis — Rotimi Agbabiaka (check out his new solo show called Manifesto on June 21 at the African American Arts and Culture Complex as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.)New Marquis — Xandra Ibarra John — Keith Houston (also check out his karaoke nights in San Francisco)   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. Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // SpotifyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BODIES: Switcheroo

BODIES: Switcheroo

2019-06-0400:46:181

Today we travel to a future where we can swap bodies with one another. Would you trade places with someone? Do you own your body?  Guests:Calvin Gimpelevich — writer, author of “Rent, Don’t Sell” Sav Schlauderaff — PhD student, University of Arizona, co-founder Queer Futures CollectiveKrizia Puig — PhD student, UC Santa Cruz, co-founder Queer Futures CollectiveSusan Gelman — professor of psychology, University of MichiganActors:Maria -- Cara Rose de Fabio Gaby -- Eler de GreyNew Marquis -- Xandra Ibarra John -- Keith Houston (also check out his karaoke nights in San Francisco) → → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←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. Special thanks to Adria Otte and Molly Monihan at the Women’s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season. Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.comSupport the show: Patreon // DonorboxSubscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BODIES: This Is Not A Test

BODIES: This Is Not A Test

2019-05-2800:53:061

Today we travel to a future where all animal testing is banned. What are the alternatives? What can we do without using animals, and what can’t we do?  → → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←Guests:Janet D. Stemwedel -- professor of philosophy at San Jose State UniversityLawrence Carter Long -- communications director at the Disability Rights Education & Defense FundKristie Sullivan -- vice president of research policy at the Physicians Committee for Responsible MedicineDeepak Kaushal -- director of the Southwest National Primate Research Center at Texas Biomedical Research InstituteHunter Rogers -- researcher at Northwestern University on EVATAR projectActors:Maria -- Cara Rose de Fabio Gaby -- Eler de GreyMarquis -- Rotimi Agbabiaka (check out his new solo show called Manifesto on June 21 at the African American Arts and Culture Complex as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.)New Marquis -- Xandra Ibarra John -- Keith Houston (also check out his karaoke nights in San Francisco) 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. Special thanks to Adria Otte and Molly Monihan at the Women’s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season. Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.comSupport the show: Patreon // DonorboxSubscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BODIES: InkRx

BODIES: InkRx

2019-05-2100:52:571

Today we travel to a future where we can tattoo sensors right onto our skin. What happens when you can get a live readout of everything from glucose to hormones to hydration levels built into a tattoo? What kind of privacy can you expect when your medical data is literally written on your skin? And what does any of this have to do with Inspector Gadget and René Descartes? → → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←🚨🚨🚨 Become a patron before June 30th and get a special prize in the mail! 🚨🚨🚨Guests:Ali K. Yetisen— researcher at Imperial College LondonAce Ratcliffe — disability activist, writer, co-founder of Harper’s PromiseEler de Grey — interdisciplinary artist & writer Quinn Grundy — researcher at the University of TorontoActors:Maria -- Cara Rose de Fabio Gaby -- Eler de GreyMarquis -- Rotimi Agbabiaka (check out his new solo show called Manifesto on June 21 at the African American Arts and Culture Complex as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.)John -- Keith Houston (also check out his karaoke nights in San Francisco) 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. Special thanks to Adria Otte and Molly Monihan at the Women’s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season. Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.comSupport the show: Patreon // DonorboxSubscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BODIES: Enter Night

BODIES: Enter Night

2019-05-1400:56:19

Today we travel to a future where humans can see at night. What happens when we expand our vision out into the darkness? How does that impact everything from work, to architecture, to poaching to horror movies? And is it even possible? → → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←🚨 BECOME A PATRON BEFORE JUNE 30TH AND GET A SPECIAL REWARD! 🚨 Guests:Gang Han -- researcher at UMass Medical SchoolGabriel Licina -- researcher and “sometimes biohacker”Lynne MacTavish -- operations manager at Mankwe Wildlife ReserveA. Roger Ekirch -- historian at Virginia Tech and author of At Day’s Close: Night in Times PastErnest Freeberg -- historian at the University of Tennessee and author of The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern AmericaActors:Maria -- Cara Rose de Fabio Gaby -- Eler de GreyMarquis -- Rotimi Agbabiaka (check out his new solo show called Manifesto on June 21 at the African American Arts and Culture Complex as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.)John -- Keith Houston (also check out his karaoke nights in San Francisco) 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. Special thanks to Adria Otte and Molly Monihan at the Women’s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season. Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.comSupport the show: Patreon // DonorboxSubscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
EARTH: The Ocean Farm

EARTH: The Ocean Farm

2019-04-0200:55:211

Today we travel to a future where fisheries collapse world wide, and we turn the ocean into a giant farm. Guests:Amanda Nickson: director of international fisheries at The Pew Charitable TrustsDaniel Pauly: professor University of British Columbia, principal investigator at Sea Around Us, author of Vanishing Fish: Shifting Baselines and the Future of Global FisheriesBernard Friedman: founder of Santa Barbara MaricultureTyler Sclodnick: senior scientist, InnovaSea Systems Inc.  Patricia Majluf: vice president, Peru of OceanaActors:The Snowglobe Narrator: Brent RoseLenny Haywood: Evan JohnsonFarah Mousterian: Zahra Noorbakhsh, host of Good Muslim, Bad MuslimJohn Jacob Siwa: Joseph JonesJuana Aguilar: Tamara KrinskyChristina Amity: Angeli R. Fitch → → → Further reading, images, resources here. ← ←←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.Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.comSupport the show: Patreon // DonorboxSubscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Sponsored by PNAS Science Sessions: Subscribe on iTunes todayLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
EARTH: The Cement Ban

EARTH: The Cement Ban

2019-03-2600:50:122

Today we travel to a future where we try to break up with cement. Can it be done? How did cement because so ubiquitous? And what’s so bad about cement in the first place? Guests:Grady Hillhouse: civil engineer and host of Practical EngineeringRobbie Andrew: senior researcher at CICERO Center for International Climate ResearchAmy Slaton: historian at Drexel University and author of Reinforced Concrete and the Modernization of American BuildingDavid Stone: inventor of Ferrock→ → → Further reading & full transcript ← ← ← Actors:The Snowglobe Narrator: Brent RoseLenny Haywood: Evan JohnsonFarah Mousterian: Zahra Noorbakhsh, host of Good Muslim, Bad MuslimJohn Jacob Siwa: Joseph JonesJuana Aguilar: Tamara Krinsky, host of Tomorrow’s World TodayKevin Macklin: Lawrence Carter LongFlash 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 // DonorboxSubscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
EARTH: The Desert Creep

EARTH: The Desert Creep

2019-03-1900:52:031

Today, we travel to the deserts. Or, actually, the deserts travel to us. What happens if dust swallows up over 30% of the planet?→ → → Background reading, source material and other links here ← ← ← As air pollution gets worse, a dystopian accessory is born ← My piece on face masks mentioned in the episode! Guests:Sumant Nigam: climate researcher at University of MarylandMorgan Gorris: PhD candidate at UC IrvineChristina Xu: freelance technology researcherLindsay C. Stringer: researcher on land use and sustainability at the University of LeedsMatthew Bowker: soil ecologist at Northern Arizona UniversityActors:The Snowglobe Narrator: Brent RoseLenny Haywood: Evan JohnsonFarah Mousterian: Zahra Noorbakhsh, host of Good Muslim, Bad MuslimJohn Jacob Siwa: Joseph JonesJuana Aguilar: Tamara Krinsky, host of Tomorrow’s World TodayAmy Trisol: Ariela Morgenstern 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.Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.comSupport the show: Patreon // DonorboxSubscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
EARTH: The Polar Flip

EARTH: The Polar Flip

2019-03-1200:55:21

Today we travel to a future where the Earth’s magnetic poles reverse. → → → Further reading available here ← ← ← Guests:Eftyhia Zesta -- Chief of the Geospace Physics Laboratory in the Heliophysics Division at NASAMichael Purucker -- Planetary Magnetosphere Lab chief at NASAAlanna Mitchell -- author of The Spinning Magnet Rory Cottrell -- archaeomagnetism researcher at The University of Rochester Thorsten Ritz -- biophysics researcher at UC Irvine Actors:The Snowglobe Narrator: Brent RoseLenny Haywood: Evan JohnsonFarah Mousterian: Zahra Noorbakhsh, host of Good Muslim, Bad MuslimJohn Jacob Siwa: Joseph JonesJuana Aguilar: Tamara Krinsky, host of Tomorrow’s World TodayRoberta Peary: Avery Trufelman, host of Articles of InterestRamona Byrd: Andrea Silenzi, host of The Longest Shortest Time 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.Join the Listener Facebook Group!Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.comSupport the show: Patreon // Donorbox // Buy Some Merch Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify // wherever you get your podcasts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
EARTH: The Sunshade

EARTH: The Sunshade

2019-03-0500:52:382

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
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Vipul Adil

I love this podcast

Apr 21st
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Brett Johnson

Awesome job Roseai!! I'm really enjoying this mini season format where you follow thread awhile :) Ferrock sounds like a fantastic idea! The flexural strength and durability should have widespread applicability in flatwork (non-structural slabs). I'm curious about what the limit to scaling up is??

Mar 29th
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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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Nuage Laboratoire

Sreeram Subash text

Apr 17th
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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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