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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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Today we travel to a future where a coalition of concerned mothers convinces the United States to shut off the Internet. Guests:Philip Elmer‑DeWitt, journalist Chipo Dendere, assistant orofessor of Africana Studies, Wellesley CollegeTim Maughan, author of Infinite DetailActors:Billy’s mother -- Tamara Krinsky→ → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←Content Notes[2:20-6:00] [21:00-23:00] Suicide, onling bullying & mass shooting[11:20-17:00] Pornography[23:00-25:00] Drunk driving fatalityFlash 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. Huge huge huge thanks to Tamara Krinsky who played Billy’s mom on this episode, and also (did you notice?) played a time traveler dipping in and out of all the futures this season. Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.comSupport the show: Patreon // DonorboxSubscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // SpotifySponsor info:Get two free months of Skillshare! Paper referenced in the Skillshare Ad: Towards a definition of “hobby”: An empirical test of a proposed operational definition of the word hobbyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
POWER: The Sleeping Lion

POWER: The Sleeping Lion

2019-12-0300:43:282

Today’s episode is about a future in which China supplants the US as the dominant world superpower. Is it imminent? What does a China-led world look like? And why are so many people worried about it?Guests:Meredith Oyen, professor of history and director of Asian studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyGina Tam, professor of history at Trinity University Linda Yueh, economist and author of The Great EconomistsLina Getachew Ayenew, author of The Complete Beginner’s Guide to China-Africa RelationsMichael Wahid Hanna, senior fellow at The Century FoundationActors:Employee welcomer -- Ewan ChungNew employee -- Tamara Krinsky→ → → 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 Yutong Yuang who provided the translation into Mandarin and to Tony Chow for introducing me to Yutong.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
POWER: Weird Flux But OK

POWER: Weird Flux But OK

2019-11-2600:48:062

Today’s episode is about nuclear fusion, a technology that might save us all or might be a complete waste of time and money. Guests:Charles Seife, professor at NYU and author of Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful ThinkingSabina Griffith, communications officer at ITERNicholas Evans, professor of ethics at UMass LowellMichael Wahid Hanna, senior fellow at The Century Foundation Actors:Radio Host -- Brett Humphries (a Patron!) Moses Blackman -- Eden RohatenskyDr. Amelia Brand -- Soleil HoLawrence O’Donnell -- Tamara Krinsky→ → → 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. 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
POWER: 1919 (Episode 100!)

POWER: 1919 (Episode 100!)

2019-11-1900:53:423

It’s the 100th episode!!!!!! To mix things up, today we’re traveling to the 1919 to see how three different events shaped the last 100 years, and will continue to shape the future. 🚨🚨🚨 New merch!!! 🚨🚨🚨Guests:Cathleen D. Cahill, professor of history at Penn State UniversityAdam Green, professor of history at the University of ChicagoVirginia Scharff, professor of history at the University of New Mexico→ → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←Actors:Monica Byrne (motor convoy)Tamara Krinsky (suffrage)James T. Green (prohibition)Michael Resweber (Chicago riot)Content Notes:[27:00 - 38:53]: Discussion of racism and hate crimesMusic Notes:Swing Low, Sweet Chariot -- Tuskegee Institute SingersBaby Won't You Please Come Home -- Ted LewisDaughters of Freedom -- Edwin Christie Every Day Will Be Sunday When the Town Goes Dry -- Edward MeekerSteal Away -- Tuskegee Institute SingersFlash 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 everybody who’s ever listened to the show! And extra special thanks to Annalee Newitz, Robert Brenner, Quinn Heraty and Amanda McLaughlin. 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
POWER: Time After Time

POWER: Time After Time

2019-11-1200:37:381

Today we travel to a future where we can travel through time. Is it possible? Would you kill Hitler? Would it matter? Guests:Annalee Newitz, science journalist and author of The Future of Another TimelineBryan Méndez, astronomer at UC Berkeley Donna Rose Addis, psychologist at the University of TorontoActors:Tamara Krinsky as Dr. Catherine Moore (watch her show Tomorrow's World Today!)Molly Woodstock as Dr. Brownlow (listen to Molly's podcast Gender Reveal!)Jim Westrich as Dr. West→ → → 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. 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
CRIME: Moon Court

CRIME: Moon Court

2019-09-1000:45:422

On today’s episode we take everything we’ve learned so far about the future of crime, and take it to space. Guests:Loren Grush — senior space reporter at The VergeMichelle Hanlon — associate director of the National Center for Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi and co-founder of For All Moonkind.Erika Nesvold — astrophysicist and developer for Universe SandboxLucianne Walkowicz — astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and co-founder of The JustSpace Alliance. Bianca I Laureano — educator, curriculum writer, and sexologistActors:Evan Johnson as Mr. MortonDavid Romero as DavidAsh Greenberg as AshSantos Flores as SantosCharlie Chalmers as CharlieGrace Nelligan as GraceAva Ausman as AvaSidney Perry-Thistle as SidneyArthur Benjamin as Arthur→ → → 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 Veronica Simonetti and Erin Laetz at the Women’s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season. Special thanks also to Evan Johnson who played Mr. Morton and also coordinated the actors of the Junior Acting Troupe who play the students in the intros 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
CRIME: CSI++

CRIME: CSI++

2019-09-0301:00:172

Today’s episode is about the future of forensics: what happens when just a few skin cells can make you suspect number one? Guests:Raychelle Burks — professor of chemistry at St. Edward’s UniversityKelley Kulick — deputy public defender at the Santa Clara Public Defender’s OfficeMitra Sharafi — professor of law at University of Wisconsin-Madison Law SchoolMary Graw Leary — professor of law at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of LawActors:Evan Johnson as Mr. MortonBrent Rose as Dr. KarpouHelen Rosner as Dr. Duncan DougalTamara Krinsky as Dr. Susan Simmons→ → → 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 Veronica Simonetti and Erin Laetz at the Women’s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season. Special thanks also to Evan Johnson who played Mr. Morton and also coordinated the actors of the Junior Acting Troupe who play the students in the intros this season. Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.comSupport the show: Patreon // DonorboxSubscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Sponsor information:Dashlane is a password management app that keeps all your online information safe, secure, and easy to access. Check out www.dashlane.com/flashforward to get Dashlane FREE on your first device. As a special offer for Flash Forward fans, they’re even offering a 30-day FREE trial of Dashlane Premium, including VPN, dark web monitoring, and more. If you like it, use code “flashforward” at checkout to save 10% on your Premium subscription.Shaker & Spoon is a subscription cocktail box that brings world-class cocktails into your kitchen once a month. Get $20 off your first box at http://shakerandspoon.com/flashforwardTab for a Cause is a browser extension that lets you raise money for charity by opening tabs. Grab the extension and start earning today at tabforacause.com/flashforward!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today we travel to a future where algorithms can be put on trial. Guests:Rumman Chowdhury -- Global Lead for Responsible AI at Accenture Applied IntelligenceKevin De Liban -- attorney at Legal Aid or Arkansas Nicholson Price -- assistant professor of law at University of MichiganShobita Parthasarathy -- professor of public policy and women’s studies at University of Michigan Actors:Evan Johnson as Mr. MortonDavid Romero as DavidAsh Greenberg as AshSantos Flores as SantosCharlie Chalmers as CharlieGrace Nelligan as GraceAva Ausman as AvaSidney Perry-Thistle as SidneyArthur Benjamin as Arthur→ → → 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 Veronica Simonetti and Erin Laetz at the Women’s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season. Special thanks also to Evan Johnson who played Mr. Morton and also coordinated the actors of the Junior Acting Troupe who play the students in the intros this season. Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.comSupport the show: Patreon // DonorboxSubscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Sponsor information:Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of amazing classes covering dozens of creative and entrepreneurial skills. Flash Forward listeners get 2 months of unlimited access to thousands of classes for free by signing up at http://skillshare.com/flashforward    Papers & books I mention in the Skillshare ad: "The art of being mentally healthy: a study to quantify the relationship between recreational arts engagement and mental well-being in the general population" and How to be a Happy Academic.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today we travel to a future where satellites can catch criminals.Guests:Sarah Parcak, professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and author of Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes our PastJamon Van Den Hoek, professor of geography at Oregon State UniversityWenyao Xu, professor of computer science at the State University of New York (SUNY) at BuffaloActors:Evan Johnson as Mr. MortonCharlie Chalmers as CharlieGrace Nelligan as GraceDavid Romero as DavidAsh Greenberg as AshSantos Flores as SantosAva Ausman as AvaSidney Perry-Thistle as SidneyArthur Benjamin as Arthur→ → → 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 Veronica Simonetti and Erin Laetz at the Women’s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season. Special thanks also to Evan Johnson who played Mr. Morton and also coordinated the actors of the Junior Acting Troupe who play the students in the intros 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
CRIME: Jaw & Order

CRIME: Jaw & Order

2019-08-1300:58:484

Today we travel to a future where your face can be held against you. Guests:Brandeis Marshall -- data scientist & professor at Spelman CollegeMatt Cagle -- attorney, ACLU Northern California Keith Kaplan -- councilman, Teaneck, NJAnkita Shukla -- PhD candidate, IIIT DelhiActors:Evan Johnson as Mr. MortonDavid Romero as DavidAsh Greenberg as AshSantos Flores as SantosCharlie Chalmers as CharlieGrace Nelligan as GraceAva Ausman as AvaSidney Perry-Thistle as SidneyArthur Benjamin Allison as Arthur→ → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←Season One episode about facial recognitionFlash 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 the Women’s Audio Mission, where all the intro scenes were recorded this season. Special thanks also to Evan Johnson who played Mr. Morton and also coordinated the actors of the Junior Acting Troupe who play the students in the intros this season. Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.comSupport the show: Patreon // DonorboxSubscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Sponsor information:Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of amazing classes covering dozens of creative and entrepreneurial skills. Flash Forward listeners get 2 months of unlimited access to thousands of classes for free by signing up at http://skillshare.com/flashforward    Shaker & Spoon is a subscription cocktail box that brings world-class cocktails into your kitchen once a month. Get $20 off your first box at http://shakerandspoon.com/flashforwardTab for a Cause is a browser extension that lets you raise money for charity by opening tabs. Grab the extension and start earning today at tabforacause.com/flashforward!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BODIES: Ghostbot

BODIES: Ghostbot

2019-06-1100:55:204

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

2019-06-0400:46:183

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

2019-05-2800:53:062

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

2019-05-2100:52:573

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

2019-05-1400:56:191

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

2019-04-0200:55:212

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

2019-03-2600:50:123

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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Chris Lawaai

really great show! I loved this episode, especially the focus on disabled people. i had to laugh out loud in the intro.

Aug 10th
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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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Zoe Walters

this is my favorite podcast

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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.

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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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Landon Crawford

Fantastic show! The intros can be a bit odd when you first get into the series, but they definitely add a nice touch. The expert interviews are great! Continue the great work Rose!

Feb 11th
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