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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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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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Smart, funny science

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A really cool premise backed up by impressive journalism - it's a must listen.

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Heard about this show from Ologies and immediately loved it!

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1240 Ratings
Average Ratings
1071
86
39
16
28

Smart, funny science

By Mikeindiana - Apr 13 2020
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A really cool premise backed up by impressive journalism - it's a must listen.

Amazing

By Luke fb - Jan 31 2020
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Heard about this show from Ologies and immediately loved it!
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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.

Rank #1: EARTH: The Ocean Farm

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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 Oceana

Actors: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.com

Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox

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Apr 02 2019

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Rank #2: Extra! Extra!

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This week we travel to a future where there is so much fake news that nobody can tell what is real anymore. Are we already there? What happens next?

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Dec 06 2016

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Rank #3: Under The Sea

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In the 1960's, the United States spent millions of dollars exploring two different realms: outer space, and the deep oceans. But today, only one of those programs is still around. Why do space colonies seem more likely than underwater cities? And what does it take to build a settlement on the sea floor?

Guests:

Ben Hellwarth, journalist and author of SEALAB: America's Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor

Jim Fourqurean, professor of Marine Science at Florida International University and the director of the Center for Coastal Oceans Research

Roger Garcia, operations director at Aquarius Reef Base

Katherine Sammler, assistant professor at California State University Maritime in the department of Global Studies & Maritime Affairs

Further Reading/Watching:

The Silent World

JFK's Moon Shot speech

JFK 1961 remarks on the ocean

JFK Address at the Anniversary Convocation of the National Academy of Sciences, 22 October 1963

SEALAB: America's Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor

To Tell The Truth featuring Bob Barth

I have lived underwater

Medina Aquarius Program

From the Ocean’s Abyss to the Vacuum of Space: Privatization in the Vertical Commons

National Governance Of Ocean Volumes

Subsuming the Submerged: Producing Seabeds as Political Territories.

Knowing the Abyss: Seeking Geographies of Ocean Space.

The Deep Pacific: Island Governance and Seabed Mineral Development.

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

Credits:

Produced by me, Rose Eveleth.

The intro music: Asura

Outtro music: Hussalonia.

Voices of the future this episode: Stephen Granade and Andrea Klunder.

Episode art: Matt Lubchansky.

Get in touch at info@flashforwardpod.com.

Support the show.

Rate & review on Apple Podcasts.

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Jul 31 2018

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Rank #4: Robocrop

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Today’s episode is about a future where nobody works on farms anymore, all farming is done by robots. It might be closer than you think.

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Jan 03 2017

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Rank #5: Forcing the Hand

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This week’s future is a social experiment. What if Earth had a robotic overlord who decided to ban all weapons? All fights would have to be hand to hand. Would there be less death that way? Less casualties? What counts as a weapon anyway? Listen to the episode to find out!

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May 26 2015

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Rank #6: POWER: Time After Time

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Today we travel to a future where we can travel through time. Is it possible? Would you kill Hitler? Would it matter? 

Guests:


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→ → → 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.com

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Nov 12 2019

40mins

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Rank #7: POWER: Mothers Against Digital Danger

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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. 


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Actors:


→ → → 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 fatality


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. 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.com

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Paper referenced in the Skillshare Ad: Towards a definition of “hobby”: An empirical test of a proposed operational definition of the word hobby

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Dec 10 2019

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Rank #8: The Very Big Sick

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In 1918, the Spanish flu killed four to five percent of the entire global population. Infectious disease experts all agree that another pandemic is coming. It's when, not if. But are we ready for it? Today's episode explores what happens when a pandemic strikes, what the most likely candidates are, and whether or not the world is ready.

Guests:

Ed Yong, science writer at The Atlantic

Nahid Bhadelia, assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of Special Pathogens Unit (SPU) at Boston Medical Center

Laura Spinney, science writer and author of Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World

Nicola Twilley, co-host of Gastropod and author of a forthcoming book on quarantine

Further Reading:

The Next Plague is Coming. Is America Ready?

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World

Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being by Harold Napoleon

Strengthening Health Systems While Responding to a Health Crisis: Lessons Learned by a Nongovernmental Organization During the Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic in Sierra Leone

Medicine’s Long, Thin Supply Chain

What Bill Gates Fears Most

Predicting virus emergence amid evolutionary noise

Nebraska’s Biocontainment Unit

The Terrifying Lessons of a Pandemic Simulation

Clade X Livestream

CDC Director: Why I Don’t Support A Travel Ban To Combat The Ebola Outbreak

Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism

How prepared is the world for the next epidemic? This tool shows most countries are not.

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 Paul Krueger, Sean Raines, and Sameer Ajmani. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.

Get in touch: Twitter, Facebook, info@flashforwardpod.com. 

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Jul 03 2018

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Rank #9: EARTH: The Cement Ban

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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 Long

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

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Mar 26 2019

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Rank #10: You’ve Got Brainmail

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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.

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Jan 09 2018

52mins

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Rank #11: How is Babby (Not) Made

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What happens when everybody has 100% control over when they do or don’t have babies? We got to a world with perfect and accessible birth control. You asked for a utopia, and this is as close as we're going to get!

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Nov 03 2016

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Rank #12: EARTH: The Polar Flip

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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.

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Mar 12 2019

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Rank #13: CRIME: Moon Court

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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 AllianceBianca I Laureano — educator, curriculum writer, and sexologist

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.

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Sep 10 2019

46mins

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Rank #14: The Most Dangerous Games

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This week on Meanwhile in the Future we step onto the field and talk about contact sports. What would it take to create a future in which the most dangerous sports die out? What are those sports to begin with? What does a world without football look like?

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Jun 02 2015

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Rank #15: Revenge of the Germs

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Over the past 85 years, antibiotics have been miracle drugs. They’ve kept infections at bay and opened up a world of medical possibilities: organ transplants, heart surgery, chemotherapy. But they’re not going to work forever. The age antibiotic resistance is coming. So what does a world without these drugs look like?

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Jun 09 2015

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Rank #16: Love On The Brain

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This episode, we travel to a future where your romantic partners aren’t chosen by questions or swipes, but rather by your brainwaves.

 This future is based on an idea from Shelly Ronan and Ernesto D. Morales and their project Object Solutions. If you liked what you heard about Object Solutions you should check out their other work, and their Patreon page. 

 I also talked to Suzanne Dikker, who has used EEG headsets to study everything from education, to Marina Abramovic’s art, to compatability. 

 And to get a true expert position on dating apps, I talked to Andrea Silenzi from the podcast Why Oh Why. If you’re interested in the intersection between sex, dating, relationships and technology, check out her show. 

 Other things to read:

 The Mutual Wave Project by Suzanne Dikker

 ‘EEG Dating’ matches people based on their brainwave data

 This Tinder Hands-Free App Makes Dating Decisions by Reading Heartbeats

 This Tinder-Swiping Biometric Love Robot Knows Who Your Body Wants

 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. By the way, check out Matt's new animated web series over at Topic. 

 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! We have a Patreon page, where you can donate to the show. 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 month and we’ll travel to a new one.

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Jul 05 2017

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Rank #17: EARTH: The Sunshade

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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.

Guests

Anthony Jones, climate model researcher at University of Exeter

Jane Flegal, climate science and policy advisor, program officer at The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust

Kate Marvel, climate scientist at Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Romaric Odoulami, climate scientist at the University of Cape Town

Prakash Kashwan, political scientist at the University of Connecticut 

Actors

The Snowglobe Narrator: Brent Rose

Lenny Haywood: Evan Johnson

Farah Mousterian: Zahra Noorbakhsh

John Jacob Siwa: Joseph Jones

Juana Aguilar: Tamara Krinsky

Thor Surtr: Oliver Blank

Special Thanks

Women's Audio Mission studios, Maryam Qudus, Stephanie Lopez

The Potluck Podcast Collective, The Potluck Podcast studio, Quincy Surasmith

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

Thanks to PNAS for supporting Flash Forward. Listen to Science Sessions on iTunes today. 

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Mar 05 2019

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Rank #18: POWER: The Sleeping Lion

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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 County
  • Gina Tam, professor of history at Trinity University 
  • Linda Yueh, economist and author of The Great Economists
  • Lina Getachew Ayenew, author of The Complete Beginner’s Guide to China-Africa Relations
  • Michael Wahid Hanna, senior fellow at The Century Foundation


Actors:


→ → → 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.

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Dec 03 2019

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Rank #19: The Day the Internet Broke

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If you’re reading this, you have access to the Internet. But what would happen if the Internet suddenly went away? And what would it take to make that happen?

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Jun 23 2015

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Rank #20: Fitness in a Bottle

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Some people love going to the gym. Some people hate it. But what if there was a pill that could replace exercise? Today’s future might actually be closer than you think.

Today’s guests:

Nicola Twilley, co-host of Gastropod and New Yorker writer

David Eveleth, my dad and biotech expert

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, historian and co-host of Past Present

Sigmund Loland, philosopher of sports at Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

Casey Johnston, editor at The Outline, author of Ask a Swole Woman

Robert, my boyfriend

Further reading can be found here, including background documents, research papers, suggested books and more.

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Apr 24 2018

54mins

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It's The End Of The World As We Know It

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Today we travel to a future where there is no future, because today we’re considering how the universe ends. Plus: how to cope with feeling freaked out by the end of the world, and what the last party ever should be like. 

Guests:


→ → → Further reading & 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.

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Aug 04 2020

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Dollars For Data

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Today we travel to a future where you can sell your personal data directly to a company, to get a better deal on a car or a house or a latte. What could go wrong?

Guests:


Voice Actors:


→ → → Further reading & 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.com

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Jul 21 2020

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Should We Put Polar Bears In Antarctica?

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Today’s episode takes on a listener question: why not just move the polar bears to Antarctica? The idea might seem silly, but it’s actually got a name — assisted migrations — and the debates around what we should do to help conserve species as the climate warms is a really complicated and fascinating one. 

Guests:


→ → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← 


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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.

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Jul 07 2020

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One Child to Rule Them All

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If we really want to combat climate change, why not institute a serious cap on human population? It's a common question, and on today's episode we talk about a future in which there is a global one-child policy put in place, and why that might not actually be a very good, or just, idea.

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→ → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← 

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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. The voice of our future overlord was played by Brent Rose

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Jun 23 2020

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Introducing: Advice For And From The Future ▹▹ Should I follow my partner to Mars?

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INTRODUCING: the newest show in the Flash Forward family — Advice For And From The Future.

What happens when your partner wants to flee this planet, and you want to stay? Is wanting to go to Mars basically saying you want to break up? Can you have a long, long, long distance relationship? Is a five-year date a terrible idea?

To answer this interplanetary conundrum, Rose calls up Andrea Silenzi, host and creator of the dating podcast Why Oh Why. Plus, an original song by the Song Salad team!

Advice For And From The Future is written, edited and performed by Rose Eveleth. The theme music is by Also, Also, Also. The logo is by Frank Okay. Additional music this episode provided by Blue Dot Sessions.

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Jun 16 2020

29mins

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Heads Will Roll

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Today we travel to a future where you can plop your head onto a brand new body. 

Guests:

  • Dr. Sergio Canavero — neurosurgeon & aspiring human head transplanter
  • Dr. Zaev Suskin — doctor & bioethicist
  • Dr. Paul Root Wolpe — director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University


→ → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← 


How to get involved in the movement against police brutality.


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.

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Jun 09 2020

58mins

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Welcome to Celebrityville

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Today we travel to a future where celebrities construct their own cities for you and I to live in. 

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→ → → Further reading & 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. The Lovechild tour guide was played by Gina Delvac. Episode suggested by Lux Alptraum

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May 26 2020

48mins

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FIVE YEARS OF FLASH FORWARD!

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Today we celebrate the FIVE YEAR anniversary of the podcast. Whoa. To celebrate, I reached out to every single person who you’ve ever heard on the podcast — every expert, every voice actor, and even a few patrons — and asked them one question: what would you say to someone living 50 years from now? Here’s what they said.

Guests: Alice Wong, Amy Slaton, Angeli Fitch, Arielle Duhaime-Ross, Ashley Shew, Avery Trufelman, Calvin Gimpelevich, Carl Evers, Chris Dancy, Damien Patrick Williams, David Agranoff. Ernesto D. Morales, Gina Tam, Janelle Shane, Janet Stemwedel, Jared Dyer, Jon Christensen, Kathy Randall Bryant, Katie Gordon, Kelly & Zach Weinersmith, Lina Ayenew, Matt Lubchanksy, Meredith Talusan, Michelle Hanlon, Morgan Gorris, Naomi Baron, Natalia Petrzela, Sandeep Ravindran, Queer Futures Collective, Sav Schlauderaff, Shoshana Schlauderaff , Zia Puig, Zoe Schlanger


→ → → Full answers from every person here ← ← ← 


Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. Additional music this episode from Chad Crouch, Ketsa, Xylo-Ziko, and Loyalty Freak. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.

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May 12 2020

41mins

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Goodnight Night

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Today we travel to a future where darkness is a thing of the past. No more night, no more stars, no more deep inky black sky. What happens when we light everything up?

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→ → → Further reading & 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. Special thanks to Thomas, Vera and Isaac Beckett who played the teacher and students in the intro this episode. 

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Find a promo code you heard on the episode.

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Apr 28 2020

51mins

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Doomsday 2000/2038/2100

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Today we travel to a future where software engineers didn’t actually fix any of the Y2K bugs. What would have happened if we had ignored the problem? What lessons does Y2K have for us, and why are people worried about 2038 and 2100?  

Guests:


→ → → Further reading & 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

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Apr 14 2020

51mins

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Flash Back to the Future: Flight Shame, Genetic Genealogy, 2020 Census

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Hi again! I’m back with one more of these update episodes. Today we cover the growing “flight shame” movement, some interesting developments in the genetic genealogy space, and what’s going on with the 2020 Census. 

New official, legit, Flash Forward episodes begin again on April 14th! 

Sources:


Covid-19 Resources


Take the 2020 Census HERE


→ → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←


Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music for this episode is by Hussalonia

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Mar 20 2020

44mins

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Flash Back to the Future: Mosquitoes, UBI, Coronavirus

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Today is a very special ~~surprise~~ episode! I’ve been thinking about how to revisit old episodes, and give you folks updates on things that have happened since we covered certain futures. Sometimes things warrant more than a social media post, but not quite a whole new episode. So here’s a little experiment! On this episode, we revisit three futures and you get some juicy, fresh updates. We talk about a mosquito experiment gone wrong, a UBI experiment gone right, and what the heck is going on with coronavirus. 

If you like this, let me know? There are a few other episodes I think are worth an update (The census is this year! A DNA testing company we covered was bought out by a lab that works with law enforcement! People in Sweden are flying way less!) and if you like this I’ll definitely do another. 

Sources:


→ → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←


Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro & outtro music for this episode are by Hussalonia.

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Feb 11 2020

43mins

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POWER: Mothers Against Digital Danger

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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. 


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→ → → 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 fatality


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. 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. 

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Paper referenced in the Skillshare Ad: Towards a definition of “hobby”: An empirical test of a proposed operational definition of the word hobby

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Dec 10 2019

52mins

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POWER: The Sleeping Lion

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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 County
  • Gina Tam, professor of history at Trinity University 
  • Linda Yueh, economist and author of The Great Economists
  • Lina Getachew Ayenew, author of The Complete Beginner’s Guide to China-Africa Relations
  • Michael Wahid Hanna, senior fellow at The Century Foundation


Actors:


→ → → 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.

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Dec 03 2019

45mins

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POWER: Weird Flux But OK

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Today’s episode is about nuclear fusion, a technology that might save us all or might be a complete waste of time and money. 


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→ → → 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

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Nov 26 2019

50mins

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POWER: 1919 (Episode 100!)

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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:


→ → → Further reading on today’s episode can be found here ← ← ←

Actors:


Content Notes:

  • [27:00 - 38:53]: Discussion of racism and hate crimes


Music Notes:


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 everybody who’s ever listened to the show! And extra special thanks to Annalee Newitz, Robert Brenner, Quinn Heraty and Amanda McLaughlin. 

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Nov 19 2019

56mins

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POWER: Time After Time

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Today we travel to a future where we can travel through time. Is it possible? Would you kill Hitler? Would it matter? 

Guests:


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→ → → 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

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Nov 12 2019

40mins

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CRIME: Moon Court

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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 AllianceBianca I Laureano — educator, curriculum writer, and sexologist

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.

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Sep 10 2019

46mins

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CRIME: CSI++

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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 Law

Actors: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.

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Sep 03 2019

1hr 2mins

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CRIME: Can You Sue An Algorithm?

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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.

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Aug 27 2019

57mins

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Smart, funny science

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A really cool premise backed up by impressive journalism - it's a must listen.

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Heard about this show from Ologies and immediately loved it!