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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.

Flash Forward Rose Eveleth

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    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

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.

    Could Humans Become Nocturnal?

    Could Humans Become Nocturnal?

    Today’s episode is about a future where humans get weird with sleep. First, what if we tried to take shifts all day, every day? Second, what if we tried to become nocturnal?
    Guests:


    Dr. Matthew Wolf-Meyer, an associate professor of anthropology at Binghamton University and author of The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life.


    Sarah Kaplan, a science reporter at the Washington Post who’s worked the night shift.


    Dr. Bala Koritala, a researcher at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Alexandra Mariani, a listener who works the night shift at a hospital.


    Kelton Minor, a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen Center for Social Data Science.


    Dr. Kaitlyn Gaynor, a researcher at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.


    Voice Actors:

    Aiya Islam

    Anjali Kunapaneni


    → → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← 
    Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. 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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    • 45 min
    Could Mind Control End Crime?

    Could Mind Control End Crime?

    Today’s episode is about a future where we try to control crime with brain implants.
    Guests:


    Stephen Kinzer, a journalist and author of Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control.


    Dr. Shaun Patel, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School.


    Dr. Steph Griffiths and Dr. Jarkko Jalava, co-authors of The Myth of The Born Criminal: Psychopathy, Neurobiology, and the Creation of the Modern Degenerate.


    Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Chicago and author of Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition.


    Dr. Hank Greely, director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University.


    Dr. Apryl Alexander, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Denver.


    Elliott Fukui, a community organizer and facilitator.


    Dhruv Mehrotra, a data reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.


    Voice Actors:

    Chelsey Coombs

    Aiya Islam

    Anjali Kunapaneni


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

    Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky.
    Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com
    Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox
    Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify 

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    What Is The Future Of Flash Forward?

    What Is The Future Of Flash Forward?

    Today we do a bit of spelunking into the history of Flash Forward, revisit last year’s anniversary, and talk about how the future sausage gets made.
    Things I talked about on today's episode.

    Tamara Krinsky’s work

    The limits of empathy

    A Queen of Sorts

    On the Ice

    Scientists Excited About Humpback Whales Singing In Waters Off New York City

    On the Verge of Extinction, These Whales Are Also Shrinking


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

    Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. 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 // Spotify 

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    Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at tabforacause.org/flashforward.



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    Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to www.purplecarrot.com and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants!



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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Could We All Live Underground?

    Could We All Live Underground?

    Today’s episode is about a future where humans decide to live underground.
    Guests:


    Dr. Brian Toon, an atmospheric scientist and professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder


    Jason Wright, a tour guide and resident of Coober Pedy, Australia


    Dr. Youqin Huang, a professor at Albany State University who studies housing and migration in China


    Dr. Eun Hee Lee, an assistant professor at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia who’s researched the psychology of underground spaces


    Finbarr Fallon, a designer and visual artist based in Singapore


    Rob van Son, a researcher based in Singapore who leads the Digital Underground project


    Dr. Michael Doyle, an assistant professor of architecture at Laval University


    Julio Amezcua, an architect based in Mexico City


    Voice Actors:

    Mom: Ashley Kellem


    Ben: Brett Tubbs


    Adam: Aiya Islam

    Song by Shannon & Scott of Song Salad


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

    Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. 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 // Spotify 

    Episode Sponsors: 


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    • 57 min
    Can You Mine An Asteroid?

    Can You Mine An Asteroid?

    Today’s episode is about a future where we (try to) mine asteroids for resources.
    Guests:


    Atossa Abrahamian, a journalist who’s written about space mining and is working on a new book about “places in the world where the rules don’t (fully) apply.”


    Dr. Andreas Hein, a space systems engineer and executive director of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies.


    Dr. Ram Jakhu, a professor at the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law and editor of Global Space Governance: An International Study.


    Dr. Erika Nesvold, an astrophysicist, co-founder of the JustSpace Alliance, and host of the podcast Making New Worlds.


    Dr. Jim Schwartz, a professor of philosophy at Wichita State University who writes about space ethics.


    Voice Actors:

    Receptionist/Robot: Ashley Kellem


    Gabby: Anjali Kunapaneni


    Melissa: Chelsey B. Coombs


    Mark: Henry Alexander Kelly



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

    Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. 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 // Spotify 

    Episode Sponsors: 


    BetterHelp: Affordable, private online counseling. Anytime, anywhere. Flash Forward listeners: get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/flashforward



    Shaker & Spoon: A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at shakerandspoon.com/ffwd.



    Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at tabforacause.org/flashforward.



    Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. 



    Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to www.purplecarrot.com and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants!



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    • 54 min
    What If Our Cities Were Smart?

    What If Our Cities Were Smart?

    Today’s episode is all about the future of cities. Do we want them to be smart? What does that even mean? 
    Guests:


    Ben Passmore, a comic artist and contributor to the Flash Forward book!


    Annalee Newitz, a science journalist, science fiction writer, and author of Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age.


    Dr. Jathan Sadowski, author of Too Smart: How Digital Capitalism is Extracting Data, Controlling our Lives, and Taking Over the World and cohost of a podcast called This Machine Kills.


    Dr. Brenda McPhail, director of the Privacy, Technology, and Surveillance Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.


    Dr. Jarah Moesch, a multidisciplinary artist and professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


    Voice Actor: Smart City Cop — Brett Tubbs

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

    Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. 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 // Spotify 

    Episode Sponsors: 


    BetterHelp: Affordable, private online counseling. Anytime, anywhere. Flash Forward listeners: get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/flashforward



    Shaker & Spoon: A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at shakerandspoon.com/ffwd.



    Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at tabforacause.org/flashforward.



    Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more. 



    Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to www.purplecarrot.com and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants!



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    • 50 min

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