6 episodes

True stories about collisions with technology, told within the frame of a sci-fi radio serial. Created by Sam Greenspan and starring Carmen Berkeley.

Bellwether Sam Greenspan

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    • 4.5 • 56 Ratings

True stories about collisions with technology, told within the frame of a sci-fi radio serial. Created by Sam Greenspan and starring Carmen Berkeley.

    04_KEEP IT 200

    04_KEEP IT 200

    An autopsy on a dead link, and the anthropology of trying to find transgender health care at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. Elsewhere: Icarus and Cass receive a call to adventure.

    Cycle 1 Finale. 

    Learn more at http://bellwether.show. Please consider supporting this independent project at http://thisisbellwether.bandcamp.com.

    • 58 min
    03_SERVICE PROVIDER

    03_SERVICE PROVIDER

    A law that was supposed to stop sex trafficking is making life more dangerous for the people it’s supposed to protect. It’s also collapsing the entire internet. Elsewhere: Icarus and Cass call on a spurned lover, who reveals that there's more to Bellwether than meets the ear.

    Learn more at http://bellwether.show. Please consider supporting this independent project at http://thisisbellwether.bandcamp.com.

    • 36 min
    02_SAFE SPACE

    02_SAFE SPACE

    After the deadly Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, cities across America responded by cracking down on unofficial live-work spaces. Alt-right internet trolls took notice, and began pitting local governments about the people they are tasked with keeping safe.

    Elsewhere: Icarus and Cass learn of an autonomous Juggalo community, and hear from an autonomophobic blogger back east.

    Learn more at http://bellwether.show. Please consider supporting this independent project at thisisbellwether.bandcamp.com.

    • 47 min
    01_AUTOPILOT OFF REDUX

    01_AUTOPILOT OFF REDUX

    In 2018, Elaine Herzberg became the first pedestrian to be killed by a self-driving car. But who is to blame? We prosecute the person who was behind the wheel at our own peril. Elsewhere: short-term cryo has put Cass and Icarus in a relationship crisis.

    (Note: this is an updated version of the Bellwether pilot, originally released in 2019)

    More info at http://bellwether.show. Please consider supporting this independent project at http://thisisbellwether.bandcamp.com.

    • 34 min
    00_README (start here)

    00_README (start here)

    BELLWETHER is a podcast of speculative journalism: true stories of the world as it is through the lens of what it might become.

    Host Sam Greenspan presents original reporting about collisions with technology—and all framed within a sci-fi radio serial, set in a future where the internet has disappeared, and humans are learning how to live alongside sentient A.I.

    This extended trailer is your is your skeleton key.

    More info at bellwether.show. Support this project at thisisbellwether.bandcamp.com

    • 12 min
    • video
    BELLWETHER Visual Trailer :: Coming 9.27.21

    BELLWETHER Visual Trailer :: Coming 9.27.21

    Coming September 27, 2021:

    BELLWETHER, a new podcast of speculative journalism
    From award-winning radiomaker Sam Greenspan

    Listen for free at http://bellwether.show
    & anywhere you find podcasts

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Reemosupreemo ,

I knew it’s gonna be good and I was not disappointed

this podcast is really ahead of its time, it’s binge worthy and educational at the same time. First episode made me angry then made me think then made me wanna listen more. Go check it out, you’re in for a fun ride. Sam, you’re truly a great artist I love the way you think

MusicReview2016 ,

Ahead of its time?

This is a really exciting mashup. I hope that the right audience finds it. I’d imagine this podcast is going to inspire the next generation of artists. Really interesting world building, and it’s unlike anything else I’ve heard before. Fingers crossed that enough people listen in order to give it another season!!!

dmgsolomon ,

Extraordinarily creative and well-produced

A creative and inventive mix of speculative journalism— an exploration of today’s critical issues through the lens of sentient computers looking back from the future.

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