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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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    • 4.7 • 1.4K 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.

    Enter The Alternate Timeline (SEASON FINALE!)

    Enter The Alternate Timeline (SEASON FINALE!)

    Today’s episode is the LAST OF THE SEASON! And we're getting weird. What if there wasn't just this one timeline, this one universe, but tons and tons of and tons of universes all around us all the time? Constantly splitting and forming? Well it turns out that there is an interpretation of quantum mechanics that says just that. And today we talk about alternate universes, many worlds, memory, and stories. Plus: what Flash Forward might be like in other timelines.
    Guests:


    Dr. Sean Carroll — professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology & host of the podcast Sean Carroll's Mindscape



    Dr. Charan Ranganath — professor of psychology at UC Davis

    Tom, Matt, and Nate — twins!


    Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone — co-authors of This Is How You Lose the Time War



    → → → 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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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Waste Not Want Not

    Waste Not Want Not

    Today’s episode is all about trash. What if every country had to deal with its own garbage instead of shipping it elsewhere? Did you know what trash is bought and sold on a global market? What would happen if that market was shut down?

    Guests:


    Dr. Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood — lecturer in sustainable development at the University of St. Andrews.


    Jim Puckett — founder and executive director of the Basel Action Network



    Dr. Jenna Jambeck — professor of environmental engineering at the University of Georgia


    Dr. Joshua Lepawsky — professor in the department of geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland


    James Wakibia — environmental activist in Kenya 


    Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali — vice president for environmental justice, climate and community revitalization at the National Wildlife Federation


    Voice Actors:

    New Plastic Commercial — Richelle Claireborn


    Friend 1 — Henry Alexander Kelly


    Friend 2 — Shara Kirby



    → → → 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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    • 57 min
    Is Anybody Out There?

    Is Anybody Out There?

    Today’s episode is all about contact. Have we really discovered alien life on Venus? How do you even look for life when you don't know what it will look like? What would happen if we did find it? Should we be sending messages out into the universe? Are aliens going to kill us? What would happen if they showed up?
    Guests:


    Dr. Clara Sousa — quantum astrochemist at Harvard University


    Moiya McTier — astrophysicist at Columbia University and host of Exolore 


    Dr. Michael L. Wong — planetary scientist at the University of Washington and host of Strange New Worlds: A Science & Star Trek Podcast



    Michael Oman Reagan — anthropologist & founding board member of the JustSpace Alliance



    Dr. Kathryn Denning — anthropologist at York University


    Jaime Green — writer & editor working on a book about aliens 


    Voice Actors

    Dr. Jaad — Johnnie Jae


    Alex Jenkins — Keith Houston


    Radio reporter — Ashley Kellem


    Alien 1 — Henry Alexander Kelly


    Alien 2 — 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 

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Home Sweet Home

    Home Sweet Home

    Today we travel to a future where housing is guaranteed and provided to everybody. 
    Guests:

    Amanda Vail — Director of communications at Plymouth Housing



    Dr. Sam Tsemberis — Founder of Pathways Housing First and author of Housing First Manual: The Pathways Model to End Homelessness for People with Mental Illness and Addiction



    Dr. Ivis Garcia Zambrana — Assistant Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah


    Tara Raghuveer — Director of KC Tenants, director of the Homes Guarantee campaign at People’s Action



    Dr. Daniel Aldana Cohen — Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania & co-author of A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green Deal



    Carroll Fife — councilmember-elect for Oakland’s District 3, co-founder of Moms for Housing, director of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Oakland


    Voice Actors:

    Intro Phone Tree Voice — Brett Tubbs


    Amy — Ashley Kellem: Instagram, Website


    Maia — Shara Kirby



    → → → 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 // Become a Time Traveler 


    Episode Sponsors: 


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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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    • 59 min
    Give The Land Back?

    Give The Land Back?

    Today we travel to a future where the US and Canada give stolen land back to tribes & bands. 
    Guests:


    Molly Swain — cohost of Métis in Space, studying in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.


    Chelsea Vowel — cohost of Metis in Space, author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada. 


    Matthew Fletcher — law professor at Michigan State University


    Graham Lee Brewer — associate editor at High Country News



    Mike Gouldehawke — writer & activist 


    The intro scene was written & performed by Molly Swain and Chelsea Vowel, along with Johnnie Jae. 
    You can donate to Molly & Chelsea’s landback project here. 

    → → → 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: 


    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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    • 58 min
    Votes for All!

    Votes for All!

    Today we travel to a future where voting rights are extended to lots more people in the United States including non-citizens, 16-year-olds, and convicted felons. 

    Guests:


    Dr. Ron Hayduk — professor of political science at San Francisco State University, and author of Democracy for All



    Ashawn Dabney-Small — candidate for Boston City Council District 3 and Vice President for the National Youth Rights Association


    Dr. Sylvia Kritzinger — a professor at the University of Vienna


    Jennifer Taylor — senior attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative.



    → → → 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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    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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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

JM animal ,

Hi

Back to the future

Marcus517 ,

Nice host but pretty light weight stuff

Rose is a pleasant host with a good sense of humor. But if you want to know what might happen try Brave New Planet, Freakonomics of Sam Harris.

The homesless episode brought out all the same arguments you'd hear on NPR but data free and all from one side. Nothing on the effect on the debt, landlords, corruption or anything from the real world. Not surprising as I think the speakers were all academics. Jobs for all episode was even lighter.

This show is like a gazillion other podcasts on the right and the left who play to their choirs. If you're on the left, expect to be affirmed, but not challenged. If on the right, you'll last about 5 minutes. It's too bad someone with Rose's talent can't operate outside the bubble; we could use more insight into the real complexities of these issues.

JLL1920 ,

Great Podcast

I listened to one episode of this podcast after the ladies at Popular Science who host “The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week” recommended it. I then binged all five years of the show! Wonderful and fun podcast.

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