134 episodes

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.

    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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    • 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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    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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    • 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
    What If We Could Never Touch Again?

    What If We Could Never Touch Again?

    Today’s episode is about a future without touch. 

    Guests:


    Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist currently working at the Georgetown Center for Global Health, Science and Security but soon to be head of her own lab up at the University of Saskatchewan. 



    Dr. Catherine Cudlick, a historian and the Director or the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University.


    Dr. Tiffany Field, the director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine.


    Dr. David Parisi, a professor at the college of Charleton the author of a book called Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing.



    Voice Actors:

    Naomi Jackson — Shara Kirby


    Dr. Sandra Bowles — Richelle Claiborne 

    Advertisement Voices — Rachel Lara, Jake & Rory Terracina, and Kathryn Dollens


    → → → 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: 


    Skillshare: Skillshare is an online learning community where millions come together to take the next step in their creative journey, with thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. Start with two free months of Premium Membership, and explore your creativity at Skillshare.com/flashforward.



    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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    • 56 min
    What If You Could Be Immune To Everything?

    What If You Could Be Immune To Everything?

    WELCOME BACK TO FLASH FORWARD! Today we travel to a future where we become immune to every poison, venom and toxin in the world. What happens next? 
    Guests:


    Dr. Bryan Fry — biochemist and molecular biologist at the University of Queensland


    Dr. Christie Wilcox — science writer & author of Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry



    Dr. Karin Broberg — geneticist at the Karolinska Institute


    Dr. Trysh Travis — cultural historian at the University of Florida 


    Dr. Mark Bonta — cultural geographer 


    Voice Actors:
    Pharmaceutical Ad Narrator — Shara Kirby


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

    ✨✨GET THE FLASH FORWARD BOOK 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: 


    Backblaze: Get peace of mind knowing your files are backed up securely in the cloud with Backblaze. Get a fully-featured 15-day free trial at: Backblaze.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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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Shammy Jay Hawbbzziiee ,

All amazing actually

Every episode is amazing, save for the one about smart cities it’s just kind of… Not even ridiculous just blatantly anti-capitalism and sort of mushy? Which is absolutely not the case with any of the other episodes.❤️

czarusz ,

The best science and culture podcast

I've been listening to Flash Forward for several years now, and cannot recommend it highly enough. The in depth reporting and research on societal issues behind the topics is outstanding- a private wish is that Rose Eveleth is granted a honorary degree by a respected university. This podcast is informative, fun to listen to, and well crafted. Thank you for making it
:))

Chris Sarkis ,

Love the updates!

Loved the Feb 2 update - the short tidbits about current events in conjunction with the previous show episodes are great :) i just started listening recently, and I LOVE that I don’t feel lost at all - very easy to jump right in without prior knowledge or hearing previous episodes!

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